The StingRay has been a favorite of several influential bassists, some of them renowned for their slapping technique, such as Louis Johnson, Flea, Bernard Edwards and Guy Pratt. In its fretless form the StingRay helped define Pino Palladino´s sound with Gary Numan from 1982 onwards and subsequently as session bassist. The pre-Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray is the main instrument of Paul S. Denman of the Sade band and it has been featured on all of their albums and live recordings.
Hard rocker Cliff Williams of AC/DC has commonly used the StingRay. Also, Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson was one of the first prominent bassists to use the instrument. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers used various StingRays live nearly exclusively (up until Californication). Rex Brown, from Pantera used the Stingray mostly in the Vulgar Display of Power era.
Queen's John Deacon was often seen playing a StingRay (his is on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Cleveland, Ohio.), as was Rick Wills of Foreigner. Tim Commerford (AKA Timmy C) of Rage Against the Machine played the StingRay almost exclusively until around 1995. Randy Jackson (of Journey) had a signature purple/white polka dot Stingray. Tony Levin, a well known user of StingRays and their 5 string counterpart, also commissioning Music Man to build him a custom 3-string version, lacking the top G. Bernard Edwards of Chic used the StingRay bass almost exclusively. After his death in 1996, his bass was inherited by John Taylor of Duran Duran. John Bentley of Squeeze uses a couple of early 2 EQ Stingrays. Benjamin Orr of the Cars and post-Roger Waters-Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt also favored the StingRay. Eric Wilson of Sublime played a Stingray on most of the band's early recording.
Other StingRay players include: Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, Jamie Stewart of the Cult, Simon Gallup of The Cure, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Joe Lally of Fugazi, Max Green of Escape the Fate, Alex James of Blur, Steve Mackey of Pulp, Colin Greenwood of Radiohead, Jonathan Gallant of Billy Talent, Dougie Poynter of Mcfly, Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum (occasionally during live performances), Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Jesse F. Keeler of Death From Above 1979, Justin Chancellor of Tool, Jeff Caxide of Isis, Rick Johnson of Mustard Plug, Matt Wong (formerly of Reel Big Fish), Rahul Ram of Indian Ocean, Rob Derhak of moe., Roger Manganelli of Less Than Jake, John Moyer of Disturbed, Tom Crease of Frenzal Rhomb, Matías Machaca of Marza, Jesse Buglione of Lagwagon and Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold, Nikola Sarcevic of Millencolin, Larry Hubbard of Curtom artist Leroy Hutson, the Dells and Bassx, Dave 'Phoenix' Ferall of Linkin Park, Chris Batten of Enter Shikari, Mark Mendoza of Twisted Sister, Niall Hone of Hawkwind, Pedro Aznar of Serú Girán, and Ross Valory of Journey. Dougie Poynter of McFly, having played a variety of basses throughout his career, currently plays a Stingray HH 4 string. Brad Walst of Three Days Grace
The StingRay also found itself especially popular with shoegazing artists of the early 90s, likely because its tone was so effective at cutting through the multilayered distortion characteristic of the genre. Steve Queralt of Ride (band), Nick Chaplin of Slowdive, Russell Barrett of Chapterhouse, and Fernando Gatillo Belazaras of CAMION, all found their sound in the StingRay, among others.
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