Hate to confess this.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bigdaddybass12, Nov 28, 2021.

  1. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
    Hate to confess this, but I prefer the sound of my $299 Sterling Ray 4 over my Fender P. The Fender P has had EMG active pickups, just swapped the pickups / wiring with Seymour Duncan Quarter pounders..it sounds best as it ever had since I have owned it. But i still prefer the sound of the Ray4. Maybe I won't get kicked off talkbass for saying that...
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  2. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Shoot I’ll one up you. I prefer the Ray4 over an actual MM Stingray. I like the slimmer neck and 2-band EQ.
  3. ebo


    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    I had an old Honda Civic 5 speed that was nothing to look at but super fun to drive. Dollar value isn’t everything. If it feels good, drive it.
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  4. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Sound and feel Are personal things. I'm pushing 15 basses and all Sound different. I dig the variety while some seek a particular tone. It's all up to you to do you
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  5. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    I agree with the others. Money spent does not always equal playability/tone.
  6. nmiller


    Sep 1, 2010
    Rocky Hill, CT
    Even taking the price out of consideration, those are two very different basses. It's not surprising that some folks will have a strong preference here.
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  7. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    I like my Squiers more than my Fenders.
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member


    i'm glad you came out to those of us who don't actually care what anyone else plays or prefers. but the other group will punish you --- so be careful! :laugh:
  9. Al Rivera

    Al Rivera

    Mar 20, 2021
    I fall in and out of love with all of my basses,consider yourself lucky that you have a few to choose from!
    My favorite quote is "love many basses but only one woman "
  10. Geri O

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

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Of course, you won’t. I’ve never seen a confessional around here for such feelings, not yet, anyway.

    Since we’re confessing here, I’ll happily profess that I’ve played Sterlings and while they are worthy basses, I’d never consider replacing a Stingray for a Sterling, but that’s just me. And I don’t necessarily prefer one basses’ tone over another (Js, Ps, Stingrays), but sometimes, one of the 3 will strike me as desirable for a certain situation. That’s what I keep all 3 (and a fretless) around.

    Some days, you need a regular socket, some days, you need a deepwall…:D
  11. WoodyJ

    WoodyJ Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    Kansas City
    My favorite of the nine I have is "The Mongrel", a '65 Precision body & hardware with a Warmoth Jazz neck, all new electronics and a Lollar pickup.
  12. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    Yeah, I like one bass over another at any given moment.
  13. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    A Precision can be an acquired taste. Took me nearly 30 years.

    A 'ray is a different beast. Nothing wrong with preferring that.
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  14. 31HZ

    31HZ Glad to be here Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Central VA, USA
    I have a small collection of somewhat more "expensive" basses that has been carefully curated over time, but the tone that Julia gets out of this $300 SUB Ray is really calling to me.

  15. Artman

    Artman a.k.a. Eddy Garcia Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    Those Ray 4s are very, very punchy. It’s a great bass for rock n roll gigs. I had the treble half of a pickup fail on my Precision one night, grabbed the Ray 4 and played it for the rest of the night. It sounds just fine and plays great. Mine does have a SD 70’mm pickup and a MojoTone 70’s preamp in it now though. I kind of liked the stock pickup. I just like experimenting on inexpensive basses.
    One of our guitarists likes the sound of that bass so much, he asks about it if I don’t bring it to a gig.
  16. bassist4dalord

    bassist4dalord Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    SW Missouri
    I’m loving my SBMM Ray5. Sound and feel are excellent.
  17. ElectricBass72


    Aug 6, 2019
    Blasphemy! Just kidding. I also prefer the tone of my Stingray over a P.
  18. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I really miss my old ‘95 Civic coupe. Didn’t even have VTEC but did QUITE a lot of upgrades to the suspension. AC was crap but was a ton of fun to drive.
  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Red basses are hotter?

    Kidding. Play what you like.
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  20. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
    Man, you will really get thrown off talkbass for saying that!!
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