Ernie Ball Music Man releases Artist Series StingRay for Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue

Ernie Ball Music Man has officially released its long-awaited Artist Series StingRay electric guitar collaboration with Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue.

The Kensrue’s model offers a number of custom tweaks on the StingRay formula, including a Dark Satin Tobacco Burst finish, custom-wound HS Music Man pickups, a stacked volume and tone control and three-way pickup selector.

Most intriguing is the control bypass switch on the lower horn, which is teamed with a TRS stereo output jack.

“The coolest thing about it is a mode where if you press a button, it makes the pickups run to separate outputs,” Kensrue told us last year.

“For me, I do two separate inputs into the Line 6 Helix, and that allows me to control what pickup is used or a blend of the pickups with the settings on my Helix.”

Elsewhere, the guitar boasts a satin vintage tinted maple neck with stainless steel frets, African mahogany body, Music Man Modern tremolo, Schaller M6-IND locking tuners and a five-bolt sculpted heel joint.

The Dustin Kensrue Artist Series StingRay is available now for $2,499 - see Ernie Ball Music Man for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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