Ibanez sr700 or Sterling ca34 classic?
Both of these basses are in the same ballpark concerning price but which would you choose and why?
|JCheung ||09-08-2013 11:02 PM |
The ray. My reasoning is that while the Ibanez is a solid bass guitar its sound is a tad too modern hifi for me. To my ear the ray cops a solid classic stingray sound which I feel does well in most if not all genres of music. Aestheticly, the Ibanez will probably be lighter but I've always felt stingrays have always had the best balance on my shoulder.
yeah, I know the Ibanez is probably gonna be less weight versus the Ray and that's a plus for me. I'm looking at the Sterling Classic 4 also which costs $1800. I could buy both of the above for less than the Classic 4. But that Sterling Classic 4 is calling me.
|Tbone76 ||09-09-2013 06:15 AM |
I had the Ray34ca in mint green with maple neck. It sounded great, but I didn't like how the slab body felt compared to my basses that had body contours. Mine was also a little heavy. The finish and construction were top notch, though. No complaints there. As long as you aren't bothered by the slab body, it's a great instrument. I never owned the Ibanez that you're looking at, but I did own an SR505. Again, fit, finish and sound were great, and it was nice and light. The only thing that I never got used to was the short lower horn. It was uncomfortable for me to play seated with it for any length of time, and it looks like the 700 has the same body shape as the 500. Again, these may not be issues for you. Just my experiences. I may pick up another Ray34 down the road, though. One with body contours.
|ChunkyMunky ||09-09-2013 09:20 AM |
Honestly, it depends on what kind of tone you're pursuing. If the brute force behind the 'rays tone is what you're looking for, I'd go for that. Having played both myself, it's kind of difficult to tell what you're looking for out of the two.
|Pudge Fish ||09-19-2013 08:12 AM |
I have an SR700 that I will be parting with. It's amazing for slap and great for everything else. I owned the SR505 before it and loved that bass. My SR700 was in my hands almost as much as my Rickenbacker but yesterday a Music Man Bongo happened to me....
I will say the SR is an amazing bass and checks a lot of the right boxes for me (24 frets, thin neck, BEAUTIFUL style, modern shaping / contours and a pickup blend knob with 3 band eq really lets you shape the tone) Pickup blending really is the only way for me now. (Love my Bongo for that feature too!) I will say that the reason I'm letting the Ibanez fo is the neck is just a TINY BIT too thin for me. My hand cramps up easier becuse it has to close further / tighter around the neck. That being the only bad thing about it, it does play exceptionally well. Fast, low action. Swapped those crappy (imho) Elixir strings off the Ibby and some slinkies in the same gague made her ROCK!
That said, I am a believer in Music Man basses now, but the Ray lost for me due to the 20 fret scale and slab body. I have owned bulky basses. Once you get a 'modern' rig that you like, it's tough to appreciate that classic assemblage the same way. I would bet the tone of the Ray 34 is pretty gnarly in person! If you decide you would like a killer deal on an SR700, feel free to PM me. I'll be listing it in the classifieds any day now. (tried to avoid a sales pitch! I am a Music Man FAN!)
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