'Martin' Stinger SBL-10 Bass: Any opinions? Anyone know what the body is made of?
A singer I work with just gave me an old bass that he's had in his apartment for at least 10 years. It's a Stinger P/J in black with rosewood fretboard. It needs a tuner, a saddle screw and a jack plate.
I know these aren't highly though of, so since it doesn't seem like I'll be destroying a great bass I thought I'd use it to do some fun mods. I'd really like to strip the body and have it natural, but before I wade in, can anyone tell me what the body's made of and what it's likely to look like stripped?:confused:
I'll be putting in a set of inexpensive but decent (hopefully) pickups, changing the electronics etc. The idea is to have something decent for a low price to take around smaller gigs.
Any help appreciated! Thanks. :bassist:
I recently sold my Stinger SBL-10 after 20 plus years. I liked mine. Nice maple neck. These were imported by Martin (yes that Martin). Made in Korea in the late 1980's. Very hot pups, super beefy bridge. My action was set a tad high but I am an aggressive finger style player. Heavy. I am guessing that mine was ash but I do not know as it was painted. Mine is on sale at guitar center for $224 right now. I bought it new in 1989 and doubt I paid much more than that for it.
Bottom line is that it is a decent bass and comparable to decent MIK basses from that period. Heavier than a Dean and IMO better built than Fender MIK's. My only complaint was that I did not like the color of mine (butter cream) but that has nothing to do with the quality of the bass. It is an adequate workhorse and a good deal for the $200.00 range of used basses.
I worked on the Strat guitar version. It was an extremely heavy guitar, made of plywood.
I'm stripping it because I'm not keen on the black color....though I think I'll keep the black headstock, it looks cool.
If the body doesn't look good 'natural' I can always paint it again!:D
The general fit and quality of the bass seems good: the necks and frets are VERY nicely made and finished.
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