Skip to main content

Music Man Archives

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces Two New Limited Edition Basses
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Introduces Two New Limited Edition Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man has revealed the April 2019 offering of their Ball Family Reserve series, which allows for creating rare pieces with figured tone woods and finer finishes.

Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Short Scale StingRay Special Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Announces Short Scale StingRay Special Bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has announced a limited run of a short scale version of their StingRay bass. The 2019 Short Scale StingRay Special is a passive bass that has a 30-inch scale for easier playability.

Ernie Ball Music Man and Vulfpeck Announce Joe Dart Signature Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man and Vulfpeck Announce Joe Dart Signature Bass

Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart has a new signature bass by Ernie Ball Music Man. The Joe Dart Bass is initially limited to 50 units and will only be on sale during the month of March.

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...

Bass of the Week: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH

This week we’re checking out the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH, a bass they describe as “well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability.” The Bongo was introduced in 2003 with a modern double cutaway body design that complements the flagship StingRay model. It’s built with a basswood body in six color options: Black, Tangerine Pearl, Sky...

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 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...