I got one of the first Classic Stingrays off the line back in early 2010, a Powder Blue model. It was a dream come true. Finally, a Stingray in my favorite bass color (Sonic Blue) and with a finished ambered neck! Plus that vintage bridge with the mutes is too cool. I've begun to favor it less and less over time due to its weight, which is probably around 10 lbs., but still really dig it. It's got the lowest action of any of my basses. It practically plays itself. Today I took a walk over to GC in Union Square on lunch and picked up a white sparkle Sterling just to thump away on for a bit. Plugged into a very similar Markbass rig to my own, I noticed a marked increase in punch and thump, even with roundwounds (I always play flatwounds and have LaBellas on my Stingray) and a typically awful GC setup (action was quite high). The tone flat out blew me away. I'm starting to wonder now if I should try a Sterling for two reasons - one, the tone obviously, and two, the weight! I miss playing my Musicman out with my band, and maybe the lighter, smaller Sterling would be the ticket. My question is, what can the tonal difference be chalked up to? Is it the pickup? Is it the 3-band EQ (my Classic has a 2)? Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!