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Fender Sting Precision Bass vs Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Julian Delphiki, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki

    Jan 24, 2019
    I have an opportunity to trade a guitar amp I am no longer using for either of these two basses. I currently play a Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn that I bought from a fellow TB'er and I love it—it's my only bass and will likely remain my main bass for a long time. I am just looking for a backup bass with a slightly different sound to play around with.

    Both are in excellent condition. I can play the MM4, but I don't have the opportunity to play the Sting. I realize these are WAY different options, and the MM4 will likely be similar to my JO. However, I am looking for opinions on playability and any issues I may run into with either model. Both are early 2000s models. I play through a Markbass Little Rocker 500 into an Avatar B210 cab. Thanks!
  2. wizard65


    Sep 1, 2014
    I haven’t played either of those basses, but I’d pick the Sting purely on looks.
  3. wizard65


    Sep 1, 2014
    CA43EC39-C47D-48AC-8D9A-62E72B03CE58.jpeg I’ve wanted to get my hands on a Sting bass since seeing Train’s bassist playing what appears to be one.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
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  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'm a fan of SCPBs so I'd pick the Sting.
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  5. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    You have a Jazz bass already, go for the Sting. The neck is bigger, both width and depth but the single-coil pickup with only one pole er string is a glorious sound.

    Playing different kinds of necks will help you not get hung up on specific shapes.
  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    What @JTE said. Variety is the spice of life.
  7. wesonbass


    Nov 26, 2012
    Graniteville SC
    Another vote for the Sting.
    The Lakland may easily become your backup bass. ;)
  8. mdogs

    mdogs Suspended Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
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  9. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
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  10. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki

    Jan 24, 2019
    So, no votes for the MM? Haha, I expected this to be split more down the middle but I guess the people have spoken! Thanks for all the input so far. Keep ‘em coming.
  11. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    I'd go for the sting.It beauty is in it's simplicity.
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  12. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Sting - I love the tone of my single coil P
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  13. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I borrowed a MM jazz for a gig once, and did not like it at all. Too clanky and bright, even in passive.

    Never cared much for the tele look, but I'd take that lo fi thump any ol day.
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  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    You already have a jazz so the Sting would give you a new color in your palette vs. a difference shade of one.
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  15. Sting FTW!!!
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  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    What they said. Sting. Period.
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  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I'll go against the grain.

    Get the Sting :)
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  18. Too bad you can’t play the Sting because it’s gonna feel and sound very different to you. If it were me, I’d go with the Sting, but I already have a J, and I used to own a Sting, so I’m familiar.
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  19. Sting's are great. Check the weight though, some are very heavy (11+ lbs.).
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  20. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

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