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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Imperial March Electric Guitar Orchestra by Cooper Carter

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:31

Ernie Ball Music Man artist Cooper Carter just released an electric guitar orchestra tribute to legendary Star Wars saga composer, John Williams. (Just in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere on Thursday, December 13th). The video features 70 guitar tracks, 28 orchestra parts, and 8 of our Music Man guitars. Let the riffs flow through you….

Music Man Guitars featured:

Cutlass Guitar

The Cutlass features updated vintage spec electronics, a super smooth modern tremolo system and a lightweight alder body.

 

JP15

The JP 15 is powered by twin custom Dimarzio Illuminator pickups, piezo bridge system and on board 20db gain boost.

 

JP6 

JP6 is the original Music Man John Petrucci signature model. The basswood body features a high gloss durable finish with stylish lines and an ergonomic scooped arm contour.

 

Armada

The Armada’s combination of tone woods coupled with a set of Music Man designed classic humbuckers delivers a big and beefy sound with a surprisingly sparkly clean tone you may not expect from such a powerhouse instrument.

 

St. Vincent

The St. Vincent is a unique electric guitar designed with Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard. St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers.

 

StingRay Bass

The iconic StingRay Bass features a solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pick guard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Music Man humbucker.

 

John Petrucci BFR

The JP BFR is powered by Dimarzio Liquifire & Crunchlab pickups, piezo bridge system and a coil splitting tone pot. Available in 6 or 7 string with Music Man JP tremolo, 3 way Toggle pickup selector and Music Man hardshell case.

 

Luke 3

Floating vintage tremolo, 5 way pickup pickup selector and 12db adjustable active boost give the Luke 3 a variety of tonal combinations suitable for any musical style.

Top 10 Ernie Ball Music Man Bestsellers 2017

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:07

As we wrap up the year, we thought it would be fun to take a look back and share which of our instruments were most popular. From long-time favorites like the StingRay bass to newcomers like the St. Vincent, Valentine, and Modern Classics, a healthy medley of instruments are represented. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a recap of the best-selling Ernie Ball Music Man instruments of 2017.

 

1) StingRay 4H 3EQ Bass Guitar

First introduced in 1976, the StingRay has been revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. The StingRay was the first production four string bass to feature on-board active equalization. The flagship of the Music Man line, today’s StingRay is the same as it was some forty years ago featuring a solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Music Man humbucker. All of which combined produce a look, feel and sound that are remarkably unmistakable.

 

2) Monarchy Majesty 6-String Guitar

 

The Monarchy Series Majesty is constructed with a through-neck design of mahogany and flame maple top; available in 4 rich translucent finishes. The Monarchy Series Majesty comes with chrome or black hardware featuring a custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo bridge and Schaller locking tuners.

 

3) Majesty 6 String Guitar

 

The Majesty is the result of John’s unwavering demand for performance, playability and race inspired design. One of the most ergonomic and perfectly balanced instruments available, The Majesty features neckthrough body design, unparalleled upper and lower fret access, economical in-line control knob placement and new digital pickup switching capabilities which effectively eliminates delay between pickup selection. The Majesty is the exemplification of everything we know a John Petrucci signature model to be – innovative technology, versatile performance, and a sleek modern feel.

 

4) St. Vincent Guitar

Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. New colors for 2017 include Polaris White, Heritage Red, Tobacco Burst, and Stealth Black. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings.

 

5) Cutlass SSS Guitar

The Cutlass features updated vintage spec electronics, a super smooth modern tremolo system and lightweight alder body are welcome refinements to the Cutlass. Oversized 4 over 2 headstock with straight string pull provide superior tuning stability and flawless craftsmanship throughout make the Cutlass a perfect culmination of old world aesthetics and styling with modern design and playability.

 

6) StingRay 5 HH Guitar

The first bass designed by Ernie Ball Music Man, the Stingray 5 was unveiled in 1987 and has been an industry standard for extended range basses ever since. With its powerful punchy sound, the added flexibility of additional pickups and a comfortably contoured body the StingRay5 satisfies even the most demanding of players.

