Started in the early 1970s, MusicMan is the brain work of Leo Fender and other associates, although he was not technically a part of the company. He sold the Fender Guitar Company to CBS in 1965, so he was forced to be a silent partner for MusicMan.
The StingRay Bass was the first bass guitar produced by MusicMan in August 1976. Fender and another MusicMan partner, Forrest White, personally designed the StingRay. This is a special bass guitar because it features active electronics for boosting amp frequencies and a special tuner arrangement. The StingRay bass guitar is still in production by MusicMan as the StingRay 5, so it offers many years of improvements to the original design.
Leo Fender’s history with MusicMan goes downhill within four years of the release of the StingRay. Various business and production problems led Fender to leave the company in 1980. At that time, he started producing guitars from MusicMan’s old manufacturing facility under the brand name G&L.
MusicMan relaunched in 1984 after being purchased by Ernie Ball. Ernie Ball has been able to bring the company to new heights over the last 25 years, mainly by sticking to the high-end guitar and bass guitar markets. He was able to achieve his success by maintaining a very high level of manufacturing quality on almost every aspect of his guitars.
In more recent years. the Sterling MusicMan brand of guitars have been made as a budget brand for MusicMan guitars. Budget bass guitar models include a 4 and 5 string StingRay Bass and the Sterling Bass.
Music Man Bass Guitar Reviews
Music Man Bongo Bass Guitar
The Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo is a 4 string electric bass guitar that features an impressive body design and dual humbucker pickups. The Bongo is a unique bass because of the 18v output that provides an amazingly diverse range of tones. Experienced bassists agree that this is an awesome bass that you don’t want to pass up.
Music Man StingRay 4 Bass Guitar
This is another model from Ernie Ball’s Music Man Stingray series. This Stingray is a 4 strong that features a natural ash wood body and a maple neck. This bass is often compared to a Fender Precision bass although the Stingray offers a wide variety of tones while the Precision only covers one. If you’re searching for a well-rounded bass that sounds and plays like a dream then any Stingray model will not disappoint you.
Music Man Classic Collection StingRay 4 Bass Guitar
The Classic Collection Stingray from Ernie Ball’s Music Man is a 4 string electric bass guitar that uses a single humbucker pickup and skinny frets. There are a few different Stingray models available and all of them are amazing instruments that have received a cult following among experienced musicians.
Music Man StingRay 5 Bass Guitar
This Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray is a 5 string electric bass that has a very attractive body style and uses two huge MusicMan pickups on the hardwood body. It also features a special roasted maple neck that resists warping and provides a neck that weighs less. A truly innovative guitar that is a huge hit with experienced bassists.