Item #1600014 Model #ST-RAY35HHSM-BOB-R2

Sterling by Music Man StingRay 5 RAY35 HH Spalted Maple Top Bass Blood Orange Burst


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A bold 5-string bass with the iconic StingRay sound.

The StingRay 5 RAY35 HH spalted maple top bass brings the signature punchy, articulate tone and smooth playability of the classic StingRay design into a stunning 5-string version. With its roasted maple neck, distinctive spalted maple top and two Sterling humbucking pickups, this lightweight bass delivers the big, rich sound that made Music Man basses famous. The 3-band active preamp provides control over lows, mids and highs, while the comfortable 12" radius neck and slim nut width make this a fast-playing and versatile 5-string perfect for bassists looking to add some serious bottom end.

Two Sterling Humbuckers Produce the Iconic StingRay Sound

This StingRay bass utilizes two Sterling-designed ceramic humbucking pickups that capture the punchy, articulate tone the StingRay is known for. The bridge pickup provides a growling bite, while the neck pickup smooths things out with round low mids and sweet highs. With the 5-way toggle switch, you can blend the two pickups to craft your ideal tone. The signature StingRay sound that defined '70s funk and continues to make hits today is right at your fingertips.

Roasted Maple Neck Promises Stability and Smooth Playability

The roasted maple neck looks great and provides rock-solid stability. The roasting process relieves internal stresses in the wood, resulting in a neck that stays straight with changes in humidity and temperature. This means excellent tuning stability and sustain. The satin finish on the back of the neck feels ultra-smooth and fast. Combined with the 12" fingerboard radius and narrow 1.77" nut width, this bass offers easy playability and comfort that makes fast lines a breeze.

Shape Your Sound with 3-Band Active EQ

The 3-band active preamp lets you sculpt your sound by boosting or cutting lows, mids and highs. Boost the lows to make the bass shake the room or cut them when the kick drum is booming. Scoop the mids or boost them to cut through a dense mix. And add brilliance and bite with the treble control. Whether you need to stand out in a loud band or want a smooth studio sound, the EQ has you covered.

Spalted Maple Top for Unique Visual Appeal

The RAY35 HH has a gorgeous spalted maple top over its nyatoh body. Spalting is a natural process in maple that creates unique black lines across the grain pattern, resulting in a one-of-a-kind visual esthetic. Between the eye-catching looks and Ernie Ball Music Man's legendary attention to detail and build quality, this StingRay bass makes a statement on stage. The transparent pickguard shows off the spalted beauty while protecting the body. Comfortable contours and a 6-bolt neck joint provide playing ease.

  • Wood: Roasted maple
  • Radius: 12"
  • Width: 1.77" at nut
  • Neck attachment: 6 bolts
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Configuration: HH
  • Type: 2x Ceramic humbucker
  • Controls: 3-band active preamp
  • Switching: 5-way
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Fret markers: White dot markers
  • Pickguard: White
  • Body wood: Spalted maple, veneer top
  • Bridge: Fixed bridge
  • Tuning machines: Open gear


  • Two Sterling by Music Man-designed Alnico humbucking pickups
  • 3-band active preamp with volume, treble and bass boost/cut
  • 5-way pickup selector switch for a variety of tones
  • Nyatoh body with spalted maple veneer top
  • Roasted maple neck for stability and sustain
  • Rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays
  • Open gear tuners
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • 6-bolt neck attachment for solid construction

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Nickel (Metallic), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to