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Battle of the Sting Ray copies!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dgce, Jun 25, 2003.


  1. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I want a Sting Ray bass! But I'm poor. Fine, there's copies out there but which one?

    So far, I've heard so so things about Jay Turser; ok reviews about OLP; and some pretty good things about Dillon. In fact going by reviews, the Korean made Dillions seem more favorable to the Chinese made Jay Tursers and OLPs. However, the price is certainly right on those OLPs.

    So, any input? Which gives the most bang for the buck: Jay Turser, OLP, or Dillon? And if there are any other Music Man copies worth mentioning, please do!

    Ron
     
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Why not consider an Ibanez ATK? It's not specifically a 'stingray' but they get a great sound that should be similar. They're significantly cheaper too. IIRC, Brendan is selling a nice looking one in the classifieds forum. :)
     
  3. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    Yep.....what he said.
     
  4. geezer316

    geezer316

    Jan 26, 2003
    NEW HAVEN ,CT
    OLP's may look a bit like one,but certainly miss by a long shot with any other aspect.i wrote some feedback on another thread that explains some serious issues.the problem with the olp's is a design flaw,the angle of the headstock is off a bit,and it requires some "customizing 'of a few things.though the olp bass MAY look the best out of the copies,i'd go for the one thats better designed. i played the Jay Turser and was pleased with its overall quality.I almost forgot,Hammer has a copy out now thats only 149.00,its better than the olp(i forgot all about it):bassist:
     
  5. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yeah, I recall trying an Ibanez ATK years ago; both the 4 and 5 string models. They are likely better quailty than some of the more recent Sting Ray knock offs. However I recall the necks were baseball bats, they weight a frigg'n ton, and the 5 string ones had some serious B-string flop-age going on. But I'll take an educated guess and presume that the pickup (big-ass 3 coil) and hardware are likely far better quality than the more recent copies. I'll keep my eye on eBay and Daddy's Junky Music. I'd like to try one again.

    I was just checking out the AXL site and at under $200 they must have the cheapest (as in inexpensive) 5 string Sting Ray going. Anyone hip to one of these things? I thought OLP was as dirt cheap as you could get and they're around $250 give or take.
     
  6. geezer316

    geezer316

    Jan 26, 2003
    NEW HAVEN ,CT
    THIS COMPAIRISON IS ANYTHING BUT A BATTLE.a mock battle maybe,or even a duel possibly.but a battle ? NO!:D .almost forgot to mention that peavey puts out a copy to,but its about 400.00$ and the best of all the copies.i played a used one last week and it was only 200.00 $.if i had the loot ,i would buy it.
     
  7. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    peavey has one....? where?

    steve
     
  8. I've heard that Aslin Dane makes a great Stingray copy that's inexpensive. Check out the AMB-200 at this link.

    The link
     
  9. StartingLineBass

    StartingLineBass

    Jul 24, 2002
    Where could one obtain one of these??
     
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    He might be talking about the old G-bass which I wouldn't imagine sounded to much like a 'ray. The G-bass was a 35" scale, graphite neck (made by Status, IIRC) and had a pau ferro (sp?) fingerboard with one humbucker by the bridge that was active.

    You could probably find a used one around $200-300.
     
  11. sdguyman

    sdguyman

    Jan 31, 2003
    San Diego
    The Hamer Bass, I believe the model is called Velocity. They also make a 5 string. In my opinion they don't look like a SR at all. No pick guard, which in my opinion looks a hell of a lot better without. I've never tried one or seen one other than on their webpage www.hamerguitars.com

    Can anyone give a review of one?

    :bassist:
     
  12. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I've played a few 5s...some flop, some dont', I think it has to do with strings and the individual bass. But, any way you slice it, the Bs aren't the hottest feature about the bass.

    And the weight: some have alder bodies instead of ash, and that really cuts the weight. Most are ash though.
     
  13. sdguyman

    sdguyman

    Jan 31, 2003
    San Diego
    I just did a search for prices for the Hamer Velocity and they range from $500-$700. If you are looking for a SR you may as well get the Music Man SUB with active electronic for that price.;)
     
  14. babecker

    babecker

    Mar 7, 2002
    Sykesville, MD
    My 4-string ATK cost $300, sounds fairly similar to a 'Ray, plays great, looks good and pretty much kicks ass. That's my recommendation.
     
  15. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yeah, its sounding like those old Ibanez ATKs give some serious bang to the buck. I will look into them on eBay.

    However, has ANYBODY tried the AXL Stringray copy? They look pretty good:

    the link

    Feed back?

    r
     
  16. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    From my understanding and from what I've read/heard, AXL's are pretty crappy.

    Unless you're dying to have a bass that looks exactly like a 'Ray, get the ATK. I love mine and I'd never sell it, except maybe to buy a newer one.

    You will get that 'Ray tone, but with more versatility.
     
  17. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yeah, I agree; ATK is likely much better. I'm more interested in 5 string but I came across a 4 string fretless. Looking it over again for the first time in years, it seems apparent these bases are just plain better quality and built like tanks (damn near weigh as much as one too!)

    atk fretless

    Its settled, I'm hanging in there for a sweet deal on an ATK 5 when one comes along (and they always do sooner or later). Thanks for the advise people!

    r
     
  18. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    Its Slammer by Hamer(not Hammer). Theyre the cheaper version of Hamers. Much like what Squiers are to Fenders, Epiphones/Gibsons, etc.
     
  19. geezer316

    geezer316

    Jan 26, 2003
    NEW HAVEN ,CT
    the 149.00 Hammer is at DADDYS JUNKY MUSIC,they have a mail order,go to the web-site daddysjunkymusic.com).and the peavey is there as well.:D