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1977 Music Man StingRay I Vintage Electric Guitar Butterscotch Ash 100% Original w/ Case, Leo Fender


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Up for sale, a 1977 Music Man StingRay II electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. As the next landmark company founded by Leo Fender and George Fullerton after the sale of Fender Musical Instruments, Music Man offered an opportunity for this dynamic duo to further refine and build upon the innovation created at Fender. Offered concurrently with the StingRay I, the only differentiating factor between these two models was the fretboard radius, with the StingRay I having a flat ("modern") 12" radius, while the StingRay II has a rounder and more vintage-friendly 7 1/2" radius.

The StingRay II model features an internal preamp that preserves tonal fidelity at varying volume or cable lengths, as well as a preamp module with an active EQ circuit, two-way Bright Boost toggle, and four-way rotary pickup selector. The two pickups have a double-coil humbucking design, similar to the Music Man StingRay bass, offering a range of thick and meaty sounds with plenty of woof and punch. The signal tightens up with an aggressive treble cut when sculpting the sound with the dedicated Bass and Treble knobs, and the out-of-phase pickup setting on the rotary switch is jangly, snappy, and squawky in equal measure. The ash body and maple neck (a tried and true Leo Fender tonewood combination) result in an authoritative natural response with subtle growl and great note attack, complimenting the meaty pickups. The guitar weighs 9lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, yet with round shoulders in every register and a hair more overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features the original slender frets which have been leveled and crowned, showing virtually no wear. Notes ring out clearly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock retains the original Music Man-embossed tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. A different tuner set was at one time installed, as evidenced by the tiny singular mounting holes almost completely covered by the original gear housings. The neck heel and pocket feature dates stamps from July of 1977.

On the body, the active electronics work as they should with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 27th week of '77. Controls include a Master Volume knob, Bass knob and Treble knob to govern the stock pair of large-pole humbuckers, a two-way Bright Boost switch, and four-way rotary pickup selector that functions as follows: Bridge / Neck / Both (in parallel) / Both (out of phase).

The bridge is a string-through-body design with height-adjustable Mustang-style barrel saddles for optimal sustain and stability. The chrome plating on the hardware has plenty of shine, showing some pitting adjacent to the knobs and on the back edge of the bridge. The gloss finish has deeply ambered to a rich shade of Butterscotch, exhibiting a spot of light buckle rash at the bass-side waist and a few additional minor nicks and scuffs on the back. There are some dings along the lower bout body edge, and a very faint texturing of the clear coat central to the back from prolonged contact with a strap or case lining. The neck finish is also deeply ambered, clean and smooth with just a few tiny marks on the profile length and light palm wear through the finish on the fretboard edges.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included with an orange plush interior, functional trio of latches, and the original handle.