 

7) Valentine Guitar

The Ernie Ball Music Man James Valentine “Valentine” guitar features a slab ash body, two Ernie Ball Music Man designed pickups (1-humbucker/1-single coil), with 3-way custom wired lever switch, coil tap, modern hardtail bridge with vintage bent steel saddles, 25.5-inch scale, oil and wax rubbed roasted maple neck with 10-inch radius maple fingerboard, 22 stainless steel frets, oversized 4-over-2 headstock and compensated nut, designed for superior tuning stability.

 

8) JP15 6 String Guitar

The JP15 features a lightweight African mahogany body with a figured roasted maple top. The subtle yet beautiful Sahara Burst satin finish compliments the flame or quilt figuring with stunning effect. Roasted maple neck and fingerboard adds just the right amount of snap and brightness while providing more stability in ever changing climates. The JP 15 is powered by twin custom Dimarzio Illuminator pickups, piezo bridge system and on board 20db gain boost. Available in 6 or 7 string with Music Man JP tremolo, 3 way Toggle pickup selector and Music Man hardshell case.

 

9) StingRay4 HH

First introduced in 1976, the StingRay has been revered as one of the most iconic bass guitars in history. The StingRay was the first production four string bass to feature on-board active equalization. The flagship of the Music Man line, today’s StingRay is the same as it was some forty years ago featuring a solid roadworthy construction, massive hardened steel bridge, elegant oval pickguard, 3+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Music Man humbucker. All of which combined produce a look, feel and sound that are remarkably unmistakable.

 

10) StingRay Guitar

The StingRay guitar features updated vintage spec humbucking pickups, a super smooth modern tremolo system and off-set lightweight African Mahogany body. The sound is big and bold when needed but smooth as glass if desired thanks to the perfectly voiced custom pickups. 3-way switch accesses versatile coil combinations while oversized 4 over 2 headstock with straight string pull provide superior tuning stability. Flawless craftsmanship throughout make the Stingray a perfect culmination of old world aesthetics and styling with modern design and playability.

 

Bruno Mars Rocks His Albert Lee during “24K Magic Live At The Apollo” Performance

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:57

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, director, musician, two-time Super Bowl Halftime performer, and Ernie Ball Music Man artist Bruno Mars performed in his first primetime television special last night with “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” on CBS. This electrifying special was taped at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City, where Bruno kicked off the special in spectacular style, with an epic performance atop the Apollo’s landmark marquee. Also, Bruno and his band the Hooligans took to the streets, visiting, singing and entertaining locals in exciting, intimate, must-see moments. The special, which will continue to tape in the coming weeks, features exhilarating, never-before-seen stage performances throughout the broadcast. Watch the entire first episode broadcast here.

The Albert Lee

During the performance of “Calling All My Lovelies” on tour and during his special, Bruno plays a custom “24k” colored Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee electric guitar. With its unique retro modern design and stunning array of vintage single coils options, the Albert Lee is one versatile instrument. Lightweight, comfortable and perfectly balanced players will appreciate its fit, form and function. Sporting a southern swamp ash body, figured maple neck and a trio of custom pickups, this guitar is the the perfect choice for guitarists who want brilliant high-pitched twang or smooth throaty tone wrapped up in a hum-free electronic package. Whether you are looking for twang or shine, grit or grease, the Albert Lee delivers, covering a wide ranging sonic palette all at the flick of the switch. Bruno plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

 

 

 

Dixie Dregs Original Line-up Back On Tour

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:30

What happens when an unconventional band of critically acclaimed musical virtuosos reunite to perform a tour with their original band line-up for the first time in 40 years? Their fans line up for tickets to see them play.

Fans of the The Dixie Dregs (aka The Dregs), are excited for the Dawn of The Dregs Tour, which begins in Clearwater, Florida on February 28 and continues with shows on the East and West Coasts through April of 2018.

Since announcement about the tour, Dregs fans from around the world have responded with enthusiasm. A date at Atlanta’s Center Stage sold out in a matter of hours, and the other shows currently on sale are tracking to sell out in advance of their dates as word spreads about the tour.

“We knew there was still an audience for the band, but the degree to which they have responded has been overwhelming,” said Dregs bassist, Andy West. “A fan from Canada posted on our Facebook page that he has tickets for at least four shows, and may get tickets for other shows as well.”

