This is an amazing bass. Havent really played anything that has played as well. You can get most any tone you want out of it. The active controlls give you a huge range of tones. From growly to twangy, you can get almost anything under the sun. I really recomend any Ernie Ball bass you can get your hands on. Atleast as far as Stingrays, Sterlings and the other $1000+ basses go. (havent really played the OLPs, or S.U.B.s)
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Of course this baby was made in the United States, and its craftsmanship is excellent. 22 frets, rosewood fretboard, unfinished neck, 4 string, one big Musicman humbucker to get that killer musicman tone. Active pickup, three controls (treble, mids, bass) and volume knob. Also has a pickup selector to get three nice tones out of the one pickup with a flick of the switch. White Sparkle finish. Looks killer!
This bass plays like a dream. The neck is nice and thin (my hands are small, so it helps) Also, the unfinished neck makes it faster to play. The action is fairly good, I'm not sure if it can be lowered or not, but it is about where most basses are. Very little fretbuzz unless played real sloppily. Overall, it is almost perfect, have yet to play anything better.
I use NO effects, and run it through a Hartke 1x15, 4x10 and an Ampeg B2r. It really sounds qutie amazing. I get the characteristic Musicman growl, and it is supurb for slapping. I play mostly rock and roll on it, but as I said it is also perfect for funk. I really can't think of much of any style it wouldnt work well for. It has amazing mids, and highs. The lows are fairly good, but they could use a little bit of a boost.
This is built like a tank. 5 bolt on neck. I've thrown it around a little bit. Stays in tone, intonation is perfect. strap locks are surprisingly good (I spun around without holding onto the bass, and it didnt fly off...probably not the best idea though) Controls and hardware are also holding up fine. No problems here at all.
I looked at everything from Stingrays to MTDs and kept coming back to the sterling. It just feels so great to play I knew it was the bass that was gonna walk out with me and it was the first bass I played. only thing that could be better is the tuners.
Model Year: 1987
Where Obtained: Bass Central
This is the bass bass ive ever played with the exception of a Wal. Its maple with an ash(?) body. Great 3 band active eq and music man pickup. Only complaint is the schaller tuners which I dumped in favor of hipshots.
This is the best part about the sterling. The neck is great super fast and thin. Great action and is light enough to play strapped on for hours.
This bass has a great warm sound. I play through a GK 800rb and SWR cabs. I use it for everything from death metal to jazz and I can always get the tone I want. It doesn't cut through the mix live as much as I'd like it to but its still great. No noise whatsoever.
This is one bass thats built to last. Its an 87 and its in PERFECT condition. It was a little dirty but it took 20 minutes to clean. I had to adjust the truss rod a litte (which was extremely easy) but nothing major. I bought it in florida (95 degrees) then brought it to Chicago (20 degrees) and it still played perfect.
If this thing got jacked, I would most definitely look at replacing it with another Sterling first. Again, the only thing I'd add is the piezo pickup (for a wider range of sounds). If you're thinking about buying a stingray/sterling, I encourage you to go down to your local music store and try one out. I'm sure it'll be love at first sight.
Where Obtained: eBay
Made in the USA, bird's eye maple neck and 22 fret maple fretboard, ash (I'm guessing) body.
Whole thing weighs in at about 9 lbs.
Comes with standard MusicMan pickup,active electronics, 3 band EQ, and a 3 way switch (Series, Parallel, Hum Cancel).
Also includes the bridge mutes which are great for thumb playing.
I really like the features and the body weight, the only thing I would add is the piezo bridge pickup (Which is available for about $150 more)
This puppy just feels good to hold. You can really feel the quality of the parts and craftsmanship when you play. The first time I picked this thing up it felt more like an extension of me than any other bass I've played. I can easily adjust from high action to super low action and still maintain a comfortable feel.
Acoustically, this bass sounds amazing. The first I played it I didn't even plug in and the thing blew me away. The natural slap tone is simply beyond description.
Despite what some people say about these basses always being bright, I have been able to get a wide range of sounds from this bass just by changing playing style.
I play through a Hartke 300W, solidstate head with a Peavy 15" cab, I use the zoom 506II effects unit, and I string with GHS steel flats. I'm quite pleased with the tone, especially for slap (That's right, great slap sound with flatwound strings). However, the best tone I've ever gotten on this bass came from a Carvin acoustic guitar combo amp (go figure).
I by no means consider myself an expert. I used to play keys and picked up the bass within the last few months, but of the different basses I've seen and heard, this is by far my favorite (I'm probably a bit bias though).
I live in Hawaii and this bass was shipped to me from the East Coast when it was still cold over there. I expected the bass to go through the usual climate shock but it was surprisingly unaffected. I've dropped it quite a few times and it's always stayed in tune. The thing seems solid.
Overall, this is a bass you'd want to own. It can be played for most types of music and after playing it, you'll be satisfied.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center, Houston Tx.
Made in the U.S. It has a metalic blue finish. 4 string.
It has a low action and it remindes me of a Peavey jazz bass I owned. This Bass has a very comfortable feel to it. Most bassists would feel at ease picking one up for the first time.
I use a Ampeg SS 700watt amp. This is a great studio bass and is good on stage, but it's not the best for stage use. I think this bass is perfect for anyone playing a lot of chords.
The Durability of this Bass is excellent.
If I could buy another Sterling with a quilt maple body (they don't make em' that way)I would have no desire to own a "Boutique Bass". This is a very well made instrument
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Bass Central/Florida
Made in the U.S.A. ... Overall fit and finish on this example is outstanding. It is a Jazz style bass with a slightly scaled down body. The neck is gunstock oil finished maple with rosewood board. (Smooth and Fast) Fretwork is excellent and the intonation is the best I've found in a production instrument. The Body is a beautiful ash with a flawless clear finish.
This is the most playable of my basses. It arrived set-up with a fairly low action (which I happen to like). I prefer Jazz style necks because of my relatively small hands.
I play through an Ampeg Solid State amp. and this Sterling "sings". I've not recorded with it but I can say that it really cuts through live. IMO it's great for all styles of music. The only draw back might be if your looking for a "Pbass" sound, the Sterling is voiced a little brighter. The 3 band EQ. is quiet and allows you to dial-in a nice variety of tones.
Built like a Tank. The neck has been stable and rock solid. Access to the truss rod is easy and I've only tweeked it once when it first arrived.