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The awesomely designed MusicMan StingRay 5 is a 5-string bass guitar that will get you deep and dirty. The StingRay5 has an active 3-band preamp, Mus...Click To Read More About This Product

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The awesomely designed MusicMan StingRay 5 is a 5-string bass guitar that will get you deep and dirty. The StingRay5 has an active 3-band preamp, MusicMan humbucker pickup with hum-canceling phantom coil, and unique 3-way switching (both coils in series mode, single coil, or both coils in parallel mode). Select hardwood body, maple neck, and Schaller BM tuners. MusicMan includes a hardshell case with the StingRay5 Bass.

FEATURES
  • Active 3-band preamp
  • MusicMan humbucking with hum-canceling phantom coil and unique 3-way switching
  • Select hardwood body
  • Maple neck
  • Schaller BM tapered-post tuners
  • Volume, treble, mid, bass controls
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Ernie Ball Music ManStingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Superb 5 string

To sum it all up, if you want attention and see those jaws drop, get this bass, it's unlike any othe bass out there. The only people who don't like these, are...Read complete review

To sum it all up, if you want attention and see those jaws drop, get this bass, it's unlike any othe bass out there. The only people who don't like these, are the ones who don't like aggressive tone. Most people who I demoed this bass to, were blown away by it's sound. It's a very loud bass. So if you want volume, a good b string feel, extreme comfort in a 5er, and want to whack that audience in the face, get this bass, you won't regret it. If you like Flea's bass sound, you'll like this bass, it' does all that and more. From punk to funk to death metal to jazz to progressive, anyway you take this bass, it just works, and it works amazingly well. Haven't found a 5 string I like more than this yet, and I've played just about every major name out there: Ibanez, G&L, Warwick, Fender, Gibson, ESP, Aria, Yamaha, Dean, Schecter, Rickenbacker, Spector, Modulus, and brian Moore, and Cort. None of these offerings have a 5 string I like more than Musicman's Stingray5.
Got one of these babies as a trade for my Warwick Corvette 5 string passive. Turns out it's an early 1991 model year, and has the same AlNiCo humbucker that the 2008 and up Stingray 5s have. If you like the uber aggressive sound that the stingray 4 string is known for, but want it in a 5 string variant, get this bass now. It's mean and aggressive to the point you can punch someone in the face with your sound. The late 1992 to 2007 Stingray5s all had a ceramic bucker which resulted in a more tamed down tone closer to a jazzy sound. The AlNiCo (short for Aluminum-Nickel-Cobalt) humbucker is what gives the Stingray the glorious center of attention sound. Some reviewers I noticed said the Jack is flakey on it, never had a problem on mine as old as it is. Bass also features a 3 way switch for the humbucker configuration, which is parallel-same as a standard 4 string Stingray, single, similar to Jazz pickup, and series which has a nice muffier big sound great for distortion. Controls feature master volume, Bass, Mids, and treble.
If you want quality, this is the go to bass. It's as solid as a rock and has a very nice feel to it, also somehow perfectly comfortable to play.
Can't really beat this. High quality selected woods, hand crafted and assembled in USA, with the stiffest feel between neck and body, equating in a superb B string feel, unlike any other B string I've played.

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basic

Well this bass does come with a good pre-amp and a three-way pickup selecting device, but does lack in quality and durability. It is American made, which is the only reason I can...Read complete review

Well this bass does come with a good pre-amp and a three-way pickup selecting device, but does lack in quality and durability. It is American made, which is the only reason I can see why it would cost 1000+. You would not pay half the price if they manufactured these in Asia.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Superb 5 string

By Syndrome666

from NYC, NY

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

To sum it all up, if you want attention and see those jaws drop, get this bass, it's unlike any othe bass out there. The only people who don't like these, are the ones who don't like aggressive tone. Most people who I demoed this bass to, were blown away by it's sound. It's a very loud bass. So if you want volume, a good b string feel, extreme comfort in a 5er, and want to whack that audience in the face, get this bass, you won't regret it. If you like Flea's bass sound, you'll like this bass, it' does all that and more. From punk to funk to death metal to jazz to progressive, anyway you take this bass, it just works, and it works amazingly well. Haven't found a 5 string I like more than this yet, and I've played just about every major name out there: Ibanez, G&L, Warwick, Fender, Gibson, ESP, Aria, Yamaha, Dean, Schecter, Rickenbacker, Spector, Modulus, and brian Moore, and Cort. None of these offerings have a 5 string I like more than Musicman's Stingray5.
Got one of these babies as a trade for my Warwick Corvette 5 string passive. Turns out it's an early 1991 model year, and has the same AlNiCo humbucker that the 2008 and up Stingray 5s have. If you like the uber aggressive sound that the stingray 4 string is known for, but want it in a 5 string variant, get this bass now. It's mean and aggressive to the point you can punch someone in the face with your sound. The late 1992 to 2007 Stingray5s all had a ceramic bucker which resulted in a more tamed down tone closer to a jazzy sound. The AlNiCo (short for Aluminum-Nickel-Cobalt) humbucker is what gives the Stingray the glorious center of attention sound. Some reviewers I noticed said the Jack is flakey on it, never had a problem on mine as old as it is. Bass also features a 3 way switch for the humbucker configuration, which is parallel-same as a standard 4 string Stingray, single, similar to Jazz pickup, and series which has a nice muffier big sound great for distortion. Controls feature master volume, Bass, Mids, and treble.
If you want quality, this is the go to bass. It's as solid as a rock and has a very nice feel to it, also somehow perfectly comfortable to play.
Can't really beat this. High quality selected woods, hand crafted and assembled in USA, with the stiffest feel between neck and body, equating in a superb B string feel, unlike any other B string I've played.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

