Music Man vs Fender Jazz (playability not sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by troy mcclure, Dec 24, 2013.


  1. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

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    I love Fender Jazz Necks.... they just feel the best on my smallish thick hands. I also love the way a Musicman sounds.

    I have played a few stingrays but they do not feel right to me.. could be the body, the neck the weight not sure.

    So do I need to try and play more stingrays? Do I need to mod a bass with Musicman electronics and a body and neck I am comfortable with?

    Any one do a similar build?
  2. randyg

    randyg Supporting Member

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    Look at a slo special. Much smaller neck than a regular ray.
  3. Gyver

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    Maybe a Sterling? My MM Sterling Classic has the best neck I have played, and I love jazz necks. I love the sound of the Sterling as well, but it is different than the Stingray.
  4. Lo-E

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    +1
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  6. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

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    I like a good Fender Jazz neck, but I LOVE the Sterling neck. Check one out.
  7. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

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    I loved the way my sterling classic played and I have small hands...but I hate how they sound.
  8. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    A lot of Stingrays are too heavy.

    Not all models have those useless body contours.
  9. johnpbass

    johnpbass

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    +1 on what others have said. Sterling or Stingray with SLO Special neck.
    I love the way my Jazz plays but oddly enough I find my SR5 to be just as playable.
  10. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    Yup - neck-wise, Stingray=P Bass, Sterling=Jazz Bass... Also, the Sterling has a slightly smaller body that you may find more comfy, and ceramic pups which will be more mid present...

    Personally, although I like Stingrays, I LOVE Sterlings...


    - georgestrings
  11. BenWhoPlaysBass

    BenWhoPlaysBass

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    I tried a S.U.B. bass in a GC the other day and it had the tiniest neck I've ever played on a bass. About the same as my standard Jazz, if not thinner.
  12. mantaraya

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    I have played a few stingrays but they do not feel right to me.. could be the body, the neck the weight not sure.

    Similar experience. And it is not the nut width. I had Ray and Sterling. Altought the Sterling had a nice feeling. But theres is something (for me at least) "Weird feeling " And it has nothing to do with string height, or relief, or bridge height. It something about themselves..great basses, but just not "feeling right" to me..
  13. jlepre

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    Try a Sterling
  14. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

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    Not liking something does't make it useless. Body contours have a specific ergonomic function. There are stingrays without contours; I am unaware of any slab jazz basses.
  15. jking138

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    Fender have some humbucker basses, the Dimension Bass line, C shaped necks and single or double humbucker options. Might be worth checking out. I would imaging that with the active pre-amps they could sound similar of the musicman but with the feel of the fender.
  16. KingRazor

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    +1 at the sterling recommendations, playability was comparable to any Jazz.
  17. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    All this pertains to 4 strings. For 5 strings it's the opposite, the MM neck is narrower than Fender's.
  18. KingRazor

    KingRazor

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    +1 Their 5-string necks are great.
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    Agreed 100% - I love Fender 4 strings, but I go with EBMM for 5ers...


    - georgestrings
  20. ljholland

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  21. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My Stingray 5 had a neck like a baseball bat. Well, I suppose it still does, but I don't have it any more. It's way too thick for me - I like jazz necks too.

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