Those are some dedicated Dregs fans.

Getting The Band Back Together

Reuniting the original members of the band after 40 years is a story within itself. Andy West continued to create music and play in several solo projects, but his daytime job for most of those years was as Technology VP for a high-level software company in Arizona. Violinist, Allen Sloan went back to school, became a practicing anesthesiologist in North Carolina. Keyboardist Steve Davidowski continued to make a living from music as a session player in Nashville, and currently plays with various bands near his home in North Carolina.

Original Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein maintains his position as the original drummer of the multi-platinum selling ‘80’s band Winger, is a member of the band Jelly Jam with Ty Tabor (King’s X) and John Myung (Dream Theater), and is also finishing his twentieth year as a much sought-after Professor of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

For guitar aficionados, Dregs co-founder and chief composer, (and long-time Ernie Ball Music Man signature artist) Steve Morse needs no introduction, and his place in the pantheon of guitar greats is certain. Although his gig for more than 20 years has been as guitarist for Deep Purple, his career started with the Dixie Dregs.

The band traces its true beginnings to the band Dixie Grit, which started in a Georgia high school with Steve on guitar and Andy West on bass. Dixie Grit morphed into the Dixie Dregs at the University of Miami School of Music, where Allen Sloan (violin) and Rod Morgenstein joined up with Steve and Andy, who were the “dregs” of Dixie Grit. The members of the Dixie Dregs remained committed to attending the University of Miami School of Music, which hosted a lively and talented musical community during their tenure, including future greats Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, T Lavitz, and Bruce Hornsby, among many others. In 1975, the group’s demo album, The Great Spectacular, was recorded at the University of Miami and then re- released on CD in 1997.

After graduation, the band moved back to Augusta where Steve Davidowski (keyboards) completed the band that would eventually emerge and become known simply as The Dregs. The band paid its dues and honed its skills playing in bars and venues throughout the South in the mid-70s. They established themselves in the firmament of American instrumental music, seamlessly fusing rock with progressive and jazz elements to create a uniquely instrumental-driven style that has stood the test of time.

Based on a short demo and a tip from former Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell along with legendary Allman/Dregs tour manager Twiggs Lyndon, Capricorn Records signed the Dixie Dregs to record Free Fall (1977). The success and critical acclaim of Free Fall announced the Dixie Dregs to the world, and after its release, they would become a cult favorite band that would have a lasting influence on much of modern rock.

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

The Steve Morse

For 30 years, Steve Morse has been rocking with his serial number #1 model of the original signature guitar that bears his name. Featuring a classic double cutaway design, four custom DiMarzio pickups and intuitive switching layout, this signature guitar affords effortless playability, comfortable yet solid construction and a full range of tonal possibilities. Due to his virtually non-stop playing over that time, he has had the luthiers at Ernie Ball Music Man refret the instrument more than 10 times. At The NAMM Show 2017, the Ball family surprised Steve by giving him serial number #2, which had been in the company vault, virtually untouched, for decades.

The Steve Morse Y2D

The SMY2D celebrates the 20th anniversary of signature Music Man artist Steve Morse. Combining the beautiful elegance of figured maple with the distinctively voiced Poplar tone-wood, custom Dimarzio pickups and simplified intuitive pickup arrangement, the SMY2D delivers the feel and playability one would expect from such a high caliber instrument, but more importantly retains all the unique signature elements Steve has relied upon throughout his amazing career.

Dixie Dregs Tour Dates

Find out if Dixie Dregs is heading to a town near you by checking out the dates below and be sure to visit their website for info on how to get tickets and info on the latest dates added to the tour.

