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Ernie Ball Music Man launches a new collection of finishes for many of their flagship instruments, including the StingRay Special bass, Cutlass RS guitar, StingRay RS guitar, and more. Now available at retail, the 2021 lineup also features new finishes for the Sabre guitar, and the Bongo bass.


● The StingRay Special bass:

○ First introduced in 1976, the original StingRay 4 string bass is revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. New for 2021, the StingRay Special will be offered in 8 new finishes including Amethyst Sparkle, Black, Snowy Night, Raspberry Burst, Smoked Chrome, Speed Blue, Burnt Ends, and Forest Green. 


● The StingRay Special 5 string bass:

○ With its powerful punchy sound, the StingRay Special 5 string, is equipped with your choice of single or dual humbucking pickups, 18-volt preamp, and a comfortably contoured body. New for 2021, the StingRay 5 Special will feature 8 new finishes including Frost Green, Black, Snowy Night, Raspberry Burst, Smoked Chrome, Speed Blue, Burnt Ends, and Amethyst Sparkle.


● The Bongo bass:

○ The Bongo represents everything a modern bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant, and expressive with effortless playability. For 2021, we’re offering the Bongo 4, 5, and 6 string in the all-new Harvest Orange finish.


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: to produce the highest caliber 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. 

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