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Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass   

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Few basses are as flat-out cool or have as much powerful tone as the famous StingRay. When it was introduced in 1976, it was the first bass to featu...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The StingRay armed with dual humbuckers.

Few basses are as flat-out cool or have as much powerful tone as the famous StingRay. When it was introduced in 1976, it was the first bass to feature active electronics and advances such as a 6-bolt neck joint, contoured body, superior neck truss rod system, and rock-solid bridge to keep it on top of the pack. Constructed with a select hardwood body, maple neck, Schaller BM tuners, and 3-band active EQ, this version features dual Music Man humbucking pickups with 5-way switching for an even greater range of sound. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • 2 massive humbucking pickups with 5-way switching and 3-band active preamp
  • Select hardwood body
  • Maple neck
  • Schaller BM tapered-post tuners

The StingRay is the favorite of the funksters, and this version has dual humbuckers for more power and tonal range. Order today.

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Ernie Ball Music ManStingRay HH 4-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect!

I find this bass to be absolutely amazing! The known Musicman quality is definity here. I didn't think I would ever beat out my Rickenbacker for my favorite bass, but this one wins...Read complete review

I find this bass to be absolutely amazing! The known Musicman quality is definity here. I didn't think I would ever beat out my Rickenbacker for my favorite bass, but this one wins by a long shot.

Finish: The finsih on the instrument is flawless. I ordered the white, (which it seems Musiciansfriend really carries the color White Pearl) but is gorgous. So classy and well done. The matching head and great poly finsh really tie it all together.

Neck:Wow! Over the years I have grown very comformtable with necks with finish on the back, (Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Gibson, etc.) but the light oil finish on the back of the neck is just so smooth and just feels like home. The fret job seems to be well done and no flaws whatsoever. I love this neck.

Pickups: Two, count 'em TWO Musicman humbuckers! So only about $70 more than a standard Stingray, you get so many more possiblilies. I really don't see the reason in getting just the single pickup. With the 5 way swith you get the standard Stingray sound, a very nice P-Bass sound (postition 4) and a very dark, yet aggressive mudbucker type sound. (postition 5). Not to mention that you still have two more options and very powerful active electronics. I don't see why I didn'y buy one of these sooner.

The bass comes in a decent hardshell case that has the musicman name on the outside. It's intonation and setup were pretty spot on out of the box and just beggs to be played. I only have one complaint, my other basses aren't getting any playing time!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

over hyped

This bass was poorly set-up. I had to take it straight to my luther to work on the lower E
string fret noise and the playing height was near impossible to set for a...Read complete review

This bass was poorly set-up. I had to take it straight to my luther to work on the lower E
string fret noise and the playing height was near impossible to set for a clean feel. I should have returned it but I really like the tone quality and variable pitch balances it can produce. So I made the additional investment to make it a player. It's nowhere as solid as my 72 Fender J bass but I did buy it because I wanted a totally different sound, also the unfinished quality of the back of the neck can cause you to make a lot of manual playing adjustments with your left hand. I don't recommend the stingray HH to a novice , I'm also perplexed by Randy Jacksons glowing approval of this axe. I'm sure he wasn't playing one off the rack. This is my third guitar from Musician's Friend and my first bad experience.

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5.0

Absolutely best bass for the money, sounds as good as Wal

By theLonnie

from Jacksonville, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Perfect Frets/No Sharp Edges
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sounds as good as Wal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

    Bought the Stealth edition on sale, after trying one in person. The Ebony fret board gives a great brightness & clarity to the sound, compared to the Rosewood fret board I also played. Sounds better than my old Warwick Thumb from 2000 or 2001, for half the price of a new Thumb. This bass sounds as good as W a l without paying 4 times as much & waiting 2 years for it to be built. I'm definitely not buying 1 with a rosewood fret board, but I'd like to buy 1 with a Maple fret board.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Product, Superior Quality

    By Michael

    from Central NY

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

      This is the second Bass I've owned. After over a year of playing an entry level Ibanez SG-200, I felt I was ready to step up. I had read a lot about many basses and this one just seemed to hit all the right qualities I was looking for. It plays very nicely, smooth neck and great tonal variety from the 2 pickups and 5 way selector as well as the 3 way tone control. The bass is a little heavier then the SG-200 as it is of a higher quality hardwood, and its difference in body shape and contour has made me change my my posture for playing a bit, but I am leaning to love it...

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      about this bass

      By buzz

      from australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

      love it great bass, does this bass enable you to get the same tone as the original stingray

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By BassMan

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

        This bass is absolutely amazing, it sounds amazing and feels amazing. The neck of this bass blew me away, it's so smooth and feels unlike anything I have ever played before. I constantly get compliments on it from people. At first In didn't know if it was worth the price but after I finally got it and played it I realized it most definitely is. It's with every last penny. I don't think I will ever find a bass that will replace this one as my favourite. If you are considering buying this bass buy it right now.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid as a Rock

        By Johnny810

        from New England

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backline Best

        Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

        Great basses , top quility electronics, tuners are as solid as it gets, finish very well done, the necks are wide for some but the slickist out there the neck finish is the best in the buisness. Stingrays are muti sound regardless of the pickup configuration HH, H, HS they all work really well. They are heavy but worth the weight no pun intended!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome.

