Music Man vs Fender Jazz (playability not sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by troy mcclure, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    I love Fender Jazz Necks.... they just feel the best on my smallish thick hands. I also love the way a Musicman sounds.

    I have played a few stingrays but they do not feel right to me.. could be the body, the neck the weight not sure.

    So do I need to try and play more stingrays? Do I need to mod a bass with Musicman electronics and a body and neck I am comfortable with?

    Any one do a similar build?
  2. randyg


    Jul 10, 2010
    Creedmoor N.C.
    Look at a slo special. Much smaller neck than a regular ray.
  3. Maybe a Sterling? My MM Sterling Classic has the best neck I have played, and I love jazz necks. I love the sound of the Sterling as well, but it is different than the Stingray.
  4. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
  5. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I like a good Fender Jazz neck, but I LOVE the Sterling neck. Check one out.
  6. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    I loved the way my sterling classic played and I have small hands...but I hate how they sound.
  7. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    A lot of Stingrays are too heavy.

    Not all models have those useless body contours.
  8. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    +1 on what others have said. Sterling or Stingray with SLO Special neck.
    I love the way my Jazz plays but oddly enough I find my SR5 to be just as playable.
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yup - neck-wise, Stingray=P Bass, Sterling=Jazz Bass... Also, the Sterling has a slightly smaller body that you may find more comfy, and ceramic pups which will be more mid present...

    Personally, although I like Stingrays, I LOVE Sterlings...

    - georgestrings
  10. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    I tried a S.U.B. bass in a GC the other day and it had the tiniest neck I've ever played on a bass. About the same as my standard Jazz, if not thinner.
  11. mantaraya


    Apr 10, 2007
    I have played a few stingrays but they do not feel right to me.. could be the body, the neck the weight not sure.

    Similar experience. And it is not the nut width. I had Ray and Sterling. Altought the Sterling had a nice feeling. But theres is something (for me at least) "Weird feeling " And it has nothing to do with string height, or relief, or bridge height. It something about themselves..great basses, but just not "feeling right" to me..
  12. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Try a Sterling
  13. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    Not liking something does't make it useless. Body contours have a specific ergonomic function. There are stingrays without contours; I am unaware of any slab jazz basses.
  14. jking138


    Oct 6, 2013
    Fender have some humbucker basses, the Dimension Bass line, C shaped necks and single or double humbucker options. Might be worth checking out. I would imaging that with the active pre-amps they could sound similar of the musicman but with the feel of the fender.
  15. +1 at the sterling recommendations, playability was comparable to any Jazz.
  16. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    All this pertains to 4 strings. For 5 strings it's the opposite, the MM neck is narrower than Fender's.
  17. +1 Their 5-string necks are great.
  18. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Agreed 100% - I love Fender 4 strings, but I go with EBMM for 5ers...

    - georgestrings
  19. ljholland


    Oct 19, 2013
  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    My Stingray 5 had a neck like a baseball bat. Well, I suppose it still does, but I don't have it any more. It's way too thick for me - I like jazz necks too.