StingRay 5

By kurta bez kinte

from Qalat , Afghanistan

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

Great instrument! Sounds great,quality build.Never had a chance to try one before but first I bought 4 string and was blown away...I had to get me a 5 string :) Now I'll sell all the other basses that I have and keep these ten ton hammer machines :)If you have the money BUY IT,you want be sorry.Thank you Musicians Friend you're simply the best...better than all the rest :D

(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Lousy fretwork

By Kevin

from Stoughton, MA

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Pros

  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

As pulled it out of the box, I was like a kid at Christmas! It was very pretty, although the neck shouldv'e had some side-bindings and gloss urethane!
I was very disappointed in the fretwork. I actually cut my index finger (no blood), on my fret-hand. They should have taken the time to file the edges of the frets. HUGE disappointemnt. Instruments (especially of that price), should not have those issues! Poor quality control! Sorry

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The last name in factory made basses!

By VictoriousWooten

from Oxford, MS

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Amazing Pickup
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any and All

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

    I upgraded to the Stingray 5 from an American Special Fender P-Bass. I loved my P-Bass, but the sound from this Stingray just makes me not want to even pick up my P-bass. The first time I plugged this bass in, I was absolutely blown away by the sound. The bottom it carries is so warm, and the tonal range is absolutely astounding. I am playing it through a MarkBass Little Mark tube 800 with a MarkBass 4x10 cab, and the sound is just unmatched by anything else I've ever seen or played. If you want a bass that allows you to dial in any tone you want, from funk to blues to metal, this is your bass. I sincerely believe there is not a better factory made bass on the market. The Stingray 5 does it all and so much more.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Famous Stingray

    By Joseph Argo

    from SC

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This bass is great. Stuctural flaw in the jack, but it is a simple, easy fix. This a great bass and worth the money for sure. You'll never be disappointed.
    Ah yes, the famous and admired by many Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray Bass (5). This is hands down one of the best pieces of equipment that I have ever owned. I've tried out a lot of different brands, Fender; Schecter; and Gibson, and nothing comes close to the tone, quality, and value that the owner receives from this bass. I've owned this bass for about a year now. As iconic and popular this bass is, I have found one fatal flaw that no one likes to talk about. The output jack is notoriusly awful. In discussion with other owners of this bass, I have found that within an average of three months the jack starts to go in and out. However! This problem is easily solved by buying and installing a new jack. Simple. Despite this flaw, the value and quality you receive from this product is extraordinary. I'm a sole supporter of the MusicMan from here on out.
    I don't want to give a nine, but the jack is just so bad. But, a simple fix.
    Solid tone. Solid frame.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Buy!

    By Joseph Truax

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Big venues
      • Funk
      • Gospel
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Pro Gigs
      • R And B
      • Recording

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      This bass is incredible. My first bass was a Fender American Jazz Bass and it was great! But it didnt have that low end town. I happend to play a music man 5 string one day and I decided to order one. It has the best low end tone, with the nicest neck I've ever played on. It also has an incredible bridge with the best humbucker. One of my favorite parts are the EQ's. You can literally get any tone out of this bass. Its crazy! Buy this bass now! Its worth so much more than your paying! You will not be disappointed!!

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent bass guitar

      By Reno-EjNAT

      from Florida

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I bought a used one recently (Feb/2011)and a new one about the same time. The used ones serial # is E19---. It was made in the year 2000. Its almost 12 years old. The new ones G string was too close to edge of the fretboard (felt wierd to me), and it was not as loud as the 2000 model. The tone was richer on the 2000 model. I returned the new one. Were I play at, I have had problems with noise/buzzing. My GK 700RBII, Ampeg b2r, Lakland skyline 5501 bass, Fender Jazz deluxe, Jazz Standard all buzzed. I sold everything except the Musicman Stingray 5 year 2000 model, I picked up a Markbass LM III. Because of the Stingray 5, I am *FINALLY* buzz free. This bass is so loud I only have to run one of my Avatar sb112 cabs. With my other guitars and amps I needed 2 cabs.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Workhorse 5 String

      By BigMufeta

      from Spokane, WA

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      This bass is one of the best rigs available for the price. The variety of sound this bass puts out makes it my workhorse. I've got a large stable of axes, (including P-basses, Ricks, Spector, Warwick, Lakland, etc)but this is the rig I find myself playing the most. The ability to rip everything from funk to metal on this bass make it a favorite. The action and neck feel make it an easy bass to play without sacrificing anything in sound quality. Very fun, versatile rig that I'd recommend to anyone.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Permanent Bass Guitar...

