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Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to introduce the 35th Anniversary StingRay 5 bass guitar. Unveiled in 1987, the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 set the standard for the modern 5-string bass with its robust low-end, tight, punchy sound and ideal 34" scale length. 

Over its 35-year history, the Music Man SR5 has undergone several significant design changes. Under the leadership of Sterling Ball, the Ernie Ball Music Man R&D team have implemented industry-leading innovations that are now commonplace on most modern 4 and 5-string basses. In the latest Ernie Ball Music Man film, Sterling Ball looks back on these accomplishments and discusses how they were incorporated into this Anniversary bass.


Unveiled in 1987, the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 set the standard for the modern 5-string bass with its robust low-end, tight, punchy sound and ideal 34' scale length. This 35th Anniversary edition honors the timeless Ernie Ball Music Man design used by some of the world's most iconic bassists, including Flea, Tony Levin, John Myung, and Phoenix of Linkin Park. 

The 35th Anniversary StingRay5 ash body features a spalted maple top with thin maple veneer and comes standard with a Spalted Sunburst finish. The roasted figured maple neck features an ebony fretboard, copper pearlescent block inlays, and is finished in a high gloss for superb comfort and playability. High-output neodymium StingRay 5 pickups provide powerful low-end with a distinctive mid-range punch while the lightweight hardware delivers solid stability. Every Anniversary StingRay 5 includes a certificate of authenticity and ships in a Mono case. The 35th Anniversary StingRay 5 is limited to 225 instruments in a single humbucker configuration, and 25 instruments in a double humbucker configuration. 

"An Anniversary bass celebrates things you do at the beginning, things you do in the middle and things you do at the end. Hopefully you can create an anniversary bass that incorporates all of these eras together... I think we got it right. I'm so proud of how this came together." -Sterling Ball

Specifications StingRay 5 35th Anniversary

Model StingRay 5 35th Anniversary

Size 13-3/8" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 45-3/4" long (34.0 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 116.2 cm long)

Body Wood Ash

Body Finish High gloss polyester

Body Colors Spalted Sunburst

Bridge Standard - Music Man® Black plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles

Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)

Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)

Headstock Size Only 9" (22.9 cm) long

Frets 22 - High profile, wide, Stainless Steel

Neck Width 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at nut 2-3/4"" (69.9 mm) at last fret

Neck Wood Select roasted maple

Fingerboard Ebony

Fret Markers Copper Pearloid Atlante Blocks

Neck Finish High gloss polyester

Neck Colors Natural

Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design

Truss Rod Adjustable - no component or string removal

Neck Attachment 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint

Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover

Controls 3-band active preamp with 18 volts of headroom; vol, treble, mid, bass

Switching H: 3-way lever pickup selector; HH: 5-way lever pickup selector

Pickups Single or Dual Humbucking with Neodymium Magnets

Left Handed No

Strings 46w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)

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