Music Man’s 2018 incarnation of the venerable StingRay Bass incorporates the best of the instrument’s legacy and adds stunning new features, like a powerful 18-volt active preamp for ultra-high clean headroom and some extra beef in the low end. The humbucking pickups have also been upgraded with neodymium magnets for increased output. And thanks to the line’s aluminum hardware, these new StingRays are also some of the lightest basses you’ll pick up. All this is topped off with beautifully roasted maple necks that add a stylish touch to an already impressive lineup.
We sat down in San Luis Obispo, CA, home base for Ernie Ball Music Man, and spoke with company president Brian Ball and vice president Scott Ball to talk shop on these incredible new basses. Watch the video above to get the lowdown on these new low-end machines!