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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 33 reviews )
 20 reviews61 %
 8 reviews24 %
 3 reviews9 %
Value For Money : Excellent

James...'s review"feels so good"

Music Man StingRay 4
Humbucking pickup. 3 band EQ. Maple neck. Alder body. Schaller tuners. Yep. What else to say?


I went to get a bass for my studio and didn't really have a price point. Just basically I was thinking to get the best bass I could find and not spend over 3k. My primary goal was to find something really versatile. I didn't expect to get a humbucking only bass. The first thing I realized when I picked it up was how ridiculously good it felt. It looks quite heavy but it isn't as heavy as you would think. The neck has an oiled finish that feels better and plays faster than pretty much any neck I've ever played. Action is amazing. The bridge is wonderful. Tuners are good. This thing never...and i repeat never goes out of tune. I know it sounds like I am really praising the heck out of this bass but it is seriously that good feeling.


The humbucker pickup is misleading because it suggests this bass is a one trick pony. The truth is that by using the eq knobs you can make this sound like anything. P bass or jazz bass or whatever. It can do those sounds if you dial it in right. I think a lot of single coil players get turned off by the look but try it and I bet you will love it. It has a very full and rumbling tone overall. Not high gain. You can't help but love the sound through a good half stack cranked up. It's just face melting. I use it in the studio most of the time with a number of direct boxes and DI amps. It always sounds great. I do think this bass sounds even better played loud in a live situation and I am sad I can't play it out much.


I think my favorite thing about my stingray is how ridiculously fun it is to play and how good it feels in the hands. Seems like whenever i pick it up I feel like I'm having fun. It's just a fun instrument for lack of a better word. Kind of like a good les paul feels. It is not your classic fender bass design or anything. It's very modern in feel and sound. So I can't say bass purists are going to love it. Still...it's worth anyone checking out. You don't see these used as much as you used to. It's a shame. Seems like music man keeps making them better every year.

yoTrakkz's review"nice bass"

Music Man StingRay 4
The Stingray 4c is an American classic. Its features include, typically, a maple neck, an alder body and a split single-coil Precision Bass pickup. It has a vintage golden pickguard and vintage hardware. It also features a volume knob, a tone knob, and a 1/4" input.


This bass is somewhat heavier than a Jazz Bass, and can be somewhat large and long, but it was never too awkward for me to handle, and I'm less used to playing bass than most. A well-maintained P-bass will play and feel great, and the top notes won't be too far out of reach for anyone. If anything, the lowest notes will be more strenuous for someone with shorter arms. Everything on this bass is smooth and stable.


I like using this with a Peavey tube bass amp, but I've heard many good combos with it. I like a nice, smooth, fat tone, one that isn't going to pop too hard, but fat enough to hold down a heavy groove. This bass is definitely more low end thud than the J-basses smoothness, but it has plenty of both. It's pretty versatile and can really hold down a fat groove. Distorted, it is particularly nice because it doesn't get too fuzzy, and it doesn't lose the pop of the low end. I really like using this for rock music, as well as some of the heavier funk and R&B. Most of the rock I play isn't too heavy, more in the vain of Dire Straits and Wilco in terms of heaviness and dynamics, and I think that the bass is just deep and round enough for those genres.


This base, in my opinion, are some of the best instruments made in the 20th century. These will certainly cost you a pretty penny nowadays, too. Getting a good used one is a good lifetime investment for the true bassist. I think it's worth it in the long run, before they get even more expensive. They sound absolutely phenomenal, and if they are well-maintained, they play great too. The 4c is certainly in a league of its own, and going classic is definitely the best choice.

moosers's review

Music Man StingRay 4
The Ernie Ball Music Man Stringray bass guitar was made in the USA. It has 22 frets and a single humbucker pick up. It has tone and volume controls to control each part of the pick up. I'm not sure what the neck is made out of, but it has a great feel to it.


The Stringray is easy to play as the neck has a great feel to it. The shape is cool looking and while it is somewhat heavy, not too much more heavy than any bass out there. The inherent sound is unique and is easy to get a nice sound out of it.


The Ernie Ball MusicMan Stringray is great for all types of music, but works best in rock and punk, in my opinion. It has a twangy sound to it that makes for a unique blend. It has a few tone control knobs so you can dial in your own tone, which definitely comes in handy. I have used overdrive with this bass and have found that you can get some really cool and interesting sounds with the inherent sound of this and a bit of drive. Overall, the Stringray has a great sound that is unique and interesting.


