Ernie Ball Music Man – one of the brands heading up Guitar.com Live, our upcoming virtual guitar show – has introduced the short-scale edition of its StingRay bass guitars, outfitted with the features from its bigger sibling, but with a new 30-inch scale length.
The Short Scale StingRay bass sports an ash body, which is finished in high-gloss polyester and a roasted maple neck. Fingerboard material depends on which of the two variants you choose. The Vintage Sunburst version (above) has a maple fingerboard, while the Starry Night version (below) has a rosewood fingerboard. Both feature 22 high-profile, wide stainless steel frets.
For pickups, this bass has a single EBMM passive humbucker, fitted with neodymium magnets. That gets routed to a push/pull volume pot with a boost; three-position rotary pickup switch with options for parallel, true single-coil and serial operation, and a tone pot.
On the hardware side of things, there’s the same modern classic bridge and lightweight Music Man tuning machines, also found on standard StingRay models.
If you’re a fan of the Starry Night finish, Ernie Ball also introduced the finish for a baritone version of the Axis Super Sport as part of its Ball Family Reserve instruments for July 2020.
Last month, the brand also announced a signature Bongo bass guitar for Dream Theatre bassist John Myung.
The Short Scale StingRay is priced at $2,099. Learn more at music-man.com., and don’t forget to sign up over at guitar.com/live for exclusive updates about what to expect from Ernie Ball Music Man, and other brands such as PRS Guitars, Taylor Guitars and Mono.
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