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Artist Series StingRay guitar can make its pickups do the splits

The button on the lower horn of the Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar toggles between mono and stereo output
The button on the lower horn of the Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar toggles between mono and stereo output
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Music Man has created an Artist Series StingRay guitar in collaboration with Dustin Kensrue from alt-rock band Thrice
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Music Man has created an Artist Series StingRay guitar in collaboration with Dustin Kensrue from alt-rock band Thrice
The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar sports humbucker and single coil pickups
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The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar sports humbucker and single coil pickups
Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar features a stacked volume/tone control
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Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar features a stacked volume/tone control
The button on the lower horn of the Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar toggles between mono and stereo output
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The button on the lower horn of the Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar toggles between mono and stereo output
The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has an African mahogany body and maple on maple neck
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The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has an African mahogany body and maple on maple neck
The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has a Music Man Modern tremolo system
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The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has a Music Man Modern tremolo system

Ernie Ball's Music Man guitar-making arm has launched a new Artist Series StingRay in collaboration with Dustin Kensrue from American alt-rockers Thrice. Among the signature tweaks is the ability to run the pickups to separate outputs.

First revealed in time for NAMM 2019 in January, the Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar features an African mahogany body with a dark tobacco burst satin finish. There's a bolt-on maple neck topped by a vintage tint maple fingerboard rocking 22 frets, and custom wound Music Man humbucking and single coil pickups.

The instrument rocks an intriguing stacked tone and volume pot with a 3-way pickup selector underneath. But things get really interesting on the lower horn of the double-cut guitar.

The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has an African mahogany body and maple on maple neck
The Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar has an African mahogany body and maple on maple neck

A push-button switch bypasses all of the guitar's built-in controls, changes the mono output to stereo and gives the player the ability to send the signal from each pickup to a different location – the humbucker through an effects unit, for example, and the single coil to a clean amp input.

The guitar features an laser-etched neckplate sporting a Dustin Kensrue logo, and can be ordered now, starting at US$2,499, with shipping expected in August. The video below has more.

Product page: Dustin Kensrue StingRay Guitar

LIVE FROM NAMM: Introducing Dustin Kensrue Artist Series StingRay Guitar

1 comment
toyhouse
Obviously, the stereo idea isn't new. A switchable stereo jack might be? Most stereo guitars that split pickups usually had twin output jacks as I recall. Yes, it's an E.B. but but the price still seems a bit steep here. But I could be way off.