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Music Man /consistant quality?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by emblymouse, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    I got a Bongo in a trade and it sounds great, very resonant and the B string is just full as can be. I have never been a Music Man guy, but now I'm eyeing a Reflex. For those of you who have played a good sampling, how have you found the consistency of EBMM stuff?. I'm wondering if I just got lucky?
  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    EBMM is very well known across the board for having excellent quality control.
  3. Habilis


    Jan 4, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have now owned 4 different Music Man basses-a SR4 HH, a SR5 H, a 4HH Bongo, and now a 4SSS Big Al, and I would have to say they run a very tight QC ship over there. I ended up owning a Big Al because I wanted the option of the P-Bass sound (which the Big Al SSS does a very good job of) but with a build quality superior to the MIA Fenders.
  4. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    I have both 4 and 5 string Stingrays and the build quality is excellent. Likewise with other MM's I've tried. I wish every bass company had such a user friendly truss rod.
  5. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I own two US Streling 5ers and both are works of art, and sound incredible.
  6. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I own 3 early Sterlings. One is absolute perfection in every way and I assume the stars were aligned in some cosmic ohhhmmmm. The other two are 'just' incredibly excellent. I've never picked up an even slightly bad MM instrument. And I agree, the truss rod works better than on any other design I've used. Not just the access to the adjuster, how it actually moves the neck precisely and predictably.
  7. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    I've owned probably a dozen or more Musicman basses and they all have been consistantly great with one exception: I had one old one with a horribly twisted neck. I got it used, and don't know the history of the bass, but it was certainly way out of the norm.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy one without playing it in person.
  8. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    I've owned 3 MM basses, the level of quality is insane on these instruments. I had a Stingray 4H Fretted and a Stingray 4H Fretless, as well as a Bongo 6 HH. I don't play 4's really anymore and the Bongo 6's neck is just a bit too chunky for me... though I plan on getting one or two five string EBMM basses soon.
  9. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    You could say EBMM has a pretty sterling reputation for quality control :D
  10. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    I have owned several MusicMan basses (Stingrays and Sterlings) over the years and currently own a Bongo. EBMM is the only brand that I would ever buy sight unseen (ie: mail-order). I normally would never buy a bass without playing it first, no exceptions.
  11. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I had a Stingray 5 string that had great tone but also had dead spots between the 7th and 9th frets. I got rid of it and haven't tried Musicman since.
  12. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Build quality and QC consistently awesome.

    The only new ones I've ever seen with any issues are those that have hung on the wall at GC forever with no care or maintenance. I would never hesitate to order a brand new one. I have 2 Sterling 4s, a Sterling 5, and a Stingray Slo Special. I've never had any issue with QC or fit/finish.
  13. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I no longer own an EBMM, but I have owned approx a dozen over the years.

    IMO, EBMM is very consistent quality-wise. As good as Sadowsky IMO.
  14. nurnay

    nurnay Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Chico, CA
    I bought both of my EBMM basses without touching them first, mainly based on EBMM's stellar quality control. I wasn't disappointed.
  15. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    I've had a bunch of stingrays and while build was good, I found the weight of them varied like crazy.. From dear god it's a boat anchor to whoa.. My bass just floated away.
  16. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay Commercial User

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    I own I think 7 Music Man basses and 1 Music Man guitar. I love them. I have never had a problem with them either. Customer service has also been wonderful to deal with anytime I have had questions or needed help with something. You should have no issues whatsoever with your bass or at least let me say that it is very unlikely you will.
  17. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Yes, I'm talking the difference between fabulous and fab++. I get it these are overall great instruments but it's the buying without trying thing I'm concerned with.
    I just ordered a $3000+ instrument of brand X, and the B string had a lot of harmonic overtones that really blurred the fundamental, it was there unplugged too. Subtle thing but it really bummed me. Changed strings, still there. I returned it to this company and they said it was within their spec and officially AOK, but they were totally swell and sent me another. Problem gone.
    This is the kind of thing I'm talking about. This Bongo is just so damn pure harmonically it almost makes me laugh out loud when I get below E. I was assuming EB just had a good thing going with a mass produced mid priced instrument. My only other experience was with a used Sterling. The tone didn't do it for me but it felt great to play.
  18. Fantastic basses.
  19. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I haven't owned one, but every one I have ever played was amazing.
  20. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I've only owned one , still have it !

    ... but seriously they are probably the finest production instruments made in America . They offer the largest range of instruments , and continually fine tune the tiniest details . They seem to care about quality , and customer service .

    Consistent , and quality , are what they are all about .