The music industry is rife with instruments that have been trying to emulate their better and more expensive counterparts. It is the industry standard in the modern day to produce a guitar that is expensive and also produce a model that looks exactly like it, and yet is so much cheaper. Whether done by the same manufacturer or a couple of different ones, the outcome is always positive: broke people can afford a great guitar look alike. Yet there is no guitar that can compare to the original. Let us take a look at the original Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 4 Bass and see why it is so great.
The design on this guitar is what most guitars try to emulate when they work with a double cutaway, rounded bottom shape. It is the original (if not the original, then one of the best versions of the original) pieces of beautiful electric bass guitar bodies. The double cutaway looks beautiful and the bulkier body of the guitar feels very comfortable, if a little heavy, when playing. The middle circular pickguard gives the guitar a minimalistic, distinguished look. One of the better looking guitars out there.
The body of the guitar is made out of ash, something you will not see too often in the cheaper guitar world. The high quality ash used in the production of this guitar is a little on the heavier side between all of the ash choices you can get, but the tonal qualities it provides far outweighs the problem of weight. The northern ash used in the guitar has a powerful and pronounced mid resonance, with extremely well rounded bottom tones. The ash is also kind of sturdy, definitely not the sturdiest, but it provides a nice long life for the instrument.
The neck of the guitar is made out of maple, a rather traditional choice coming from the guitar manufacturer, but never one to be complained about. After all, maple is one of the best hardwoods for the purpose of keeping the guitar’s neck stable and resistant to damage and warping. The set through the body neck joint provides the guitar with a little bit of extra stability and a longer lifespan. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of maple as well, which is not something you see too often on the market.
The guitar comes with a hardened steel bridge system. This provides the guitar with extra string stability and some nice action.
The nut of the guitar is made out of a midway quality synthetic material, which is never ideal on a guitar this expensive. Still the sound is clean, the harmony nice and the action present, so nothing much to complain about.
The tuning machine of the guitar is made to last, both in terms of lifespan and in terms of tuning. This guitar seemingly never goes out of tune.
The guitar comes with a single pickup, located at the bridge of the guitar. This single Alnico Humbucker has a whole lot of power and sound to make out for the fact that it is the only one present on the guitar. The output is powerful and the tonal depth and quality produced by the pickup is delectable. The fact that there is also only one pickup provides the guitar with a unique sound that feels delicious in most cases.
The guitar comes with a simple set of controls, with three knobs. One knob is for master volume and two are for band EQ each.
The guitar provides the player with a very powerful though tonally interesting sound. The guitar is highly fitted for most genres, especially designed for the blues and jazz worlds, though it can hold its own in the rock and roll and even the metal world. The tones of the guitar are full and thick, satisfying to play and listen to. The output is powerful enough to turn heads and satisfy most player.
This is one of the best electric bass guitars currently present on the market, and the price sort of reflects this. Full of high quality details, it produces a great sound and feels great to play. Highly recommended if you don’t mind dropping a whole lot of cash on it.