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Cliff Williams signature Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hubba-Whaa, Sep 30, 2020.

  1. Hubba-Whaa

    Hubba-Whaa Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    Interesting, but what about Louis Johnson or Tony Levin. A copy of Tony's 5er barbie bass could be interesting...

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  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Tony Levin had the Sledge signature series. They were numbered and came with COA's signed by Tony.
  3. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    a real good looker
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  4. Hubba-Whaa

    Hubba-Whaa Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    True, but weren't they part of the sub series?
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  5. primussucks9126

    primussucks9126 Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2008
    Bronx, NY
    I think you're thinking of the old OLP bass. I think it was like a salmony/orangey 5er.
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  6. byoung93888

    byoung93888 Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Williams looks like a true replica as it appears relic'd and the truss rod adjusts at headstock with no wheel.
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  7. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    It’s a shame that MusicMan didn’t offer a Louis Johnson , Flea, Gail Ann Dorsey, Pino Palladino , John Deacon or Paul S Denman signature model bass.:rollno:

    Louis Johnson is really an oversight . Almost like a slap in the face . What he did for the Stingray and Sabre is like what Larry Graham, Marcus Miller and Jaco did for the Jazz Bass.
  8. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Louis Johnson was the first big name pro that I saw playing a MusicMan.
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  9. Hubba-Whaa

    Hubba-Whaa Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    Oh yeah, that's right. I remember now.
  10. I don't think they're trying to slap anyone in the face. They do these deals with people who are still alive and out there working, still playing their products, and willing to do signature bass deals. We don't know who (or whose estate) has been approached to do these types of runs. Maybe some of these guys' families don't want their name being used to sell products.
  11. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    These models should have been done years ago while the players were still alive . And most of those I mentioned still are. Isn’t there an article about when they refused to do a Flea signature model ? ( If I remember correctly ).
    Louis Johnson had to go elsewhere as did Flea to get signature models.
    Isn’t the logo supposed to be the Brothers Johnson? Didn’t Leo design the Musicman for Louis Johnson and his style of playing bass? Could all be internet folklore. But that’s the way I’ve heard it told .
    Bernard Edwards also comes to mind when thinking about should have had a signature model .
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2020
  12. ric4682

    ric4682 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Maybe Music Man wanted to, but the artists are currently endorsed by other brands and don’t want jump ship with what they currently have going on. I agree, any of those instruments would be cool.
    But this one is cool too :bassist:
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  13. Well Flea for one wanted the Stingray itself to become the Flea bass, if I remember correctly. Thankfully Music Man told him to take a hike.
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  14. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Yep .
  15. Shaggai


    May 7, 2018
    New Jersey
    I'd like to see Tony's Three of a Perfect Pair Stingray - wonder if Fripp would allow it? Could release it in the Vault, only three copies.
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  16. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nice. Relic wear, 3EQ, the literally only "Non-Bad" truss rod adjustment in the industry. Maple on burst. Love everything about it. It's everything that makes a Ray a Ray.
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    MAXSPINRUN Supporting Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Knoxville, Tn
    Well said! Louis made me want a Stingray and a Sabre after I saw him play live. Iconic.
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  18. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Cliff Williams lays it down like it's nobody's business. He gets a great tone out of a SyingRay.
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  19. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I've never been into StingRays for myself, but I totally dig the tone Cliff gets from that one. I doubt I'd get one, but hey, if I'm ever in an AC/DC tribute band...who knows? (And yes, I would love to be in an AC/DC tribute band! :bassist:)
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  20. cxcxcx


    Mar 8, 2019
    We’re not privy to what happens with the decision making process and EB/MM has really stepped up their artist model offerings. They only used to do the Steve Morse and Albert Lee guitars and had no artist model basses at all.

    Dan Lakin has mentioned in a few podcasts that Pino asked MM for a bass with a string-through body option and they wouldn’t do it. This was years ago , and Pino was already established as one of the busiest bassists in the world when he made this request.

    Of course EB/Mm slept on Louis Johnson and Flea. Louis eventually quit playing Stingrays, but Flea was their most visible player by a country mile. From the outside view, it looks like a ton of money could be made by offering a Flea model back in the 90’s when they were the biggest thing.
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