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New for 2021, we are pleased to announce the addition of the DarkRay 4 string bass. Designed in collaboration with world-renowned bass accessory manufacturer Darkglass Electronics, the DarkRay unlocks a whole new range of sonic capabilities.

At the heart of every instrument is its tone: in this case, a new modern 2 Band EQ preamp was designed by Darkglass specifically for the DarkRay. This preamp offers three modes with very distinct and useful sounds: Clean, Alpha (distortion), and Omega (fuzz). Both distortion circuits are fully mixable via an onboard gain knob and blend control manipulated to the user’s preference. Astonishing clean, slight gain, or a brutal fuzz tone is obtainable, all with no low-end loss. A bright LED ring and the 3-way lever switch indicates which mode the bass is in.

The all-new DarkRay is every bit a Stingray Special with neodymium humbucking pickup, roasted maple neck, comfort contoured body, 22 stainless steel frets, and the familiar 3+1 headstock configuration. Available in Obsidian Black and limited edition Granite Stone.

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The 2-band preamp includes volume, treble, and bass controls with a separate blend and gain knob to achieve the desired tone and output.
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Roasted Neck
The DarkRay features a roasted maple neck, ebony fingerboard with stainless steel frets, and matte black hardware.
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5-Bolt Neck
The neck is secured by a 5-bolt attachment with perfect alignment and no shifting. A special Darkglass logo is applied to the neck plate to signify the Darkray edition bass.

StingRay Meets DarkGlass

Custom Darkglass® clean 2-band active preamp

The DarkRay is equipped with a new modern 2 Band preamp that Darkglass specifically designed. The preamp is extremely clean and quiet with adjustable volume, gain, bass, treble, and blend controls to achieve the desired tone.

Alpha and Omega

The Darkglass preamp offers two highly regarded drive circuits, Alpha(tight distortion) and Omega(fuzz). Both distortion circuits are fully mixable via an onboard gain knob and blend control manipulated to the user’s preference with no low-end loss. Via the 3-way lever switch, a bright color-coded LED ring is illuminated, signifying which mode the bass is in.

DarkRay = StingRay

The DarkRay bass is every bit a Stingray Special with neodymium humbucking pickup, roasted maple neck, comfort contoured body, 22 stainless steel frets, all black hardware, and the familiar 3+1 headstock configuration.

Specifications, Schematics & More

Specifications DarkRay Bass
Model DarkRay Bass
Size 13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Body Wood Select Hardwood
Body Finish High gloss polyester - Obsidian Black; Satin polyester - Granite Stone
Bridge Vintage Music Man® top loaded Black plated, steel bridge plate with vintage Black plated steel saddles
Pickguard Black
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, wide
Neck Width 1-11/16" (42.86 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Roasted maple neck
Fingerboard Ebony
Fret Markers Dot Inlay
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colours Roasted - Obsidian Black; Color Matches Body - Granite Stone
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
Neck Attachment 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and black plated aluminum control cover
Controls Custom Darkglass® 2-band active preamp with two distinct distortion circuits (Alpha and Omega); vol, gain, blend, treble, bass
Switching 3-way lever distortion selector; Preamp Only, Preamp+Alpha Distortion, Preamp+Omega Distortion
Pickups Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)

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Specifications DarkRay Bass
Model DarkRay Bass
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Size 13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
Body Wood Select Hardwood
Body Finish High gloss polyester - Obsidian Black; Satin polyester - Granite Stone
Body Colors
Body Bindings
Bridge Vintage Music Man® top loaded Black plated, steel bridge plate with vintage Black plated steel saddles
Pickguard Black
Scale Length 34" (86.4 cm)
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, wide
Neck Width 1-11/16" (42.86 mm) at nut 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) at last fret
Neck Wood Roasted maple neck
Fingerboard Ebony
Fret Markers Dot Inlay
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors Roasted - Obsidian Black; Color Matches Body - Granite Stone
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
Truss Rod
Neck Attachment 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and black plated aluminum control cover
Controls Custom Darkglass® 2-band active preamp with two distinct distortion circuits (Alpha and Omega); vol, gain, blend, treble, bass
Switching 3-way lever distortion selector; Preamp Only, Preamp+Alpha Distortion, Preamp+Omega Distortion
Pickups Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets
Left Handed No
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)

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