Ernie Ball Music Man expands its DarkRay line of bass guitars with new 5-string model, finishes

Ernie Ball Music Man's 2022 collection of DarkRay bass guitars
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

Last year, Ernie Ball Music Man caused a bit of a stir with its unveiling of the DarkRay bass guitar.

The premise was pretty simple, but cool nonetheless – a StingRay bass fitted with onboard effects courtesy of Darkglass Electronics. Now, the company has expanded the DarkRay line with some swanky new finishes, and a five-string model.

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Jackson Maxwell

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. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. 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.