I've been using the Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray bass for about two years and I have found it to be unique in both tone and look, making for a great bass guitar. The price is reasonable as it is a high end bass. I can't say this is better than a Fender bass, but would encourage those interested in a top end bass guitar to try this as well as some of the other basses on the market, as it is all about personal preference. For the price, this is a great bass guitar with its own style.
Audiofanzine FR12/07/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Music Man StingRay 4
(Originally written by chevaliernoir/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Maple neck, rosewood or maple fingerboard.

I don't know how it influences the sound but maple fingerboards get dirty very fast.

Standard machine heads (not sealed lubricated).

It has a 3-band EQ (on the more recent versions). The battery access is great because you don't need any tools.

No balance control since the instrument has a single pickup. The pickup is very close to the bridge so you have a lot of space for your right hand.

I give it an average mark because of the single pickup and the old-school machine heads, but the instrument is very sturdy. It's also very heavy. The manufacturing quality is very good and it will certainly last a long time.


Very pleasant neck.

I'm used to playing with my thumb resting on the pickup edge. But since the pickup is very close to the bridge, I have to rest my thumb on the lowest-sounding string. It's not much of a problem if you 're already used to playing like this. I found it annoying and couldn't get used to it.

The instrument is very heavy... like its sound.


It's certainly its weakest point.

Perhaps you'll love it. The sound is very special and it reminds me of a Musicman. It's perfect for a rock band. The bass sound is very present but it doesn't overshadow other instruments. The attack is very good and the powerful low-mids are perfect.

The problem is that the bass can only produce this kind of sound. It's not versatile at all. Even with the EQ you cannot really alter the sound much.


As an object I give it a 10.

The neck feels great (although the maple fingerboard gets dirty quickly).

The instrument is too heavy for my taste and doesn't have a thumb rest.

It's not versatile at all.

As a summary, I can understand that some musicians consider it the perfect bass but it's not for me (I will keep my 5-string Warwick and I will sell the Musicman).

MGR/Augustinas's review"Music Man Stingray 4"

Music Man StingRay 4
I play the bass for 16 years now in a various bands. Most often I play rock, blues, jazz, funk and sometimes classical music. My favourite genre of music is rock (I like it from 8 ears old).

I bought this Stingray 1 month ago at www.musiciansfriend.com for 1365 USD.

I like almost everything about it. My bass is transparent gold with maple neck. Very good looking, extremely good rocking sound, awesome slap sound, active electronics (9 V power supply) with treble, middle and bass controllers, which gives you more tonal variations from solid and massive to sharp and high sound.

Unfinished neck. I affraid that it will become dirty after some time https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_smile.gif Anyway this natural maple is wery nice for my left hand.

Very strong, good done. I think it won't break even cracked to the wall.

It's probably the best bass I've ever had. Since I really like to play rock, Music Man Stingray is right bass for me.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/alex verlander06/01/2003

MGR/alex verlander's review"Music Man Stingray 4 (3eq)"

Music Man StingRay 4
i purchased this bass guitar from rimmers home of music, leyland, england. it cost £1030

the playability was unreal. slapping wasy ace!!!

the pole pieces on the pickup went rusty after 6weeks, and the neck seemed untreated as it was filthy after 6 weeks!


biggest mistake i ever made! i went from a fender pbass (mexican) to a music man stingray simply because id heard so much about them and when i played it the in shop i was satisfied! then i got to know it and disliked it! i have now just traded it in for a fender usa precision bass with a maple neck and this is so much better! however, it cost me the musicman stingray and £115 for the usa pbass. so in truth, i paid £1145 for an £880 bass guitar! but i had to have it!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Otis P. Jivefunk04/14/2002

MGR/Otis P. Jivefunk's review"Music Man Stingray 4"

Music Man StingRay 4
My old bass fell apart because I used it so much. I needed a bass that would stay together and sound good at the same time. I also need a bass that was perfect for slapping. I then walked into a local music store to see what they had. I picked up this bass and played it. The following weekend I went back to the store and bought it. It cost somewhere around $1400 (I had been saving for a while), but you can get them cheaper.

The sound and playability. It's active, which just adds to the great single humbucker tone. That's right! No neck pickup to get in your way. The string spacing is wide, so it's perfect for slapping. It has a nice, low action which is also perfect for slapping. It also has really BIG fret markers.

The 3-1 headstock takes some getting used to, but once you do, you'll love it.

