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Musicman Stingray 4 or Rickenbacker 4003?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassguy187, Feb 10, 2002.


Which would you pick?

Poll closed Aug 14, 2003.
  1. Stingray 4

    123 vote(s)
    47.7%
  2. Rickenbacker 4003

    62 vote(s)
    24.0%
  3. Rickenbacker 4001

    37 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. Sterling

    36 vote(s)
    14.0%
  1. bassguy187

    bassguy187

    Jun 27, 2000
    Nazo, PA
    what do you guys think is better?
     
  2. Bah musicman.. :oops:

    Rickenbacker 4 all ! :D
     
  3. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    It´s a tough decition..... but I voted for the STINGRAY.

    Both are really cool looking and sounding basses, no matter which one you choose, will be THE BASS.
     
  4. Shumph

    Shumph

    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    4003
    one word -- Awesome



    S
     
  5. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Stingray.

    Word.
     
  6. I voted for a stingray, but that is only b/c I love mine so much.

    jtbp
     
  7. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Get BOTH. I did. :)
    Doc
     
  8. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Stingray. Rickenbackers are stupid and ugly.
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    One of each, of course! I like my 4001 and my Sterling equally, but they're very different from each other...

    If I were forced to pick, it would be my Sterling.
     
  10. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    I think all are great basses.. but I voted for the stingray 4... But of course.. I would suggest a Ray 5 :)
     
  11. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hey lo-end,
    My Ric is smart and beautiful.
    Doc
     
  12. [​IMG]

    Stupid?

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    Ugly?

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    I think not!

    --jeff
     
  13. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    case and point, feckn_eejit

    that is one ugly bass. :D
     
  14. Hey man thats a beautiful bass. What year is that?
    I'll get some pics of mine up soon.
    Perfection!!
     
  15. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    Stupid and ugly how old are you !!!!!
    Ricks are not stupid and ugly they might not be you taste you sound like a 5 year old .
    Sorry I am ranting
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, aside from the obvious sound differences...IMHO, the Rics are kinda, well...let's just say visually challenged. I personally find nothing in them that makes me jump up and down. Though I have been known to do so at the site of a Pedulla...

    Rics (Again, IMO) are pretty limited, in that you are definetly playing a Ric. Good for the guys that are into the Ric sound, but not to much for the guys looking for some tonal variety. Note that Stingray are also accused of being a One trick pony. However, I find the MM's trick to be a bit more on the versatile side than the Rics.

    But, that might just be me.
     

  17. Yeah, go with the Stingray, the world needs more people playing Fender instruments.

    Honestly the basses are very different on lots of levels. Sound, look, construction.

    I played both and bought a Ric 4003.

    If you like Stingrays though check out the G&L instruments. They're more or less the third generation of Leo's basses and are pretty much like Music Mans with more bells and whistles.
     
  18. Both are good instruments, but Rics are the definition of cool, imo.
     
  19. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Sterling. End of discussion.
     
  20. PERSONALLY... I've found the few Rickenbackers I've played absolutely foul.

    It might also be because I've never identified with any band or bassist who uses one... I think Ricks are just plain ugly.

    I used to have a Stingray 4 - I swapped it for a Stingray 5 which I then sold. BIG mistake.

    The Stingray may have been designed by Fender, but as it's no longer made by them I dont understand the point?
    I'd say dont buy Fender because they're mostly monoplising the instrument market with cheap tat, but as this bass is now made by EB I cant see a good reason not to buy an instrument because it was designed by some guy caled Fender.

    There's no sense in buying a 'different' looking bass over a great playing bass becasue too many others have one the same.