Yesterday I had the pleasure of playing a Musicman Sterling bass. This was one of the best sounding basses that I've played. It could have been set up a little better, but it still sounded great. I was with one of the guitar players in my band and we started playing a couple of songs we knew and it sounded great. Then I tuned it down to D and it had a great open D. I was short on time, so I couldn't try out the Stingray, I'm still a little confused about exactly what the difference is between the two is. If some could maybe enlighten me I would appreciate it. A few months ago I also tried one of the new Fender American Jazz basses. It was also an excellent bass that I would absolutely love to own, if I only I had the money.