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Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray

5/5, 5 from 29 reviews
The StingRay. Few electric basses are as flat-out cool or have as much powerful tone. Upon introduction in 1976, it was the first bass to feature
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  1. Fender32
    EVERYBODY LOVES IT!!
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 17, 2006
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Build quality, ruggedness, sound and "vibe".
    Cons
    • - Possibly a tad over-priced?
    "The original mass-produced active bass guitar and still one of the best sounding.

    The sound (especially on the original 3-bolt neck models, which had different circuitry to the current models) is very distinctive and should produce a love/hate reaction amongst listeners. Thing is ... EVERYBODY LOVES IT!!! :hyper:

    They're comfortable to hold and to play and they just have an air of subliminal "cool" about them (no, "look at me with my twenty-knobbed, L.E.D. festooned, 18-stringed MIDI bass, with dodo wood neck and unicorn horn inlay ..." etc.).;)

    Admittedly, they can't give you everything soundwise (I find that you can never really lose that signature "clack" that the notes have and that deep, flat bass is quite hard to achieve). Still, what they do, they do brilliantly.

    Whilst I agree with everyone else about the build quality being right up there (even with G&L, Sadowsky etc.), I still think that it's a lot of money for one pickup and a bolt on neck, hence the "9"."
    Price Paid:
    $900
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