- Ernie Ball Music Man Ball Family Reserve StingRay Special 4
- Hades Black High Gloss Finish
- Select Ash Body
- Figured Roasted Maple w/ Gunstock Oil and Wax Finish
- Rosewood Fretboard - White Binding
- White Pearl Block Inlays
- 11" Radius
- 1 5/8" Nut Width
- Music Man Neodymium Humbucker Pickup
- Redesigned 18V 3-Band Active Preamp
- Volume, Low, Mid, High Controls
- Scale Length 34"
- 21 Stainless Steel Frets - High Profile, Wide
- Black Hardware
- Schaller BM Tuners with Tapered Posts
- 5 Bolt Neck Plate
- Graphite Acrylic Resin Coated Body Cavity and Chrome Plated Brass Control Cover
- Molded Plastic Music Man Hard Shell Case and Case Candy
- Limited Edition: 55 out of 81
- Serial #: F85615
- Instrument Weight: 9.1 lbs.
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 classic single pickup design is how the StingRay started and, for many players, is the only pickup they'll ever need. With only 81 being available around the world, you'll have a StingRay that looks unique but has that sound we all know and love so well.
This bass is a modern take on a classic, yet revolutionary design with some aesthetics that stand out without being too flashy. 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-mid range and treble response. It needed to growl and cut through the mix in a way that a P-bass and a J simply could not. The result was an active bass with a ton of power under the hood. Used in everything from disco, funk, and R&B to rock, punk, metal, blues, and even country, the StingRay has some killer in-your-face tone that still manages to avoid stepping on anyone else's toes. It has tremendous resonance, incomparably tight lows and a punchy top end that's a total knockout.
The neck is very comfortable and satiny smooth with the gun oil finish, which makes for a comfortable feel and a fast ride all the way up and down. This is one of those instruments that's put together well enough to let you feel every little vibration of every note you play. The layout is easy to work with yet provides a wide variety of exceptional tones. This axe will make a killer companion on the road and in the studio.
As one of Ernie Ball's Premier Dealers, Music Store Live had access to this BFR StingRay Special bass. The configuration emphasizes all of the amazing qualities of the StingRay for an instrument that just sounds and feels unbelievable. The 18V preamp has all of the headroom you could possibly ever need. The neodymium magnets on the new pickups provide some solid punch and higher output than the old alnico ones. It's all designed to give you control and sonic power right at your fingertips.
The fretboard is made out of a beautiful chunk of rosewood and pairs extremely well with the roasted maple neck. The rosewood board provides some nice warmth to the tone. The stainless steel frets on the fretboard add a touch of brightness to the tone as well as lasting virtually forever. The figured and roasted maple neck is finished in gunstock oil and wax for a satin feel that makes you just want to keep playing this bass for days.
The StingRay Special really is just that... But when it's from the Ball Family Reserve collection, you know it's extra juicy!
Limited to just 81 pieces, this StingRay Special H features an exclusive Hades Black finish with all black hardware. The figured roasted maple neck with rosewood fretboard showcases attractive white pearl block inlays and hand fitted white binding for an upscale elegant appearance. 3-ply black/white/black pickguard complete the aesthetic. Each bass ships with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
REIMAGINED - REBUILT FROM THE GROUND UP
Optimized, modernized, yet so familiar, the new StingRay bass is tailor-made for today’s most discerning players.
5-BOLT SCULPTED NECK JOINT
The sculpted neck joint provides uninhibited access to all 22 stainless steel frets atop roasted maple necks.
REFINED BODY CONTOURS
Enhanced body contours are rounded for more comfort in any playing position while retaining that revered, iconic StingRay sound.
REVOICED - POWERFUL NEODYMIUM PICKUPS
The new and improved StingRay electronics feature powerful neodymium magnets, bringing you more output and a wider range of sounds.
NEW 18-VOLT PREAMP
A newly designed 18-volt 3-Band preamp for extra clean headroom lets you dial in everything from modern punch to classic, vintage tones.
REBORN - LIGHTWEIGHT PERFORMANCE
Weighing in at an average of only eight and a half pounds, the StingRay is lighter than ever but still packs its signature punch.
Reengineered lightweight tuning machines create a more balanced neck while still providing ultra-reliable tuning stability.
Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Premier Dealer for Ernie Ball Music Man. This StingRay Special BFR is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact bass you'll receive.
Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.
Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Ernie Ball Music Man Premier Dealer. Along with our amazing inventory, we can custom order any EBMM piece you'd like.