02/28/18 CAPITAL THEATER CLEARWATER, FL
03/01/18 PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL
03/02/18 THE BELL AUDITORIUM AUGUSTA, GA.
03/03/18 CENTER STAGE ATLANTA, GA
03/05/18 CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL CHARLESTON, SC
03/06/18 CAROLINA THEATER DURHAM, NC
03/07/18 LINCOLN THEATER WASHINGTON, DC
03/09/18 SCOTTISH RITE AUDITORIUM COLLINGSWOOD, NJ
03/10/18 NEWTON THEATER NEWTON, NJ
03/14/18 THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE RIDGEFIELD, CT.
03/16/18 TOWN HALL NEW YORK CITY
03/17/18 BEARSVILLE THEATER, WOODSTOCK, NY
03/19/18 WILBUR THEATER BOSTON, MA
03/21/18 CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – THE EGG ALBANY, NY
03/22/18 CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL PITTSBURGH, PA
03/23/18 KENT STAGE KENT, OH
03/24/18 THE VIC THEATER CHICAGO, IL.
04/11/18 PABST THEATER MILWAUKEE, WI
04/14/18 BOULDER THEATRE BOULDER, CO

Bonus Content

Watch Steve Morse demo his signature models below.

The Top Six Things We Learned From A Day To Remember’s Rig Rundown.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:51

Ernie Ball champions A Day To Remember were featured in Premiere Guitars Rig Rundown, which featured Music Man Artist Josh Woodard and his collection of Sting Ray Basses. The interview was right before an exciting show at Nashville Marathon Music Work’s.

Here is the Full Video:

Here are the Top Six Things We Learned:

#1 – ADTR Neil Westfall relies on Ernie Ball Strings Not Even Slinky for Drop Tuning.

Neil likes the feel of Not Even Slinky gauges on his signature model to keep the tension on his drop tuned guitars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Don’t Trust the audience with your gear.

Josh Woodard learned the hard way about trusting the audience with his main bass and they ended up tearing it to pieces and walked away with a souvenir.

Click below to hear the story.

#3 – Flame Roasted Necks have a great feel and Electronics all stock through his Kemper.

A recent trend thats been changing the game for artists has been roasted maple necks. Josh Woodard loves the feel of his Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray with roasted birdseye maple.

Click below to hear what Josh thinks about the Roasted Neck.

#4 – Josh Woodard likes his Ernie Ball Music Man Classic Sting Ray with Power Slinky Bass Strings. 

Josh loves the sound and feel of fresh strings.

#5  – EBMM Legend Mike Herrera inspired Josh Woodard to join the Ernie Ball Family.

“Mike from MXPX plays them, He is an awesome bass player. I was like yeah, I’ll try them out and I never looked back. They hooked me up, it has been an awesome relationship “

 

#6 – Kevin Scaff uses a combination of Beefy Slinky and a Custom Gauge for different drop tunings

Kevin Scaff likes Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky on his Drop C tuning and a Custom Gauge for his Drop A tuning.

 

Bonus Content:

Closer look at Josh Woodard’s Music Man Sting Rays:

Custom Classic Ernie Ball Music Man trans Sting Ray color with a slightly contoured body, stock electronics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Classic Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray with a roasted birdseye maple neck.

Get your Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray from your local dealer and check out the specs on our Ernie Ball Music Man website.

 

St. Vincent Performs on the Graham Norton Show

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:38

As previously reported, to tie-into the recent release of her latest album, Ernie Ball Music Man signature artist Annie Clark released a very limited (12 pieces worldwide) MASSEDUCTION edition of her STV guitar. The guitars’ aesthetic is an extension of the unique visual world of ‘MASSEDUCTION.’ Although now sold out worldwide, the guitar was available in four neon colors: blue, lime, pink and orange (with leopard print pickguard). The guitar also came with a deluxe vinyl copy of ‘MASSEDUCTION’ and a signed back plate. Annie continues to tour with her own originals of the guitars, and has made a number of appearances and performances, including on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and on The Graham Norton Show in the UK. In the Graham Norton clip, Annie performs “Los Ageless” and then joins Norton, Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Josh Gad on the couch, to discuss her new album and the creation of her signature model. Norton asks if the guitar is available to buy, and jokes that he’s buying one for Dench for Christmas. Watch the clip below.

