why hasn't anyone put a stingray preamp in a p bass yet??

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  1. spaz21387

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    so I have a sterling sub ray 4 and I plan to upgrade the pre amp to a nordstrand 3 band. That leaves me with a 2 band to have some fun with. If anyone has done the ray pre in a p bass Id love to see pictures and hear sound clips.
  2. Blazer

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    Well I have seen Stingrays where the humbucker was replaced with a P-bass pickup but I have no idea how that ended up sounding.

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  3. DiabolusInMusic

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    I would love to hear sound samples of both those, I imagine each location sounds very different.

    I will not comment on the looks since I do not (or will not) own those basses...
  4. 2meterbassman

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    Someone did it.

    Fender did it - in the Precision Special (80-84):
    Active electronics, volume, treble, bass, with pot middle position.
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  6. spaz21387

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    Me too Id love to hear those basses!
  7. Swerve

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    I'd be interested to hear sound samples as well.
  8. Smallmouth_Bass

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    Similarly, I've always wondered what a Stingray would sound like with the humbucker in the P position.
  9. spaz21387

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    That would be very interesting too. Looks like im just going to have to experiment and pull the pre from the ray 4 and see how it gets along with a p bass pickup. I promise to post a demo video too.
  10. Blazer

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    Probably similar to those early G&L L-1000 basses.
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    Which sound like this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx-OEKHkdQw
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    Judging from the pictures, it seems to me that it only sounds good with 3 strings so much so that you simply leave the E-string out or don't need to tune the G-string 'cause noone can hear it anyway...
    Dirk
  12. JTE

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    Tony Levin did. He once said that when he showed up with his first StingRay engineers said they couldn't get a good sound due to the active EQ. He had someone put a StingRay pre in hus Precision 'cause the engineers were listening with their eyes.

    BTW the active Precision Special's pre was quite different from the 'Ray's. The Fender was +/- 18dB while Leo's was not completely boost/cut, and less than 18dB. Also the G&L L-1000 was passive and had massively different PUPs compared to a Precision, so probably not much like a P with a MM 2-band pre. .

    G&L did advertise an L-1000e but as far as I know they never shipped any. They converted the one we ordered as part of our opening order to passive and dropped the L-1000e from the price list.

    John
  13. petrus61

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    Maybe its the opposite on a Stingray with a P pup installed. Instead of nobody hearing the G, nobody can hear the E!
  14. Jim C

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    I've toyed with the idea of using the Uncle Fluffy MM copy pre I have in a foot pedal so as not to carve up a Pbass and to be able to use it with other basses.
    If I could only get caught up with projects…
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