is there any difference between the sting ray and sterling?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gfunk 121, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. gfunk 121

    gfunk 121

    Apr 16, 2004
    is there anything else beside the size of the neck?thanks a lot
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The Sterling has a coil spplitter switch and a Stingray four does not. The Stingray5, however, has electronics just like the Sterling.
  3. trog


    Nov 8, 2003
    The Sterling body is smaller, too.
  4. <flame target=me>Yes, the Sterling is better :) </flame>

    - Andrew
  5. Masher88

    Masher88 Believe in absurdities and you commit atrocities

    May 7, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Sterling has a smaller/thinner neck at the nut (1 1/2")...similar to a Fender Jazz bass. Stingray has the equivalent of a P-Bass neck
    (1 3/4")... wider string spacing on the Stingray.

    Sorry...didn't realize that you are aware of the neck differences.
  6. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    They had the 2 pup Sterlings and there was a gorgeous 5string fretless Stingray in sunburst with matching headstock! :eek:
  7. To my ear the Sterling doesn't have as aggressive a tone as the Stingray.
  8. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    Probably differences in amp/control settings or strings. The differences are so minimal, realistically, that you'd NEVER know in the context of a song.

  9. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I've always found the Sterlings a bit more versatile & more pleasing to my ear...but I am by no means an Ernie Ball/Music Man guy.