I tried selling this a few months back, but got cold feet very quickly and pulled the ad. But the fact is that I haven’t played it much since. I’m a Precision man now – that’s my sound. So here we go again!
This was one of the very first Powder Blue Classic Stingrays that came off the line in early 2010. I ordered this bass the moment I could after NAMM through Castellano's House Of Music in Staten Island, NY, and it arrived in mid-March.
From that day on until the beginning of this year, it was the only bass I brought to every single gig. It has at least 100 wild, drunken, debaucherous gigs under its belt.
I never, ever thought I would part with it. I honestly thought I had a friend for life. But I picked up a Road Worn Precision Bass earlier this year, and it's super light weight totally spoiled me. Now that my MJT/Musikraft 60's Precision has arrived and is even lighter than my other P, the Stingray has simply seen zero playing/gig time.
Frankly, I care about the bass. It simply deserves better, and I could put the money towards something that I’ll play more.
Not that the weight is a total deal-breaker on this one: At around 9 lbs, it's well within the accepted & normal weight range for a Stingray.
Since it has been gigged a TON, it is far from perfect cosmetically, though I can't believe how good the condition is considering how much I played this thing. The EBMM finishes are impervious to anything. That being said, it does have a couple of dings that are worth noting, and little things like light fingernail scratches on the control plate.
The neck is really slim and fast, the nut width is comfy (but not quite Jazz thin), and I can get the action on this lower then I can get on any other bass. By far, I play the fastest and most precise on this bass of all mine. I had the option of ordering flamed maple or birdseye maple; I went with the flame and they did not disappoint. It is absolutely gorgeous.
I installed a Fender thumb rest above the strings towards the neck. See photos. I wanted to have the option of not only having that punchy, over-the-top plucking-by-the-bridge-pickup tone, but also something more vintage-y/dub. I ended up using that a lot!
There are some minor indentations on the headstock from one of those clip-on tuners. See pic.
There are lots of minor swirls in the pickguard, and my thumb damn near wore a hole through the tortoise layer, right above the pickup. I assume this is not an issue, but felt it worth mentioning. See pic.
There’s a nasty ding on the back edge, through the paint. See pic.
The tuners are a little tarnished, but then again, I’ve never had NON-tarnished tuners on a Stingray! There is the obligatory headstock cigarette burn. This was only the result of an outdoor gig or two – the bass was always kept in a non-smoking environment.
There is a wee bit of buckle rash.
It comes equipped with Ernie Ball Strap Locks, which have been GREAT, and heck, I'll also include the super-comfy & wide padded strap that I've had on the bass for a while.
It has a Hipshot D-Tuner on it, which will be included along with the original tuner.
It is currently strung up with a new-ish set of LaBella Flats which have seen maybe 1-2 gigs. For 95% of its life, it has worn flatwounds. The frets are therefore in excellent condition.
I once made a gold pickguard for it; heck, you can have that too.
I have never once used the HSC and I believe I have all the original case candy in there.
PRICE DROP - $1100 SHIPPED & PP'D! No trades!
Enjoy the pics, let me know if you have any questions or would like photos of anything specific.
Here is a video of the bass in action on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP1SsNIymyQ