This is a mean guitar. excellent foundations for a rock styled bass. perhaps lacking a bit in the overall width of the tone. as i said, the tone is bright and clean, with not a huge amount of room to play softer slower music, ie. funk, jazz or ballads.
a p-bass beater
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1750.00 AUD
Where Obtained: Second Hand from The Bass Center
Black Sparkle Rosewood Stingray
Full stock setup.
Nice wide P-Bass style neck. Look for the Sterling if you want a Jazz style neck.
Classic Stingray sound. Nice and bright with plenty of deep growl. Fantastic for slapping style and your rock style music. Harder to play the softer smoother tones as its a quite bright high range. If your after a rock styled bass, this is the benchmark!
Super strong. This baby is now over 7 years old and still looks new.
On 11/2/2007, Inactive Member posted:
One of the best on the market!
Model Year: 2000
U.S. made high quality bass. A
Sweeeet! This is a Professiona
This bass sound awesome. Aggre
This is a workhorse, built lik
I love my Musicman. Once again, it doesn't quite have that nice thumpy Jamerson sound, but if your a fan of Flea, or any 80's metal...alah duff mckagen, you can definitely get the sound with this bass.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Ebay
Music Man Stingrays are made in California here in the USA.
13-1/2" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 44-7/8" long
Weight 9 pounds 5 ounces - varies slightly
Wood Selected Hardwoods
Finish High gloss polyester
Colors See color chart
Bridge MusicMan?® chrome plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles
Optional - Piezo bridge available at an additional charge
Pickguards Black or white
Optional - Shell, black pearloid, white pearloid, and abalone available at an additional charge
Headstock Only 8-3/4" long
Optional - Matching painted headstock available at an additional charge
Frets 21 - high profile, wide
Width 1-5/8" at nut, 2-1/2" at last fret
Wood Selected Maple
Fingerboard Fretted - maple or rosewood
Fretless - pau ferro with or without inlaid fretlines
Finish Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
Tuners Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
Truss rod Adjustable - no component or string removal
Attachment 6 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting
Sheilding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and chrome plated brass control cover
Controls Standard - 2-band active preamp - volume, treble, and bass
Optional - 3-band active preamp - volume, treble, mid, and bass
Pickups MusicMan?® humbucking
I love this thing.
I was always fair at slapping, and this thing makes you sound and play better. It might have to do with the great sounding pickup, or the semi wide string spacing, but it's a fun bass to play.
This beast growls....It can be a little on the treble tingy side if your strings are too brite. I tried rotos on it, and GHS B52's and they were both too bright for my liking. I decided to try Ernie Ball strings...and they sound great.
It's a tough, heavy beast.
Model Year: 2005
Where Obtained: Sweden
It has a punch you can't get from any other bass in the world.
I play moastly Funk. the slap style is my style.
Has to be adjusted when there is a big change of climate.
and the hardware is nice, exept for the plugin, i have to change that, bad contact.
Don't waste too much time, go and play one. Just be careful because the urge to part with your cash may become too overwhelming.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $895.00 Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Kempsters & Son, Swindon Wilts
I really didn't mean to buy this bass. I was just browsing, honest, and it just appeared. I had considered a Stingray and this one just happened to have come into my local guitar store, great colour & condition and played like a dream.
I had always had Fenders, still have, but I really love this axe.
Excellent action, the neck is so smooth. Bass is heavy but I suppose that's a small price to pay for this quality.
So many differnet tones, almost too many. Great sound, you can see why this has become an industry standard.
Only had it 4 months, so far so good. Mind you it is 10 years old and is in "used" mint condition.
God are you kidding me? Long before I was a bass player I was aware of the StingRay and have ALWAYS wanted one. This is a treasure to me.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $1218.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Made in the USA. Rosewood fingerboard and the HoneyBurst finish. 21 jumbo frets and 4 strings. 3-band EQ and active electronics
Oh God, this is Nirvana. This is just a solid slab of rock meat in your hands. You can't help but feel energized just holding it. She's heavy.
A tank - it'll hurt me before I could hurt it.
Just go buy one, i love mine. The only thing is they're pretty heavy, so if your a little man or a pussy, you might wannt test it out before hand.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $2500.00 Australian (new)
Where Obtained: bought new, local shop.
Made in USA. Not sure about the woods.
4-string bass, 3 tonal knobs which are very useful.
The action on this bass is able to get very low i actually set it a bit higher when playing in my rock band! The finish on the neck is superb, feels orgasmic every time i play the thing!
No flaws i can think of...
I run this bass through an old marshall head and box. The bass sounds great, everyone knows what a stingray sounds like. Full, Warm sound! Classic musicman sound:as i always say " you can can get different- but not better".I've recorded and gigged extensively with this baby, shes built to last for hundreds of years.
Perfect in all my abuse for the last 3 years.
