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5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Maple Pickguard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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An All-star Bass with Tons of Range!

Ernie Ball Music Man's Big Al 5 SSS bass is a truly unique beast that gives you access to a massive range of tone. Its mahogany body gives you an angular (but supremely comfortable) shape complimented by a cool-looking trapezoidal pickguard. Cooler still, the Big Al 5 SSS sports a fast maple neck that plays like butter, but it's the tone produced by the three neodymium-magnet single-coil pickups and active electronics that steal the show. Complete with a 4-band EQ, individual switches per pickup, and an active/passive switch, this system makes the Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS a phenomenally versatile bass.

Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS 5-string Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Three single-coil pickups = one massive sounding bass
  • A neck that any serious bass player will love
  • Ernie Ball Music Man delivers a solid history of breakthrough basses
Three single-coil pickups = one massive sounding bass

Here's something you don't see every day: a bass with three single-coil pickups. Pretty cool, huh? But that's just the beginning. Ernie Ball Music Man didn't give the Big Al 5 SSS just any old set of pickups, they designed a special set of neodymium-magnet single-coils to capture the full range of sound. And pickups are only half of the equation. Ernie Ball Music Man also gave the Big Al 5 SSS a killer active preamp system with a 4-band EQ and individual on/off switches for each pickup. You can even kill the active electronics for access to all of those classic passive tones. So, whether you're going for soulful R&B boom or funky slap-and-pop punch, you're all set with the Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS.

A neck that any serious bass player will love

Face it — no matter how beautiful the finish or punchy the pickups, the thing you'll spend the most time noticing about your bass is the way it feels. And for that reason alone, the Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS 5-string bass is worth every penny. This neck is simply amazing, from sleek yet delightfully chunky carve to its gentle heel contour and rock-solid 5-bolt attachment. Ernie Ball Music Man even went so far as to finish the Big Al 5 SSS's neck with gunstock oil and a hand-rubbed special wax blend for a super-smooth texture that's still easy to grip. You've got to get your hands on this bass!

Ernie Ball Music Man delivers a solid history of breakthrough basses

Ernie Ball Music Man basses, such as the Big Al 5 SSS, have been staples in the music scene since their introduction in the '70s. In fact, some of the world's best-known players have their own signature Ernie Ball Music Man models. Always striving for a better instrument, Ernie Ball Music Man introduced the first production active EQ in basses and guitars, unique tuner placement, and many other innovations that have become staples of the industry. Pick up this Big Al 5 SSS and join the pros!

Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS 5-string Electric Bass Features:
  • A fun and unique bass that gives you a ton of tonal range
  • Loaded with 3 neodymium-magnet single-coil pickups each with its own on/off switch
  • Active electronics include a flexible 4-band EQ for extensive tone-shaping options
  • Switch to passive mode (including a separate tone control) with the push of a button
  • Solid mahogany body provides complex harmonics and plenty of sustain
  • Slim yet chunky neck finished with gunstock oil and wax feels great and plays smoothly
  • Hardshell case included
Play outside the box with a Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al 5 SSS electric bass from Sweetwater!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 945-71-10-03

Customer Reviews

See also: Ernie Ball Music Man, Ernie Ball Music Man 5-string Bass Guitars