Skip to main content

Ernie Ball Archives

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Bongo 6HH Bass in Grabber Green
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils Ball Family Reserve Bongo 6HH Bass in Grabber Green

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled the Ball Family Reserve series for August. The lineup for this month includes two guitars plus one bass: the Bongo 6HH in Grabber Green. “The Ernie Ball Music Man Ball Family Reserve series is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship,” the company writes. “These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs...

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special Basses Now Shipping
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Special Basses Now Shipping

Earlier this year, Ernie Ball Music Man announced they were revamping their flagship Stingray bass. Now the Stingray Special is shipping. The model, which was originally released in 1976, has been reimagined with a host of new features while retaining its identity. The body has been contoured and the neck joint has been sculpted for improved access to the upper...

Ernie Ball Music Man Updates StingRay Bass for 2018
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Updates StingRay Bass for 2018

Ernie Ball Music Man’s StingRay has been a time-tested model for decades, but both the four and five-string versions will be getting an update for 2018. The company made the announcement at the Winter NAMM Show. “For 2018, the StingRay4 and StingRay5 have been reimagined with new features and appointments that provide a new level of playing comfort while retaining...

Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their 2017 Spring Collection, including a 30th Anniversary StingRay5 model. The 5-string version of their flagship bass was first introduced in 1986 and the company is celebrating gorgeous limited edition version. The bass is built with an ash body covered in a transparent buttercream finish that’s accented with a red tortoise shell pickguard. The...

Ernie Ball Introduces Overdrive and Ambient Delay Expression Effects Pedals
Pedals & Effects

Ernie Ball Introduces Overdrive and Ambient Delay Expression Effects Pedals

Ernie Ball introduced a pair of expression pedals for bassists and guitarists at the Summer NAMM show this year. The Expression Overdrive and Ambient Delay pedals, which will be available later this year, offer dynamic foot control for on-the-fly tweaking. The Expression Overdrive is described as tonally versatile, delivering “everything from a hint of natural tube-amp-like overdrive and rhythm crunch...

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces Starry Night Package to Premier Dealer Network
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces Starry Night Package to Premier Dealer Network

Ernie Ball Music Man has revealed the latest package to their Premier Dealer Network. The Starry Night offering, which can be ordered on nearly all of the company’s basses, features a limited edition sparkle burst finish that will only be offered for the month of June. Other features include a roasted maple neck with stainless steel frets and an unmarked...

Ernie Ball Music Man Previews Cutlass and Caprice Basses
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Previews Cutlass and Caprice Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their first fully passive basses with the Caprice and Cutlass models. The basses, which were debuted at the NAMM Show this year, feature brand new body styles that are influenced by old school design with modern playability. Even with new body styles, players will be familiar with the necks as the Cutlass borrows the...

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

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. Central to its design is a 10-pole piece pickup that gives it a smoother tone. “We recently revisited...

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

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

Ernie Ball Music Man kicked off the NAMM Show this year with a press conference to reveal new products, including the 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” StingRay Bass. The bass is modeled after a 1976 prototype featuring a 10 pole piece pickup design that gives it a smooth tone. “Since its introduction in 1976, the Music Man StingRay bass has been...

Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings
Accessories & Strings

Ernie Ball Introduces Slinky Flatwound Bass Strings

Ernie Ball is fusing the elements of two types of strings with their new Slinky Flatwound Electric Bass Guitar Strings. Developed with the company’s patented cobalt steel alloy, the strings are described as having the sound of round wound strings with the smooth feel of traditional flatwound strings. The strings are constructed with a cobalt ribbon wire wrapped around a...