Ernie Ball Music Man Announces 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

The new anniversary edition sports a transparent buttercream finish with red tortoise-shell pickguard, and is highlighted by a roasted figured maple neck.

Coachella, CA (February 21, 2017) -- Ernie Ball Music Man, one of the world’s premier guitar and bass manufacturers, recently announced its new 30th-Anniversary StingRay5 bass.

Since its introduction in 1987, the StingRay5 has been embraced as one of the world’s most innovative bass designs. The new anniversary edition sports a transparent buttercream finish with red tortoise-shell pickguard, and is highlighted by a roasted figured maple neck. A choice of maple or rosewood fingerboard is accented with white binding, white position markers and stainless steel frets. The preamp and pickup are exclusive to this anniversary model, providing ample punch. Each instrument ships with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

The Ernie Ball Music Man 30th-Anniversary StingRay5 bass will be available for pre-sale beginning March 3, starting at $2,399.99 SRP/MAP.

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