Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray EX Black MIJ 2001
Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray EX, black sparkle, made in Japan circa 2001. At first glance, this appears to be a regular USA made Stingray, and indeed, the pickup, preamp, tuners, bridge etc were all made in USA. The body and neck, however, were made in Japan in the ESP factory, and then assembled with the USA parts. These were sold to the Japan domestic market for a few years from around 1998-03, and while they seldom pop up outside Japan, they enjoy a strong reputation for quality over there and sell for almost as much as a USA example on the used market. This one sounds great: typical Stingray growl and snap through the highs and mids, plenty of beef and weight in the low end... equally happy in a range of different contexts. The black sparkle is awesome, it's sure to look superb on stage and adds a little whisker of glam to the otherwise classic aesthetic. The neck is a gorgeous piece of maple and the body is on the lighter side, so this pops in the hands. Overall: it's a great Stingray, with a certain nerdy chíc to impress/confuse your friends.
Model: Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray EX
Made: Japan, 2001 approx, ESP factory (serial E29993)
Finish: black sparkle
Neck: maple w/ maple board, oil and wax finish, 12" radius, 34" scale
Pickup: Music Man USA humbucker, alnico, 3-band active EQ
Case: original Music Man padded gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has a few small dimples and scuffs on the top horn, in the middle and along the back edge, although they're hard to see. The sides have a few dimples in the elbow area and near the jack, no major marks. The front us pretty tidy, just some scuffs on the elbow area and play wear on the guard and top horn. 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.
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