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Help me love my Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassGH, Jun 13, 2018.


  1. BassGH

    BassGH

    Sep 13, 2015
    Seattle
    I have a beautiful 5 string EBMM H/S stingray hanging on the wall collecting dust. I purchased it as a general purpose instrument for rock, country, R&B, blues and whatever else came along. I currently play in a 90-ish rock band with two jangly strats and a great female lead singer, as well as an Americana band that's as much country and bluegrass as anything. I don't use the stingray for any of it in part because I struggle to get sounds that work well in a band mix. I've defaulted to split coil passive basses which always work (but sure don't sound as wickedly cool playing alone in my basement!)

    Does anyone else regularly use this instrument in bands for music that's not funk and not metal? Do you use it for a bunch of stuff or just certain things? What kind of settings? Strings? Amps?
     
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  2. I mainly use a pbass or G&L SB-1. I bought a Stingray around November and for me it's a great player. I play classic rock and blues.
     
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  3. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    I have had 3 Stingrays all With just the MM style pickup . One thing I can tell you is I got along much better with the 2 Band EQ than the 3 Band . For some reason the 3 Band had way more mids and I could not tame them without killing a lot of the highs too. But the two 2 band Ray's I had worked well for many styles of music. Just MHO
     
  4. BassplayinBob

    BassplayinBob

    Jan 8, 2016
    You could always sell it, that tends to make people love and miss things.
     
  5. mojomike001

    mojomike001 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    Why force yourself to love it? Sell it and get something you like more.
     
  6. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    I would sell it and get a Fender P5
     
  7. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    denver
    Boost the lows and cut the highs or God forbid put some flats on it.
     
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  8. BassGH

    BassGH

    Sep 13, 2015
    Seattle
    Done! That's what I have on it now. Now I'm going to try going back or round wound. Will experiment with your eq recommend
     
  9. BassGH

    BassGH

    Sep 13, 2015
    Seattle
    I'm thinking down those lines
     
  10. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    denver
    I can't stand flats, love slinkys and cut the highs all the way if i have to for that style of music. I play with my fingers and if I really want to get it, palm mute and thumb.
     
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  11. If you want a StingRay killer get a Ibanez SRX. (SR eXtreme)

    I was just having this conversation yesterday with the local luthier.
    He's got a StingRay he uses for recording, but I intend to show him my SRX next week.
     
  12. BassGH

    BassGH

    Sep 13, 2015
    Seattle
    In the rock band I'm now playing an SB2, which never gets washed out by competing eq. That's a point-and-shoot instrument for me compared to the MM. But sadly, no b string.
     
  13. Jscriv

    Jscriv

    Feb 3, 2017
    I play a stingray and a sterling in a ska/punk band. EBMM super slinky's. Treble around 7 mids also around 7 bass just a touch past 5 (1-10 not o'clock) sounds fantastic in the mix. Been on a bit of a Pbass kick the last few weeks. I run the amp flat btw
     
  14. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I could never fully gel with my old single H Stingray due to the neck being too “flat” overall (super low radius + thin front-to-back.)
    Also, being a pick player primarily, the humbucker was right where I’d grown accustomed to picking over the years on my Precision. Lose / Lose for me.
    I really dug the sound of the preamp, though I wish I’d picked up a 2 band instead of a 3. Trying a SLO neck has been on my list of things to try.
    This has probably been not very helpful but know that you’re not alone in feeling the way you do about your ‘Ray!
     
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  15. FirewalZ

    FirewalZ

    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    +1 I have a 90's 3 band that I bought new...had it for years...its normally too aggressive, but does sound good with flats. It doesnt see much daylight.
     
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  16. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Tried it all on a 78 including Flats and three pickup replacements...

    Nothing got it to work for me.

    Like others said, why force it
     
  17. ruju

    ruju

    Dec 9, 2017
    Ontario,Canada
    I really like the sound of the Stingray fretless on this live version of Sanctified by NIN.
     
  18. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I have 2 3 band stingrays and 2 ric 4003's the rays see all the playtime. I love the snarly sound of the stingray. In a punk band where its very bass driven the ray is the way to go! My eq is trebal 6.5 mids 6 bass just barely past the detent.
     
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  19. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    If you want to fall in love with your stingray may I suggest roses and a bottle of wine! Then maybe a movie on the life of Barry White, oh don’t forget chocolate!

    Maybe you can massage her neck with linseed oil and whisper sweet nothings into her pickups ❤️

    Also tell her that P bass meant nothing to you!
     
  20. BigDrew

    BigDrew

    Jun 1, 2016
    LI-NY
    Man, I waited for a PDN Neptune Blue Stingray with a roasted maple neck. Got it and just couldn't bond with it.
     
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