Ernie Ball Music Man Classic Collection StingRay 5-String Bass
Leo Fender pretty much perfected the formula for a great bass guitar early on, and there’s no better example of this work than the classic 1976 StingRay, which kept things simple yet pristine. The Music Man Classic StingRay (predictably) rekindles the sound and feel in a versatile and absolutely frills-free bass guitar that delivers across the board. This axe forgoes the multiple switches and pickups found in so many of its peers and keeps it simple with a single Music Man StingRay pickup and two knobs to control the 2-band EQ. This is a bass guitar that doesn’t offer much by way of tone manipulation controls, but can cover almost any style thanks to its sheer simplicity.
The embrace of the simple vibe of the Golden Age continues on the fretboard, which is available in rosewood or maple. Eschewing the typical jumbo frets of today, the Classic StingRay features skinny frets, which will appeal to you if you’re accustomed to playing vintage-style instruments. The through-body stringing also features bridge saddle string mutes made from foam, a feature which brings out a cool thumpy tone usually associated with old school R&B and blues.