I also looked at some fenders and spectors and a few others before buying this bass. I love my stingray and really can't picture myself playing another bass. It is awesome for a lot of different styles of playing too. I'd recomend it to anyone who is thinking of buying one.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $880.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
My stingray has a maple neck and all of the other regular jazz a stingray has, 3 band eq, active electronics, etc..
I love the playability of this bass. I have had it long enough that I know exactly how to set it perfectly. The neck is rather wide, unlike the sterling it has a much wider neck, which I like, but it might not be for some of those with the smaller hands. I personally find it much more comfortable than other basses but I've seen some people need to wrestle with it.
This baby growls and has a good all around tone. Maybe not as much versatility as I'd like from the sole pickup but I can get all the tones I need from my fingers and the active electronics. It sounds really good in the studio just straight with the direct box. Although the slap tone is awesome but could be beefier. It is more of the old school classic slap tone.
This thing will break before I do. It needs to be adjusted about as much as a regular bass, just everytime the weather changes drastically. (which is when everyone should adjust their bass)
This Bass is unbeatable in the upper standard section of basses from my opinion. Only luxury instruments can be better. But good Jazz, Precision Basses or Warwick Basses may be just as good if you pick the right one.
Model Year: 1974
Where Obtained: other german Bassist
Very intense sound
But overall it has more power in mid range than in
bass range, compared with the new stingrays.
Features: US, maple, 4strings, volume+2xtone, Humbucker,
active, natural finish, stingray standard, string-through body,
It has a good playability, but the neck could be a bit thicker.
I use a Hughes and Kettner Top with 1x4x10"Bass Kick, and 1x 15" Bass Kick, I HAVE Envelope Filter, WahWah CryBaby, Boss Compressor and Boss Chorus AND Distortion. The sound is full, but could have more power in the bass section. The sound is more funky than a Jazz Bass, but one could argue about it. But I am a Flea Fan too.
Neck adjust about twice a year depends on the weather. Other wise it is absolute solid.
Great Bass..Get one for yourself..
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in US...Maple Fretboard...3 Band EQ (bass mid Treble)...19 frets...Huge Pickup with Phantom Coil to kill humm...Schaller Tuners... I installed Schaller Straplocks...
Low-Medium Action...Great Playability
Plays better than all basses ive played...
Plays incredibly well with all amps ive tryed it on..
Fits a Funk-Rock-Fusion style
Not Noisy unless you put the Treble boost full on
Great For Studio and Stage
Never Dropped it...
Adjusted Truss Rod after being shipped in an airplane..
I looked at many other basses (which are listed above) and this one out shone the rest by miles. I would deffinatly buy this bass again if it was stolen.
I dont think that this bass could be any better. People do critise it because it is so expensive and doesnt have many features but the build quality and attention to detail is superb.
My favourite part of this bass is the sound. I cant wait to pair it up with an Ampeg SVT pro it'll be a killer!
Oh one last thing ...... BUY THIS BASS!!!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1225.00 GB Pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Duck, Son and PInker, Bath, UK
Made In San Louis Obispo, CA, USA. Alder Body with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. 21 jumbo size frets. 1 Volume, 1 treble, 1 Bass control. Single Active Humbucking pick-up. Natural finish. MM bridge and schaller tuners.
All types of action are easily obtained through bridge and truss rod adjustment although I favour a highish action which is what it is set up as when it comes out of the factory. Very nice neck, a mid point between the fattness of a Precision and the thin Jazz style neck. It out play's any bass that I have tryed which include Fender P + J basses, Carvin, Spector, Warick. No obvious flaws other that the pickup magnets can wear a pick down as they are quite close to the strings.
Suberb sound. The reason I chose this bass over a Fender Jazz was that it is so powerful and deep and then can come alive and be stupidly bright for slapping. This bass would suit Funk perfectly, Rock also is right at home on this bass. I have used it for Jazz but it is a bit to punchy and so I tend to use a fretless for Jazz playing.
Very full sound, also very low interference because of the humbucker. Very large output volume superb for session recording work. But it really shines on stage.
Very realiable. Hasn't let me down yet. The truss rod was tweaked when I bought it to get a perfect action but hasn't been touched since. It works well in all conditions, I recently played an outdoor gig and it was very humid the neck felt quite damp but played just as well as it had done previously after a wipe down with a cloth. All in all it is built like a brick s*** house!
I looked a sterling bass and found that it was to small for me. feels to...dinkey. i prefer basses with lots of meat so i can get full mids and lows. i would definatly recomend this bass. the only thing i would say to other people is to make sure you play with whatever you think you want to buy. with that much money being invested make a good choice
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: bass central
The only problems ive had with this bass is the volume. the treble knob seems to add quite a bit of volume as it should but when its up and i look at the volume knob the wrong way it goes nuts and gets extreamly loud. other then that its a beautifull instrument
Very low action, when set up well plays beautifully
Fits very well with funk and rock, but can get great tones without messing with your amps eq. a little turn of the knob goes a long way. i think i'm going to end up with a hipshot bass xtender key for easyier tunings
Is great for live shows, very durable easy to adjust your sound on the go. looks pretty on stage. keeps adjustments well as long as its taken care of. all the hardware is very well made and has been holding up fine. a scratch here and there but very little wear.
