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I Got A Stingray 5!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jack, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Well, I’ve been wanting one for a while now and on Valentines Day (ironically :p ) it arrived from the good ol' US of A. :hyper:

    I’ve been putting off an official review until after I got away from that new 'honeymoon' period you tend to get after you buy a new bass, and I feel ready to offer some more objective comments now.

    First off, I love it! When I opened the case all I could say was “Wow”. I find a lot of basses nice to loot at, from vintage Fenders to modern F-Basses etc, but to me this is the most beautiful instrument I’ve ever seen. Scroll down now if all you want is bass porn. :D

    The sound is great, compliments my Ashdown very nicely, really aggressive. When it first came the E string rattled when it was played on open E, a minor set up issue. The sound for me was too trebly though, so I put some of my favourite strings on there (La Bella Deep Talkin’) but this time went for the flats to calm it down a bit. My first 5er was now my first bass with flatwounds. The flats calmed the treble nicely and instead of fighting it I now actually boost it a little. I think also the heavier gauge solved the open E problem, its gone and I haven’t done anything else to it.

    I have used at a band practice but no gigs as of yet, Ill let you know if there’s any issues. The only minor gripe is that the onboard treble control is a little weak, with both cutting (rounds) and boosting (flats).

    I know, I know, it doesn't exist without pictures.


    Group Shot
    Colour me happy.

  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    congrats man! thumb.
  3. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    Nice!!!! I want a 4 banger 'Ray so bad!
  4. Stox


    Mar 18, 2005
    London UK
    Very nice, congrats. I always feel I missed out by not putting flats on my SR5 before I sold it.
  5. Piedro


    Jan 23, 2001
    Montréal, Qc, Canada
    Endorsing Aguilar Amp product.
    Nice Ray... i can't wait to put some flat on mine too
    i think it will renew my love for her! :D

    great P too by the way...
  6. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I've had one since '94, and it's a superb axe.
    The only thing I had to get used to was that the bass band of the EQ can get way too boomy if you don't watch it, and when it's flat it's way too thin. I usually have the bass knob about a quarter of a turn above flat, the treble knob anywhere from flat to all the way up, and the mid knob anywhere from all the way down to all the way up. The mid band is actually the most useful one, IMO. I love what it does.
    Anyway, that's all subjective.
    Have fun. It's a great instrument.
  7. nice basses man, i love your red P bass as well.

  8. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Nice! I just sold mine last night.. I'm gonna miss it.
  9. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I too have an EBMM -- > ashdown setup at the moment and i love the tone. I will be getting a gallien-krueger rig at some point this summer though.

  10. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Thanks for all the kinds words guys!

    Thats my next purhcase too, Ashdown is just far too heavy. The 1001II and 2 Neo 112s for me, but thats a long way off.

    What are you going for Figjam? (as a fellow teen, Musicman and Ashdown player, your opinion matters to me!) :D
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    700rb-II and a Neo 112. I dont need all the power of the 1001rb-II and frankly i wouldnt be able to harness it once im at college because itd just be too loud for practicing. If i get involved in a giggin band ill aquire another neo112.
  12. Ashdown too heavy? Phhht, we call that back breaking labour that builds your spirit!

    That or, you know, just breaks your back. :D
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yours is heavy because it is a combo, right? One of the reasons my setup is a head + avatar cab is beause its easier to move in 2 separate pieces, and i prefered avatar over the ashdown cab.
  14. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Bah! If I can sound good with no back breaking its win-win.

    Figjam, I probably dont NEED the 1001, but Im moving from a 410+115 setup and I dont want to be shortchanged with volume. That and over here it isnt much more for the 1001.

    Yeah the 410 is a combo, but Id need one head and a cab anyway, so it isnt that much more weight.
  15. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    IME, the 700rb will still have more power than the 300 you are running at now. The 700 , with 2 cabs, puts out something like 480 watts. Call me crazy but, 480 > 300. But if you can afford to practice at that volume thats fine, i just know the 1001 is a beast.
  16. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    I know its more power than Ive got now, but its two small 12" speakers vs 4 tens and a 15. hence the increase in power.

    The 101 is £545 and the 780 £435. Thats £110 for a LOT more power.
  17. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    yup yup. If you have the room to practice with that set up, definitely go for it.

    Justwondering, seeing as you are in the UK, what are your college plans? Im a fan of UK colleges so im curious.
  18. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    I guess Ive hijacked my own thread. :D

    I dont know, I want to read medicine, and I was considering Newcastle, Durham and York universities. Ive spent time at newcastle and York (five days at York) and theyve been really good, the southern universities and colleges didnt seem as welcoming or friendly.

    Saying that, I reently got a letter from Oxford, so all that may change. :hyper:

    What do you want to study?
  19. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Mechanical Engineering and Business
  20. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Ah, two subjects Ive never even looked at. Only advice I can offer is a friend doing business has said everyone he has spoken to in education (ie people who know what they are talking about) recommended Edinburgh and Cardiff. Sorry but I cant really be any more help.

    If you have any specific questions Ill see what I can do.