Music Man StingRay 4
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Music Man StingRay 4

StingRay 4, 4-string bass guitar from Music Man in the StingRay series.


3 user reviews

Music Man StingRay 4 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Music Man
  • Modello :StingRay 4
  • Series:StingRay
  • Categoria :4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on:10/12/2012

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James...30/01/2012

Recensione di James...(content in English)"feels so good"

Music Man StingRay 4
Humbucking pickup. 3 band EQ. Maple neck. Alder body. Schaller tuners. Yep. What else to say?

UTILIZATION

I went to get a bass for my studio and didn't really have a price point. Just basically I was thinking to get the best bass I could find and not spend over 3k. My primary goal was to find something really versatile. I didn't expect to get a humbucking only bass. The first thing I realized when I picked it up was how ridiculously good it felt. It looks quite heavy but it isn't as heavy as you would think. The neck has an oiled finish that feels better and plays faster than pretty much any neck I've ever played. Action is amazing. The bridge is wonderful. Tuners are good. This thing never...and i repeat never goes out of tune. I know it sounds like I am really praising the heck out of this bass but it is seriously that good feeling.

SOUNDS

The humbucker pickup is misleading because it suggests this bass is a one trick pony. The truth is that by using the eq knobs you can make this sound like anything. P bass or jazz bass or whatever. It can do those sounds if you dial it in right. I think a lot of single coil players get turned off by the look but try it and I bet you will love it. It has a very full and rumbling tone overall. Not high gain. You can't help but love the sound through a good half stack cranked up. It's just face melting. I use it in the studio most of the time with a number of direct boxes and DI amps. It always sounds great. I do think this bass sounds even better played loud in a live situation and I am sad I can't play it out much.

OVERALL OPINION

I think my favorite thing about my stingray is how ridiculously fun it is to play and how good it feels in the hands. Seems like whenever i pick it up I feel like I'm having fun. It's just a fun instrument for lack of a better word. Kind of like a good les paul feels. It is not your classic fender bass design or anything. It's very modern in feel and sound. So I can't say bass purists are going to love it. Still...it's worth anyone checking out. You don't see these used as much as you used to. It's a shame. Seems like music man keeps making them better every year.
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Audiofanzine FR07/12/2008

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(Originally written by chevaliernoir/translated from Audiofanzine FR)


Maple neck, rosewood or maple fingerboard.

I don't know how it influences the sound but maple fingerboards get dirty very fast.

Standard machine heads (not sealed lubricated).

It has a 3-band EQ (on the more recent versions). The battery access is great because you don't need any tools.

No balance control since the instrument has a single pickup. The pickup is very close to the bridge so you have a lot of space for your right hand.

I give it an average mark because of the single pickup and the old-school machine heads, but the instrument is very sturdy. It's also very heavy. The manufacturing quality is very good and it will certainly last a long time.

UTILIZATION

Very pleasant neck.

I'm used to playing with my thumb resting on the pickup edge. But since the pickup is very close to the bridge, I have to rest my thumb on the lowest-sounding string. It's not much of a problem if you 're already used to playing like this. I found it annoying and couldn't get used to it.

The instrument is very heavy... like its sound.

SOUNDS

It's certainly its weakest point.

Perhaps you'll love it. The sound is very special and it reminds me of a Musicman. It's perfect for a rock band. The bass sound is very present but it doesn't overshadow other instruments. The attack is very good and the powerful low-mids are perfect.

The problem is that the bass can only produce this kind of sound. It's not versatile at all. Even with the EQ you cannot really alter the sound much.

OVERALL OPINION

As an object I give it a 10.

The neck feels great (although the maple fingerboard gets dirty quickly).

The instrument is too heavy for my taste and doesn't have a thumb rest.

It's not versatile at all.

As a summary, I can understand that some musicians consider it the perfect bass but it's not for me (I will keep my 5-string Warwick and I will sell the Musicman).
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moosers28/02/2009

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Music Man StingRay 4
The Ernie Ball Music Man Stringray bass guitar was made in the USA. It has 22 frets and a single humbucker pick up. It has tone and volume controls to control each part of the pick up. I'm not sure what the neck is made out of, but it has a great feel to it.

UTILIZATION

The Stringray is easy to play as the neck has a great feel to it. The shape is cool looking and while it is somewhat heavy, not too much more heavy than any bass out there. The inherent sound is unique and is easy to get a nice sound out of it.

SOUNDS

The Ernie Ball MusicMan Stringray is great for all types of music, but works best in rock and punk, in my opinion. It has a twangy sound to it that makes for a unique blend. It has a few tone control knobs so you can dial in your own tone, which definitely comes in handy. I have used overdrive with this bass and have found that you can get some really cool and interesting sounds with the inherent sound of this and a bit of drive. Overall, the Stringray has a great sound that is unique and interesting.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray bass for about two years and I have found it to be unique in both tone and look, making for a great bass guitar. The price is reasonable as it is a high end bass. I can't say this is better than a Fender bass, but would encourage those interested in a top end bass guitar to try this as well as some of the other basses on the market, as it is all about personal preference. For the price, this is a great bass guitar with its own style.
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