“I designed a guitar that is gender-inclusive. It is incredibly ergonomic for any gender…I’m a smallish person…so I designed a guitar with a smaller frame in mind, and a rock monster tone”. – St. Vincent

 

Although the MASSEDUCTION version of the STV nearly sold out worldwide, the production version is still available in several colors, including Stealth Black, Tobacco Burst, Heritage Red, Polaris White, and St. Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. This month, we also have a Ball Family Reserve edition of the guitar in light translucent gold that features an African mahogany body stained with a light translucent gold finish for a classic, vintage look, a roasted flame-figured neck complemented with a rosewood fretboard and custom St. Vincent inlays and a beautifully accented, hand-shaped white binding. The Ball Family Reserve edition is limited to only 23 pieces…so if you want one you’d better act fast.

The Making of the St. Vincent

Maroon 5 Release New Album, Red Pill Blues

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:19

Ernie Ball Music Man artists, James Valentine and Adam Levine, along with the rest of the critically-acclaimed band, Maroon 5, released Red Pill Blues today, the band’s sixth studio album. The 10-track album features already released collaborations with SZA (“What Lovers Do“), A$AP Rocky (“Whiskey“) and Julia Michaels (“Help Me Out“). The band previously shared the Snapchat-themed album artwork on its own account, while frontman Levine promoted it on his account, too — hinting that the cover is simply just a sign of the times.

“We all use Snapchat, and the Filters have become a huge part of the culture,” Levine told Billboard. “We thought it would be funny to take some more straight-ahead band photos and sprinkle in a little fun.”

Get it now here or stream it on Spotify and watch a recent performance of “What Lovers Do” from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below.

Album Art

Instruments

As we’ve previously reported, both Adam and James can be seen playing their Ernie Ball Music Man guitars on stage when out on tour. Adam has been playing custom colored Ernie Ball Music Man Axis guitars. James is of course sporting his signature Valentine model, which was awarded “Best in Show” when is debuted at NAMM in 2016.

Track List

1. “Best 4 U”
2. “What Lovers Do” feat. SZA
3. “Wait”
4. “Lips on You”
5. “Bet My Heart”
6. “Help Me Out” with Julia Michaels
7. “Who I Am” feat. LunchMoney Lewis
8. “Whiskey” feat. A$AP Rocky
9. “Girls Like You”
10. “Closure”

“Red Pill Blues” Tour Dates

To support the album release, the band will be back out on tour beginning December 30th. Check out the dates below and visit their website to get more info on tickets.

DEC 30-31, 2017
MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
LAS VEGAS, NV
MAR 03, 2018
EXPLANADA CARDALES DE CAYALA
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
MAY 30, 2018
TACOMA DOME
TACOMA, WA
JUN 01, 2018
ORACLE ARENA
OAKLAND, CA
JUN 02, 2018
GOLDEN 1 CENTER
SACRAMENTO, CA
JUN 04, 2018
THE FORUM
INGLEWOOD, CA
JUN 07, 2018
TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
PHOENIX, AZ
JUN 09, 2018
AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA
DALLAS, TX
JUN 10, 2018
TOYOTA CENTER
HOUSTON, TX
JUN 12, 2018
AT&T CENTER
SAN ANTONIO, TX
JUN 14, 2018
SMOOTHIE KING CENTER
NEW ORLEANS, LA
JUN 16, 2018
AMALIE ARENA
TAMPA, FL
JUN 17, 2018
BB&T CENTER
SUNRISE, FL
SEP 07, 2018
VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
SEP 09, 2018
PEPSI CENTER ARENA
DENVER, CO
SEP 11, 2018
SPRINT CENTER
KANSAS CITY, MO
SEP 13, 2018
SCOTTRADE CENTER
ST LOUIS, MO
SEP 14, 2018
UNITED CENTER
CHICAGO, IL
SEP 16, 2018
WISCONSIN ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS CENTER
MILWAUKEE, WI
SEP 18, 2018
XCEL ENERGY CENTER
SAINT PAUL, MN
SEP 20, 2018
BANKER’S LIFE FIELDHOUSE ARENA
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
SEP 22, 2018
KFC YUM! CENTER
LOUISVILLE, KY
SEP 23, 2018
BRIDGESTONE ARENA
NASHVILLE, TN
SEP 25, 2018
NATIONWIDE ARENA
COLUMBUS, OH
SEP 27, 2018
AIR CANADA CENTRE
TORONTO, CANADA
SEP 29, 2018
PPG PAINTS ARENA
PITTSBURGH, PA
SEP 30, 2018
LITTLE CAESAR’S ARENA
DETROIT, MI
OCT 02, 2018
CAPITAL ONE ARENA
WASHINGTON, DC
OCT 04, 2018
SPECTRUM CENTER
CHARLOTTE, NC
OCT 06, 2018
PRUDENTIAL CENTER
NEWARK, NJ
OCT 07, 2018
TD GARDEN
BOSTON, MA
OCT 10, 2018
XL CENTER
HARTFORD, CT
OCT 12, 2018
WELLS FARGO CENTER
PHILADELPHIA, PA
OCT 14-15, 2018
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK, NY

