Newly updated guitars combine original Music Man designs first introduced in the 1970s with modern Ernie Ball engineering and features
Guitar, bass and amp manufacturer Ernie Ball Music Man has introduced new StingRay and Cutlass models – two instruments re-imagined from Music Man designs first introduced in the 1970s, coupled with the engineering of modern Ernie Ball guitars.
“Our StingRay and Cutlass guitars are adaptations of original Music Man designs from the 1970s and as such represent an important part of the company’s design legacy that we are proud to bring back to today’s guitarists,” commented Ernie Ball’s CEO, Sterling Ball. “They were built for players of all styles of music, feature unique, original body designs and offer an extraordinary level of performance at their price point.”
The StingRay features two custom vintage-output humbucking pickups with plain enamel wire and Alnico 5 magnets, and redesigned electronics to provide tonal consistency at all volume levels. Other features include a modern tremolo design with bent steel saddles, an oversized four-over-two headstock with Schaller M6-IND tuners and a compensated nut. It will be available in Black, Ivory White, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst and Chili Red.
The Cutlass features a new oversized 4-over-2 headstock with Schaller M6-IND tuners and a V-to-C-shaped 25.5-inch scale neck with 10-inch radius and stainless steel frets, maple or rosewood fingerboard, ultra-light satin polyurethane finish and compensated nut. Its resonant alder body offers unobstructed upper fret access. The Cutlass has three custom mid-60s-style staggered-pole single coil pickups operating in conjunction with a new active wide spectrum silent circuit. The Cutlass comes in Black, Ivory White, Vintage Sunburst and Vintage Turquoise.
Both the Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay and Cutlass guitars are available now at a suggested retail price of $1,499.99 (approx. £1,200). To find out more, visit: music-man.com