How the StingRay HH should have been

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anonymouse69, Jul 4, 2021.

  1. Yes

    46 vote(s)
  2. No

    138 vote(s)
  1. anonymouse69


    Jan 9, 2021
    Anyone agree that the HH version of the StingRay would have been better if the neck pickup was moved closer towards the bridge?

    This would instantly solve two of the main issues people have with the HH:
    - pickup getting in the way of slapping/popping (especially now with the special having 22 frets)
    - neck pickup sounding muddy

    Get on it Sterling Ball

  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Would make it very tough to play if you're used to using the pickup as a thumbrest. It would also make it less versatile.
  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    1. Don’t care about slapping
    2. Neck pickup is not muddy
    3. If I wanted a bass with a pickup in the P position, I would get a P. If I wanted a bass with pickups in the J position, I would get a J.

    Soulution looking for a problem…too much time on your hands.
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    An HS is also the answer to all the perceived problems in the OP. That's what my Stingray was. That's what my Bongo and Sterling both are.
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  5. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
    Westminister, CA
    Neck pickup muddy? Not in my experience. Plus, you have a powerful 3 band eq literally at your fingertips if need to tighten things up.
    dkelley, Wicked G, Aqualung60 and 2 others like this.
  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    ^^THIS^^ Couple of caveats, though...
    3a. I do have a very nice P-Bass - and a very nice Warmoth Mini-Precision, too. So the split-coil humbucker in the correct position thing is very well covered, thank you. And I also have a couple of basses with single coils in (pretty much) the JB position, too. I'm good...
    4. AFAIC, "how the Stingray HH should have been" would be; available as a lefty a LONG time ago. I had to wait until 2020 for mine...:rollno::rollno:
  7. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    This. I paid a lot of money for the real one! Happy 4th of July! here's mine:
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  8. tubatodd


    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Johny Long did a stingray with pickups in that layout and it sounded fantastic. I too would be curious to try one.
  9. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    How about mod it to SH configuration ?
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The issue with an HH Stingray is that the “bridge” pickup is not really at the bridge, it is in the Stingray sweet spot. That means a neck pickup cannot really be in the Precision position.
    GregC, arbiterusa, SJan3 and 3 others like this.
  11. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    I'm holding out for the 4H! Would be totally Spinal Tap. 4 MM pickups and a single volume knob for each pickup!
  12. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015

    End of thread
  13. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    I’m half in the HS camp, half in the H camp.
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  14. I dig the SR, especially pre-EB and SR5. But the HH looks daft to me.
    Why not stick with the Sabre recipe? So much more refined in appearance.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I think you forgot me?

  16. fauxtoe

    fauxtoe Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Southern California
    Spot on. I don’t have an HH (I have an H), but any time I’ve played one mud was not in my description of tone. Other than the tighter slapping area, which is still manageable, this is all very apples to oranges. A Stingray doesn’t sound like a P or J, and that’s the way it should be. I’ve owned and played basses with humbuckers that close together and I didn’t care for them much.
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  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Or just get an MTD Super 4.

  18. I have a Warwick $$ and it sounds nothing like a stingray and somewhat sounds like a souped up jazz bass.
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  19. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    IMHO, THE STINGRAY should have remained a 1 pickup bass. They had the 2 pup SABRE too but I guess that didn't sell as well. I owned both Sabre and many Stingrays. The Ray is all about the sweet spot pup. Never meant to be a 2 pup instrument. The G&L L-2000 is the ticket if you want 2 pups but you won't get the Ray sound.
    Samoht, Gothic, Ampslut and 7 others like this.
  20. EMoneySC2


    Aug 25, 2014
    Minneapolis, MN
    Roughly quoting TalkBass member @MDBass in how he described a Dingwall bass:

    If the Music Man Stingray worshipped a god, it would be this bass

    Dingwall with 3X pickup configuration :thumbsup::roflmao:

    Video with the referenced quote, about an NG-2 that was modded to the 3X configuration with some extra bells and whistles:

    Having the two pickups right next to each other close to the bridge is awesome. Run them in series and you’ve got a great beefed up Music Man tone.

    They’re not for everybody, but they’re hands down my favorite basses.
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