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I found it again: that picture of The musicman Stingray prototype

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Well I mentioned in several threads about the Stingray, having seen a picture of the very first Stingray prototype, which had a rough body and the neck of a Fender P-bass.

    Yesterday while leafing through a 1996 issue of "Guitar and Bass" I found it again. So here it is, the prototype of the bass that changed it all.
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  2. xxfaux_punkxx


    Mar 18, 2010
    hmmm... I wonder what kind of tone you'd get from having a Precision pup at the bridge like that.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

  4. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I've seen a couple of prototype pics. That one above looks to be the earliest type with that body design.
    The other two I saw had more final body designs, but still had the split coil pickup in place.
    And it's obvious where the Sabre control plate styling came from.
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
  6. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The one on the left has a G&L SaddleLock bridge.
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  7. I believe he used that one for testing pickups, hence all the screw holes.
  8. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    With reference to this line....."....the two coils were were wired in parallel for a brighter tonality and - as was becoming fashionable in the '70s - active electronics were added

    Other than Alembic, who had active electronics before Music Man? Wasn't it Music Man that made active electronics "fashionable"?

    BTW - aren't those G&L type headstocks in the background?
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That appears to be Leo's G&L bass pickup test bed.
  10. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Well there's THIS
    And THIS.
    Of which the Les Paul Bass being one of the VERY first basses with active electronics (Being introduced in 1969)

    Did you even read the thing? It says that the prototype was photographed at the G&L factory.
  11. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Interesting. Guess I never really paid much attention to Gibson.
  12. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Someone ought to get a bass like the prototype. That's be cool, with the wicked control plate, reverse drop pickguard and p-pickup AND a Fender neck. That'd be really cool :bassist:
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The Gibson RD Artist came out about a year after the StingRay.
    The Triumph bass...is that really active? or just a bunch of series/parallel switches.
  14. Is the Triumph the same as the Les Paul bass? I've used a Les Paul like the one in the photo above and it's passive.
  15. drul


    Oct 5, 2010
    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to reply/bump and say that I saw this bass in person at this exhibit over the holidays. :


    If you are in the area it's worth checking out. It's a small exhibit of about a dozen basses but there's a few prototypes that are worth checking out, including the G&L version of the bass VI that was on Leo's bench the day he passed.

    I have no association with the museum, I just wanted to give a head up to people in the area.
  16. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    I wonder what this one smells like.