Ernie Ball Music Man announces super-limited-edition Cliff Williams Icon Series StingRay bass

Ernie Ball Music Man has announced the Icon Series Cliff Williams StingRay bass guitar, honoring the longstanding AC/DC bass player.

Built to the exact specifications of Williams' prized 1979 StingRay, the new model features a three-piece poplar body with a Nitro Faded Back in Burst finish, and a maple neck with a nitrocellulose lacquer, emulating the period-correct finishing technique. Attention to detail goes as far as replicated wear and tear.

It also boasts a 21-fret maple fingerboard with a natural-aged light yellow finish and 5/16" dot inlays. 

Ernie Ball Music Man Icon Series Cliff Williams StingRay

(Image credit: Ernie Ball)

The humbucking pickup on Williams' 1979 StingRay has been faithfully recreated, as well, including eight elongated Alnico 5 magnets wound with a single poly-nylon wire. Controls include a custom two-band active preamp, and volume, treble and bass controls.

Other features include an adjustable bullet-style truss rod, a strings-thru body bridge, an original '70s three-bolt neckplate with microtilt adjustment and a classic original Music Man logo on the headstock.

With the release of the Aussie rock titans' new album Power Up, AC/DC-mania is in full swing – and with the Icon Series Cliff Williams StringRay, EBMM have joined the party.

To secure one of these beauties and channel the legendary AC/DC bassist, you'll need the princely sum of $7,000. They're pretty limited, too, with only 26 available worldwide. For more information, head to Ernie Ball Music Man.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.