Music Man bass guitars are very popular amongst bassists, and have been used by a variety of notable artists. Models such as the Music Man Stringray and Sterling are perpetual good sellers for the company. Interestingly, many of the instruments made by Music Man were designed by Leo Fender. Cheap Music Man bass guitars are difficult to find, as most models are premium instruments that sell for high prices.
History Of Music Man
Music Man was originally founded in 1971 when two men, Tom Walker and Forrest White, asked Leo Fender to help them start a guitar company. Originally, the company was known as Tri-Sonic, before changing the name to Musitek in 1973. It wasn’t until 1974 that the company began to call itself Music Man.
The first Music Man product was an amp called Sixty Five. Leo Fender had a contract with his previous company that didn’t expire until 1975, so it wasn’t until this date that he became the president of Music Man after initially being a silent partner. In August 1976 the first StringRay bass guitars were produced – an instrument with a bolt on neck and an interesting 3+1 tuner arrangement.
Over the next few years there were a number of problems within the company eventually leading to Leo Fender’s departure in 1979. Ernie Ball later took over the company revitalized production, with basses such as the StringRay 5 and Sterling proving popular.
Music Man StingRay
The Music Man StingRay bass is one of the company’s most iconic models. It has a 34” scale length and 21 high profile frets, along with an attractive and unique design. The StingRay 5 is the five string version. Many famous bass players have used the StringRay, with the Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist “Flea” amongst the most popular.
Music Man Sterling
The Music Man Sterling bass guitar is named after the son of Ernie Ball, and is another popular model. Its differs from the StringRay in that it is lighter and smaller, and comes with a different pre amp. Some famous bassists to use the Sterling include Colin Greenwood and Dave LaRue.
Music Man Bongo Bass
Released in 2003, the Music Man Bongo Bass is one of the most unique basses ever produced. It has an 18 volt 4 band preamp and has multiple pickups, as well as a carved basswood body and sleek design. Famous bassists that use the Bongo include Jason James and Greg Christian.