Bassists, ditch your pedalboards: the Sterling by Music Man DarkRay features two Darkglass distortion circuits in one bass

Sterling DarkRay
(Image credit: Sterling by Music Man)

Fans of bass distortion will likely be aware of pedal experts Darkglass Electronics. They may also know that back in 2021 the Finnish company teamed up with Ernie Ball to create a bass guitar that combined the venerable StingRay Special with the Darkglass Alpha Omega preamp.

Well, now the aforementioned DarkRay is also available in the Sterling range, which combines Music Man-specific features, upmarket hardware and traditional construction yet sits at close to half the price of the original DarkRay.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.