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
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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