This is the rare USA made SUB 5 finished in'textured teal'. Reluctant sale having owned this great bass since 2006, however I rarely use the 5th string.Has just been restringed and serviced by a nationally recognised music shop in Guildford and all working beautifully. There a couple of very minor dings/flaws as shown in the pics, which are pretty inevitable given the age of the bass. I believe these USA "budget" versions were only made for a short time, in the same factory as the Stingrays, and using largely the same materials and components (albeit using the 2 band active preamp from earlier Rays rather than the newer 3-band).
They made savings by reducing the finishing costs Eg no body contouring, painted neck, textured paint and cheap scratch plate, but buyers ultimately still got Stingray 5 sound and build quality. Despite the savings on labour, rumour is that they couldn't sell the USA made SUBs at much of a profit, and soon ceased USA production in favour of inferior OLPs (licensed copies) made in China and Sterling SUBs made in Indonesia.The item "Ernie Ball Musicman USA SUB 5 active 5 string bass" is in sale since Thursday, October 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Guitars & Basses\Bass Guitars". The seller is "kingdavidhead" and is located in Haslemere. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.