Hi to everyone,
with this topic I’d like to report about my recent purchase in Italy, a black Music Man Sterling 5 H. I’m referring to the American Sterling, to not be mixed up with the more recent series of Sterlings by Music Man.
I’ve spent almost an afternoon in a local shop (located in Tortona) testing various basses without any pressure or real urgency. I’ve made some direct comparisons with G&L L2500 USA and Warwick Stage 1 (1987 edition) since I do like active basses. To be completely honest I’d have never imagined to buy the Sterling before entering the shop, that was real case of love at first “check”.
I found the neck extremely comfortable with my play style, maybe the better I’ve ever checked, and the factory set-up was really well done (great action without fuzzes), this caused a sort of WOW effect when I first put my hands on the bass. Great feeling. The sound is very aggressive to my hears but also deep on the lows by tweaking the pots, perfect for my genres (funky, rock, and jazz-funk). It took quite few minutes to get familiar with the controls and to find at least three different very good sounds.
Maple neek and ex-demo conditions. Immediately bought.
Here I attach some audio samples, made by playing with Reaper and virtual drums instruments.
Selector in serial position and lows boosted. This is a finger style song. I used a Maxon CP9PRO+ compressor before entering the audio interface. The solo track uses a chorus and is lightly overdubbed by a pitched line (implemented in Amplitube 3 VST). Incognito - Smiling Faces
Now a slap song, only the Maxon CP9PRO+ in the chain and the TBP-1 virtual amp (Amplitube 3 Fender suite). Jamiroquai - Mr.Moon
Now the selector is in parallel position. Again a slap song and the same line chain mentioned above. Lee Ritenour - Night Rhythms
Let’s conclude with another fingerstyle sample: Incognito - Still a friend of mine
And now a couple of pictures: