Music Man started in 1971 from Fender employees who had wanted to create their own product and not being happy with the new Fender management (CBS).
They started out as Tri-Sonic and changed into Musitek by 1973 and changed once more in to their final and current brand Music Man.
Their first product was an amplifier (called Sixty Five)
The first Music Man guitars were build in 1976, the Stingray 1 and the Stingray Bass. The design of these guitars was done by Leo Fender and Forrest White, assisted by Sterling Ball and Tom Walker. From the beginning on the Bass Guitars had good sales because of technical uniqueness, they could not only reduce but also boost frequencies.
in 1976 the first StingRay was introduced, it was quite the state of the art for those days with a soapbar humbucking pickup and 9V battery that powered an active pre-amp, with a 2band EQ. Later an other innovation was done with the 3way band EQ, thaving the possibility to boost up the mid range togehther with the treble and bass. The physical form of the Stingray is the same as the Fender Precision Bass.
Throughbody stringing was used on the early models, and the Stingray5 has 5 strings. In the beginning of the new millennium an affordable Stingray was build and named the S.U.B., which was discontinued in 2007 because production costs.
Another reasons the Music Man Stingray stands out against the Fender are the wide variaty of well picked collors such as:
sapphire black, black, butter cream, white, medallion gold, Egyptian smoke, rolls burgundy, burnt apple, graphite pearl, blue pearl, teal green transparent, teal pearl, carbon blue pearl, radiance red, candy red, desert gold, natural lava pearl and several variations of translucent and sunburst finishes.
Here are some of the famous Bass guitar players who use a Musicman Stingray in a random sequence:
John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
John Bentley (Squeeze)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Rex Brown (Pantera, Down)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, solo artist)
Roger Manganelli (Less Than Jake)
Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones)
Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton, Barbara Dixon, Robin Trower, Nik Kershaw)
Paul D'Amour and Justin Chancellor (both Tool)
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas)
John Myung (Dream Theater)
Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
Nathan East (Fourplay, Toto, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock)
Mike Herrera (MxPx)
Robert Trujillo (Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne)
Mark Hoppus (Blink-182)
John Deacon (Queen)
Kim Deal, (Pixies, The Breeders)
Gord Sinclair (The Tragically Hip)
Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie)
Bernard Edwards (Chic)
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
John Glascock (Jethro Tull)
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)
Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)
Cliff Williams (AC/DC)
Alan Lancaster (Status Quo)
Nir Maimon (Hayehudim)
Dudu Suissa (Metaforce)
Paul S. Denman (Sade)
Scott Ridl (No Bueno!)
James Anthony Pecchia
Stephen Egerton (Descendents)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Benji Madden (Good Charlotte)
Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), solo
Vinnie Moore (UFO, solo artist)