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Musicman Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pogo, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Pogo


    Apr 14, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I am about to invest in a Musicman Stingray and wonder if anyone here knows what year the active pickup's were introduced?
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I believe that the actual pickups on Stingrays are passive but they have always had active electronics.
  3. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Dr. Cheese is exactly correct. For all intents and purposes, the Stingray has always been active.
  4. Pogo


    Apr 14, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I am using a friends Stingray at the moment and it is old.
    Could be a '77. Should i find a battery somewhere? I have had the bass with me for about 40-50 gigs + rehersals, in short; used it heavy for the past 6 months, should not the battery have been used up by now?
    It sounds loud and clear with no distortion at all.
  5. Assuming it hasn't been modified yes. There should be a battery compartment on the back (small plate). Although it's possible the bass has been modified to bypass the active electronics for passive, although it's hard to say without more info. If you can take the battery out and still play it then the active electronics aren't on.