Ernie Ball Stingray - NAMM Bass of the Year

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassgrackle, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. bassgrackle

    bassgrackle Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    I knew this was a special bass the moment I picked one up from Chicago Music Exchange @cmebass (thank Marc). But I didn't realize it would become NAMM's Bass of the year.

    Congratulations Sterling Ball and the team at Music Man @scottball for continuing to build amazing instruments and being able to stay focused on the fit / finish and details that we bassist so greatly love.
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    And of course a picture of my beloved Stingray Special.
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  2. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    What so special about these Stingrays?
    Isn't this basically the same bass Leo invented in the 70's?

    I give MM props for the Big Al and the Bongo as original ideas (the Big Al being a really original idea and the Bongo body shape was the same IMO).

    What was the criteria for these being best in show other than politics?
     
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  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Perhaps a little research on your part, I don’t think anyone here needs to justify it to you.
     
  4. LadyLoveStingRay5

    LadyLoveStingRay5

    Jul 17, 2004
    Why so salty??:p
     
  5. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    True, but why the snarky approach? I'm curious about what it was that made the Stingray the NAMM Bass of the year, too.

    But because I'm genuinely interested in the criteria used to make the decision. Not because I think there was something nefarious involved in the decision-making process.

    I think it was a great choice. And it's quite alright if some folks don't agree. No need to get snarky about it either way
     
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  6. LadyLoveStingRay5

    LadyLoveStingRay5

    Jul 17, 2004
    Well done and well deserved indeed!!

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  7. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    It looked like this year had some new and intersting designs at reasonable price points.
    I was hoping to see some new guy move up the ladder.
    Isn't this the same production bass they have making for years?
     
  8. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    NC
    Interesting, I read elsewhere that the Dingwall D Bird 5 won the gold medal for Best Bass in Show. Not sure what the difference is between the two awards.
     
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  9. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
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  10. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Far from it, but the visual changes do not tell the story. You need to get one in your hands to really appreciate the changes.
     
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  11. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Found the specs and I stand corrected.
    Sounds like new pe amp design, new pickup(s); also 1 extra fret, and different body contours

    Edit: For the record, I like Stingrays. I have an 83' and a 06' and used to have a 96'
     
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  12. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    All that, plus lightweight aluminium hardware, lightweight roasted maple necks and impeccable fretwork. Yet in spite of all that, they still feel like home. All the right junk in all the right places!
     
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  13. bassgrackle

    bassgrackle Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Don’t forget the neck. Oh the neck. The satin finish roasted maple is so smooth and comfortable. It really feels like home.
     
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  14. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    My 06' is satin finish and feels great.
    Sadowsky had said that he didn't care for roasted necks as he felt the wood was unstable.
    Looks like MM has had different experiences with this material.

    On the Special, is the pickguard painted or did they figure out how to mold a metallic finish onto plastic?
     
  15. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    They're very good basses.
    As for best of the year...
     
  16. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit

    May 21, 2006
    US
    Is it an award for that particular bass, or for the new Special line in general?
     
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  17. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

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  18. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    If he removes the moisture doesn't that make it more stable?
     
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  19. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    Best instrument I’ve ever owned or played.
     

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  20. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Texas
    Yep, totally different feel. I love mine. For those of us that have them, we know. I’m fine with that staying a small group.
     
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