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I found it again: that picture of The musicman Stingray prototype

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Aug 2, 2011.


  1. Blazer

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    Well I mentioned in several threads about the Stingray, having seen a picture of the very first Stingray prototype, which had a rough body and the neck of a Fender P-bass.

    Yesterday while leafing through a 1996 issue of "Guitar and Bass" I found it again. So here it is, the prototype of the bass that changed it all.
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  2. xxfaux_punkxx

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    hmmm... I wonder what kind of tone you'd get from having a Precision pup at the bridge like that.
     
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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  4. Caca de Kick

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    I've seen a couple of prototype pics. That one above looks to be the earliest type with that body design.
    The other two I saw had more final body designs, but still had the split coil pickup in place.
    And it's obvious where the Sabre control plate styling came from.
     
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  6. FunkMetalBass

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    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

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    The one on the left has a G&L SaddleLock bridge.
     
  8. AphekGreg

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    I believe he used that one for testing pickups, hence all the screw holes.
     
  9. malthumb

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    With reference to this line....."....the two coils were were wired in parallel for a brighter tonality and - as was becoming fashionable in the '70s - active electronics were added

    Other than Alembic, who had active electronics before Music Man? Wasn't it Music Man that made active electronics "fashionable"?

    BTW - aren't those G&L type headstocks in the background?
     
  10. mongo2

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    That appears to be Leo's G&L bass pickup test bed.
     
  11. Blazer

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    Well there's THIS
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    And THIS.
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    Of which the Les Paul Bass being one of the VERY first basses with active electronics (Being introduced in 1969)

    Did you even read the thing? It says that the prototype was photographed at the G&L factory.
     
  12. malthumb

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    Interesting. Guess I never really paid much attention to Gibson.
     
  13. azzyrazzy

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    Someone ought to get a bass like the prototype. That's be cool, with the wicked control plate, reverse drop pickguard and p-pickup AND a Fender neck. That'd be really cool :bassist:
     
  14. Caca de Kick

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    The Gibson RD Artist came out about a year after the StingRay.
    The Triumph bass...is that really active? or just a bunch of series/parallel switches.
     
  15. AphekGreg

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    Is the Triumph the same as the Les Paul bass? I've used a Les Paul like the one in the photo above and it's passive.
     
  16. drul

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    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to reply/bump and say that I saw this bass in person at this exhibit over the holidays. :

    http://www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/museum/exhibits/leo_fender_exhibit/default.asp

    If you are in the area it's worth checking out. It's a small exhibit of about a dozen basses but there's a few prototypes that are worth checking out, including the G&L version of the bass VI that was on Leo's bench the day he passed.


    I have no association with the museum, I just wanted to give a head up to people in the area.
     
  17. Justice

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    I wonder what this one smells like.
     

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