Up for sale, a 1977 Music Man StingRay II electric guitar, honestly played and professionally setup. An absolutely ripping and fairly uncommon vintage Music Man model, this StingRay II benefits from a full servicing of the active electronics and a professional refret.
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 offered 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. 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 9lbs 8oz, 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 carve with some fullness in the shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, and there is palm wear down to the bare maple on the shoulders along the majority of the profile for a very smooth, fast-feeling playing experience. The profile measures .815” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features a 7 1/4” radius and large dot inlay, refretted with vintage-spec slender fretwire. The frets currently show zero wear with fairly low crowns and easy playability in every register. Familiar to any Fender fan, the guitar has a 25 1/2" scale length and 1 5/8" nut width. The headstock retains the original Music Man-embossed tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. A different tuner set was installed in the past, as evidenced by the tiny additional mounting holes almost entirely covered by the original tuners. Both the neck heel and pocket feature factory date stamps from June and July of '77.
On the body, the active electronics work as they should, with two replaced pots and one original CTS pot dating to the 27th 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 Sunburst gloss finish exhibits heavy pick scuffing across the strum path, with various finish chips and dings on the body perimeter and a spot of finish wear on the treble-side lower bout on the back from contact with a strap for an extended period of time. There is broad horizontal finish checking on the body, various marks of honest use on the body as a whole, and a faint outline of a previously removed sticker just north of the battery cover on the back. The neck profile shows some scattered shallow marks along the profile carve, yet nothing deep or distracting to the palm while fretting.
A gigbag is included.