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Ball in the Family

Wildwoodians, we are downright giddy to announce that we have received the latest offerings from the Ball Family Reserve. For those who are unfamiliar, the Ball Family Reserve is a line of limited-production guitars that showcase exceptional tonewoods, drool-inducing finishes, and extra-elegant designs. Previously, these fine instruments were only available to members of the Ball family and Ernie Ball Music Man's roster of artists. But now, Sterling Ball and his sons, Brian and Scott, have graciously offered them to the public. Each piece in the Ball Family Reserve is lovingly crafted using a combination of precise, state-of-the-art modern manufacturing techniques and time-consuming old-world methods that involve lots of good 'ol-fashioned elbow grease. Each piece is also VERY limited, and once they're gone, they're gone. We are privileged to showcase such rare, exquisite instruments, and we are proud to welcome Ernie Ball Music Man to the Wildwood Family.

Love at First Sting

There's no one in the world today who knows the Stingray bass better than Sterling Ball. Back when Music Man was in its infancy, Sterling was the beta tester for Leo Fender and Tommy Walker's prototype designs, and he acted as the deciding vote on many design decisions when Tommy and Leo couldn't agree (being Ernie Ball's son certainly gave his opinion some weight!). For instance, his input was the impetus for the Music Man humbucker's original design!

After much arguing between Sterling, Leo, and Tommy (not to mention lots of blood, sweat, tears, and tinkering!) the Stingray was unleashed on the public in 1976, and it wound up becoming the go-to bass for everyone from funk masters like Bernard Edwards of Chic and Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson to thunderous rock players like Cliff Williams of AC/DC to session virtuosos like Pino Palladino and Tony Levin to heavy metal warlords like Rex Brown of Pantera.

How did so many players of such diverse interests and tastes fall in love with the Stingray? Well, love is mysterious, but our theory is that the Stingray's signature sound delivers the sort of deep, clear low-end, bright trebles, and inimitable growl that works in almost every genre, and its powerful active electronics give players limitless tone-shaping capabilities on top of this enviable natural tone. We're proud to showcase such an inspiring, versatile instrument, and we know you will fall in love with the Stingray no matter what low-end road you travel.


BrandErnie Ball Music Man
ModelBall Family Reserve Stingray 5 HH
Finish ColorGiants Orange
Finish TypeHigh-Gloss Polyester
Weight9.39 lbs.
Top WoodBookmatched Figured Maple
Body WoodAsh
Neck WoodRoasted Figured Maple
Neck FinishGunstock Oil and Hand-Rubbed Special Wax Blend
Neck ShapeStandard Stingray 5 Profile
Neck Dimensions.800 1st - .950 12th
Neck Attachment5 bolts for Perfect Alignment with No Shifting; Sculpted Neck Joint Allows Smooth Access to Higher Frets
Nut Width1.75"
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Fingerboard InlaysPearloid Blocks
Scale Length34"
Fingerboard Radius11"
Frets22 Stainless Steel High Profile Wide
Pickups2 Music Man Humbuckers
Controls1 Volume, 3-Band EQ, 5-Way Blade Switch
Preamp9 Volt
BridgeMusic Man Top-Loaded
CaseBlack Molded Hardshell Case

Why Order from Wildwood Guitars?

An instrument from Wildwood isn't just an ordinary guitar. It's your guitar. Each and every instrument we sell includes a full, point by point setup, an exhaustive evaluation, and expert shipping procedures, with first class, industry leading standards from start to finish. Why? Because you deserve it.

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