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  • No. of Frets:
    21
    Scale Length:
    34"
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    No. of Strings:
    4
    Body Material:
    Ash
    Neck Material:
    Maple
    Body Finish:
    High gloss polyester
    Nut Width:
    1.625"
    Fingerboard Material:
    Maple, 11" radius
    Bridge:
    Chrome-plated, Hardened Steel Bridge Plate with Stainless Steel Saddles
    Pickups:
    Music Man Humbucker
    Weight:
    9lbs 5oz
    EQ / Controls:
    3-band Active Preamp; Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass

Recent Reviews

  1. Steve Hilbert
    5/5,
    "Greatest non-fancy pants 5 string ever"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Looks, sounds and plays great
    I got a fretted in 92 and a fretless in 2000. They work great in every genre. Better than Fender 5's.
    Price Paid:
    $1150 Canadian in1992, $1400 in 2000
  2. Venturella
    5/5,
    "Bass for every genre"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Thick and chunky neck, Easy truss rod access, Huge tonal options, Good finish on the neck and the body
    Cons - A bit heavy
    I got this bass as a second hand and it was like a brand new bass. The nice chunky neck made me feel comfortable than playing a thin neck of jazz bass. You can get any tone you want with this. Funky flea sound, mellow ballad tone, or a heavy metal tone. The best part of this bass in my opinion even though there are tons of good things about this bass, is the truss rod access. You dont have to loosen up the strings, unscrew the truss rod cover or remove the neck, You just pop in the allen key and its all set. The neck only have a slight bit of finish on it so your hand doesnt slip around when you play.
    Price Paid:
    $1150
  3. lowdown notes
    5/5,
    "Everything Bass"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Huge tonal variety. Extremely reliable. Beautiful sound.
    Cons - Heavy.
    5 string sting ray mid 80's
    This is the best sounding instrument I've ever owned. A lot of talk about Precisions these days. But if you needed one bass to do it all, this is the one.
    Price Paid:
    '1500
  4. AxisOfBacon
    5/5,
    "2013 Musicman Stingray 5"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Monstrous Tone, Awesome feeling Neck, Build quality competes with basses that go for three times the price, Looks amazing, Great sounding 3 Band EQ, Noiseless single coil operation, Note sustain can go for nearly a minute, and it has a cool name!
    Cons - Might be a little heavy for some.
    Ever since I bought this bass, I haven't been able to look at any other bass the same way again! They all began to sound the same to me and could never achieve the killer bite found in the Stingray. Even when they use the same pickup configurations (I'm looking at you Lakland).

    If it means anything to you, the Stingray was used by bass players like Bernard Edwards (CHIC), Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine), John Deacon (Queen), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Justin Chancellor (Tool), and so many more! As you can see, by this list of artists, it can play any style of music, (though it destroys any other bass at funk).

    If you have the cash, This bass is a total yes!
    Price Paid:
    CAD$1650
    PsyDocHill likes this.
  5. Jim C
    5/5,
    "Stingray Bass"
    Tone:
    4/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - I have an 83 with a 2-band pre and a 96 with a 3-band pre.
    They both have necks that fit my hand perfectly; just an overall great feel.
    Never had a moments trouble with either
    Slappers delight
    Sits well with heavy rock
    Unique bass tone
    Cons - Pretty much a one trick pony in regards to tone but it's a GREAT pony.
    The 83' is heavy.

    The weak G string is a huge drag; it's not so much the volume but rather the loss of low end. Search for a post by John K on further info as he worked with Leo who couldn't figure out why.

    Very little HPF; set your amp as normal, without making a sound gently press the E string toward the pup and watch the driver.
    Reasonably low EQ center on the bass knob.
    Original bass sound
    Slappers delight
    Able to cut through a mix
    Slightly scooped tone that works well for certain types of music
    Both of mine are very well made
    Some are super heavy
    Great rock bass (Aerosmith is a good example)
    Price Paid:
    In the early 90's I paid $250 for the 83'; I paid about $900 for the 96' in about 2000

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