Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by David-Adler, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    Recieved my new bass this tuesday (just in time...
    :( ).

    It´s a 1991 Music Man Stingray 5 in Black with a Maple Fingerboard. And I must say that I absolutely love it.

    I´ve now played for three days, at home, in a band situation and while recording (we´re just recording a ALBUM !), so heres the review:

    Overall Construction<br>
    The Overall Construction is flawless ! The bass is used, but came in a mint condition (just some minor scretches etc.)!
    Now finish flaws, or Construction Problems at all !
    It´s great, but my Sadowsky is better in Terms of Construction
    9.5 / 10
    Neck & Fingerboard<br>
    The Fretwork is perfect. As is the whole neck. It feels just right. Not too thick, very fast and just fits my hands. I also like the string spacing very much.
    As for the fingerboard & neck woods: It´s highly flamed & figured birdseye maple. I´ve never seen such a figured neck (sorry, the pic doesn´t show it all !). Its just as Figured as my Sadowsky, even though the Fingerboard of the Sadowsky is highly figured Birdseye Maple.
    The Tone is just great. With the 3-Band EQ and the Three-Way Switch, everything is possible. You can even get pretty growly tones, when dialing up the mids and setting the Pickup to singlecoil. And one more thing: It cuts through like a knife. Just perfect for recording ! I plugged it right into the board without a preamp and it just sounded perfect, like the Sadowsky.
    I would say it´s a great bass. Better than my Esh´s and nearly as good as the Sadowsky.


    Questions are welcome !

    Check the attachment to see the pic !

  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Nice bass mine is black with a rosewood board.
    I have never tried the single coil boosted mids thing I will now.
  3. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Congrats on the new bass:D!!!
  4. Made for metal :) , nice bass very heavy look.
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I'm jealous!

    I need a 5 string and I'm gonna go with a Mexican Jazz because I still owe Uncle Sam some bucks.

    This is killing me cuz I want a MM so badly, and I have the cash right in front of me, but can't afford it right now. And I'm in a situation that I need the 5 string ASAP. Oh well. One day.

    I love MM basses. Congratulations. Enjoy your honeymoon.
  6. Looks great. Enjoy it! :)

    I have a Sterling and the figuring on the maple neck is pretty amazing on that. Lovely to look at..... and of course it makes a world of difference when I play it ! :D

    All this talk about Sadowskys - I must get my hands on one soon.
  7. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Welcome to the Black Body and Maple Neck Stingray 5 Club!
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Congrats on the new bass. Black/black/maple is my favorite color for a Ray.

    I've played & owned a few Music Man basses (Ray 4's & Sterlings) & I think that Music man makes AWESOME basses. Personally I can't see it even coming close to the Sadowsky. Every single Sadowsky I've ever played has 1000% attention to detail. Like I said, MM are great basses, but there is no comparison.

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  9. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Geez Nino, you're single handedly keeping the economy afloat. :p

    What's the total bass count now?
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I don't own any MusicMan's now. I used to, but sold them because the sound wasen't what I was looking for. :p My current count is @ 13:

    1. Sadowsky-Natural
    2. Sadowsky-Sunburst
    3. Spector NS-5 USA Natural
    4. Spector NS-2 USA (Kramer era) trans orange
    5. Spector NS-5 CR inlay
    6. Warmoth 5 string Sadowsky clone
    7. Warmoth Geddy Lee J clone
    8. 79 P bass w/Warmoth neck
    9. Ibanez 70's lawsuit J bass
    10. Ric 4003 white
    11. G&L L-2000
    12. G&L L-2500
    13. Jay Turser Ray clone
  11. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    What sound were you looking for that the Ray did not have?
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Whenever I pick any Music Man bass up @ a store or a friends house I love it. It sounds great!!!! Usually when I play basses @ stores, I play finger style because I'm too lazy to find a pick. MM's have great finger style/slapping tones. Great growl, cuts through extremely well. BUT, when I bring it to my band situalion, it's very hard for me to find a sound I like. In my band I play w/a pick. I attack the strings w/the pick very heavy. IMO, MM basses don't sound good w/a pick. I love the feel of the necks, I LOVE the way they look, but I never really liked the way the sound sat in the mix w/my band.
  13. My early 90's Ray 5 has interesting figured maple for the neck also. Here's a pic.. which doesn't really show it well.
  14. Let's try that again:
  15. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    my `Ray shows figuring of the same grade as yours, steamboat.

    Nino, I recorded one song today with a pick, and liked the way the Ray sounded. I set the EQ to : Bass: +10, Mid:+3, High:+5. The additional hights made it very cool, percussive sounding.

    For the looks, I´m going to change to a White Pearloid Pickguard soon, because I LOVE the way it looks with the Birdseye Maple FGB.

  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Welcome to the MM club!

    hehe, I'm still kinda a newbie in this club myself.
    Congrats though...

    Didn't you say before you got it from

    Those guys are great guys.

    I can just imagine how well she plays.
    Congrats! :)
  17. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    i had a sadowsky and played a couple of others and i still have my Ernie Ball. the only thing i found that was better on the sadowsky was the control cavity. the neck fit was just as good, the fret job was just as perfect and the feel was on par as well.

    in fact after owning sadowsky and lakland and comparing them to what ernie ball is able to turn out, for me, i was convinced that they werent worth the price of admission. i got my fodera 5 for the same price as a sadowsky and my f bass 5 fretless for less than a lakland and those two manufacturers ive found to be tops after going through a lot of basses.

    it seems like some guys can get away with a 1000 dollar upcharge for customer service for what is otherwise a standard guitar. if i'm paying upwards of 2k for a bass comprised of a lot of outsourced components from a small builder, i expect customer service and dont want to pay an exorbitant price to get it.

    what was this thread about again? oh yeah, stingray 5. I wish i wouldnt have sold mine to get a lakland. that thing had the best b string on a 34 inch scale bass ive ever played.

    You must be doing that new bass dance,eh? :p

    Congrats on the new addition Dave!She looks somewhat menacing all black and evil :eek: (guitar players beware!)