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Musicman Stingray 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NOVAX, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    People: your astute opinions are wanted/needed.
    At a reasonable used price, will the Ray 5 satiate my thirst for
    the MM experience, while also motivating me on the fiver?
    I've been on the fence about both for a while now.:bassist:
  2. agplate


    Jan 12, 2005
    The SR5 is the real deal. Great variety of tone and solid. It took me a day or so to get used to the string spacing, but it's well designed. My band all love the tone and look.
  3. I traded my SR4 for a SR5 last year, but it did not do it for me. I'm back at SR4 again but added a Hipshot D-tuner.
    The SR5 is a great bass, in every aspect, with additional variety of tones, but a 5 string is just not my cup of tea.
    I hardly used the 3-way switch or B string, and the Hipshot drop D fills the void for me.
  4. sonicnuance

    sonicnuance Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2003
    California, USA
    Engineer & Owner, Sonic Nuance Electronics
    I suggest the dual humbucker version. Much more versatile imho

    I rarely use the Bridge pickup solo now - which is the "Stingray" sound

    The bass is the real deal, I love mine. If you have questions ask away

    Oh, and the B string blows away anything in 2x its price range imho
  5. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    I own three Stingray 5's plus a Sterling 5. Need I say more.

    They're the best IMO.

  6. sonicnuance

    sonicnuance Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2003
    California, USA
    Engineer & Owner, Sonic Nuance Electronics
    That reminds me... try a Bongo 5 and a Sterling 5

    They are also the "real deals"
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I love SR5's. To me they nail the rock/blues/slap sound I want.

    The 34" B sounds suprisingly tight, the bass cuts through incredibly and they are really easy to play.

    The kinda bad IMO? If you like 19mm+ spacing, this bass may take a while to get used to. But personally, I used to play a Sadowsky that had a fretboard you could land a plane on, but after 30 min, I was slapping away like a madman on my first SR5. Also, this is not the most versatile bass in the world. The HH takes it to another level (still not gonna nail every tone) but a SR5 in any config will sound like a SR. Which is good IMO, but not for everyone.

    I would bet is is safe to say that if you like a SR4, you will dig a SR5.
  8. sonicnuance

    sonicnuance Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2003
    California, USA
    Engineer & Owner, Sonic Nuance Electronics
    Agreed for the most part on the HH. It gets close to a P and a J, but definitely with a Musicman tone stamp on it. The eq is quite powerful and coupled with the pickup configurations it covers a lot of ground.

    My opinion is with a P or a J and an SR(5/4)HH in your arsenal you can cover 95% of tones you'll ever need or want. Personally I'd do a P with an SR5HH but I gravitate towards meaty sounds.
  9. Bardley


    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I absolutely love my Stingray 5. It is a great instrument and can be a great deal used. I got mine a couple years back for $950. It is awesome.
  10. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Thanks everyone for the input.
  11. I also have 3 StingRay 5s. Single H, HH, and HS. You can't go wrong with any of them!
  12. novo


    Feb 20, 2007
    Played my first stingray (4) and was blown away...but i really love the 5 but i don't know why, i do not dig the HH, HS pickups... just love the regular single humbucker..

    of course its only my opinion

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