Bonus Material

Watch James Valentine discuss the creation of his signature Ernie Ball Music Man model below and check out our round-up of fan-sightings of the model here.

 

StingRay Bass Buying Guide

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:19

Since 1976 the StingRay bass has served as the gold standard of active electronic basses. With its famously punchy sound the StingRay defined the sound of slap bass that began exploding in funk and rock music in the mid-to-late-70’s onward. Over the course of its life the StingRay has become the soul of a whole line of basses with different electronics, woods, and configurations, some of which may seem difficult to sort out to the uninitiated. So we created this buying guide to help you choose what StingRay is right for you:

The StingRay:

This is the bass that started it all. Originally designed by Leo Fender and one of his closest collaborators Tom Walker, and beta tested by Sterling Ball, the StingRay bass features a uniquely powerful bridge position humbucker pickup, a 3-band EQ, an ash body, and a maple neck that is available with either maple or rosewood fingerboard. In single humbucker format StingRay Basses also have the option to come in a 2-band EQ variety. The StingRay is also one of the few EBMM basses that is available in left handed configuration (single humbucker 3-band EQ only)

Buy this if:

You love slap bass, comfortable bodies with iconic looks, superior craftsmanship, and the history of the first production active electronics bass.

Stingray HS/HH:

For years and years StingRay fans clamored for a bass offering with multiple pickups, so in 2005 the StingRay HS and HH models answered the long standing demands of bass players. Not only did these basses offer new tonal varieties due to the extra pickup, but EBMM offered unique switching capabilities not usually found on two humbucker basses such as coil split single coil sounds.

 

Buy this if:

You are a fan of StingRay Basses but require extra tonal versatility from neck position pickups.

Stingray Classic:

The Stingray Classic series took everything that people loved about the first production StingRay basses from the 70’s through the early 80’s. They feature strings through the body construction, a 2-band EQ similar to those found on first run StingRays which still allows for a versatile range of tone sculpting. The Classic series Stingray features a lacquered neck, a 6-bolt neck, and small profile nickel frets.

 

Buy this if:

You love everything about the StingRay but want extra resonance and sustain, and excellent upper fret access.

StingRay Neck Through:

The StingRay Neck Through design takes all of the great tone of the standard StingRay and pushes it further with the added sustain and upper fret access of a neck through design. Rather than following the set tradition of bolting a neck onto a body blank as StingRays had been designed since the beginning, the Stingray Neck Through takes a whole instrument length neck piece that runs from the top of the headstock all the way to the end of the body, and has two Ash wings that are affixed to the sides to complete the body shape.

Buy this if:

You want the comfort of enhanced upper fret access as well as limitless sustain, all in a visually pleasing package that provides potent punch.

Old Smoothie:

If you’re looking for a piece of StingRay history look no further. The StingRay 40th Anniversary model AKA “Old Smoothie” is a meticulous reproduction of the eponymous bass given to Sterling Ball by Leo Fender. Old Smoothie was the 26th prototype model of the StingRay that was being beta tested by Sterling at the time. Initially the StingRay was far too hot for most amps to handle, so in pragmatic Leo Fender fashion he decided to create a 10 pole humbucker that would set the magnets between the strings rather than underneath the strings. That bass became known as Old Smoothie, now 40+ years later EBMM is paying homage to the bass that started it all by providing a reproduction model as a way for the fans to get their hands on thee Old Smoothie.

