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MM Stingray 5 or Carvin BB76

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TrebleFreeZone, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. TrebleFreeZone


    Jan 28, 2014
    Hello fellow TBers! I have the opportunity to get a new bass in the next few weeks or so. But the decision comes down to a Music Man Stingray 5 or a Carvin Bunny Brunel sig 6 string. I know it all comes down to personal preference, but tell me what you guys think! :D
  2. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I'd lean towards the Carvin BB76, having previously owned one. With the right pickup combo it will be more versatile than the Stingray. Both are narrow spaced instruments IIRC.
  3. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Depends greatly on how much characteristic voice you want in that bass. I've owned an LB76, which I consider to be on the polite or more transparent side of the spectrum.
    I've owned several StingRay 5's and prefer them because they are more ballsy or aggressive in character to their tone, which works better for what I do.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Want a 6 string? BB76 is the obvious choice.

    Want a 5 string? BB75 :)

    I can't take the weight and poor G string on the Stringray 5, they weigh a ton. You can get a BB configured how you want it and this design is the best one Carvin offers if you ask me.
  5. nurnay

    nurnay Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Chico, CA
    ^^ This
  6. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Interesting choice. I had an LB75 about 10 years ago, and I thought its electronics were its weak point. I had a Stingray 5 about 5 years ago, and I thought its electronics were its strong point.

    The 'Ray has a distinctive voice. The Carvin kind of sounds like a bass. Carvin electronics seem to have improved a lot in the last 10 years, though.

    But - build quality and feel on Carvins is way underrated. They are often light, tight, and have great necks. Stingrays are sort of blunt instruments; built well but of thick heavy wood with necks that feel like baseball bats.

    That is truly a choice between two really different basses.
  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I'll admit, I'm a Carvin fanboy. :hyper:

    I've been playing my LB76 for almost 20 years. I own 4 other basses but the Carvin is my go-to axe.

    The newer Carvin basses have even better electronics than mine. Fit and finish are great. They are excellent "bang for your buck" instruments. I use mine for modern country, vintage country, jazz, classic rock, pop, pit orchestra work, and even in church.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  8. Sbociol


    Feb 24, 2009
    I used to own a Carvin LB75 (first model with the offset dot inlays on the fretboard) and it was one of the most amazingly sounding and playing instruments I ever owned, I really kick myself for letting it go, I'd pick one over a MM any day.
  9. TrebleFreeZone


    Jan 28, 2014
    Thanks for your guys' input! I currently own a Lb75 and love it to death, so I'm sure I'll feel right at home with another Carvin. I currently play in my adult praise and worship team and in two separate youth bands. I'm also in jazz ensemble at school. So a single pickup bass may be too balsy and not versatile enough for those fields.
  10. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I have owned a Carvin LB20 and currently have a Sting Ray 5. The Carvin got lost in the mix (I bought it to record with) and eventually I traded it off. The SR5 can be aggressive but it can be tamed down, also. I much prefer the fat neck over the skinny Carvin, and the MusicMan is ergonomically so superior to the Carvin shape, at least for me.

    For what it's worth, I bought the 'Ray from the bass player in a local jazz group -- and he played it quietly enough that he complained about the fan noise in his Mesa/Boogie Walkabout amp. True story: a band mate told him that, if he could hear the fan, he ought to "turn it up." He may be the only bass player I know who has heard those words!


  11. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains

    I own 2 SR5's and both of them are right around 9 lbs, one of them is slightly less actually.
  12. TrebleFreeZone


    Jan 28, 2014

    Wow that MM is gorgeous! Major GAS right now!
  13. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    MM5 for me
  14. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    4 string Stingrays have baseball bat necks (I hear). The 5 strings have great feeling necks. Not bat-like at all.

    A pre-2008 SR5 (thus having ceramic pickups) is my favorite bass sound, so that is definitely what I'd pick. Or, if buying new, a EBMM Sterling 5, as they have the same electronics as pre-2008 Stingray 5s.
  15. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Thank you. You ought to see it on a stand next to my fiesta red Classic '50 P and my bright yellow '51 P RI. :D
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    The measurements are almost the same as a Fender B neck. Nothing close to a baseball bat neck IMO.
  17. nashman


    Feb 11, 2011
    If you already have a Carvin, get a Ray for something different


    Dec 3, 2013
    I have A stingray 4 with 3band EQ I'm trying to sell. How do I post pics?