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Introduced in 1987, the Music Man StingRay 5 has become a modern classic bass guitar and arguably set the precedent for extended range basses. Based on Music Man's original Silhouette guitar shape, the StingRay 5 is built to withstand the rigours of touring whilst preserving the exceptional playing quality desired by many players the world over.
This modern StingRay 5 Special H model features the same road-ready build and iconic look that came before, but has been updated to suit the discerning, contemporary-minded bassist.
The iconic StingRay 5 bass has been meticulously refined to meet the continually evolving standard of current-day bass players. Its sculpted neck allows for easy access to all 22 stainless steel frets, while the improved body contours have been rounded further to create a more comfortable playing experience. This re-design has, in turn, resulted in a far lighter bass than its predecessors - without sacrificing any tone!
All of the hardware has been re-engineered too. Far lighter tuning machines result in more reliable tuning stability and a neck that doesn't suffer from any dive - giving the instrument better balance overall.
The Neodymium pickup delivers more power, output and a larger range of sounds than the pickups found in older StingRays. Neodymium is a powerful magnet that projects a strong and pronounced tone - resulting in greater playing articulation.
This pickup, combined with the use of a newly-designed 18V 3-band preamp, allows you to produce tones that herald the sounds of yesteryear but also possesses the power to deliver a modern day punch. The StingRay 5 also boasts a 3-way pickup switch for series, single and parallel sounds. This makes the StingRay 5 more tweakable than the standard StingRay 4-string model.
18V 3-Band Active Preamp
The Music Man StingRay's 18V preamp provides you with ample amounts of clean headroom, meaning that you crank its volume without 'crushing' or distorting your bass sound. A 3-band EQ gives you plenty of tone-shaping potential too, allowing you to precisely boost or cut the bass, middle and treble frequencies for sculpting the perfect tone.
Roasted Maple Neck
One of this bass' most incredible features is its Roasted Maple neck. Not only stunning to look at, this neck feels incredible too! The roasting process removes moisture from the material, causing the natural resins in the wood to harden. Producing a gorgeous dark colouration, this method more importantly provides increased stability and improved resistance to temperature and humidity changes. The spellbinding neck is adorned with a silky smooth Ebony fingerboard to complete the classy look.
- Construction: Solid Body
- Body Material: Select Hardwood
- Neck Material: Select Roasted Maple
- Fingerboard Material: Ebony
- Fret Size: High Profile, Wide, Stainless Steel
- Neck Radius: 11" (27.9 cm)
- Neck Width: 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-3/4"" (69.9 mm) at last fret
- Number of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 34"
- Bridge: Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
- Tuners: Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
- Configuration: H
- Pickup: Humbucker with Neodymium magnets
- Controls: 18v 3-band active preamp, vol, treble, mid, bass and 3-way lever pickup selector
- Strings: 45w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)
- Case: Hard Case