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Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Fretless Stingray Bass, Vintage Sierra Burst, Figured Roasted Maple Neck - F85549


 Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to offer up this Ball Family Reserve StingRay Fretless bass. But this isn't just any fretless StingRay. This redefines the concept of a "lined" fretless fingerboard. This one's got lines all over the place! The flame figuring on the neck and fretboard really sets this beauty apart from anything else out there. This has to be one of the most beautiful fretless basses we've ever come across.

When I think of a fretless StingRay I'm immediately reminded of Pino Palladino from back in the Paul Young days. That beautiful intro to "Wherever I Lay My Hat" has got to be one of the greatest opening bass lines of all time and it just wouldn't have sounded the same without a fretless StingRay. It's really an amazing tone full of all that growl and bark that we know and love, but with the added "mwah" that makes a fretless sound so special.

If you're looking for a truly special fretless bass to add to your collection that will sound and look unique while having unparalleled build quality, then definitely take some time to check this bad boy out. This is probably one of our most favorite BFR additions we've seen in a long time. The sound is as incendiary as the flame on the neck.

Manufacturer's Description

Exclusive StingRay 4 Special H features a stunning translucent Sierra Burst Sunburst finish without oval pickguard showcasing the amazing figured ash body. The highly figured roasted maple neck with roasted flame maple fretless fingerboard complete the elegant upscale appearance. Equipped with single alnico humbucking pickup, and newly designed 3-band EQ, this bass delivers all of the familiar Stingray punch and growl. Each bass ships with a numbered certificate of authenticity and limited to just 106 pieces worldwide.


Swamp Ash Body

Beautifully figured swamp ash body without the traditional oval pickguard.


Highly figured roasted maple fretless neck and fingerboard.

High gloss finish

Roasted maple neck with a high gloss finish and proprietary Ernie Ball Music Man lightweight tuners.



  • Description: Stingray 4 BFR 2019 - Fretless
  • Size: 13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long (34.3 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 114.0 cm long)
  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Body Color: Vintage Sierra Burst
  • Top Color: Vintage Sierra Burst
  • Body Finish: High gloss polyester


  • Scale Length: 34" (86.4 cm)
  • Neck Attachment: 5 bolt, sculpted neck joint
  • Neck Wood: Select figured roasted maple neck
  • Neck Color: Natural
  • Neck Finish: High gloss polyester
  • Fingerboard Wood: Figured Roasted Maple
  • Fingerboard Finish: High gloss polyester
  • Headstock Color: Natural
  • Fret Size(Height x Width): .047 x .104
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4" (44.5 mm)
  • Neck Width at last Fret: 2-1/2" (63.5 mm)
  • Neck Radius: 11" (27.9 cm)
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.830 inches
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.936 inches


  • Controls: 3-band active preamp with 18 volts of headroom; vol, treble, mid, bass
  • Pickups: Single Humbucking with Neodymium magnets


  • Tuning Machine type: Custom Music Man, lightweight with tapered string posts and ergonomic clover design
  • Tuning Machine Buttons: Chrome
  • Bridge type: Vintage Music Man® top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge plate with vintage nickel plated steel saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome


  • Strings: 45w-65w-80w-100w (Super Slinky Bass #2834)
  • Serial #: F85549
  • Instrument Weight: 7.6 lbs

Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Ernie Ball Music Man. This BFR Stingray is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact guitar you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.