Sterling By Music Man and Darkglass Electronics Launch DarkRay Bass

Sterling By Music Man DarkRay Bass

Two years ago, Ernie Ball Music Man and Darkglass Electronics teamed up to create the DarkRay, a new bass that combined the StingRay with a new Darkglass preamp featuring their Alpha-Omega circuits. Now the design has been added to the more budget-friendly Sterling by Music Man line.

The new SBMM DarkRay is built with a Nyatoh body, roasted maple neck, and ebony fretboard. It comes with a single Alnico humbuck, and true to its name, the DarkRay only comes in black.

Similar to the EBMM version, the new bass has the custom Darkglass 2-band active preamp with three modes: Clean (Preamp-only), Alpha (Distortion), and Omega (fuzz). An LED ring and 3-way selector help to give visual cues to the mode. Beyond that, it has volume, treble, and bass controls.

Check out the company’s demo featuring Matt Rubano:

The Sterling By Music Man DarkRay has a street prices of $1,399.

Sterling By Music Man DarkRay Bass Photos:

Sterling By Music Man DarkRay Bass Specs:

Construction:Bolt-on, 6 Bolts
Scale Length:34″ (86.4cm)
Body Wood:Nyatoh
Body Color:Black (BK)
Neck Wood:Roasted Maple
Neck Radius:9.5″ (24cm)
Neck Width:1.69″ (43mm) at Nut, 2.44″ (62mm) at Last Fret
Frets:21 Frets, Medium
Fret Markers:White Dot Markers
Pickups:H - 1 Alnico Humbucker
Controls:Custom Darkglass 2-band Active Preamp with Two Distortion Circuits (Alpha and Omega); Vol, Gain, Blend, Treble, Bass
Switching:3-way Lever Distortion Selector; Preamp Only, Preamp + Alpha Distortion, Preamp + Omega Distortion
Tuning Machines:Open Gear
Bridge:Sterling by Music Man-Designed Bridge
Truss Rod:Dual Action
Strings:Ernie Ball 2834 Super Slinky
Gig Bag:Deluxe Sterling by Music Man Bag

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  1. Mike

    Looks cool – but how did we get to a point where the Sterling range is $1,400! and it’s £1,900. For the mid-range, that’s steep.