Sterling by Music Man Announces Pete Wentz Artist Series StingRay

Pete Wentz, the Fall Out Boy co-founder and bassist, is an enduring icon, having shaped the sound of punk rock, emo, and beyond. His new Sterling by Music Man Artist Series StingRay is every bit as rooted in the pop punk scene while embracing modern playability. This passive workhorse bass is powered by an Alnico V humbucker for vintage-style warmth and punch, with dual controls for seamless performance.

Pete’s distinctive style shines through with his custom Loon inlay, edgy black hardware, and an anodized gold pickguard. The roasted maple neck, 3+1 headstock, and contoured body ensure comfortability and rock-solid tuning stability that’s ready to attack whatever you throw at it. Whether you’re jamming in a garage or stage-diving stadium shows, this StingRay delivers the versatile, dynamic sound synonymous with Pete’s rebellious spirit.

“The [StingRay Bass has the] best tone that we’ve had from a live show to date,” said Wentz, praising the bass’ durability and versatility throughout Fall Out Boy’s acclaimed So Much For (Tour) Dust tour this summer. “For me, a bass has to stand up and be able to play a lot of different songs. On this tour, we’re doing more than 20 songs. These basses come backstage, they go out – I play at front of house or I go out and play near the lawn, and they’ve held up for all that. I treat them well, but I also am who I am on stage and they’ve held up under those circumstances.”

As Sterling by Music Man’s first full-scale passive bass, this StingRay is powered by an Alnico V humbucker for vintage-style warmth and punch, featuring dual controls for seamless performance. It also includes black hardware, an anodized gold pickguard and a custom Loon inlay on the 12th fret, described by Wentz as “beautiful but really spooky” and inspired by summers spent in Vermont throughout his youth.

“A lot of my design references were watches or skateboards, and things that I am just attracted to design-wise,” Wentz noted. “I’m a very visual person… I feel like starting with simplicity and the best ingredients is the way to go.”

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