      By Musicman Freak!!!

      from Alajuela, Costa Rica

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      This Bass is awesome, beautiful finish, powerful and versatile sound, you can play anything on this thing.The tone knobs make a click exactly in the middle of the full lenght of the twist so you can be aware when you have it exactly in the middle position, the pickup switch kicks a**... it offers a wide variety of sounds that will allow you to play from Metal to Jazz... The most powerful and versatile bass I have ever seen or tried.Stays in tune for ages, the 5th string gives me real creeps, good mids and awesome treble, this bass is definitely the option to go if you have some experience playing and want to go for the best deal for a reasonable price go for this Bass... You will not regret it... And do not pay attention to the bad reviews, those are just unlucky guys, personally if I would have received a defective bass I would have certainly replaced it... The best Bass in the Market that you will enjoy for a lifetime... Period.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Brilliant piece od art

      By Dio-bass

      from Puerto Rico

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I got a translucent gold with maple fingerboard, the MM looks awesome and sound as you could expect from a expensive piece of art. I have a Fender Jazz 24 V and they sound very different. the playability of the MM is way better than the Jazz. The beauty of the MM StingRay 5 makes you stare at it without blinking your eyes.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      sounds like no other

      By mattldbsc

      from Houston Tx

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      This bass is amazing ive had it for about 6 months now and the tone and playability is amazing. I used to have the 4 string version and I must say the 5 blows it out of the water. It has far better action and this thing has the best B string I have heard on a 5 string bass clean and clear, I paid extra for the cherry burst finish with the matching headstock and it looks sweet!!!!!! Not to mention I play it through an ampeg svt 4 pro and an avalon preamp which runs it into 2 4 10 svt classic Hlf cabs to handle clean thunderous Lows, If you don't sound good on this bass you cant play so quit

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bass for the Money

      By tcstx

      from Houston, TX

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I have never seen quality in an instrument that I have in this guitar. I know own two of these and the tone is simply unbeatable... Quality in the little things is superb.. You have to play this bass to appreciate the "little things"... For the money, this bass kicks the crap out of everything I've ever purchased... if you buy this guitar, right out of the box - it's set and ready for stage - no setup and no luthier work - this guitar is superb right from the factory...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceeded my expectations

      By What?

      from Atlanta, GA

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      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 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

        Finally a bass that will stay true throughout the ages.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very impressed

        By Nines

        from Pacific Northwest

        About Me Experienced

        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 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Plays as good as it looks. Great sound. This is my first 5 string bass, and I feel that I made a great choice.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Stop Looking

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Incredible tone, intonation, balance, feel, action, and it's beautiful.The B-String stays in tune and has incredible power. I have found an instrument that will last a lifetime and hold it's value. Check out E-bays final selling price is close to buying a new one from these guys. Buy new as you get a warrantee. The only flaw I've found is the slight black streaks on the maple neck. Other-wise perfect.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing comes close.

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          I think this is the best factory-made 5 string bass on the market. Nothing comes close. I've been playing bass since '97 and have tried out many basses and gears. Nothing beats Stingray along with Apmpeg 810 cab and SVT4 or Classic head. While on tour I had other musicians come out to me just to tell me that they were amazed with my sound. I actually saw at least two other bass players getting their own Stingrays after hearing me on stage. I recently got Fretless Fender J and I think Fenders are the only instruments that are comparable with MM. Well, no wonder, since they all are Leo's designs.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Value on the Market

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          This is by far the best 5 string on the market for the money. Yes you can buy something slightly nicer for $6K out there (and I have in the past). I now own three of these and they will remain my main basses for the forseeable future.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          smooth as butter

          By R.C.-8izII

          from TN

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Bought my first EBMM StingRay 5 about 8 months ago. It's somewhat larger than my last bass but it's as smooth as butter. The action is nice on this guitar and the sound uniquely Ernie Ball. I have had more compliments on the tone of this bass than any that I have ever owned. It has a 3 band active e.q plus dual humbuckers with a 5 way switch. The switch allows you to chose between the rear or front pickup only, both pickups or split the pickups which allows you to dial in any tone needed for any type of music. You owe it to yourself to try one before you buy your next guitar.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a must

          By Adrian Bortun

          from Undisclosed

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          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          if you really play bass and want to record a good track you must have this bass ...you can think maibe "it's so simple, there are no wood alternatives" .. It's a musicman stingray 5 and you don't need more ...

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Player's Instrument

          By Levin fan

          from South Carolina

          Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Over the years I have owned and played just about every boutique bass out there. Nothing compares to the Stingray dollar for dollar. Are there basses out there that a bit nicer? Absolutely?but at 3 to 4 times the price who cares? This has been my main bass since I finally purchased one earlier this year?my other basses (Warwick,Modulus, G&L and Pedulla) have all taken a backseat to the monster sound of the Stingray. Who knew?. Mr. Levin has been right all these years. If you do not have one, buy one.

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