A bit of history - Background - When introduced in 1976 by the original Music Man Company, the StingRay immediately became a universal favorite of bassists worldwide. The StingRay was the first production bass to feature active electronics and the trademarked 3+1 tuning key headstock configuration. Many refinements have been made, including a six-bolt neck attachment, contoured body, superior neck truss-rod system, improved bridge and quieter electronics.
1999. Sheryl Crow, enlisted the help of Ernie Ball Music Man to create two one of kind StingRay basses for her live performances.
Mike Lastikwa, aka Vegas, initially contacted Derek Brooks at Ernie Ball Music Man asking for a StingRay for Sheryl to demo during rehearsals for her up-coming tour. Sheryl immediately took to the StingRay's sound and playability and performed with it live at the 1999 Grammy's.
Sheryl later asked Music Man to 'push the envelope' with an idea she had for a custom finish. The requewith an idea she had for a custom finish. The request created some challenging sound, art, and wood demands for Dudley Gimpel, Music Man R & D, and staff artist Elisa Ahlin. The result are two StingRay basses upholstered with antique motifs accented with red and gold brocade.
Stingray Custom Bass #1 (cherub)
Live at Central Park, September 1999