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EBMM StingRay Special Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Jul 17, 2018.


  1. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I have gone back and forth with Super Slinkies, SIT Powerwounds and Ken Smith Slick Rounds. They all sounded different flavors of great. Haven't tried SS yet. The only SS that I like is DR DDTs. May try them at some point.
     
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  2. Chiliwailer

    Chiliwailer

    May 18, 2013
    London
    Gorgeous pair of Specials you’ve got there, nice one :thumbsup:

    Have you noticed much of difference in tone between them?
     
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  3. maplenecked

    maplenecked Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    D.C.
    The ebony fretboard might be a little snappier in the highs. But it’s probably just the brand new strings.
     
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  4. maplenecked

    maplenecked Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    D.C.
    This 5 string is so cool. Can't get enough! I'm kinda liking having flats on the 4 and rounds on the 5 so far. I do have a set of 5 string TI flats coming though...for science
     
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  5. It’s definetly snappier. I hardly have to boost the highs past 11oclock
     
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  6. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    When I AB’d the maple HH and the ebony H, I definitely could tell a difference but it wasn’t enough to overcome the flexibility of the HH.
     
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  7. MMiller28

    MMiller28

    Apr 27, 2003
    Wisconsin
    Strings
     
  8. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    What about them?
     
  9. Treeman

    Treeman

    Sep 28, 2018
    Houston, Texas
    The other night I pulled off the Slinks and put the Cobalt Flats back on. Before doing so, I tried out a trick I read on the Cobalt Flats thread of wiping them down with 90% isopropyl, then steel wool, then finishing again with the alcohol (I know...really a silly thing to have to do with your strings); and I think I got the feel to about 85-90% of what I would hope for. Practicing at home, they sound really lovely. Just mighta learned me that I'm a flats-on-a-Ray guy, but probably best to stick to brighter flats to keep thank sting stangin'. New mission is to give 'em a shot in the band mix, and if they do well go ahead and change out for something like Slick Rounds, Chromes, or the EB Group flats.

    Tried to go back into the mystic and figure out what it was that pulled me to the 'Ray anyway. It was seeing a pic of Carl Radle driving one of the very early ones... Golly that guy had feel like nuthin' else. Listened to the last album he did with EC, Backless, and am certain he's playing that 'Ray. Listen to that opening run on "Walk Out in the Rain," that left me with the StingRay STING and I have not been the same! RIP, Carl.
     

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  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    So, I'm trying to install a Hipshot d-tuner on the 4HH. The BT13 model from Hipshot should be the correct model, but it has the tuner head from Bongos. Hipshot said they don't plan on making a d-tuner for the Special yet, but I could reassemble my tuner with the BT13 and that should work since the tuning machines are the same.

    But!! I can't get the cloverleaf off of the tuner. Sent an email to support to see if I'm doing something wrong, so I'll update when I hear back from them. I don't want to force it because you can't buy this tuner anywhere. Screw it up and I have a 3 string, heh.
     
  11. Kevin Wolfe

    Kevin Wolfe Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    Lakeland, Florida
    +1 on Carl Radle. One of my early idols and still an absolute favorite to this day.
    “Motherless Children” from 461 O.B. Wow.
     
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  12. Maiden Bass

    Maiden Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Reno / Sparks, NV
    Anyone try Cobalts on a Special yet?
     
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  13. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    @Treeman has
     
  14. Is anyone using a wireless system (e.g. Line6 G-series) with their SR Special? If so, how does it cope with the 18V preamp?
     
  15. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I use a Line 6 G10. It works perfectly
     
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  16. Maiden Bass

    Maiden Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Reno / Sparks, NV
    And how did they sound on the Special?
     
  17. Bardolphus

    Bardolphus Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    No issues with a SR5S and the Shure GLXD14R system.
     
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  18. Treeman

    Treeman

    Sep 28, 2018
    Houston, Texas
    I've just recently put on a set of Cobalt Flats I've been keeping around (bought this past spring and couldn't make 'em work on my P-Bass (moreso my fingers than the P-Bass...more on that below)). So, I have tried the flats but have not yet touched the Cobalt rounds.

    I have not yet had the chance to use them in a band mix, but foolin' around at home I think they sound really nice. Not quite the roundwound "zing" as advertised, but I am happy with that. Harmonic content sounds gently controlled in all the right places for a 'Ray, while the fundamental pushes through with a modest amount of thump. They absolutely inhabit that space between rounds and traditional flats, and the EQ on the Special is super usable with them. I'm finding that keeping knobs at detente sounds plenty great, with any adjustments not needing to be too dramatic. Just a touch of highs gets you back into roundwound territory, and just a touch back gets you more into the territory of traditional flats. But this is all at home...will have to update once I am able to play out with 'em.

    I'm not crazy about the feel of them, though. From all I've read, folks either complain of a chalky-type friction causing finger drag, or have no idea what folks are complaining about and claim they're as smooth as glass. Must be a skin-type thing causing the polarization.... Mine gave me blisters on the plucking hand when I played them with the band all Memorial Day weekend, but I polished them with steel wool and alcohol before getting them onto the 'Ray and that took some of the texture down.
     
  19. Maiden Bass

    Maiden Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    Reno / Sparks, NV

    Thanks, but I was asking about the Cobalt rounds. If anyone has tried Cobalt rounds on a Stingray Special please let us know!

    I am wondering how the new pickups and preamp will work with the higher output and wider frequency range of the Cobalt rounds!


    :thumbsup:

    P02732.
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
  20. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I’ll get astound to it eventually. Cobalt Rounds have been my go-to strings for my StingRays. I’m guessing I’ll like them on the StingRay Special.
     
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