Music Man Guitars and Basses

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Music Man Stringray bass guitar Music Man is an American guitar, and bass guitar manufacturer. It is a division of the Ernie Ball corporation. The company began in 1971 when Forrest White and Tom Walker talked with Leo Fender about starting a company they would call Tri-Sonic, Inc. White had worked with Leo in the very early days of Fender as the plant manager and stayed on after the company was sold to the CBS Corporation, but had grown unhappy with their management. Tom Walker worked as a sales rep at Fender. Because of a 10-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to CBS, Leo Fender was a silent partner.

Ernie Ball had started producing a modern acoustic bass guitar in 1972 under the name Earthwood but the venture had largely collapsed by the mid-1970s, some say due to poor marketing. It seems it was an idea twenty years before its time. His partner in this company was George Fullerton. The factory, which Ball still owned at the time of the Music Man purchase, was located in San Luis Obispo, California, and that is where Music Man started producing basses in 1985.

By using player endorsed models Music Man racked up a string of successes including the Silhouette (1986), Steve Morse Signature (1987), StingRay 5 (1987), Eddie Van Halen Signature/Axis model (1990), Albert Lee Signature (1993), Steve Lukather Signature (1993), the Sterling Bass (1993), the John Petrucci 6 & 7-string guitars (1999), and the Bongo Bass (2003), whose futuristic look was designed in conjunction with the BMW DesignworksUSA team. While none of these could compete against Fender or Gibson on sales figures, Music Man outpaced the competition by making 'players' guitars with quick change pickup assemblies, teflon coated trussrods, low noise pickup designs, piezo bridge pickups, 5 and 6 bolt necks, sculpted neck joints, graphite acrylic resin coated body cavities and most importantly, consistently high quality fit and finish.


Albert Lee Signature
Axis Sport
Axis Super Sport
Edward Van Halen
John Petrucci 6
Sabre I
Sabre II
Steve Morse
Stingray I
Stingray II
Sub 1

Bass Guitars

Cutlas (I/II) Bass
Sabre Bass
Sterling Bass
Stingray Bass
Stingray 20th Anniversary Bass
Stingray 5-String Bass


Sixty-Five Amp
110 RD Fifty Amp
112 B Bass Amp
112 RD Fifty Amp
112 Sixty Five Amp
112 RD One Hundred Amp
112 RP Sixty Five Amp
112 Sixty Five Amp
115 Sixty Five Amp
210 HD130 Amp
210 Sixty Five Amp
212 HD130 Amp
212 Sixty Five Amp
410 Sixty Five Amp
410 Seventy Five Amp
HD-130 Amp
RD Fifty Amp