I just bought a MusicMan Sabre

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassturd, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. I just recently bought a 1982 MusicMan Sabre. Does anyone own or have tried playing one?
    I just want other players input.

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Cool! I never understood why they discontinued that model.
    Stingray with two pickups, you gotta like that...
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yeah, but the bridge pickup isn't in the Stingray sweet spot, so it doens't quite get that tone.

    Congrats, bassturd. Those are nice basses.
  4. That sounds awsome I bet it sounds great:D
  5. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I had a Sabre for the better part of 20 years. It served me well. Embellisher is right. Seemed like I could get a lot of tones out of it, but not THE Stingray tone. But on the other hand I found it to be more versatile than the Stingray. Which neck do you have, maple or rosewood fretboard? Mine was maple. Hard as heck to keep clean.


  6. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    Congrats! I love mine! Bought it new in '79. I originally bought it because I could get a really intense, deep, fundamental tone. But over the last 22 years, the tone has really become very lively, and I can still get that really deep tone.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The L-2000's parent!!!!!! :)

    I played a few & I felt that they were not as powerfeul as a StingRay or my L-2000. I was going to buy one on 2 different occassions but they buy seemed weak compared to my L-2000 & a StingRay I compared them to.
  8. COOL!! :)

    i did get a good buy then. I noticed that the 'Sabre' weighs less than the 'Stingray'. The Sabre's neck and weight distribution is perfect for me. I LOVE IT!

    Oh, I have a question. Veteran MusicMan players forgive me. What is that black foamy material that sits underneath the strings? Someone told me its a resonance damper. I would appreciate it if someone can give me the 411.

    Do u raise these foam things up so that the string touches it?

    Thanks guys!

  9. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    In a word, yes. Those are used to mute the strings. This will decrease the sustain and give you more of a "thumpy" sound that I suppose is designed to approximate the tone of a double bass. If you've ever been to Carol Kaye's site, she talks about taping foam rubber against the strings. Serves the same purpose.

    Enjoy your Sabre. I think it's one of the most versatile basses ever, and I also don't think there's anything that can out-do it when it comes to thunderous bottom end. It's true it won't sound exactly like a Stingray, but a Stingray won't sound like a Sabre either. I traded a '76 Stingray on my Sabre (this was back in '79) because I could never get the rich bottom end out of it I was looking for. To my ears the Stringray just sounded artificial somehow. I've never regretted the trade, despite the Stingray's rise in popularity since then. Then again, I'm not, nor have I ever been a slapper.

    Have fun, and how about posting a picture when you get a chance? :)
  10. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    As my screen name implies, I AM a slapper. Even more so when I first bought the Sabre in '79. I a/b ed with Stingrays when I was in the store and preferred the Sabre because of it's versatility, and as you so aptly put it, the thunderous bottom end.

    It took my a long time and a ton of money to get another bass that was as versatile AND had phat bottom.


  11. ahpook


    Jul 13, 2001
    hey - i got my sabre about 4 years ago. good choice.

    is the '82 model the one with the 5-way selector, or the 3 toggle swithes ?

    i loce mine -i went into a guiate shop after some strings, and came out minus the depsit on the sabre !!

    i did some research - contincting ernie ball etc.. if you like i can get it together & mail it to you, or i can post it if the group is interested...
  12. Ahpook

    Yeah I have the bass with the 5 switch pick-up selector.

    It looks exactly like yours minus the style of the pickups. Mine look all black.

    yeah, i love that bass. Talk about having some serious balls! My old bass was a Ibanez Soundgear 300DX. Theres is no comparison between these two. The Sabre just blasts the Ibanez away!

    Thanks for all your replies guys!

  13. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    PICS!?!?!?!:confused: :confused: