Bridge upgrade for a Sterling by MM Ray 4

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  1. ChelleGame

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    I would like to put a EBMM Stingray bridge on a (Sterling by MM) Ray 4.
    But it looks like I will have to drill pretty big holes for the two bigger posts.
    Is this right?, and does anybody have any experience with upgrading the bridge on a Sterling by MM Ray 4.

    Thanks,
    and yes... I am a newbie so my apologies for any mis-posts or mistakes I make while I get the hang of this.

    Chelle
     
  2. hdracer

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    What's wrong with the bridge that is on it?
     
  3. ChelleGame

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    It's not as good as the bridge on the Ray 34's or EBMM stingrays.
    It's not broken or anything, its just an upgrade I'm going for. Like putting a Bad Ass on a MIM P bass.
    Do you have any experience with this ? What can you tell me about the procedure ?
     
  4. Bobster

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    If you want an SBMM bridge, I'd recommend contacting SBMM. That way I'd guess you could buy the threaded inserts and bridge.

    Best of luck,

    Bob
     
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  6. ChelleGame

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    who is SBMM ? and besides buying it is not the problem. Installing it is what I'm asking about. I have the bridge. I did contact EBMM (Ernie Ball Musicman) and I was told that they do NOT sell the part and they offered no help (which is understanable, it's not what they do)
    They did however suggest I come here to TalkBass and ask in the forum.

    I'd like to only hear from those that have upgraded the bridge on their Sterling by MusicMan Ray4 bass.
     
  7. Scott in Dallas

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    The screws in the bridge require inserts, so you'll need to drill for them. I found the inserts for mine at Ace Hardware. If the screws are the same distance apart on both basses then you're probably safe. I don't have mine handy or I'd measure for you.

    The bridge on the more expensive basses is likely made from higher quality materials, but whether or not it's truly "better" can be debated forever. Quite likely the only change you're making is cosmetic and/or psychological, but I've done a hundred mods to my guitars for that reason, so go for it and good luck.
     
  8. Bobster

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    SBMM is "Sterling by MusicMan" The company that makes your bass.

    SBMM is NOT EBMM "Ernie Ball MusicMan". SBMM produces Made-in-Indonesia versions of EBMM basses licensed by EBMM.

    If you already have the bridge, you're correct. You will need to figure out placement and then drill into the body to set the mounting fittings for attaching the bridge. It depends on your woodworking skill...

    If you really want to make that mod and don't feel confident, I'd recommend taking it to a luthier for that part. It shouldn't be particularly expensive.

    All the best,

    Bob
     
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    If you're planning on paying someone else to do it, sell the bridge and save your money. It won't do anything for you. If you're going to do it yourself because you want the experience of doing it and the cool factor that goes with the job, then it's worth doing.
     
  10. ChelleGame

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    Thanks ! That's just what I needed to hear. I was afraid that might be the way this story goes.
    It's so cool to be able to access the experience of those with more knowledge :)

    I live near Sadowsky and a few others who can do the job for me, but for about the same money and less time I can just buy a Ray34 and I'll just sell the Ray4.

    Thanks again.

    I imagine we can close this thread now.
     
  11. ChelleGame

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    Thanks ! my other reply applies to you too.
     

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