30th Anniversary Stingray Pre

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by steveinohio, Mar 1, 2014.


  1. steveinohio

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    Hey guys I just bought a 30th Anniversary Stingray a while back. It sounds fantastic! Aside from the weight its my favorite bass of all time. What did they do different with this preamp to make it sound so different? I know the mahogany body helps contribute a lot to the different sound. Does it do that much? It really is almost the perfect cross between a two band and three band. Mind blown!
     
  2. TSanders

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    if Im not mistaken, there is also a mahogany tone block in the 30ths.

    May be wrong on that. I know the 20th Ann. StingRay 5s had a mahogany tone block inside and they were special. Still kick myself for selling that one. Just a little warmer in the mids, and more airy in the highs, but killed live.
     
  3. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    The mahogany tone block is the entire body. :D
     
  4. Kmonk

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    This might help. It's a website dedicated to the history Musicman Basses. It includes links on the left side of the home page where you can research serial numbers, woods and components.
     
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  6. steveinohio

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    Hey guys thanks for the replies! If you havent checked one out you should! Such a great sound.
     
  7. jtroska

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    I have a 2008 "family reserve" Sterling that is also said to have a mahogany tone block. Ok, so idiot question coming up: what is the tone block? I can't actually see the wood because the front is covered with a flame maple top and the back is painted solid black. Is it the whole body behind the maple top? Or just a piece like where the bridge is anchored or something?
     
  8. TSanders

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    oh yeah, duh!!
     
  9. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    The tone block runs down the center of the body. Sort of like a neck through but instead of it being the same wood as the neck, it's mahogany.
     
  10. jtroska

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    Ah interesting. Thanks.
     
  11. steveinohio

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    There is a great video of the tour of the MusicMan factory on youtube. They show the tone block and how its used in their guitars in one of them. Its worth the time to watch if your a fan of Ernie Ball.
     

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