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The first bass designed by Ernie Ball Music Man, the Stingray 5 was unveiled in 1987 and has become an industry standard for extended range basses ever since. With it's powerful punchy sound, the added flexibility of additional pickups and a comfortably contoured body the StingRay5 satifies even the most demanding of players".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.
"First introduced in 1976, the StingRay has been revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. The StingRay was the first production four string bass to feature on-board active equalization. The flagship of the Music Man line, today's StingRay is the same as it was some forty years ago featuring a solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Music Man humbucker. All of which combined produce a look, feel and sound that are remarkably unmistakable". If it ain't broke...
An original design by Fender, Walker and Sterling Ball, the first "StingRay" produced back in 1976 was a highly innovative instrument, albeit physically at least somewhat similar to the Fender Precision Bass. Radical for that time, it had a "soapbar" humbucking pickup plus an active pre-amp that was powered by a 9-volt battery.
Earliest versions used 2-band EQ (bass and treble). The range was later expanded to a 3 band EQ (bass, mid and treble), and then optional piezo pickups located in the bridge itself. AThe current 3-band equalization system made it possible to boost or cut the midrange frequencies as well as low and high.
Some of the other design changes that set it still further apart were the use of a heavy satin finish on the back of it's neck, to reduce effort for players, and the egg-shaped pickguard with a separate chromed "boomerang" control plate. Finally, its unmistakeable "3+1" headstock tuner arrangement made it immediately recognizable and distinguishable from any other instrument.