Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 4 Natural Velvet 1996
Music Man Stingray 4, natural velvet finish, made in USA 1996. The Stingray is one of those basses that always works. This one is a 'velvet' finish: it's a super smooth satin natural finish on the body and a pretty early example of an oil+wax finish on the neck. It looks superb: the ash features some beautiful grain and with a few years of play and mellowing, this is a surely a classy creature. It's nice and light, which is a huge bonus on a Stingray, plus... the neck is a dream. It's very slick on the hand and setup nice and low, so you're never fighting it to get your notes out, plus, it's wearing some beautiful birdseye maple grain. The tone is classic Stingray: punchy low end, warm but aggressive, heaps of growl and snap through the mids, zesty treble. The EQ is powerful, so you can dial in an appropriate level of stank for any occasion. These 'Velvet' models don't come around often, plus the less-common rosewood board adds a little extra fatness to the equation, so... make an honest bass out of it, yes?
Model: Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray
Made: USA, neck date 29 Jul 1996 (serial B03229)
Finish: 'velvet' natural satin
Neck: maple, rosewood slab board, oil+wax finish, 34" scale, 9.5" scale
Pickup: Music Man humbucker, 3-band active EQ
Case: original hard case w/ docs
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor scuffs on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has a few light scuffs and dimples, no major marks. The sides have a few dimples near the jack and on the elbow area. The front is pretty clean, just some glossing from contact on the elbow area, a few light scuffs and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets are in good shape, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.