I've been looking in to buying a musicman later this fall. I was pretty intent on getting the stingray, but recently the sterling has caught my eye. I have actually never played either of he instuments (and I don't plan to buy until I've tried both) the onlydifferee that I can tell is that the sterlinghas a differentbody design, is a tad lighter, and has the switchable humbucker w/ phantom coil (like the SR5), and yet the Stingray is more popular. They appear to be in approximately the same price range. If you've played both, pleas tell me (and eveybody else that's looking at an MM) whic you prefer, and why. Responding wit your advice is really cool. REALLY.