On 12/5/2001, Inactive Member posted:
I don't know if i'd get the same bass if it were lost, it's really a one of a kind. The modulus flea bass would be my next choice for replacement.
Model Year: 1994
Where Obtained: acquaintance
Heavily modified. Body is stripped and contoured almost like an Ibanez. Custom nut. Bartolini p/u's with Bartolini preamp. Hand rubbed tung oil finish. Tortoise shell pickguard.
I use my thumb alot, so I lower the action to just where the frets start to buzz and raise it a hair. Its a combination of truss rod and saddle adjusts to get the neck with the right feel. Needs to be redone if change string guage.
The Bartolini pickups really bring out the growl in the bass. The only thing I dislike is the versatility, it only produces two or three distinct sounds. Excellent slap and excellent growling low.
I've had this bass about 6 years and the case looks pretty bad. I've dropped it onstage once and its fallen off of the stand a few times with no damage.
Fenders, Gibsons. It felt right from the first time I held it.
Like a shot.
How do you improve on perfection?
It just feels good every time I pick it up.
Having to put it down.
Do yourselves a favour and buy one.
Model Year: 1987
Where Obtained: Overwater Bass England
Ashdown Magnifier 400w
Ashdown ABM115 cab 15 inch
Trace Elliot 20113H 2X10
Very catholic in styles will play anything other than Jazz.
Ashdown is the bees knees looks good sounds good to an old bloke like me. For the price I would have expected a better quality of speaker I shall replace it.
Trace Elliot looks cheap but was expensive. i am replacing it with a cab I shall build.
Zoom 3000B it makes me sound better than I realy am so to me it is worth every penny.
I still want a fretless StingRay but I haven't found one yet. Looking at a possible fretless Warwick or Lakland.
Years ago, I thought about converting mine to a fretless when my luthier said I needed a new fretboard. He convinced me to keep it as is. "Might de-funk your funky tone," he said.
I think the StingRay remains one of the great basses today, comparable to many higher-priced custome axes.
Model Year: 1977
Where Obtained: Rudy's Music Stop (48th Street/NYC)
A classic axe! Everything in Mr. Decker's review is right on. I was a bit disappointed in the early Ernie Ball StingRays. I was in the market for a fretless and I found the current crop (early 90s) disappointing.
The StingRay gets dealt a bad rap concerning its tone. "It has a good sound, but only one sound. Not very versatile." I disagree. With its mid-range punch, there's quite a bit you can do with the sound if your amplification is up to it. True, the StingRay has a great acoustic sound, and it's a dream if you want to slap it silly, but I find it's output quite susceptible to effects and coloring.
And its playability is without peer. The StingRay's neck is smooth like glass and fast as lightning.
My axe is a little noisy with the treble wide open. It probably needs a little shielding work.
For a '77 it is in great shape. A few dings here and there. I had a new fretboard put on about two years ago. Everything else is stock original.
I looked at a Fender 62' Jazz Reissue but chose the
Stingray because of it's superior neck and bridge
configuration. The MM has much better sustain, too.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Rik's Music
My bass was made in California. It has a fretted
rosewood neck, full-scale neck with jumbo frets. controls include volume, bass, mid-range, and treble
all boosted by 3-band active electronics. The pickup is a massive humbucking type with huge
magnetic poles. The finish is natural with
black triple-ply pickguard. The tuners are heavy-duty, precision Schaller
The action on this bass is excellent, low
with no buzz and great tone. The neck has a familiar
P-bass feel, yet slimmer in thickness. It is also
unfinished which makes it very smooth and fst. This is a solid bass in every way. No frills, just solid, honest craftsmanship. This bass sounds great acoustically, which has a lot to do with the painstaking alignment
of the grain. The body is solid ash, cut in half,
and reverse aligned. This provides superior
strength and tonal capabilities. I haven't found
any flaws in this bass
Right now I am using an old Ampeg SVT through an
old Fender 1x15". Through this, I get a good
ballsy tone that cuts through without being
too sharp. I would say the tone is more warm
than dark. I like this bass better than my G&L
L-1000 and my Rickenbacker 4001. It has become my
main axe. This bass is great for stage and studio.
The pickup is both powerful and quiet
It stays in tune very well and the truss rod adjustment
is the most accessible and practically designed
I've ever found. I do not expose my bass to
anything but room temperature, so I can't comment on climactic changes. It's always in tune when I take it out of its' moulded hardshell case, which by the way came