MM Stringray Experts Help: "Stupid" question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KPO2000, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    I always thought that my '77 MM Stingray had its all maple neck professionally stripped of its laquer. Seems like I had played a few old ones and that all had laquered necks. I visited a shop tonight and tried a NEW maple neck Stringray for the first time and was shocked to see that their necks were also lacquer-free, while the rosewood fingerboard models had lacquered necks. Have I had it wrong all along and my '77's neck is in fact unmodified? I must have only tried rosewood necked models until I found my '77 and fell in love with it.

  2. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    I know that the Recent Stingray (Ernie Ball) all have Wax-Finished Necks (mine has one). I wouldn´t have taken it if it had an polyurethane (Lacquer) finished neck.

  3. masaru


    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    A friend of mine played my '96 Stingray and asked me if I'd sanded down the neck! I love my maple board and play them exclusively (except for my Ric, of course.)
  4. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I have a 2001 Ray 5' and It does not have any finish on it
  5. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I used to own a '79 MM Sabre, maple neck, that was unlacquered. By the time I sold it you could easily lift my thumb prints for evidence from the back of the neck, so now I'm a fan of having SOME kinda seal on the neck to protect the finish.

    STOOPID QUESTION:confused:

    What's the drawback of having polyurethane on the neck? All my basses do have it now, but I'm curious as to what some think the problems with that may be. Is it simply speed?


  6. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    Well its a completely different feel to it. Your fingers LIKE the satin finished neck better. Even on my Squier - which I usually hate - my hands like the neck. Of course its faster, but it also feels different.
    Just try for yourself - you´ll feel the difference.