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1977 Music Man StingRay II Vintage Electric Guitar Natural Ash, Leo Fender


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Up for sale, a 1977 Music Man StingRay II electric guitar, 100% original and in perfect working order, complete with a 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. The StingRay II model was available from 1975-1982, and this instrument 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 a snappy natural response with subtle growl and great note attack, complimenting the meaty pickups. The guitar weighs 8lbs 7oz, 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 with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a 7 1/4” radius and large dot inlay, with original slender fretwire that shows light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-11. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Music Man-embossed tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.  Both the neck heel and pocket feature factory date stamps from September and October of '77.

On the body, the active electronics work as they should, with original CTS pots that date to the 37th week of 1977. Controls include a Master Volume knob, Bass knob and Treble knob to govern the stock pair of large-pole humbuckers, a subtle-sounding 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 stock bridge is a string-through-body design with height-adjustable Mustang-style barrel saddles for optimal sustain and stability, and the bridge base is embossed with the Music Man name. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, including the original trio of knurled knobs.

The Natural gloss finish is deeply ambered, with buckle rash on the back, some finish discoloration on the lower bout particularly adjacent to the battery compartment cover, and various dings and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The lacquer is intact on the neck profile with a satin feel from contact with the palm, quite smooth save for one ding on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 9.

A vintage hardshell case is included.