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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassGH, Jun 13, 2018.
You either like it or you don't. Nothing else to it.
I do rock, blues and some rootsy stuff with a 4H (old dead nickel rounds) through a Broughton HPF into a Little Mark II:
. On the 'Ray - Bass full, Mid full, Treble somewhere between the notch and minimum depending on song, setting, room
. If it's boomy I wind the HPF on, if it's gutless I wind it off
. If it's zingy I wind the Markbass VLE on, if it's fine I leave it off
. I ride the 'Ray Treble control throughout the gig acc to the song and the instrumentation around me at the time, but unless I'm soloing (heaven forbid), it's never higher than the notch.
I have 3 SBMM Rays and I get the most compliments with my big band when I use them. Not sure why.
Some tones don’t click with some bass players.
EQ wise this is basically how I roll. Had dead nickels for about 6 years and am now experimenting with LaBella Low Tension Flats.
I tune BEAD and play finger style with a healthy amount of palm muting and thumb.
Odd. Stingrays were all over the 90s
My EBMM SR5 is my main player. It’s a 3 band with ceramic pickup, DR hi beams, SansAmp. I play in a church setting, so direct IEMs type of thing. I could see how a P bass is more naturally suited for Americana. I would keep the StingRay for that sound in case you need it some time. The low mid punch and B string are second to none on most Rays. You can’t get a bad sound out of a Ray, but you might not find the sound you quite want, if that makes any sense. I don’t use it for funk or metal, other than a very little bit of pseudo gospel slap.
I just sold my beloved 93 Ray. It was THE classic Ray tone I'd had in my head for 25 years. I just couldn't make it work in a full band setting. I play covers, I need a bass that can do several tones. The Ray sounded amazing on some tunes but kind of out of place on others (Stingray snarl on Ramble On or any Beatles song??? ). I sold it in favor of a HH Stingray. I can get 90% of that same Ray bite and snarl, but can do a ton of other tones.
I use nickel rounds or cobalt flats with tone rolled off about a third and a little bump in the bass side. I drive the gain a little more to get a good grind and i am set.
There, you said it, play it alone in your basement
I didn’t bond with my Musicman either, so I’m not much help in that regard. If I had it again, though, I’d try series wiring, and all single coil options, particularly the neck coil of the humbucker.
When I hear other players using a stingray I love the tone and think I should try another. But anytime I've tried one in a band setting it doesn't do it for me. I can always get a P bass to work in the mix, so that's what I've been playing live for several years now. If you can get the sound you want out of a stingray then keep it, it's always nice to hear one in the mix that fits well.
I'm trying to stay out do the buy-and-ell approach but I'll check one of those out if I have the chance.
Hard to just give up and sell a nice bass
I had to have a Stingray 2 band. Didn't bond with it, so I traded it for a 4003. Sold the 4003. Bought another 4003. Sold the 4003. Bought the same Stingray 2 band from the same guy I sold it to & now it's my current favorite bass.
You never know how or when equipment will suite a special need or fill that space.
You could sell it and get a Carvin/Kiesel PB5. It sounds like a Fender P, but with more bite IMO.
Very helpful! I also run through a MK II based rig. I played a bit with your settings and they seem promising. I'll try this in a rehearsal this weekend.
I still dont love mine after 8 years
Get some DR HiBeams and let the stank loose
Try favoring the neck pickup, then set the bass and treble flat and boost mids also try lighter strings
I can second this. I have an SRX400 that I can dial in a really convincing Ray tone from. I swapped out the stock preamp, FWIW.