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Music Man Stingray in Charcoal Sparkle With Roasted Maple Neck

The Quintessential Music Man Bass Guitar

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

Music Man Stingray Basses 2018 - In stock at Andertons now!

StingRay basses have been at the forefront since their introduction to the bass world in 1976. The MusicMan StingRay continues the brands tradition of producing exceptional quality bass guitars. Each is built to withstand the rigours of touring, whilst preserving the professional playing quality that's sought after by players the world over. This model features the same road ready build and iconic look that came before, however, it's been refined and updated to suit the discerning, modern day bassist.

Modern Overhaul

The sculpted neck allows for easy access to each of the 22 frets on the roasted maple neck. The improved body contours have also been rounded further, creating a more comfortable playing experience – while not compromising on the iconic StingRay sound and tone. This re-design has resulted in a far lighter bass than its predecessors.

The neodymium pickup delivers more power, more output and a larger range of sounds. Neodymium is a powerful magnet that works beautifully to give you a strong, clear output. The pickup - combined with the use of a newly produced 18V 3-band preamp - allows you to produce old-school tones that still contain modern day power and punch.

All the hardware has been re-engineered too. Far lighter tuning machines result in more reliable tuning stability and a neck with better overall balance.

Active EQ

The StingRay has now got an 18v active 3-band EQ which delivers powerfully clear and punchy tones. Having an 18v preamp provides you with ample amounts of clean headroom, meaning you can crank the volume without 'crushing' or distorting your bass sound.

Partnering the Active EQ, this bass has a single humbucker that'll give you total control of your sound. Simply find your tone with EQ and use the volume to control the dynamics.

Roasted Maple Neck

The Roasted Maple neck doesn't only look great; it feels great to play too. What sets the roasted maple necks apart? Funnily enough, the roasting process. It affects both the overall playability and strength of the wood. Roasted maple is created by removing the moisture from the neck. This in turn causes the resins in the wood to harden, which not only creates a gorgeous dark colouration, but also provides increased stability and improved resistance to temperature and humidity changes. Another improvement is the stainless steel frets which wear down far slower than any other fretwire.


  • Body Wood: Select Hardwoods
  • Bridge: Vintage Music Man Top Loaded, Chrome Plated, Steel Bridge Plate (with Vintage Nickel Plated Steel Saddles)
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Neck Radius: 11"
  • Neck Width: 1-11/16" (42.86 mm) at nut
  • Neck Wood: Select Roasted Maple Neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony 
  • Tuning Machines: Custom Music Man 
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable 
  • Neck Attachments: 5 Bolts 
  • Pickups: Single Humbucking (with Neodymium Magnets)
  • Controls: 3-Band Active Preamp
  • Switching: Single Pickup (5-Way Lever Pickup Selector)
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