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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaptainWally, Jun 11, 2018.
Nope, but I’m not looking.
There doesn't appear to be anything special about the 2018 model. Am I missing something?
Other than the fact that they’re more considerably more expensive? Not certain.
New Stingray 4 has Caprice/Cutlass bridge.
New Stingray 5 has new bridge. New Cutlass/Caprice 5? What’s the holdup? Just use the same 5 string neck, that model has worked for years.
There is another thread about them, but there are quite a few differences:
Bodies are more rounded-lighter
Bridges and tuners are different/new
Preamps are 18v now, not sure if the pickups are different too.
Roasted maple necks with stainless steel frets
Availability of ebony fretboard on certain finishes
No love for the leftys (yet)
I'm waiting to see some in person and hear/read some reviews. Somewhat interested in a five string someday.
The new pickups will have neo magnets. The new preamps suppossedly give longer battery life. The bridges will be aluminum to save weight and the tuners will also be lightweight. This should result in basses in the 8lb range. Release date is something like July 4th.
They're available in the USA as of July 4th 'murica
Dang! I wouldn't mind an 8lb stingray. I sold mine because it was a little over 12! TWELVE!!!
I saw these at NAMM back in January and they looked nice. However, right after NAMM, EBMM raised their prices quite a bit across the board.
I was sincerely interested in a Caprice and they raised the price from Honda to BMW level. I still think its interesting, but my ON button is OFF. A 27% price increase is hard to justify and puts this instrument into an entirely different price class.
I would expect that they might sound more like the Stingray 5 with the move to Neodymium magnets. I'd like to try one out but I don't think I would buy one new. Like most volume builders, Musicman basses tend to depreciate like peaches at the end of the season around here.
Not sure any are out there just yet, but we're close. I saw some weights on the new Stingray 5s and there were more than a couple under 8 pounds. A sub-8 pound Stingray 5. Yes!
Yeah, I think I heard July mentioned before : at the moment the EBMM website still shows the conventional Stingray, with no sign, or mention, of the new lightweight hardware, jelly mould body version.
I sort of get the impression that the 2018 Stingray is basically the Bongo, with the more traditional Stingray aesthetic.
They're still listed as pre-order through most retailers it seems.
Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay4 Classic - Black with Maple Fingerboard
I really like Stingrays, but not at that price tag I don't.
"For 2018, the StingRay has been reimagined with new features and appointments that provide a new level of playing comfort while retaining that revered iconic StingRay sound. Featured revisions include an enhanced contour that is rounded for more comfort in any playing position, a sculpted neck joint for uninhibited upper fret access to all 22 stainless steel frets, and lightweight aluminum hardware providing a lighter more balanced instrument. The new and improved StingRay electronics feature more powerful neodymium magnets for increased output and a new 18-volt preamp for extra clean headroom without clipping. Solid roadworthy construction, elegant pickguard, 3+1/4+1 tuning key configuration, and the ever popular Ernie Ball Music Man humbucking pickup, all of which combined produce a look, feel and sound that is remarkably unmistakable. Available July 4th for North America."
Will post photos when I get mine (on pre-order)...
Edit: here in Australia the street price is more-or-less the same as the 2017 model.
Cost in Australia last year for my SR5HH 2017 model, which took 8 months to build and supply on a special custom order, was over 4k AU$ She weighs in at 10.2 lbs.
Would love to try out one of the newer 2018 lighter models..looking forward to your pics Jughead6