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Can a HH 'ray do a jazz sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Down_Low, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Can anyone tell me if a HH Stingray can cop a decent jazz sound when it's got 2 single coils selected? I'm guessing with it being in parallel it won't be exact.
  2. Actually a jazz is wired in parallel so maybe having both pups on and maybe cutting the mids a tad could get u in the ballpark.

    I remember my bongo would do a jazz tone very nicely while still having that mm punch.
  3. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Can you play soccer with a basketball?? Nope you can't, and if you compared it to a passive jazz, you will never, and I mean never ever get a jazz bass tone from a stingray
  4. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    ... That's it!


  5. My thinking on this is that you probably won't be able to sound like a jazz but will be able to fill the same sonic role.

    I only own a Stingray H and have never owned a jazz. It fills the same sonic role as a jazz might if I need it to, but I wouldn't buy it if I wanted a Fender Jazz or something.
  6. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I've had several HH Rays, and the #2 and #4 single coil modes was my favorite sound to keep them in all the time. It is an active tone, so it never will be like a vintage J, but still a great sound.
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    The problem with a Stingray/Sterling..and the reason I can't use one...there is no blend knob. Both pickups are on 100% (when you have both selected), so no it can't do what a Jazz does.

    You want a Jazz killer that is built better than any Fender, and still sounds like a Stingray? Lakland 5501. You have to change the electronics though. But Bartolini MK5's in it, along with the 3 way switch that does inner/outer/series for each pickup, upgrade the preamp, and you've got the most versatile bass out there.

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