 

 

Buy this if:

You want to go back to the bass that started it all. Old Smoothie’s unique 10 pole humbucker provides its namesake smooth sound and houses construction elements like the original “skunk stripe” neck and truss rod design, strings through the body, and a mute kit equipped bridge.

The StingRay bass has become the basis for a host of other instruments that either take from its history or move it forward into the future. The best players play StingRay basses, find yours today.

StingRay Bass Technical Specs and Comparison:

ModelSpecs
Size
StingRay13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
StingRay Classic13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
StingRay Neck Through13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Old Smoothie13-1/2" wide x 1-5/8" thick x 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Weight
StingRay9 lbs, 5 oz (4.22 kg) - varies slightly
StingRay Classic10lbs, 4 oz (4.65 kg) - varies slightly
StingRay Neck Through10 lbs, 0 oz (4.54 kg) - varies slightly
Old Smoothie9 lbs, 8 oz. (4.31 kg) - varies slightly
Body Wood
StingRayAsh
StingRay ClassicAsh
StingRay Neck ThroughAsh with maple through neck
Old SmoothieAlder
Body Finish
StingRayHigh gloss polyester
StingRay ClassicHigh gloss polyester
StingRay Neck ThroughHigh gloss polyester (Stealth Black is a matte finish)
Old SmoothieHigh gloss polyester
Bridge
StingRayStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles (Stealth Black finish features matte black hardware)
StingRay ClassicMusic Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with "Classic" stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
StingRay Neck ThroughStandard - Music Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles (Stealth Black finish features matte black hardware)
Old SmoothieMusic Man® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with vintage stainless steel saddles and adjustable mute pads
Pickguard
StingRayStandard - Black or White; Optional - Shell
StingRay ClassicStandard - Black or White; Optional - Shell
StingRay Neck ThroughStandard - Black or White; Optional - Shell
Old SmoothieWhite
Scale Length
StingRay34" (86.4 cm)
StingRay Classic34" (86.4 cm)
StingRay Neck Through34" (86.4 cm)
Old Smoothie34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius
StingRay11" (27.9 cm)
StingRay Classic7.5" (19.1 cm)
StingRay Neck Through11" (27.9 cm)
Old Smoothie7.5" (19.1 cm)
Headstock Size
StingRayOnly 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
StingRay ClassicOnly 8-1/4" (21.0 cm) long
StingRay Neck ThroughOnly 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Old SmoothieOnly 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets
StingRay21 - High profile, wide
StingRay Classic21 - High profile, narrow width
StingRay Neck Through21 - High profile, wide
Old Smoothie21 - Low profile, narrow width
Neck Width
StingRay1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret; SLO Special -1-1/2" (38.1 mm) at nut, 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
StingRay Classic1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
StingRay Neck Through1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Old Smoothie1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood
StingRaySelect maple neck
StingRay ClassicFigured maple
StingRay Neck ThroughSelect maple neck
Old SmoothieSelect maple neck
Fingerboard
StingRayFretted - maple or rosewood; Fretless - Pau Ferro with or without inlaid fretlines; Stealth Black - Ebony
StingRay ClassicFretted - maple or rosewood
StingRay Neck ThroughRosewood; (Ebony on Stealth Black Package)
Old SmoothieSelect maple
Neck Finish
StingRayGunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend (Ultra-light satin polyurethane finish for Stealth Black)
StingRay ClassicHigh-gloss finish
StingRay Neck ThroughHigh gloss polyester (Stealth Black is a matte finish)
Old SmoothieHigh gloss polyester
Neck Colors
StingRayStandard - Natural; Optional - Matching painted headstock
StingRay ClassicNatural aged yellow finish
StingRay Neck ThroughColor matches body
Old SmoothieNatural aged light yellow finish
Tuning Machines
StingRaySchaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay ClassicSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
StingRay Neck ThroughSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
Old SmoothieSchaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss Rod
StingRayAdjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay ClassicAdjustable - no component or string removal
StingRay Neck ThroughAdjustable - no component or string removal
Old SmoothieRear mounted adjustable - no component or string removal
Neck Attachment
StingRay6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
StingRay Classic6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
StingRay Neck ThroughThrough neck design
Old Smoothie6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Electronic Shielding
StingRayChrome plated brass control cover
StingRay ClassicChrome plated brass control cover
StingRay Neck ThroughChrome plated brass control cover
Old SmoothieChrome plated brass control cover
Controls
StingRaySingle Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
StingRay ClassicSingle Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
StingRay Neck ThroughSingle Pickup, 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass; Dual Pickup, 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
Old SmoothieCustom "Old Smoothie" 2-band active preamp; vol, treble, bass
Switching
StingRaySingle Pickup - N/A; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
StingRay ClassicSingle Pickup - N/A
StingRay Neck ThroughSingle Pickup - N/A; Dual Pickup - 5-way lever pickup selector
Old SmoothieSingle Pickup - N/A
Pickups
StingRayStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico magnets
StingRay ClassicStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets
StingRay Neck ThroughStandard - Music Man® humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Dual Humbucking with Alnico magnets; Optional - Humbucking/Single coil with Alnico magnets
Old SmoothieCustom "Old Smoothie" humbucking with 10 elongated Alnico magnets and split cover
Left Handed
StingRayYes
StingRay ClassicNo
StingRay Neck ThroughNo
Old SmoothieNo
Strings
StingRay45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
StingRay Classic45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
StingRay Neck Through45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
Old Smoothie45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)

