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musicman stingray HS users ... a question please...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ilansgroove, Feb 7, 2014.


  1. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    Hi everyone ....

    I am a Musicman stingray user, i've had mine since 1996!!
    i LOVE it, but feel the need to have another sound ... i bought a few basses to test but ended up selling them each time ...

    i had a fretless warwick, a fretless jazzbass, a 5 string jazzbass delux , a 4 string jazzbass standart ....

    i know the sound i am looking for is that agressive p-bass sound but with something more ...

    i was told (maybe i'm wrong) that the stingray HS has a more P-bass sound options ... Any opinions on that ????????
     
  2. Selta

    Selta

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    It has ballpark P-bass tones at best, thanks to the neck pickup. It won't confuse any bass player into thinking it's a P bass, but it's closer than the single H at the bridge.

    IMO, and this is 100% a bias opinion - check out HS and HH Bongos. And, in fact, try EBMM Sterling 5 HH and HS while you're at it. I love my Bongos and my Sterling, though the Sterling doesn't get much play time now a days. The Bongos will kick your face in if you want them to.
     
  3. PluckyThump

    PluckyThump Supporting Member

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    IMO the HS pickup combination, while versatile, does not sound like a P bass in any setting. You gotta have a pickup in the P sweet spot to get that tone.

    Sounds like what you want is a P-J setup. Fender Deluxe Precision, G&L L-2000/M-2000, are a couple that you should try out at your music store.
     
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    G&L SB-2, not L or M2000.

    The SB-2 is a PJ with "more", for sure. Spend $10 - 20 and add a Tone control and you've got the Ultimate P Bass, in my book.
     
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  6. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    I never liked the G&L necks ....

    but maybe i should test them again ....
     
  7. Selta

    Selta

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    How much do you want to sound like a P? Are you just looking to add a bit of aggressiveness, or do you want to actually sound like a P completely?
     
  8. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    don't really know
    i just want that aggressive fender sound ....

    another option i had in mind was the Sandberg California TM
     
  9. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    My G&L L-2000 sounds like an aggressive P-bass. It's got a #8 neck (basically like Fender's Jazz neck).
     
  10. Pet Sounds

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    G&L basses have a variety of neck options, I believe. Maybe you haven't tested the right one for your hands?
     
  11. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

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    Check out Ed Friedland's review of the Big Al. The middle pickup of the SSS config cops a great p-bass tone.



    Fast forward to the 1:55 mark for the passive middle pickup
     
  12. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    i never thought of testing this bass nor did i look up in you tube, i guess because it so damn ugly :)

    but it does have some great sounds!!
     
  13. sb69coupe

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    If you don't like the looks of the Big Al, you can get a Reflex with the three single coils as well. The pickups and preamp are the same in both models.
     
  14. ilansgroove

    ilansgroove

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    this one looks much better and sounds great!!!!
     
  15. birdie num nums

    birdie num nums Supporting Member

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    +1000
    Couldn't agree more. ;)
     
  16. jlepre

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    +1 I was just going to say this..
     

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