For those that don’t follow, this is a big revision year for the Ray:
New 18v preamp
Lighter tuners and bridge
Lighter body woods - no more 11 lb Ray, haven’t even heard of a 10 pounder yet. Single pickup models as low as 7 lbs.
All roasted maple necks (different fretboards available)
*EDITED TO ADD* 22 frets, up one, and all have stainless steel frets.
Have err had a 40th anniversary Old Smoothie Stingray that wasn’t getting used, fabulous build and neck but HEAVY 10.5-11, and not diverse enough for most of what I have been doing. Traded today for an ‘18 in Aqua Sparkle w ebony board and all black hardware and guard. With the heavier board and paint job, 9.47 lbs, I can work with that easily.
Sonically, the new preamp doesn’t have as much grind, maybe due to the higher headroom at 18v, but is much better balanced. There are 5 usable tones on the switch, they all sound good but I’ll use 2-3 most of the time. Bridge sound is all Stingray. Inner coils and neck solo are also very very fat and good.
Thought the strap was a good match, but having second thoughts. What say you?