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Looking for parts from a genuine Musicman Stingray

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by R0adRag3r, Jan 28, 2018.


  1. R0adRag3r

    R0adRag3r

    Jan 28, 2018
    Hey does anyone know where I can find some parts from an actual Musicman Stingray?

    I'm looking for a wiring harness (one that will work for 2 humbuckers), 2 humbuckers and a neck.
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass!!!!

    Check the parts and accessories for sale section of our classifieds.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    good luck with that.

    music man themselves are famously stingy about letting any extra parts out into the wild, that stuff is hard to find.
    so you're looking for an entire stingray bass except for the body?
     
  4. R0adRag3r

    R0adRag3r

    Jan 28, 2018
    It's one hell of a lot cheaper so I'ma give that a yes.
     
  5. BruceWane

    BruceWane

    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    If it's "one hell of a lot cheaper", go ahead and buy them from the place that quoted you prices.......
     
  6. R0adRag3r

    R0adRag3r

    Jan 28, 2018
    Read the original post my friend.
     
  7. BruceWane

    BruceWane

    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I'ma give that a "I did".

    As WalterW said, you're not likely to find what you're looking for because Music Man maintains very tight control over individual parts. They will not sell parts outright. They will provide replacement parts for registered owners, and they require that you send in the old part before they'll send a new one.

    So, the only way you find individual genuine MM parts is if, for some reason, someone decides to part out an instrument they own. And that's pretty rare.

    So I'm taking an educated guess that when you said "it's one hell of a lot cheaper" you were making an assumption, and that you haven't actually priced this stuff out.

    Think about it - who would take a bass, disassemble it, and sell the pieces for less than what the assembled bass was worth?

    Yet that is exactly what you are expecting when you assume that it's cheaper to buy the pieces individually.

    And FYI, a StingRay is an active bass, i.e. it has a preamp, not just a wiring harness. And a StingRay without a StingRay preamp doesn't sound much like a StingRay..........

    The only time I'd recommend anyone build a bass from parts is if
    1) you are wanting some feature that is not available in a standard model and
    2) you are willing to pay extra for it.

    -OR-
    1) you want to try building a bass for the fun of it and
    2) you are willing to pay extra for it.

    Sure, you can assemble a Fender style bass fairly cheap if you roam Ebay with a lot of patience. But that's a Fender style bass, not a MM, and it's not going to be a whole lot cheaper than buying a MIM Fender off the rack. Catch a good sale at Musicians Friend/Guitar Center and it's practically a wash.

    If you want a genuine StingRay, for less $$$, save your pennies and patiently watch for good deal on a used one.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
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