Ernie Ball and Tim Commerford Release Limited-Edition Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man is excited to launch a brand-new collection of limited edition bass guitars with Tim Commerford, the legendary bassist of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage, and his newest project 7D7D, with a debut release coming soon. Tim has been a part of the Ernie Ball Music Man family throughout his career. This collaboration is the natural evolution of this amazing ongoing partnership.


"I literally was like 18 years old when I saw a Music Man StingRay. It was a blonde Sting Ray with a black pickguard, and it was at a pawn shop..." Tim reflects. "I scraped up the money and I got it, and that bass became the bass I used to record the first Rage [Against The Machine] record and it was a big part of my life."

Ernie Ball Music Man: Tim Commerford Artist Series StingRay Bass

The all-new Tim Commerford Artist Series StingRay Bass Collection includes 4 unique models, each marked by a numbered backplate and limited to just 50 instruments per model. The passive full scale and active short scale models deserve special consideration, as these never before offered configurations are now available for the first time.

  • 50 Full Scale Active Basses in Black
  • 50 Full Scale Passive Basses in Natural
  • 50 Short Scale Active Basses in Natural
  • 50 Short Scale Passive Basses in Vintage Sunburst

Each instrument shares three unique appointments:

  • Height adjustable custom finger ramp
  • Pickup cover with a contoured thumb rest
  • Classic string-through bridge with adjustable mute pads

The Tim Commerford collection has been created to meet Tim's exacting specifications. Over the years, Tim's custom additions and personal refinements have all been implemented to his custom line of artist series basses. Features such as a pickup cover thumb rest and adjustable finger ramp allow for a more comfortable hand position when playing fingerstyle. Other custom refinements include a sculpted 5-bolt neck joint for full access to all upper register frets, and a classic string-through bridge with adjustable mute pads that allows Tim to dial in the perfect tone.

Over the last 30 years, Commerford has built his signature sound playing a multitude of passive and active basses, so having the ability to have both full and short scale basses in one collection, gives him the tools needed to reproduce the tones he has made famous over these past 3 decades.

With only 200 instruments available worldwide, this limited edition 4 instrument collection is available exclusively from music-man.com, as well as the all-new Ernie Ball Music Man Reverb Shop. In addition to the Tim Commerford bass collection, the brand new Ernie Ball Music Man Reverb Shop will be home to an ongoing curated collection of unique colors, prototypes, small batches, and demo models that would have normally only been found in the Ernie Ball Music Man Vault.

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