Music Man 'Old Smoothie' Music Man StingRay 40th Anniversary

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Product Ref: 71880

  • 40th Anniversary StingRay Electric Bass Guitar
  • Reproduction of StingRay Prototype #26, Designed by Leo Fender
  • Custom 'Old Smoothie' Humbucker with 10 Elongated Alnico Magnets
  • Select Maple Neck and Fingerboard with Low Profile Narrow Frets
  • Alder Body with an Exclusive Chocolate Burst Finish

Music Man 'Old Smoothie' Music Man StingRay 40th Anniversary

The Music Man 'Old Smoothie' Music Man StingRay 40th Anniversary is a 4-string bass guitar designed to celebrate the 40th anniversy of Ernie Ball Music Man. The design is based from the StingRay prototype #26, designed for Sterling Ball, who developed the tested the original prototypes in the 1970's. The bass itself features a 34-inch scale maple neck and fingerboard plus active electronic and a custom made 10 pole piece pickup design.

Product Ref: 71880

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Vintage StingRay Reproduction

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ernie Ball Music Man, the team have introduced a faithful reproduction of the Stingray prototype #26 which was developed, tested and overseen by Sterling Ball himself in the 70's. This bass guitar design would go on to be one of the most renowned bass guitar styles ever created. Built as a re-creation of the original prootype, the 'Old Smoothie' features all the components that made the original so sought after.

Original Vintage Construction

Working from the original design of the StingRay prototype #26, the 'Old Smoothie' features a range of components and materials found on the original design. The alder body and single-piece maple neck with rear-mounted truss rod produces the classic sound and feel of the original StingRay basses. The bass features the classic 34'' scale length with a maple fingerboard, allowing you play even more complex riffs with ease, minimising any crossover between notes.

Classic Sound

The 'Old Smoothie' also features a unique 10 pole piece humbucking pickup (taken from the original design) and custom active electronics that allow to fine-tune the tone of your bass guitar. The classic Music Man bridge features individual string mutes for added versatility, catering to a range of playing styles. All these components combine to produce a thick, warm bass tone that retains its clarity in the low-end.


Body & Bridge

  • Body: Alder
  • Body Finish: High Gloss Polyester
  • Body Colour: Chocolate Burst
  • Bridge: Music Man® Chrome Plated, Hardened Steel Bridge with Vintage Stainless Steel Saddles and Adjustable Mute Pads
  • Body Dimensions: 34.3cm x 4.1cm x 114cm / 13.5'' x 1.6'' x 44.88'' (Width x Depth x Length)

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck: Select Maple
  • Neck Finish: High Gloss Polyester
  • Neck Colour: Natural Aged Light Yellow
  • Scale Length: 86.4cm / 34''
  • Neck Radius: 19.1cm / 7.5''
  • Neck Construction: 6-Bolts - Perfect Alignment with No Shifting
  • Fingerboard: Select Maple
  • Frets: 21 Low-Profile, Narrow Width
  • Fret Markers: Black Dots
  • Truss Rod: Rear Mounted, Adjustable

Hardware & Electronics

  • Electronic Shielding: Chrome Plated Brass Control Cover
  • Controls: Custom ''Old Smoothie'' 2-Band Active Preamp; Volume, Treble, Bass
  • Pickup: Custom ''Old Smoothie'' Humbucker with 10 Elongated Alnico Magnets and Split Cover
  • Strings: 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller BM, with Tapered String Posts
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White

For more information on the Music Man 'Old Smoothie' please refer to the PDF above.