        By DrewNeri

        from Staten Island, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

          This bass is great. The fret ends are perfectly filed. The neck needed a slight truss rod adjustment because the fretboard had a soap dish bow. It took one turn and now it's perfect. The bass sounds great and feels great. I can't find any faults beside the neck adjustment. If you don't like this this bass you might have got yourself a lemon and need to complain. My favorite bass next to a custom shop bass.

          (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          over hyped

          By Spinney

          from Peabody , Ma

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

          This bass was poorly set-up. I had to take it straight to my luther to work on the lower E
          string fret noise and the playing height was near impossible to set for a clean feel. I should have returned it but I really like the tone quality and variable pitch balances it can produce. So I made the additional investment to make it a player. It's nowhere as solid as my 72 Fender J bass but I did buy it because I wanted a totally different sound, also the unfinished quality of the back of the neck can cause you to make a lot of manual playing adjustments with your left hand. I don't recommend the stingray HH to a novice , I'm also perplexed by Randy Jacksons glowing approval of this axe. I'm sure he wasn't playing one off the rack. This is my third guitar from Musician's Friend and my first bad experience.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect!

          By BasseBass

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

            I find this bass to be absolutely amazing! The known Musicman quality is definity here. I didn't think I would ever beat out my Rickenbacker for my favorite bass, but this one wins by a long shot.

            Finish: The finsih on the instrument is flawless. I ordered the white, (which it seems Musiciansfriend really carries the color White Pearl) but is gorgous. So classy and well done. The matching head and great poly finsh really tie it all together.

            Neck:Wow! Over the years I have grown very comformtable with necks with finish on the back, (Rickenbacker, Epiphone, Gibson, etc.) but the light oil finish on the back of the neck is just so smooth and just feels like home. The fret job seems to be well done and no flaws whatsoever. I love this neck.

            Pickups: Two, count 'em TWO Musicman humbuckers! So only about $70 more than a standard Stingray, you get so many more possiblilies. I really don't see the reason in getting just the single pickup. With the 5 way swith you get the standard Stingray sound, a very nice P-Bass sound (postition 4) and a very dark, yet aggressive mudbucker type sound. (postition 5). Not to mention that you still have two more options and very powerful active electronics. I don't see why I didn'y buy one of these sooner.

            The bass comes in a decent hardshell case that has the musicman name on the outside. It's intonation and setup were pretty spot on out of the box and just beggs to be played. I only have one complaint, my other basses aren't getting any playing time!

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sting Ray HH is H - O - T!

            By fred

            from undisclosed

            Ask me a question

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

            Love Love Love!!
            I've owned a Fender P, an Ibanez Sound Gear, an Ibanez BTB, a Ric 4003, a Warwick, a Sting Ray, and a few other basses over the years. The Sting Ray HH far exceeds all of them! Already a great sounding and versatile bass, the extra pick up in the HH makes this bass a MONSTER. RIght out of the box, the action is smooth, the strings are slinky and the bottom end growls like no other without sacrificing the bright highs. I'm a big proponent of Bartolini pick ups, but the dual HH pickups are soooo much better. My bass is a transparent gold model...and the picture does not do any justice to the beauty of the wood grain on the actual bass. I can't put it down.
            Superb
            Excellent

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most amazing bass I have ever played

            By BassFace-rtCI7

            from New Jersey

            Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay HH 4-String Bass:

            Overall there is no better bass you can get. The neck is adjusted perfectly, your hand easily slides across the neck, your fingers move around the fret board with ease, and the tone is better by far then any other. If you are serious about playing bass I would suggest trying to put the money together to get one of these because there is absolutely no dissapointment in it.
            The amazing tone of this instrument is like any other. The duel pick ups allow for a wide range of sounds. No matter What kind of music you play this bass is the one you need! I ordered my bass off of musicians friend after playing it at guitar center and having it recommended by my teacher and I coudn't be happier. After taking it out of the box the entire bass was adjusted almost perfectly. The only thing I had to do was lower the bridge a little bit to get it right where I like it. The back of the neck has already been sanded down allowing your hand to easily glide across it and to play with ease. Not only does it play amazing but it looks amazing too. I got mine in black cherry burst and the look of this bass is simply stunning.
            Never have I played a bass like this one. If your looking for a top quality bass this one beats all others. I was deciding between this and a fender p bass and this one just blows the fender away. There is absolutely no comparison between them. If you have the money to drop on it, there is no better bass that you will be able to find.
            This bass is a little pricey but you get what you pay for. This bass cost more then a lot of other basses and thats because it sounds a lot better then any bass i have ever heard. I was however upset that the price varried simply by the color of the bass.

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