I have rammed the headstock into the wall at least 20 times (I need to be more careful) and it has taken THREE MAJOR FALLS! IT STILL PLAYS PERFECTLY! This bass will probably live longer than i will.

The tone cuts through a band like a hot knife though butter. It's extremely easy to play. The bass is built so well, you could probably kill someone with it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Postmortem's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it speaks for itself ..."

Music Man StingRay 4
Hello to all! Good first review on this bass. Although eight years to condense ... I drooled over this low ... voila ... a dream to me ... and I am totally disappointed ........... nan kidding it rocks!

More seriously, musicman stingray made the U.S. version rosewood, 3 EQ bands classical myth (yes I say this bass is a myth).

21 frets without saying bullshit ... micro classical MM although that has received an upgrade, it is equipped with the Delano vintage found on the classic series ... it's not displease me.

Bolt-on neck stuffed sustain and happiness.


So me I'm a basic warwickien (thumb 88 and German corvette (must specify)) suddenly I am a regular 24 and 26 frets ... so the it is true that I miss it a little but seriously stingray ... a thoroughly low hellyeah!

The ergonomics are great ... I play very loud and the bass is perfectly balanced.

The weight is not a problem I'm used with Warwick (my back insult me ​​all day, I assure you).

Access to acute is correct ... but my opinion it feels that it was not designed for that.

"Gets - it is easy to sound good?" ... It is a serious issue .........................?


Well ... the interesting part!

I'll call this the low low cunning ... why tell me - you? It's simple.

I take the beast in hand and plays a bit empty ... yuck! I said "no!" ... I plug in my ... wham tatane facies!

I play markbass little mark 3 with a 2 * 10 Genz Benz and a 15 * traveler markbass home ... oh my god my zicos hate me.

So I played in 4 metal bands (I love metal? ... But what will think you see ...) and play a lot of funk next ... I'm interested in everything in general I put a point of honor.

She goes everywhere with ... against the grain musicman is everywhere ... not to hide ... but honestly who would hide it huh? https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

Setting mediums is the magic knob ... it does not get enough? No need to turn up the volume ... a shot of mediums and is drilled.

"What sound do you hate?" ... But it's over the questions at the "beep"?


I've had a little over a month ... I have the American dream in my hands ... To have two other very good bass I can not find better but different ... it's very typical (like warwick) and it's just ... exhilarating! Constant happiness that does not let you. In fact she learns self control because we just always want to push.

Price / quality ratio? ... I did not try to negotiate ...

I just pointed out ... it is unforgiving ... she does not let any mistakes ... it forces to work believe me (that you ask).

If I do it again this choice? ... Guess https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

Ah yes ... what I love the most? ... There MusicMan marked on the head ... the groove machine!

Tenrolff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Powerful!"

Music Man StingRay 4
This is a Musicman Stingray 2001, rosewood fingerboard and 3 eq. I've had it for 6 months.
I do not include me on the features, it is a legendary bass.


The grip is nice, and access to acute is easy enough. The unvarnished handle is very comfortable, I love the feeling when touched.
The electronics are super efficient and easy to use.
The bass is relatively heavy (unless my ibanez but more than my warwick) but the balance is perfect so it is bearable with a good strap.


The sound is really nice, very modern and powerful, this is the kind of bass that sounds great even with the knobs of the equa 0.
The active electronics are very clean.
The bass is versatile, I played mostly funk and funk-rock.
Slap is happiness.

I played with a markbass (little head 3 mark and baffle 121H)


I've had it for 6 months before selling it to test another model.
This is a very good bass that I recommend.
The value used for money is good in my opinion. I sure did not do this choice with my current taste.
Before I would have put my warwick 9, but in comparison I do not put him 8.
gora herria10/15/2013

gora herria's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Music Man StingRay 4
mine is a natural color visible on the profile of my friend lepollack 1978
2-band EQ that I find much more effective than the 3 bands I do not know why
may be this is due to the shell of the EQ


no ergonomic body on models of that time: the back of the bass is flat it isn Escaloper and it is more than 5 kgs a good strap is needed then, but it poses no real problem with it is its muscular character


the sound is StingRay: It growls is inimitable and slap it's the holy grail


I use this bass for quite a few years I tried a lot of bass with a lot of Zikman but I must say that pleasure is even better on these old ladies
most: the sound and the
least: I would say the weight, but even I like to feel that this is a low Hats
thing I like least about the other type of low