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Mike Porcaro's... Stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Oysterman, Oct 9, 2001.


  1. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
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    Has he done some heavy modifications on that one or is the picture just plain wrong?
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Hm, seems to look like a Status...

    He's listed on their artists page:

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  3. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'd say just plain wrong. Look at the head stock, not just the 3+2, but that there isn't the MM hook, and the G is WAY to close to the neck. Not a MM neck.

    And the MM's are have pot routings that run along the outer profile of the body, not closer in like those one. And the bridge pup is a soapbar type. Even if it was a replacement, he'd have a huge gap where the rest of the standard MM went.

    And the PG would have left some serious holes from the screws. Not to mention the upper horn is flat the MM horn has some slope near the neck.

    Not in any way related to SR5. Not even a heavily modded one.
     
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Did you forget to check for extreme sarcasm? :D

    Yep, I heard Porcaro's been playing Status. Looks like an S-2.
     
  5. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Status eh? Shoulda known... guess they're not in my bass vocabulary yet. :oops:

    Isn't it kind of embarrassing that the picture is from their (Toto's) official website?
     
  6. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    I noticed that a while back - definately not a Stingray. It's a Status Graphite Stealth bass. All graphite neck-through.

    I haven't been able to get that one (yet), but I've got two of his other basses...a Status Graphite 2000 (by far, the best sounding/playing bass I've ever owned) and the red Ripley bass from those 80's videos....

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Oh, you actually own two of Mike Porcaro's old basses? That is neat... :) the closest I can get is that my Yamaha was previously owned by the bass player of a not-so-famous Swedish, parodic biker band. :oops:
     
  8. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    I remember seeing their videos in the 80's, and wondering what the cool red bass with all the knobs was....Many years later, the opportunity to have THAT bass was something I couldn't pass up on.
    There is even some marks along the side of the neck where Jeff Porcaro had been tapping the open B string w/ his sticks...now that is cool!
    :D
     
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Yeah, sorry, let me clarify:

    In the first picture, the bass mistaken for a Stingray is a Stealth all-graphite. The one he's playing in the picture below that is the S-2. :)
     
  10. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    Have I mentioned that the Status' are the best basses around? ;)
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah that black one is definitely a Status - I've tried ones just like that in the Bass Centre in London - they always have a good stock of Status basses. The tone is too bright and scratchy for me, but they do feel good - easy to play, nice necks.
     
  12. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I sure hope you're not talking about Kenneth and the Knutters!? :eek:
     
  13. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Unfortunately, I am. :( I have the very same Yamaha that Vråål-Åke used to play. I'm not proud of it. :oops:

    EDIT: Grammar is an annoying thing.