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4-String Bass Guitars - Music Man - Kala - Ken Smith - FGN Guitars

4-String Bass Guitars - Music Man - Kala - Ken Smith - FGN Guitars

CALIFORNIA HERITAGE SINCE 1974

Originally founded in 1974, Music Man built its name leading an industry revolution, introducing active electronics on its production instruments. As part of the team during the 70’s, Sterling Ball played an important role on the design and development of the iconic StingRay basses.

Officially purchasing the company in 1984, Sterling, joined later by his sons Scott and Brian, has built a team of dedicated professionals who collectively share a common goal: building the highest level of hand-crafted instruments available. 

Shipping to more than 135 countries from the Central Coast of California, the brand continues to expand its reach worldwide based on the strict quality standards, innovative design and the finest craftsmanship it is known for.


Travel about 30 miles north of San Francisco along the historic 101, past the city’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and you will cross the Sonoma County line and start to see a lot of...well, cows.

We are Kala Brand Music Co. and we are from Petaluma, CA. Our hometown is nestled in the Sonoma wine country and a harbor to an eclectic mix of artists, farmers, breweries and tech companies. We are a community deeply rooted in creativity and culture, spread across the many platforms and mediums of art, food, dairy and music.

Our character stems from our hometown drawing influence from Petaluma’s turn of the century downtown, its Gold Rush history and the modern meets historical vibe. We know it isn’t Hawaii, the birthplace of the ukulele, but it’s the birthplace of our ukulele, the handmade Kala Elite Koa ukulele.


All Smith Basses are 100% handmade in USA at our shop in Perkasie, PA

  • Highest Quality & Playable Handmade Basses since 1979
  • All Woods are selected by Ken Smith for every Bass
  • In-house Exotic Wood Lumberyard with over 20 species of Aged Exotic Tonewoods
  • Final set-up of every Bass is still done by Ken Smith
  • From beginning to end, Ken is supervising the making of your Bass every step of the way
  • Where can I buy Smith Basses? Right here at Music Store Live! If you don't see something you want in inventory, just give us a call and we'll get it ordered for you!
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  1. Ernie Ball Music Man Exclusive Run StingRay Special 4-String H Bass, Trans Amber, Roasted Flame Maple, Super Lightweight Ash - F90015

    Player's Perspective Why did we hop on a 9+ hour (each way) train ride to go to San Luis Obispo so we could specifically select all of the woods for our exclusive run of instruments? So that you can get ash and flame maple that looks like this! AND so you can get a StingRay that only weighs... ... ... Wait for it... Under 8 lbs! Music Stor
  2. Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Stingray Special Bass, Hades Black, Roasted Flame Maple Neck

    Player's Perspective Music Store Live is proud to offer up this Ball Family Reserve StingRay Special. For those that like the darkness of the underworld, behold the Hades finish! Along with the unique finish is the beautiful roasted and figured maple neck, a bound fretboard, and block inlays which are not typically found on StingRays. The
  3. Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special HH 4-String Bass, Ivory White, Roasted Maple Fretboard

    Player's Perspective This bass is a modern take on a classic, yet revolutionary design. After Leo Fender's near-death experience which caused him to sell Fender to CBS, he went to work for Music Man and paired up with the late great, Mr. Thunder Thumbs himself, Louis Johnson. Together they came up with a bass that had a more pronounced hi-
  4. Ernie Ball Music Man BFR StingRay Special HH 4-String Bass, Dargie Delight, Ebony Fretboard

    Music Man BFR StingRay Special HH Dargie Delight Finish w/ Matching Headstock Select Ash Body Maple Neck - Dargie Delight Finish Ebony Fretboard 11" Radius 1 5/8" Nut Width 2x Music Man Neodymium Humbucker Pickups Redesigned 18V 3-Band Active Preamp Volume, Low, Mid, High Controls + 5-Way Pickup Selector Scale Length 34" 22 Stainl
  5. Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4 H Bass, Powder Blue, Maple Fretboard

    Player's Perspective This is for the bassist who wants all of that classic StingRay growl but with an even fatter sound and smaller, lighter weight body. It definitely sounds different than a traditional StingRay, but the tonal foundation is very similar. It borrows from plenty of bass designs to create one complete and unique instrum
  6. Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Fretless Stingray Bass, Vintage Sierra Burst, Figured Roasted Maple Neck - F85549

     Player's Perspective Music Store Live is proud to offer up this Ball Family Reserve StingRay Fretless bass. But this isn't just any fretless StingRay. This redefines the concept of a "lined" fretless fingerboard. This one's got lines all over the place! The flame figuring on the neck and fretboard really sets this beauty apart from anyth
  7. Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Fretless Stingray Bass, Vintage Sierra Burst, Figured Roasted Maple Neck - F85643

