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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 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 DarkRay is every bit a Stingray Special with neodymium humbucking pickup, roasted maple neck, comfort contoured body, 22 stainless steel frets, and the familiar 4+1 headstock configuration.

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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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DARKRAY 5 PREAMP
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 5 FEATURES A ROASTED MAPLE NECK, EBONY FINGERBOARD WITH STAINLESS STEEL FRETS, AND MATTE BLACK HARDWARE.

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 5
Model DarkRay 5
Size 13-3/8" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 45-3/4" long (34.0 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 116.2 cm long)
Body Wood Select Hardwood
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Bridge Vintage Music Man® top loaded Black plated, steel bridge plate with vintage Black plated steel saddles
Pickguard Black
Scale Length 34"
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, wide, stainless steel
Neck Width 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at the nut; 2-3/4" (69.9 mm) at the last fret
Neck Wood Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fret Markers Dot
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colours Natural
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined pickguard
Controls 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
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)

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Specifications DarkRay 5
Model DarkRay 5
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Size 13-3/8" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 45-3/4" long (34.0 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 116.2 cm long)
Body Wood Select Hardwood
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
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"
Neck Radius 11" (27.9 cm)
Headstock Size Only 8-3/4" (22.2 cm) long
Frets 22 - High profile, wide, stainless steel
Neck Width 1-3/4" (44.5 mm) at the nut; 2-3/4" (69.9 mm) at the last fret
Neck Wood Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fret Markers Dot
Neck Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Neck Colors Natural
Neck Binding
Tuning Machines Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
Truss Rod
Neck Attachment 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined pickguard
Controls 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
Strings 45w-65w-80w-100w-130w (Regular Slinky Bass #2836)

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