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5 string MM?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nate22, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. nate22


    May 5, 2004
    Where can I find one? Does Ernie Ball make a 5 sting sterling or older stingray? I'm a huge fan of the tear drop pic guard and am dying for a white bass.....

    I have an old 79ish 4 string sabre..and would love to satisfy this new yearning.
  2. Ernie Ball makes the Stingray 5, which as many folks have pointed out is really more like the Sterling in the pickup/electronics department. It's always had the same pickguard shape it has now, which is different from the Stingray and Sterling.

    In recent years, they've also come out with the SUB 5 and the Bongo 5, both of which have the oval/teardrop pickguard shape.


    Edit: Looking at some of your old posts, I see you already know about the SR5, the SUB, and the Bongo, so maybe I don't understand the question...
  3. nate22


    May 5, 2004
    Thanks for taking time to try and help, Mike.

    I'm looking for the tear drop style picguard, but I'm not crazy about the bongo and sub basses(bongo is too wild looking, and the sub just feels like it's missing something, plus I hate the diamond plate look).

    Where can I find an older white Stingray/Sterling with the tear drop style....I really am a MM n00b, so bare w/ me.

    Thanks again for your patience!
  4. No problem, Nate. There's used a white/rosewood Stingray on the Bass Central site ( http://www.basscentral.com/musicman/used.shtml ), an '80 white/maple one on the Bass Palace site ( http://basspalace.com/dynamic/displaybass/4StringBass/3421 ), though it's priced rather high, and an '83 at Mike's Music ( http://www.gbase.com/gearlist/guitar_picture.asp?guitar=544342 ). Those are the ones I ran across fairly quickly online. They're all 4-strings, though. It wasn't totally clear whether you were looking mostly for a 5-string, or for a teardrop guard, but you can't have both with a Sterling or Stingray.

    If you want a 5 but still want the teardrop guard, you might consider getting the SUB 5 and replacing the pickguard with something like black. I haven't spent much time with the SUBs to know what's "missing", though.

    One other thing I've seen done a couple of times is to look for a G & L 1505 and add a teardrop guard to it. The 1505 is the G & L single-pickup 5, which comes with no pickguard. G & L is the company Leo Fender started after selling Musicman, and there are a lot of similarities between the Musicman and G & L basses. Definately check them out, if you haven't.

  5. nate22


    May 5, 2004

    awesome! thanks Mike! good looking out! good info!