    Player's Perspective Music Store Live is proud to offer up this Ball Family Reserve StingRay Fretless bass. But this isn't just any fretless StingRay. This redefines the concept of a "lined" fretless fingerboard. This one's got lines all over the place! The flame figuring on the neck and fretboard really sets this beauty apart from anything el
  8. Ernie Ball Music Man Short Scale Passive Stingray Bass, Raspberry Pearl, Rosewood Fretboard

    Player's Perspective Fans of short scale basses, REJOICE! Music Man has taken the beloved StingRay and shortened it up! Some people like the feel of a short-scale bass because it can be a little easier to play. Others love it for the extra round and thumpy low end. But either way, it's safe to say that having this option in their offerings is goi
  9. Ernie Ball Music Man Short Scale Passive StingRay Bass, Raspberry Pearl, Rosewood Fretboard - F84795

    Player's Perspective Fans of short scale basses, REJOICE! Music Man has taken the beloved StingRay and shortened it up! Some people like the feel of a short-scale bass because it can be a little easier to play. Others love it for the extra round and thumpy low end. But either way, it's safe to say that having this option in their offerings is goi
  10. Ernie Ball Music Man Short Scale Stingray Bass Guitar, Ultra Marine Blue

    Player's Perspective Fans of short scale basses, REJOICE! Music Man has taken the beloved StingRay and shortened it up! Some people like the feel of a short-scale bass because it can be a little easier to play. Others love it for the extra round and thumpy low end. But either way, it's safe to say that having this option in their offerings is goi
  11. Ernie Ball Music Man Short Scale Passive StingRay Bass, Ultra Marine Blue, Maple Fretboard - F86154

    Player's Perspective Fans of short scale basses, REJOICE! Music Man has taken the beloved StingRay and shortened it up! Some people like the feel of a short-scale bass because it can be a little easier to play. Others love it for the extra round and thumpy low end. But either way, it's safe to say that having this option in their offerings is goi
  12. Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Stingray Special Bass, Hades Black, Roasted Flame Maple Neck

    Player's Perspective Music Store Live is proud to offer up this Ball Family Reserve StingRay Special. For those that like the darkness of the underworld, behold the Hades finish! Along with the unique finish is the beautiful roasted and figured maple neck, a bound fretboard, and block inlays which are not typically found on StingRays. The
  13. Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling H 4-String Bass, Firemist Gold, Rosewood Fretboard, 8.5 lbs.

    Music Man Sterling 4 Firemist Gold Select Ash Body Select Maple Neck - Gunstock Oil and Hand-Rubbed Special Wax Blend Neck Finish Rosewood Fretboard 34" Scale Length 1 1/2" Nut Width 22 High Profile Wide Frets 11" Radius Music Man Ceramic Humbucker 3 Band Active Preamp: Volume, Bass, Mid, High Controls 3-Way Selector Switch (for s
  14. Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special 4 HH Bass, Charcoal Sparkle, Ebony Fretboard, 9.1 lbs.

    Music Man StingRay Special 4 Charcoal Sparkle Finish Select Ash Body Roasted Maple Neck - Satin Ebony Fretboard 11" Radius 1 5/8" Nut Width 2x Music Man Neodymium Humbucker Pickups Redesigned 18V 3-Band Active Preamp Volume, Low, Mid, High Controls Scale Length 34" 22 Stainless Steel Frets - High Profile, Wide Chrome Hardware Sc
  15. Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special 4-String HH Bass, Ivory White, Rosewood Fretboard, Roasted Maple Neck

    Music Man StingRay Special 4 Ivory White Finish Select Ash Body Roasted Maple w/ Gunstock Oil and Wax Finish Rosewood Fretboard 11" Radius 1 5/8" Nut Width 2x Music Man Neodymium Humbucker Pickups Redesigned 18V 3-Band Active Preamp Volume, Low, Mid, High Controls Scale Length 34" 22 Stainless Steel Frets - High Profile, Wide Chr
  16. Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Classic 4-String Bass, Classic Natural, Maple Fretboard

    Music Man StingRay Classic Bass Classic Natural Ash Body Birdseye Maple Neck and Fretboard - Gloss Finish 7.5" Radius 21 High Profile Narrow Width Frets Music Man Alnico Humbucker Pickup 2 Band Active Preamp: Volume, Treble (boost/cut), Bass (boost/cut) Controls Scale Length 34" 1 5/8" Nut Width Black Pickguard Schaller BM Tune
  17. Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4 HS Bass, Firemist Purple, Maple Fretboard

    Music Man Sterling   Powder Blue Select Ash Body Select Maple Neck - Gunstock Oil and Hand-Rubbed Special Wax Blend Neck Finish Maple Fretboard 22 High Profile Wide Frets 11" Radius Music Man Ceramic Humbucker Bridge Pickup 3 Band Active Preamp: Volume, Bass, Mid, High Controls 3-Way Selector Switch (for series, parallel, a
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