“Affordable, direct-to-fan, and simple in every way. It really is a dream come true”: Sterling by Music Man’s first-ever Joe Dart signature model is a made-to-order funk powerhouse that costs less than $400

Sterling by Music Man Joe Dart Artist Series Bass
(Image credit: Sterling by Music Man)

Sterling by Music Man has unveiled its Joe Dart Artist Series Bass – a highly affordable take on the Vulfpeck funk maestro’s hugely popular Ernie Ball bass guitar.

We say affordable, we really mean it: the first-ever Sterling version of the Dart bass model weighs in at $399. Compare that with the $2,599 Joe Dart III (which sold out in seconds) and the $2,399 single-pickup version (which this new model is based on), and, on paper, it looks like a helluva deal.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.