 

Oceans Ate Alaska – “Covert” Guitar Playthrough Premiere

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:01

Ernie Ball is proud to premiere a guitar play-through video from progressive metal quintet Oceans Ate Alaska.

Hailing from Birmingham, UK, James Kennedy and Adam Zytkiewicz came armed with their Music Man JP15 and JP16 model guitars to rip through their song “Covert” off their latest album, Hikari.

Watch as James and Adam take turns blending layers of their signature rhythmic dissonant runs with melodic leads, displaying both beautiful and heavy hitting themes.

Check out the play-through video for “Covert” below:

Oceans Ate Alaska’s album Hikari is out now via Fearless Records and you can get yours here.
You can also catch the guys and their guitars on tour starting November 1st. Grab tickets and other concert packages here.

Guitars & Strings:

James Kennedy and Adam Zytkiewicz play the Music Man John Petrucci guitar models, JP15 in Sahara Burst Quilt Top finish and a JP16 in Black Lava finish. They also play custom 12-68 and 13-72 gauge single string sets which you can find on our website via the Electric Single Strings page.

Doll Skin Premiere New Music Video for “Daughter”

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:09

Today our friends at Alternative Press premiered “Daughter”, the latest music video from Doll Skin. The main character in Doll Skin’s new video could be any of us: She rocks out a Slayer T-shirt and carries Green Day and My Chemical Romance CDs around in her backpack. “Daughter” is the second single from the band’s sophomore full-length album released in June. They had previously released a music video for “Puncha Nazi” that featured live shots of the band. Watch the music video for “Daughter” below:

The track, off the band’s latest album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, features Ernie Ball Music Man bassist Nicole Rich rocking on her custom pink Caprice passive bass.The Caprice, another welcome newcomer to the Modern Classic family of instruments is a bold new statement in passive design. A workhorse bass that is capable of blending two distinct pickup voicings offering a variety of tones suitable for any musical environment. This compact offset design provides a body shape that is comfortable and balanced along with a slim neck profile that makes this bass a pleasure to play. The top-loading bridge is made from hardened steel and complemented by a newly designed oversized headstock with the familiar 3+1 tuner arrangement. As with the Cutlass, the Caprice is a sleek modern bass with vintage features that stays true to its Music Man heritage.

Doll Skin is on tour with One-Eyed Doll this fall; catch all the dates below.

10/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls
10/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
10/15 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
10/18 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
10/19 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
10/20 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jackrabbits Live
10/21 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
10/22 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Warrior *
10/24 – Mobile, AL @ Alchemy Tavern *
10/25 – Lafayette, LA @ The District
10/26 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box ^
10/27 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar ^
10/28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club ^
10/29 – Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
10/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red ^
11/01 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go ^
12/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Emo Nite
12/04 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff’s Green Room

* Doll Skin headline
^ with Co-Op