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Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary StingRay Now Available for Pre-Order

Ernie Ball Music Man’s 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass is now available for pre-order. Unveiled at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, the bass is named after a prototype from 1976 that was designed by Leo Fender and gifted to Sterling Ball.

Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass

Central to its design is a 10-pole piece pickup that gives it a smoother tone. “We recently revisited the bass and were knocked out by its rich, deep, beautifully sweet tone,” CEO Sterling Ball explained. “We knew we had to make it available to today’s bass players and celebrate one of the most iconic instruments of our time.”

Check out Ball digging into the history of the StingRay and the new 40th Anniversary edition:

The bass features the original’s design setup with an alder body, maple neck, and maple fingerboard. Other classic aspects are a mute bridge with original stainless steel saddles and a rear-mounted truss rod complete with a walnut skunk stripe.

The Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass is available for pre-order now with a street price of $1,999.

Ernie Ball Music Man 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass Specs:

Weight:9 lbs, 8 oz. (4.31 kg) – varies slightly
Body Wood:Alder
Body Finish:High gloss polyester
Body Colors:Chocolate Burst
Bridge:Music Man chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
Pickguard:White
Scale Length:34″ (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius:7.5″ (19.1 cm)
Headstock Size:Only 8-3/4″ (22.2 cm) long
Frets:21 – Low profile, narrow width
Neck Width:1-5/8″ (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2″ (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood:Select maple neck
Fingerboard:Select maple
Fret Markers:5/16″ Black dots (no 21st marker)
Neck Finish:High gloss polyester
Neck Colors:Natural aged light yellow finish
Tuning Machines:Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss Rod:Rear mounted adjustable – no component or string removal
Neck Attachment:6 bolts – perfect alignment with no shifting
Electronic Shielding:Chrome plated brass control cover
Controls:Custom “Old Smoothie” 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Pickups:Custom “Old Smoothie” humbucking with 10 elongated Alnico magnets and split cover
Left Handed:No

For more information:
Ernie Ball Music Man