NAMM 2019: Ernie Ball Music Man unveils new models and finishes for 2019

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NAMM 2019: Ernie Ball Music Man unveils new models and finishes for 2019

The lineup includes new artist models for modern shredder Jason Richardson, Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue and country music icon Hunter Hayes, a limited edition short scale StingRay bass, as well as new finishes for a number of existing models.


Feast your eyes on the new models and their features/specs below:



Featuring a Buckeye Burl top with trans alder body and Ernie Ball Music Man humbucking pickups. The figured roasted maple neck with ebony fingerboard is complemented by 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets, 15-inch radius and a slender neck carve for fast playability. The pickups are custom wound to Jason’s exact specifications. Other features include a volume control with up to 20dB of boost and push tone potentiometer, a three-way pickup selector, and a neckplate laser etched with a custom Jason Richardson signature logo.



The Dustin Kensrue StingRay offers a lightweight African mahogany body, satin vintage tobacco burst finish and a tinted satin maple neck. Specs-wise, you can expect to find a H-S combination of a humbucking bridge and a single coil neck pickup, a unique control layout with a stacked tone and volume pot, and a three-way pickup selector. The design is topped off by a custom Kensrue logo etched onto the neckplate.



The Hunter Hayes model is made from lightweight alder with a premium roasted figured maple neck, custom Ernie Ball Music Man pickups made to Hayes’ specifications, and a brass saddle piezo bridge system. EBMM has included three volume knobs and a five-way switch to ensure versatililty is a highlight of this guitar. As with the previous signature designs, the Hunter Hayes model features the guitarist’s signature logo etched on the neckplate.



This Short Scale StingRay Special offers a warm signature tone through an EBMM humbucking pickup designed specifically for the short scale bass. It features a 30″ scale length for enhanced playability, an ash body, a hard rock maple neck, and the choice of a maple or rosewood fingerboard. 



The StingRay RS draws inspiration from Music Man designs of the ’70s. It features a lightweight African mahogany body, vintage-style electronics, and smooth modern tremolo. Elsewhere, you’ll find a roasted figured maple neck with ebony, rosewood or maple fingerboard, and the option of choosing from three distinct finishes.



Like the StingRay RS, the Cutlass RS also finds its inspiration in ’70s Music Man designs. The 2019 version offers classic rich tones thanks to a lightweight alder body, and features a roasted maple neck with your choice of an ebony, rosewood or maple fingerboard. Vintage-style electronics and modern tremolo are also on offer. New for 2019, you’ll be able to pick up a Cutlass R in three new finishes.



The Bongo bass is leading the pack for modern bass guitars, offering a double cutaway basswood body, a 24-fret finished neck, and a choice of two finishes. Other notable features include four-band EQ, two neodymium humbucking pickups, and and 18V active preamp. The Bongo is available in a four-, five- or six-string version.



The 2019 Sterling Bass boasts a 9V active three-band EQ preamp, three-position pickup selector, a ceramic humbucker, and an optional neck humbucker. It’s available in two different finishes with roasted maple necks, and in four- and five-string variants.


Keep an eye on Mixdown for our coverage of NAMM 2019 from Friday January 25 to Monday January 28 (AEDT). For more information on Ernie Ball Music Man products, see CMC Music.