I had a chance to play a 1993 Ernie Ball Stingray 5 at Guitar Center a few days ago and was absolutely blown away by the quality of construction (especially the crazy birdseye maple neck). I A/B'd it against a brand new Stingray 5 and I don't think it was even close. The 1993 was deeper sounding, had better sustain, and was much warmer. Not to say that the new one was a bad instrument -- it wasn't at all. It just wasn't nearly as resonant or growly. Is it just me or are early Ernie Ball Stingrays superior to the new ones? I'm seriously thinking of buying a Stingray 5 and am wondering if maybe the new one I played was a lemon.