I kind of had the opposite experience with my Stingray. I wasnt sure about the tone UNTIL I played it with my band. I have a 3 band Ray and it works really well in a mix for me. I still use my other basses like my Ric for the single coil vibe. Might I suggest a G&L instead? Ive had an L2000 and a L2500 and they can get an aggressive bite but not as zingy IMO as a Ray and can cover a ton of ground.