Sterling by Music Man Unveils the Joe Dart Artist Series Bass

This highly-anticipated model pays homage to the original Music Man Dart bass with its minimalist design and passive electronics, and retails at an affordable $399.99

Sterling by Music Man Unveils the Joe Dart Artist Series Bass

This highly-anticipated model pays homage to the original Music Man Dart bass with its minimalist design and passive electronics, and retails at an affordable $399.99

Photo by Jordan Thibeaux

Sterling by Music Man announced today the Joe Dart Artist Series Bass (“Joe Dart”), named after and designed in collaboration with the celebrated Vulfpeck bassist. This highly-anticipated model marks the debut of the Dart bass in the Sterling by Music Man lineup, paying homage to the Ernie Ball Music Man original that all funk players know and love. The bass embodies many of the original model’s distinctive features, from its iconic minimalist design to the passive electronics.

The design process prioritized reliability, playability, and accessibility at the forefront. Constructed from the timeless Sterling body, the Dart features a slightly smaller neck profile, offering a clean tone within a comfortable package. The body is crafted from soft maple wood for clarity and warmth while the natural finish emphasizes the simple yet unique look.

“Building a signature bass with Sterling by Music Man is the culmination of the original dream that Jack Stratton and I had years ago,” said Dart. “Namely, to build a funk bass stripped down to its essence—beautiful, minimal, well-crafted—and available to the world in a way that’s true to Vulfpeck’s ethos: affordable, direct-to-fan, and simple in every way possible. I’m so proud of this collaboration. It really is a dream come true.”

Engineered for straightforward performance, this passive bass features a ceramic humbucking bridge pickup and a single ‘toaster’ knob for volume control. Reliable with a classic tone, it’s perfect for playing in the pocket. The Dart is strung with the all-new Ernie Ball Stainless Steel Flatwound Electric Bass Strings for the smoothest feel and a mellow sound.

The Sterling by Music Man Joe Dart Bass is a special “Timed Edition” release, exclusively available for order on the Sterling by Music Man website for just one month. Each bass is made to order, with the window closing on May 31st and shipping starting in November.A dedicated countdown timer will indicate the remaining time for purchase on the product page. Additionally, the back of the headstock will be marked witha “2024 Crop” stamp to commemorate the harvest year for this special, one-of-a-kind release.

PRICE: $399.99

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Bass Magazine   By: Bass Magazine