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The Stingray model developed by the American brand MusicMan is undoubtedly its best-known and most revered model. Introduced in 1973, it has been the main bass for top bassists such as Louis Johnson, Flea, Bernard Edwards or Guy Pratt. And it is not surprising because its round, powerful and clean sound allows the instrument to stand out in almost any style.
Nonetheless, the use of humbucking pickups give it an extra boost that has been widely used in “hard” genres like Metal or Hard Rock, as bassists from Rage Against The Machine, Disturbed or AC / DC can attest.
In this case, we present the Ultra model in a short scale version. But don’t be fooled by the size. This is not at all a model for children. On the contrary, you may find more advantages in this type of size. The first being obvious: is much more comfortable to play if you have small hands. And of course, if you are more comfortable you will play better.
But also, despite of what it might seem, the sound of a short scale bass is actually huge: fat graves and backdrops that usually fit perfectly in studio mixes. The reason lies on the fact that each note played on any instrument includes a series of harmonics (which ratios of that note) which give a given instrument its unique timbre. And the character of this harmonics changes with the string length: short-scale basses are inherently darker and, arguably, richer in tone than long-scale basses.
Many bass professionals use this kind of basses in the studio. Others simply end up falling in love with these two advantages and use them as their main bass, such as Jack Bruce (Cream) or Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones).
And we are talking here about a high-end bass: solid construction in ash body, maple fingerboard and neck, chrome hardware, Tusq nut and Single Music Man pickups with passive control of 500k ohm push / push volume to increase the gain as well as a 100k ohm tone POT.
If you are looking for a bass that suits your hands and playing style, but also have a great sound, you should seriously consider this Stingray: short scale and huge sound.