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NAMM 2022: Ernie Ball Music Man unveils new 35th anniversary StingRay 5 bass guitar

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay 5 35th Anniversary
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

NAMM 2022: In celebration of the model's 35th anniversary, Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled a new edition of the StingRay 5 bass guitar.

Details on the gorgeous five-string are somewhat hard to come by as of now, but we do know that it sports an ash body with a spalted top boasting "a thin veneer of figured maple" and a roasted figured maple neck with an ebony fretboard sporting copper pearlescent block inlays. 

Like its StingRay 5 brethren, the bass boasts a single bridge humbucker and a three-band EQ active preamp with 18 volts of clean headroom, a master volume knob, and a three-way blade pickup switch.

The Ernie Ball Music Man 35th Anniversary StingRay 5 bass guitar will be available – in a Spalted Sunburst finish, and with an included certificate of authenticity – starting in August 2022. The price of the bass has yet to be revealed.

It's the second new StingRay model from Ernie Ball Music Man in as many months, following last month's effects-equipped DarkRay 5 model.

Its unveiling also comes in tandem with that of the Kaizen – Ernie Ball's blockbuster collaboration with Tosin Abasi – plus a wealth of new finishes for the company's John Petrucci range of guitars and its new patent-pending Heat Treated pickup design.

For more info on the bass, visit Ernie Ball Music Man (opens in new tab)

Be sure to follow along with our NAMM 2022 news hub and live blog, too, for all of the hot new releases, rumors, and show floor reports you need from the world’s biggest guitar gear expo.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.