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OLP Musicman copies? Seems legit.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jazzonlyjazz, Apr 4, 2014.


  1. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    On my local CL is an OLP 5 string bass guitar for $250.

    I am sort of a gear snob when it comes to brands but considering how broke I am, I Guess I can't complain.

    what's your opinions of the OLPs? Good? Bad? Best alternative to a real EBMM/ SBMM? Worse than Squiers? I need a five string so I may pull the trigger on this one
     
  2. Savage_Dreams

    Savage_Dreams

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    cant comment on the musicman model, but i have 2 olp spector designs, they are nothing special, but solid. never had any problem with them.
     
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Officially Licensed Product. The couple I have seen have been a cheap imitation at best. I would describe the tone as anemic. Some guys enjoy theirs, but I didn't like the ones I played. I have not played one of the EBMM in-house made cheaper models but I hear they are much better.

    I cannot give you a direct price since you are not a supporting member but I can tell that asking price is way high.
     
  4. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    OLP (Officially Licensed Product) was licensed to produce low cost budget alternatives to the Musicman Stingray bass. They were passive basses (as opposed to the active Ernie Ball/Musicman Rays). Quality wise, they were decent but quality control wasn't quite so tight. You could get a good one or a lemon just as easily.
    They went out of business when Ernie Ball/Musicman pulled the license because EB/MM wanted to develop their own budget line of Ray basses and created Sterling.
    Sterling went even further to develop a budget line (within a budget brand) of Rays called the Sterling Sub. Goal was to create a sub $300 bass. A Sterling Sub Ray does indeed cost below $300 ($285) brand new and is much closer to the quality and features of the Ernie Ball Musicman Ray. It's an active bass with a 2band EQ. (much like the Ray classics) and has a sound that is pretty close to it- quality is fantastic for what you're paying.
    These basses are labeled Sterling by Musicman SUB on the headstock. It is a Ray. The OLP was a licensed clone not affiliated with Musicman.

    I would definitely recommend getting a Sterling Sub Ray over any OLP considering the price. For less than $40 more, you get a BRAND NEW Sterling Sub Ray. You can also find used Sub Rays for less than $200 - I bought two for $149 and $159.

    Here's a used walnut Sterling Sub Ray 4 string for $198 at GC. With shipping to your door and tax, it'll be about $230.
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-STERLING-SUB-WALNUT-BASS-109945225-i3698680.gc

    Here's a 5 string Sterling Sub Ray black for $219. With tax and shipping, it'll be $250.
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...STRING-BASS-BLACK-MAPLE-110047955-i3697667.gc
     
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  6. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    I live in Canada so guitar center isn't an option and it's incredibly difficult to find a SUB series at our music stores.
     
  7. NeroJazz

    NeroJazz

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    OLP's need a lot of work and money to sound like a MM. If you're on a budget, look for a used Sterling by Musicman Ray34 or SB14. They're really good and will give you MM tones from the get go.
     
  8. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

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    Long and McQuade carries them. If they don't have anything up on the wall in one of the stores close to you, just ask them to bring one in.
     

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