Ernie Ball debuts versatile Short Scale StingRay Bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has introduced the Short Scale StingRay bass
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

Ernie Ball Music Man has introduced the Short Scale StingRay bass guitar, which promises a “big thumpy round sound in a convenient smaller package.”

The new 30-inch scale model features an ash body in a high-gloss polyester finish, as well as a roasted maple neck and a fingerboard with 22 high-profile, wide stainless steel frets.

There’s also a specially designed EBMM passive humbucker equipped with higher output neodymium magnets, with a three-way switch offering parallel, true single-coil and series modes and a push/push boost volume pot.

Other features include a modern classic bridge, chrome hardware and new lightweight Music Man tuners with a finer gear ratio.

The Short Scale StingRay is available in Vintage Sunburst with a maple fingerboard, and Starry Night with a rosewood board for $2,099.

For more information, head to Music Man (opens in new tab).

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.