Ernie Ball Music Man is excited to launch a brand-new collection of limited edition bass guitars with Tim Commerford, the legendary bassist of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage, and his newest project 7D7D, with a debut release coming soon. Tim has been a part of the Ernie Ball Music Man family throughout his career. This collaboration is the natural evolution of this amazing ongoing partnership.
“I literally was like 18 years old when I saw a Music Man StingRay. It was a blonde Sting Ray with a black pickguard, and it was at a pawn shop…” Timreflects. “I scraped up the money and I got it, and that bass became the bass I used to record the first Rage [Against The Machine] record and it was a big part of my life."
The all-new Tim Commerford Artist Series StingRay Bass Collection includes 4 unique models, each marked by a numbered backplate and limited to just 50 instruments per model. The passive full scale and active short scale models deserve special consideration, as these never before offered configurations are now available for the first time.
50 Full Scale Active Basses in Black
50 Full Scale Passive Basses in Natural
50 Short Scale Active Basses in Natural
50 Short Scale Passive Basses in Vintage Sunburst
Each instrument shares three unique appointments:
Height adjustable custom finger ramp
Pickup cover with a contoured thumb rest
Classic string-through bridge with adjustable mute pads
The Tim Commerford collection has been created to meet Tim's exacting specifications. Over the years, Tim's custom additions and personal refinements have all been implemented to his custom line of artist series basses. Features such as a pickup cover thumb rest and adjustable finger ramp allow for a more comfortable hand position when playing fingerstyle. Other custom refinements include a sculpted 5-bolt neck joint for full access to all upper-register frets and a classic string-through bridge with adjustable mute pads that allows Tim to dial in the perfect tone.
Over the last 30 years, Commerford has built his signature sound playing a multitude of passive and active basses, so having the ability to have both full and short scale basses in one collection, gives him the tools needed to reproduce the tones he has made famous over these past 3 decades.
With only 200 instruments available worldwide, this limited edition 4 instrument collection is available exclusively from music-man.com, as well as the all-new Ernie Ball Music Man Reverb Shop. In addition to the Tim Commerford bass collection, the brand new Ernie Ball Music Man Reverb Shop will be home to an ongoing curated collection of unique colors, prototypes, small batches, and demo models that would have normally only been found in the Ernie Ball Music Man Vault.
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 www.ernieball.com and www.music-man.com.