2 band v 3 band stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by damonjames79, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. damonjames79

    damonjames79 Guest

    Mar 29, 2012
    Middlewich UK
    Hi all, I'm sure stingray questions have been done to death, but the search function didn't really find anything related. I was wondering for some thoughts on 2 band v 3 band eq stingrays and which is better. I have also seen some negative comments regarding 'rays for reliability and studio work, is there anyone who could explain these issues for me?
    I am just getting back into playing after a 10 year break and really loving it, I'm finding the extra patience and attention span that comes with age is really helping my playing and want to finally buy that stingray I could never afford when I was 18. Thanks for your thoughts
  2. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Best thing is to stop by a music store and compare them . Try and do it at a time things are not too busy .

    Make sure you spend about fifty percent of the time slapping .
  3. pharaohamps

    pharaohamps Commercial User

    May 30, 2006
    Garner, NC
    Owner, Disaster Area Designs / Alexander Pedals
    Neither one is "better" or "worse." They're tools, and sometimes one tool might be more suited to a task than another.

    I have 3 EBMM basses - one each 4-band, 3-band, 2-band EQ. They're all capable of a pretty wide range of tones but they do respond differently even when set nominally "flat."

    msb is right, go try them and pick which you like. Only you have your ears.

    Re: reliability and suitability in studio, I've never had a single problem with any of mine and don't expect to. Best basses on the planet for what I do.
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005

    I've never heard that - source???

    - georgestrings
  5. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I agree-- I've never once heard a bad thing about their reliability or studio-worthiness.
    I played a Stingray 5 almost exclusively between 1995 and 2003, and this included recording three albums with it. Absolutely fantastic.

    Back to the original question... Yes, it's a matter of personal preference. I bought one of the original Stingrays in 1979, and thought it lacked mids. (Mind you, I'm a fingerstyle guy, not a slapper.) I added a P-Bass pickup :eek: and soon traded it to someone for a 1968 Fender Jazz Bass, which felt like "home" to me. When I picked up the Ernie Ball Stingray 5 in 1995, I knew it would be useful to me because of the midrange band.
    But, then again, you'll read that a lot of people prefer the "earthiness" (or something) of the old two-band ones.
    By all means, try both yourself and see what you think.
  6. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed by K.B. Guitars, Nordstrand Audio Pickups, Von York Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps.
    I have a 2 band Classic and a 3 band standard Stingray. I have also played a standard 2 band Stingray in the past. As far as which one is better? That is a matter of opinion. I honestly like both. Both have similarities but also have differences.

    As far as reliability goes, I own 6 Music Man basses and have never had a major problem with one. However, I do know that the company has some of the best customer service that there is thus why I don't hesitate to buy them. I really can't say a bad thing at all about any of their basses or the company for that matter as all of my experiences with them have been very positive.
  7. damonjames79

    damonjames79 Guest

    Mar 29, 2012
    Middlewich UK
    Thanks for your thoughts guys much appreciated, has put to rest my concerns