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Ibanez ATK and Stingray soundclips

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by q1014, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007
    does any one have soundclips of these two basses i could compare side by side. i would really appreciate it preferably slap and pick cheers
  2. Would if i could, but it wouldnt proove anything right now.

    They sound pretty similar. The main differences ive noticed are that Stingrays have a more detailed top end, all the sparkle to the sound. ATKs have a deeper sound, slightly subdued highs (in comparison), but a low-mid bump in the sound.

    Because they sound pretty similar, my ATK is currently wound with flats, and my fretted 'ray with rounds. So they dont sound too similar anymore :p
  3. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007
    anyone else
  4. I own a stingray, and A/B'd it with an atk at a store a while ago. They are really tonally similar, i could basically get them to sound alike with a little eqing. What i noticed mainly was it was easier to see where the fingerboard was attached on the ATK (it was a maple board), and a couple of little fit and finish things. Nothing really major, and the atk was about 900 bucks cheaper. The action was a little higher, but that might just be the music store's setup. If i wasn't so attached to my stingray, i would have bought an ATK instead, and use the leftover 900 bucks to improve my amp setup.
  5. I REALLY like both, but overall prefer the ATK (esp the 5 string) - I would describe the ATK souind (in Attack mdoe) as more "organic" tahn the Ray - not quite as sparkly in the highs, but I prefer that, plus dfig taht the other modes (Trad, Bright) are fun - REALLy digging the Trad with slight bass and treble boost for a kind of "PBass but modern" style vibe.

    Caveat - the Elixer strings that my ATK305 came with are junk - once I changed them to my regular brand, the bass toen really opened up.

  6. BillisCool


    Apr 16, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I've owned and gigged both recently... I could post clips, but they really sound very similar. :)

    The ATK is a little more versatile in terms of tonal variability... and the slap is a tad more Jazz bass like. The MM is a little thicker sounding than the ATK if you're using the ATK to try and sound like a MM.

    The electronics on the MM are a little quieter and the build quality/comfortability is better.

    The ATK has a higher string tension feel to it... it also weighs about the same as the MM. It was .2 lbs. different from my MIA P bass.

    I really feel like the 'ray would hold up better to abuse... which may or may not be relevant. :)

    Is a 'ray worth the extra cash? I can't answer that for you... but I can say, without question, that I believe the ATK is the best bass that $500 can buy.
  7. I hate ATK talk because I'm a lefty.
  8. Erm, and why is that you hate them?

    You can get left handed ATKs
  9. I think you can only get 4 string ATKs lefty...could be wrong.....never seen a 5 string in lefty....

  10. I'd love to know where. Ibanez has no mention of them on their site, and a google search turned up somebody saying that they thought they quit making them a while ago.
  11. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007

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