Trade a 2011 Precision American Deluxe for a 2012 PDN Stingray 4H???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 07Stingray, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. 07Stingray


    Jan 5, 2013
    I'm having a bit of a dilema...I used to have a 2007 Stingray 4H (alder with maple neck, 3 EQ), which I loved to play, but was never keen on the tone in all was a bit bright sometimes...I play in a classic rock band, with a broad selection of tunes.

    So I sold it and got a used 2011 American Precision Deluxe (active/passive, wine red over rosewood), which I like, however I don't like the feel as much as the 'Ray.

    So, I have an opportunity to trade the Precision Deluxe for a 2012 Honeyburst PDN Stingray 4H 3EQ (mint). I'm a little torn...I really like the Deluxe, but I kinda miss my Stingray sometimes, and I can't afford both.

    Will the mahogany body of the PDN tame the tone of the Stingray a bit? I find the deluxe a little too controlled sometimes, so I'm thinking that the mahogany body combined with the pao ferro fingerboard might warm up the 'Ray a bit, while still letting me take advantage of the Stingray growl when I want too. No to mention, the PDN looks like a work of art.

    As well, is it an even trade?

    Sorry for the diatribe, but any insight would be appreciated.

    Forgot to say that my rig is a GK 800RB with a Hartke 4200 Pro and 210 extension.
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    If it was me I'd do it in a heartbeat. Fender actives never impressed me.
    The Ray with a mahogany body will have a natural added push in the low-mids. You can always install halfrounds or flats since (lets be honest) classic rock doesnt need sizzly bright bass.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!! Supporting Member

    Stingrays with mahogany are amazing IME.

    I owned 2 2006 30th Anniversaries and they were by far the best Stingrays I have owned (I have had a dozen or more). Really nice warm tone. Still a Stingray, but as Casa mentioned, some added low mids.

    I also don't like active Fender Precisions.

    If it was me, I would do the trade for sure.
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  6. 07Stingray


    Jan 5, 2013
    Wow - thanks for the feedback...sounds like I'll be back in the Stingray club.

    I might be able to do the trade today...I'll let you know how it goes!