Ernie Ball Music Man DarkRay 5 review

The EBMM x Darkglass collab continues with a five-string version that augments the StingRay with onboard dirt and fuzz

Ernie Ball Music Man DarkRay 5
(Image: © Ernie Ball Music Man)

Guitar World Verdict

The DarkRay 5 is an impeccably built fountain of versatile and useful sounds, and is the perfect option for players who love the StingRay’s feel, tone, and character, but want even more options.


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    Distortion/Fuzz circuits optimized for bass.

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    Stellar craftsmanship.


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    Electronics and light wear batteries quickly.

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Last year, Ernie Ball Music Man captured the hearts, minds and fingers of thousands of bassists by revealing the company’s collaboration with bass effect and amplification specialists Darkglass Electronics on a new bass guitar called the DarkRay. 

Combining features of the beloved Music Man StingRay with built-in Alpha (distortion) and Omega (fuzz) circuits, as well as a new two-band EQ preamp designed by Darkglass, the DarkRay was an instant hit. Now, Music Man has expanded the partnership with a five-string version of the DarkRay

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.