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New for 2021, Ernie Ball Music Man is pleased to announce the all-new DarkRay 4 string bass. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned bass accessory manufacturer Darkglass Electronics, the DarkRay Bass unlocks a whole new range of sonic capabilities.

The DarkRay features a modern 2 Band EQ and brand new preamp which was designed by Darkglass Electronics. This preamp offers three modes with very distinct sounds. Each one is selectable with a 3-way switch and indicated by a bright color coded LED ring.

● Clean - Clean (off)

● Alpha - Distortion (blue ring)

● Omega - Fuzz (red ring)

In addition to the exciting new preamp tonal offerings, the DarkRay is every bit a Stingray Special with a comfort contoured body, neodymium humbucking pickup, roasted maple neck, 22 stainless steel frets, and the familiar 3+1 headstock configuration.


The DarkRay bass is available now in two offerings:

● Obsidian Black is available through an authorized Ernie Ball Music Man dealer. 

● Granite Stone is limited to only 100 basses worldwide. Each Granite Stone DarkRay comes with a numbered backplate, matching headstock, and is available exclusively through


ABOUT ERNIE BALL In 1962, veteran player and guitar teacher Ernie Ball created Slinkys®, the innovative light gauge electric guitar strings widely revered by thousands of iconic players including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Brad Paisley, Slash, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and John Mayer. The strings are all crafted in Coachella, CA. Ernie Ball also offers state-of-the-art instrument accessories that are carried in more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and 120 countries worldwide. Officially purchasing the Music Man® company in 1984, Sterling, joined later by his sons Scott and Brian, has built a team of dedicated professionals based in San Luis Obispo, CA who collectively share a common goal: crafting the highest level of hand-crafted instruments available. Originally founded by Tom Walker, Forrest White and Leo Fender in 1974, Music Man built its name leading an industry revolution, introducing active electronics on its production instruments. As part of the team during the ’70s, Sterling Ball played an important role in the design and development of the iconic StingRay basses. The family-run company maintains its founder's dedication to preserving the musician's playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, such as Cobalt Slinkys, M-Steel, Earthwood, and the revolutionary Element Shield Packaging, keeping each set as fresh as the day they were made. The company also fosters artist development through musician-focused programs such as the world's largest and longest-running unsigned artist programs, where bands compete each year for the chance to play live on national tours, festivals, and events. Visit them online at and

ABOUT DARKGLASS ELECTRONICS Founded in 2009 by Douglas Castro, a Chilean engineer, Darkglass Electronics is a handmade bass guitar equipment company. In 2010, the company moved to Helsinki, Finland, and introduced their most iconic bass distortion pedal: The Microtubes® B7K. Since then, the brand has become global and gained popularity among bassists worldwide. Darkglass has marketed more than 15 different pedal models, onboard preamplifiers, class-D amplifiers, and bass cabinets. With presence in over 40 countries and exclusive distribution in Japan, Australia, USA, and Germany, the company has worked together with iconic bass players including Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), Billy Gould (Faith no More), Steve di Giorgio (Testament) and Adam “Nolly” Getgood among many others. Over the last few years, the company has turned into one of the most talked-about companies in the bass world, known for its determination and relentless work, developing and pushing its boundaries to help musicians find their inner voice and tone. Visit them online at

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