Founded with the help and guidance of Leo Fender back in the early 1970s, Music Man started up with the "Sixty Five" bass amp, a hybrid of tube and solid state technology. It later developed alongside brands such as Jackson and Charvel and soon evolved into one of the biggest names in Electric Bass guitars on the planet - in fact their Stingray 5 is still considered the Recording Industry Standard in 5-string bass guitars today, more than 30 years after its initial release!
Although famed for their wide range of guitars and basses, including several notable artist signature series (such as the amazing John Petrucci Majesty, Steve Lukather's L3, and even the relatively new St Vincent signature), Music Man's most popular instrument is still the iconic StingRay bass, a 4-string model sold in a wide array of finishes, pickguard, and even EQ-type options. We have a wide variety of them available here at PMT already, but if you would like a particular colour matching up with a certain fingerboard, pickguard type, and even pickup configuration, then it can most lkely be custom-ordered for you (contact our online sales team for more details).
Each month the Ball family reward Music Man enthusiasts with the opportunity to own something truly exclusive with their Ball Family Reserve (BFR) models. These limited run instruments are a fabulous celebration of the Music Man heritage, and are crafted using only the finest figured tonewoods and finishes available. These ultra-rare (usually less than 100 available worldwide) instruments are a "thank you" from Music Man to the every-day working musician, and were previously only reserved for select clientele and signature artists. So keep your eyes peeled for these landing here at PMT as they tend to sell pretty quickly!
Available in All Price Ranges
Whilst the prestigious Music Man branded instruments may come in towards the top end of the price market, it's worth noting that Music Man themselves also release instruments under the names Sterling by Music Man and Sterling SUB to offer more budget-friendly alternatives to Music Man enthusiasts.
With the Sterling instruments you are offered mid-price range guitars and basses, which will cost you in the region of £700+ (depending on the guitar/bass), and are ideal for the working musician that is looking for a reliable, high quality instrument and gigs regularly.
At the bottom end of their price range you have the Sterling SUB instruments which, despite being even more reasonably priced (some of which come in at less than £300), are still constructed to very high standards, and are perfect for complete beginners, or guitarists/bassists looking to pick up their first gig-suitable axe.
Made in the USA
Since 1984, Ernie Ball Music Man has been crafting instruments in San Luis Obispo, California. The Ball family is the last of a dying breed, a family business making guitars and basses in the United States. Since 1984, the Ball Family have been dedicated to building the finest instruments in the world.