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MusicMan: Stingray VS Sterling

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by flearules12, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. flearules12


    Dec 6, 2006
    im just looking on opinion here. pros and cons for each and which you'd prefer and why. im kind of torn between the two and im looking to purchase either one of the two.
  2. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    This has to be one of the most discussed topics here, but I'll give my rundown of why I prefer the Sterling:

    1. Thinner, faster neck
    2. An extra fret
    3. Three-way coil switching (more variety)
    4. Scuplted heel
    5. Smaller, lighter body

    The only con I can think of is that the Sterling is more expensive by about a hundred dollars or so.

    Plus, they look sexy.


  3. Eggman


    Dec 3, 2004
    Denver, Colorado
    Can't go wrong with either. Comes down to feel. Stingray has a bit wider neck - Sterling neck profile is more like a Jazz bass - 1.5" at the nut.

    I prefer the two pickup models - allows for wider tonal array.

    Play both and enjoy.
  4. TrooperFarva


    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    I prefer the Sterling, because it reads the FAQ before it posts

    From the FAQ-
    :confused: Please use the SEARCH function before posting new threads. Some topics have been beaten to death in previous threads such as “FENDER PRECISION VS. JAZZ” or “ERNIE BALL STINGRAY VS. STERLING”. The SEARCH function works best if you only type in the keywords – ex. “IBANEZ”, “SADOWSKY”, “FIELDY” or “JACO”.
  5. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
    It's a win win situation, just go with the one that feels good to YOU.
    The pickups are a little different, the Stingray uses alnico, and the Sterling uses ceramic.
  6. depalm


    Apr 22, 2004
    São Paulo
    Own both for many years and l-o-v-e them.

    Pros: Smaller body and head than the SR, the best neck I've ever played, more tone options (single coil / series / parallel).

    Cons: Ceramic magnets PU, little neck dive due heavy tuning machines.

    Sting Ray
    Pros: Killer sound out of the box, very well balanced, alnico magnets PU.
    Cons: bulky neck (in my opinion).

    Never tried the new HH or HS but they're on my list.

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