Introducing the Sterling SB14 and the Upgraded StingRay Short Scale

LOS ANGELES, CA. (Jan 25, 2024) — Today, Sterling by Music Man is pleased to announce two new basses to their 2024 model roster: The Sterling SB14 and the StingRay Short Scale.


Modeled after the beloved original Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling SB14, this new bass marks the debut of the Sterling model under the Sterling by Music Man brand. A long-awaited addition to the lineup, the Sterling is a passive bass, featuring an alnico V parallel humbucker that delivers vintage-style warmth and response. It’s the perfect choice for those who loved the retro look and feel of the original Ernie Ball Music Man model while preferring the reliability and performance of a passive bass. However, don’t be fooled by its simplicity; this 4-string packs quite a punch. Made with a Swamp Ash body in a Natural finish. The Sterling is a limited-edition model that will only be available for a short time, so bassists are advised to act quickly.

Body Wood: Swamp Ash
Body Color: Natural
Bridge: Sterling by Music Man Designed Bridge
Pickguard: White
Scale Length: 34″ (86.4cm)
Frets: 22 Frets, Medium
Neck Wood: Hard Maple
Fingerboard: Hard Maple
Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
Pickups: H – 1 Alnico V Humbucker
MAP: $799.99 USD

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This is the big and bold StingRay sound in Sterling by Music Man’s smoothest package yet. Introducing the revamped StingRay Short Scale bass, now upgraded with a roasted maple neck for unparalleled feel and playability. With an inviting 30” scale, this lightweight StingRay features passive electronics with a powerful neodymium humbucker, offering comfort without sacrificing performance. As for tone, a push-push volume boost and 3-way rotary switch, offering parallel, true single coil, and series modes, provide a versatile array of sonic options. Players can choose between a Fiesta Red or Toluca Lake Blue finish to round out one of the most comfortable basses on the market in 2024.

Body Wood: Nyatoh
Body Color: Fiesta Red (FRD), Toluca Lake Blue (TLB)
Bridge: Sterling by Music Man Designed Bridge
Pickguard: White (FRD), Pearloid (TLB)
Scale Length: 30″ (76.2 cm)
Frets: 22 Frets, Medium
Neck: Roasted Maple
Pickups: Neodymium Pickups (H)
Controls: 1 Push/Push Volume Boost, 1 Tone
Switching: 3-way Rotary Selector
MAP: $599.99 USD
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Both basses will be available to purchase starting today, January 25th. For a full list of available dealers, please visit

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