The MusicMan Stingray classic bass is arguably the company’s most popular model. With its distinctive appearance, tone and single humbucker pickups most bassists would immediately recognize a Stingray. The bass was also made popular due to famous bassists, such as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This MusicMan Stingray bass review starts by looking at the features and specification of the guitar as well as the finishes that are available.
MusicMan Stingray Overview
- The MusicMan Stingray body has a distinctively rounded appearance and oval shaped pickguard. The arcing control plate, combined with the single humbucker pickup, provide the finishing touches to what is undoubtedly an attractive guitar. MusicMan Stingray classic bass guitars also have an unsymmetrical tuner layout, with three on the upper side and one on the lower.
- The body of the MusicMan Stingray is made from Ash and finished with high gloss polyester. It’s available with several different finishes including black, blue, classic candy and classic natural. The classic natural is probably the finish most associated with the guitar, although the black finish is also popular. There are no pickguard options available on the MusicMan Stingray.
- The MusicMan Stingray bass guitar has 21 fret that are high profile with a narrow width. The fingerboard is made from either maple or rosewood – that’s one decision you’ll need to make when buying a Stingray.
- All MusicMan Stingray guitars come with a single humbucker pickup along with a 2 band active preamp. The controls are a bass, treble and volume.
The price of MusicMan Stingray basses is relatively high, so it’s natural to look for deals. When searching for a second hand MusicMan Stingray for sale, make sure you check that the guitar is in good condition. Many bassists have made the mistake of buying an expensive pre owned guitar without realising that it’s damaged in some way. This is why it’s always a good idea to try out the guitar before you buy if possible.