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Sterling by Music Man StingRay5 Classic in Butterscotch

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Elliot Stent

The Music Man StingRay is an iconic bass design, admired for its unique looks and for the punchy tone delivered by its potent-sounding bridge humbucker. To meet the demands of bassists looking for a more affordable version, the Sterling StingRay Classic encompasses the features that everyone loves about the original design but a lower price-point.


The StingRay Classic's body is formed from Mahogany, a deep-sounding tonewood that ensures a rich low-end; serving as a great foundation for the thick tone of the humbucker. 

Joined with a bolt-on Maple neck, you can expect a snappy response, giving a fast attack to notes even when playing finger-style.


The main reason why bassists love the tone of the StingRay is because of it ultra-punchy humbucker. Placed near the bridge to also produce a crisp top-end, the definition and clarity of this pickup allows your sound to cut through strongly in a mix, without getting buried. 

This is also helped in part by the 2-band active preamp, which adds an extra dimension of fidelity. This also allows you to easily tweak your tone on-the-fly, and set the bass up to suit almost any amplifier.



  • Model: StingRay5
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Finish: 3-Tone Sunburst
  • Construction: Bolt-On (6 Bolt)

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: Hard Maple
  • Nut Width: 1 .77'' (45mm)
  • Scale Length: 34'' (86.4cm)
  • Fingerboard Material: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12'' (30.5cm)
  • Frets: 21 Medium
  • Inlays: Dots

Hardware & Electronics

  • Tuning Machineheads: Open Gear
  • Bridge: Standard Sterling Bridge
  • Truss Rod: Single Action
  • Bridge Pickup: Ceramic Humbucker
  • Special Electronics: 2-band Active Preamp
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass
  • Pickguard: Black
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