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Is a Sterling model better than stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Buzter, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Buzter


    Oct 23, 2009
    Seems to me that the sterling will do what the stingray does and then some. You can switch from series, parallel, and single coil. Why arent they more popular then???
  2. The alnico magnets in the Stigray have a sweeter tone to my ears than the ceramic Sterling.
  3. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I prefer the neck and body weight of the Sterling, but the tone of the Stingray. I prefer my SB-2 over both of them. :D
  4. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    They are just different. Why would they be manufactured if they were going after the same tone? I agree that the ST has a more cutting tone than the SR. That's not to say that each can't sit very well in a mix.

    The ST has a more thin JAZZ-like neck, whereas the SR is more PBASS-like.
  5. FellowBass

    FellowBass Bass Player Extraordinaire. OK, just ordinaire. Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    Nashville, Tennessee
    I adore my Sterling. I would like to own a Stingray as well one day.
  6. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    That's like comparing a Fender American Standard against a Standard PBass.
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    You're confusing yourself. The OP wasn't comparing the budget line to the US line.
    The OP was asking about the Sterling Bass against the StingRay Bass.
    Well, ceramic pickups vs alnico pickups, and different preamp.
  8. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Stingray Slo Special -- the best of both worlds.
  9. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I perfer Sterlings due to the lighter, smaller body, slimmer neck, and the "oil" (?) finish on the back of the neck. All these reasons are mostly due to me getting older, and my body wearing out.

    I have never owned a Stingray, so I cannot comment on sonic differences.
  10. *ahem*Bongo!*ahem* :smug:
  11. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I still don't know how people say Sterling's have a more cutting tone than Stingrays. Every Stingray I've played has had a bitier tone than the Sterling 5 I had.

    Don't get me started with Bongos.
  12. Craig82


    Mar 9, 2009
    I've owned both models and to my ears the Sterling cuts through the mix of a band a little better than the stingray. I also much prefer the neck on the sterling.
    Just my opinion!

  13. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Nothing sounds like a STINGRAY to me, but then again I love everything MusicMan!
  14. LullFreak2


    Jan 5, 2013
    I vote stingray , mine has the perfect tone and plays like a dream . It could be a fit issue but the stingray fits me better . A-B them and get what ya like better . I like the Ray better .
  15. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Why is it more popular? Because Louis Johnson, Paul denman, and especially Flea played in back in the days as their main bass.

    It is like how I reckon the SG would be much more popular now had Slash played one in the 80s instead of Les Paul.
  16. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    I've owned both also, and, though I kind of prefer the Sterling body, I much prefer the StingRay tone. To MY ears, the 'Ray seems to punch through any mix, whereas the Sterling sits in a really good spot. If you play funk or slap, a 'Ray is probably a better choice, although I know there are some funk monsters doing their thing on a Sterling. Nothing wrong with either one. For what it's worth, my 'Ray is a 5HH.

    To the OP-Your original post made it sound like you thought that the Sterling has the coil selecting lever and the StingRay doesn't? I'm sure you know that's not the case...the only 'Rays that DON'T have the coil selector are the Classic Series and the Classic Sterlings don't have it either...

    Enjoy whichever one you end up with!
  17. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    I prefer Syerlings both for the thinner neck but also for the more snarled, aggressive tone. I wouldn't call it better in terms of cutting through - they are both great for that. But it is certainly more growly.
  18. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Also the non-classic 4 string Stingray single pickup H config does not have a selector, but the 5 string does.
  19. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If I could have a Sterling with a Stingray neck, I'd be in heaven. Since they don't, I'd have to choose the Sterling.
  20. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Oh yeah. That's true...

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