Fender 50s P-bass: Sting vs Mike Dirnt?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lindiajoy, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. lindiajoy


    Apr 6, 2008
    Hi, I'm considering two ash-body signature Fender p-basses: Sting ('53 RI/ CIJ) vs. Mike Dirnt (MIM). My music is mostly bluesy roots rock. Which of these has thinner/faster neck? Better overall quality? Any major differences not noted in the Fender specs? Thanks in advance!
  2. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I would go none of the above from your description, and get the MIM 50's P.
  3. Without a doubt!
  4. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA

    However, none of them have what I'd consider to be a thin, fast neck.
  5. animal52


    Jul 1, 2006
    DC area
    it doesn't have a thin neck, but my Dirnt sig sounds amazing, just a big, big sounding P.
  6. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
  7. kevs


    Feb 15, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    I've got the Sting P bass and it's got a baseball bat for a neck. From what I understand that was common with the P basses of old. It takes a little getting used to, but it feels good all on it's own. My other bass with a thin neck- a Geddy Lee sig. Now that is a thin neck. If the neck is what you are looking for be sure and check that one out, otherwise, I don't think you will find a thin neck in the P bass lot.
  8. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    Ditto. One has a star and split-P pickup, the other has the Stinglay. Get something else, IMHO, even the Squier LPB Classic Vibe SCPB.
  9. kevs


    Feb 15, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Ha, that's classic. I've heard a lot of hate coming from this board about it. I find the Stinglay quite unnecessary although forgivable.
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    The Dirnt Sig is a very underrated bass, IMHO. Huge sound, giant lower mids, not muddy, but very Muddy Waters, if you know what I mean. The neck, pickup, pots, and capacitor were all specified by Mr. Dirnt. :bassist:

    The 50's MIM P-bass is a fine bass for blues, too. :ninja:
  11. Dennis098


    May 3, 2008
    lol yeah man but it's got a green day vibe.
    and not even "basket case"
    more "american idiot"..
    Elias_Mohr likes this.
  12. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Personally, I prefer the tone of a single coil pickup as on the Sting Sig and '51 RI P bass but I'd wait and check out the Squier '50s Classic Vibe P Bass before purchasing.
  13. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    I love the Dirnt bass, but at least the ones I've played were way too heavy... definitely over 10 pounds. Play before you buy!
  14. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006
    I don't understand the connection between thin and fast. I mean, I could understand the connection between stringspacing and fast, or string height, or string tension. But why does a thin neck get you to play faster? I started out with a cort action bass: very thin, then I had an ibanez soundgear, allso very thin, then a rick... Until now I have a custom made bass with a very thick neck and I haven't played as fast as on any of those basses. It's all about action and technique I believe. How else could e.g. NHOP play Donna lee at 300bpm on a double bass?

    But maybe i'm a lttle of topic, I would go with the sting bass if you really want to stay with your options. Otherwis I'd say a +1 for the 50s mim bass.
  15. ben_the_bass


    Jul 12, 2005
    c'mon...one of the guys seriously calls himself "dirnt"...
  16. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    better name than pritchard imo :bag:
  17. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Allentown, PA!
    The Dint bass is downright skinny by the nut, if that's what you mean by thin/fast. (That's what made me put it down in a hurry, BTW.)
  18. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I had a Sting bass and loved everything about it except for the Sting signature block at the 12th fret.
  19. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I have a Sting and don't mind the inlay at all.

    To the OP: The Sting definitely does not have a thinner neck...my other main basses are Jazzes and switching between the Sting and Jazz is like switching between baseball bat and a pencil. I love both feels, so it doesn't bother me.

    IMO, speed and dexterity comes more from technique than neck size/shape. That being said, I do use this bass as a "warm up" bass before I gig out on a Jazz.

  20. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    Sorry to butt in, but are these still in production? What's the MSRP on them?

    Are these the '57 RIs that sell for about $650? Somehow I thought those were CIJ.

    I'd love to get my hands on a Fender '57 RI, even MIM. Just wondered, are there three tiers of the '57: MIM, CIJ and MIA? Or just MIM and MIA?