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Since its introduction in 1976, the Music Man StingRay has been embraced as one of the world's classic electric bass designs. To celebrate, Ernie Ball Music Man is proud to introduce the 40th Anniversary "Old Smoothie" StingRay, a faithful reproduction of StingRay prototype #26, designed for Sterling Ball during his time spent testing and developing the original prototypes back in the 70's. Named for its smooth even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, "Old Smoothie" has been precisely reproduced including the one-of-a-kind custom made 10 pole piece pickup design, body headstock and pickguard shape, 34-inch scale maple neck and fingerboard, low profile narrow frets, hardware, and active electronics. New finish options for 2017 include Butterscotch and Mint Green.

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CUSTOM OPTIONS

Butterscotch

Mint Green

Chocolate Burst

Your Custom Options:
Model:
Color:
Neck:
Pickguard:
Hardware:

Build Code
000-00-00-00

STREET PRICE

$0.00

StingRay Old Smoothie Highlights

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Classic mute bridge with original stainless steel "Old Smoothie" saddles
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Precisely reproduced "Old Smoothie" humbucker with 10 elongated Alnico magnets
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Rear mounted truss rod and walnut skunk stripe

Sterling Ball discusses the 40th Anniversary StingRay

Named for its smooth even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, “Old Smoothie” has been precisely reproduced from an early StingRay prototype.

Happy 40th Music Man You "Old Smoothie"

Lee and Nathan check out the Music Man Old Smoothie basses.

Dave Marotta demos "Old Smoothie"

Named for its smooth even tone that is reminiscent of the highly sought after vintage Music Man StingRay sound, “Old Smoothie” has been precisely reproduced from an early StingRay prototype.

Bassic Gear Review Demo

Nick from Bassic Gear Review checks out the 40th Anniversary StingRay "Old Smoothie" bass.

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MUSIC MAN

From concepts to final set-up,
learn how we craft your instrument

CONCEPT

What can the guitar be? Every new Ernie Ball Music Man concept represents our quest to answer to this question, guided by our design team's pursuit of perfection and molded by the demands for performance from our artists. Starting from the ground up is never easy, but we believe innovation means never being satisfied with the status quo.

Design

Every Ernie Ball Music Man guitar has been meticulously designed and crafted with the utmost attention to every detail. With each new model, our world-class team of designers and engineers delivers the best playing experience possible.

Millwork

Our wood mill employs the perfect balance of machine-driven precision and the personal touch of an experienced handcraftsmen. High-quality wood is sculpted into beautiful instruments.

Big Bird

Big Bird is a recently-added member of the Ernie Ball Music Man robot family, feeding the wood raw materials into the computer-controlled cutting and drilling machine with automated precision.

Fretting

All frets are hand-applied to exact specifications, ensuring each guitar or bass has the playability you'd expect from Ernie Ball Music Man.

Sanding

Ernie Ball Music Man necks and bodies are hand-sanded multiple times, creating flawless finishes and maximum playability.

Paint

Three layers of high-gloss polyurethane are applied to each color-coated instrument body, producing a luxurious state-of-the-art finish.

Buffing/Ursula

We use state-of-the-art technology like Ursula, our beloved buffing robot. Automation ensures a high-quality and cost-effective product, every time.

Electronics

Each instrument is hand-soldered using the latest technology in our San Luis Obispo factory.

Setup

When you purchase an Ernie Ball Music Man guitar or bass, it has already been personally tested and tuned by one of our experienced setup technicians, ensuring you can play right out of the box.

Specifications, Schematics & More

Specifications StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)
Model StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)
Size 13-1/2" wide x 1-5/8" thick x 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Weight 9 lbs, 8 oz. (4.31 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Alder
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors Chocolate Burst
Bridge Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
Pickguard White
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 21 - Low profile, narrow width
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Select maple
Fret Markers 5/16" Black dots (no 21st marker)
Neck Finish High gloss polyester
Neck Colors Natural aged light yellow finish
Tuning Machines Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss Rod Rear mounted adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Electronic Shielding Chrome plated brass control cover
Controls Custom "Old Smoothie" 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Pickups Custom "Old Smoothie" humbucking with 10 elongated Alnico magnets and split cover
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)

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Specifications StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)
Model StingRay 40th (Old Smoothie)
Order 0
Size 13-1/2" wide x 1-5/8" thick x 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Weight 9 lbs, 8 oz. (4.31 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood Alder
Body Finish High gloss polyester
Body Colors Chocolate Burst
Body Bindings
Bridge Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
Pickguard White
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 7.5" (19.1 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 21 - Low profile, narrow width
Neck Width 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Select maple neck
Fingerboard Select maple
Fret Markers 5/16" Black dots (no 21st marker)
Neck Finish High gloss polyester
Neck Colors Natural aged light yellow finish
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss Rod Rear mounted adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment 6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Electronic Shielding Chrome plated brass control cover
Controls Custom "Old Smoothie" 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Switching
Pickups Custom "Old Smoothie" humbucking with 10 elongated Alnico magnets and split cover
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)

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