This is a truly historic bass. It is a Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray from 1979 that plays and sounds great.
Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in 1965 due to a wrong medial diagnosis that made him think he had a short lifespan ahead. It was a wrong diagnosis and he lived for almost 30 more years so in 1971 he created a new company called Musitek but stayed in the shadow until 1975 due to legal issues with CBS. He changed he company name to Music Man and he took care of developing new instruments while his partner Tom Walker took care of the amps. The first Music Man Bass was the Stingray and it featured a bolt on neck with 3+1 tuner arrangement to reduce dead spots. A Single humbucker pickup was located close to the bridge, at the "sweet spot". Also it had a 2 band EQ with boost only.
Leo Fender left Music Man in 1981 due to tensions with his partners and created G&L with his old partner at Fender George Fullerton. Musicman went through a lot of financial problems and eventually Ernie Ball bought it and made it the company we know today.
For many players these first Music Man basses made when Leo Fender was on board (between 1976 and 1981) are the absolutely best ones. This one was made in 1979 and we really think it is something else.
It has the trademark Stingray sound that we've all grown to love. More recent Stingrays are well built but few nail the real sound. You get the right amount of punch and bite. It is really easy to dial in a perfect sound that works equally well for fingerstyle, pick or slap without having to touch any pot at all. This is remarkable.
The bass is in great condition for a bass that is more than 40 years old. Of course there are some dings here and there (natural relic we should say) but everything works just fine. Action can be set really low with no issues. Frets still have a lot of life.
The rubber mutes are worn out and need to be replaced in case you want to use them.
As you probably know truss rods on early Music Man basses were not too strong and they would either stop working or break. The one in this particular bass was professionally reparied by a top luthier and it works just fine now. There's even a custom 3.5mm allen key that was made for the truss rod .
It comes with a non original case.
To sum up: a historic bass that sounds like a dream, plays great and has a lot of life ahead.
Musicman Stingray 1979 White