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Ernie Ball Music Man unveils DarkRay 4-string bass guitar

By Sam McNiece

Designed in collaboration with bass accessory maker Darkglass Electronics.

Legendary music brand Ernie Ball have unveiled their DarkRay bass to the world. From their Music Man arm, the DarkRay has a few unique characteristics that set it apart from the crowd. Working with Darkglass Electronics, they unlocked a whole new range of sonic abilities from this bass.

What would you like to know:

  • Music Man, Ernie Ball’s instrument department has released a new Stingray Special style bass guitar.
  • The DarkRay features a 2-band EQ and a preamp with three selectable modes, designed by Darkglass Electronics.
  • The bass is available in two finishes, Granite Stone and Obsidian Black.

Read all the latest product news here.

Ernie Ball is no stranger to electronic innovation in the instrument world. Their Music Man Stingray basses lead the way, introducing humbucking pickups and active preamps in the ’70s.

Music Man’s DarkRay follows in the footsteps of his Stingray Special model with a neodymium humbucking pickup, roasted maple neck, 22 stainless steel frets and the iconic 3 + 1 headstock.

This version offers three switchable pickup modes, Clean, Alpha (Distortion) and Omega (Fuzz). These circuits are mixable using the gain and mix knobs to find your exact sound.

A pronounced LED ring surrounds one of the knobs so you know what mode you’re in without having to test and in more setting options there’s an active 2-band EQ with Bass and Treble controls.

This pickup is designed by Darkglass Electronics, a Helsinki-based handmade bass guitar equipment company.

DarkRay is available in two finishes, Obsidian Black which is available from authorized dealers and Granite Stone which is limited to only 100 basses worldwide. These Limited Edition DarkRays come with a numbered backplate, matching headstock, and are only available on the Music Man website.

As you might expect, the Music Man DarkRay comes with Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass strings, for that classic sound.

See the Obsidian Black version in action below.

For more, take a look at Music Man and for local inquiries, click CMC Music.


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