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My New Bass. I'm ecstatic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by belair57, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. Well I had to do it. I traded away what I thought was going to be my dream bass but I got my new one and oh my god do I love it. It's a Musicman Sterling. I don't know what year it is but it must be a little older because it has the bigger bridge with the string mutes. My one problem is the maple board(only for the looks, it sounds great). The color is awesome. It's sort of a dark, metallic, greenish blue color
    Here are some pics of it
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sweet!!!! Congrat's!!!!!

    What did you trade for it?
  3. Congrats, Belair, they're a great bass.
  4. I traded it for an Alembic Epic
  5. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    That is the coolest blue based color I have ever seen! Sweet hunka bass there Belair!
  6. Hey Belair!!!

    Well,I don`t know wheather to shake you(for trading away an Alembic)or hug you for buying such a fine Ernie Ball !

    Love the color dude!You should hook up with CrawlingEye,he has a sterling on order.

    I have never played the Sterling but I loved the look/feel/sound of the Stingray....well except the neck(too fat).I think the Sterling would be nicer to my small hands though.

    Congrats on the new edition! :)
  7. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Awesome. Just a side-note though... All Sterlings have the large bridges. When I first saw one I was like "OH MY GOD!". The bridges are so huge.

    They're really sweet. I have a new white sterling with a black pickgaurd (matching headstock) on order right now.
  8. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Man... seeing this makes me wnat one even more. i have the money, but i am going Uni this summer and need the money.
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The newer ones have a smaller bridge w/out the string mutes.

    <img src="http://www.ernieball.com/musicman/basses/sterling/sterling.gif">
  10. you....traded....the....alembic....

  11. I knew a couple people would say that.
    I thought I was going to like it because it was an Alembic but I really didn't. The neck was too chunky, the string tension was too low, I didn't like the pickup placement, especially for slapping, and with the absence of a mid control on the preamp I could never get a middy, growly sound. It just wasn't what I was looking for, but the Sterling certainly is. I love fooling with the eq, three way coil switch, and string mutes to get tons of different sounds. I didn't even know that it had the string mutes before I got it. What a pleasant surprise. Oh did I mention the neck. It's simply to die for. It's the fastest, most comfortable neck I've ever played on. And although I didn't like the maple board at first, it's starting to grow on me. This bass is definitely a keeper.
    I'm working for my dad this summer and my next purchase will be a new or used fretless. Any suggestions for $800-$1200. Preferably used cause I like to get the most for my money.
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Try for a Cirrus. I believe a used one would be within that price range... Providing you can find one used. :)
  13. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i loved my sterling..

    until it had nasty fret buzz..

    then i had it defretted, and i loved it...

    until the neck twisted...

    now it's almost done being repaired, then i hope i can love her again.

    mine's a 94, and i think they stopped doing the bridge mutes shortly thereafter.

  14. Since you already like your fretted Sterling, why not go for a fretless one? You could definitely pick up a used, fretless Sterling, Stingray, or Stingray 5 in that price range.

    Got my fretless Stingray 5 for $900 at http://www.bassnw.com . It's a wee bit dinged up.. but it's killer. I dare say that Musicman fretlesses are even cooler than the fretteds.
  15. That sounds like it would be a good idea, but not for me. I can't stand the thought of having two of the same bass, fretted and fretless. I just like variation, and having different kinds of basses. I know it might sound stupid but that's just the way I am.
    BTW, as much as I love the sterling I'm now kicking myself because I had a guy e-mail me yesterday that wanted to trade me a Stingray 5 for the Alembic. I would've much rather traded for the five but alas it was too late. Maybe that'll teach me patience.
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I wouldn't be mad... I like the Sterlings better than the Stingrays... But that's me. ;)
  17. oh, i understand now.
    if it didn't fit you well, it made sense to sell it.
  18. Well, I like the Stingray 5 the best, then the sterling. I don't ike the stingray 4 at all.
  19. Bassr64


    Feb 9, 2001
    Awesome Bass....I luv it.
  20. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I suppose... I don't play 5's though. So I don't even consider playing 5's. I've played a few, I just think the Low B's pointless, and that I'd never use it... But that's me.

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