My stingray revelation!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tuBass, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I am the A/V director at my church, and was "auditioning" christian music videos to play before each church service.
    Three times, while flipping through the DVD, My head shot up from what I was doing because I heard a really great bass sound. You know the sound, it's the one that speaks personally to you is the way a bass should sound.

    All three times I heard that sound, the bass player in the video (and I presume the recording) was playing a stringray.

    I've got to get me one of those!


    What bass speaks to you?
  2. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    The way Marcus' bass sounds on "3 Deuces" from M2, not the slap which I love too, but how round and phat that basic line itself grooves... Amazing...
  3. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    You know, and that raises another issue. Which bass do you feel is best played in Solo situations, and which one sounds good with a traditional rock group?

    My vote for Solo playing- MTD
    Group playing - stingray (duh!)
  4. I have always loved the sound of a P bass. specifically the P bass sound from the 60's fenders. it just has a great low end thump to it that never gets old to me. I like to play other exotic basses and jazz basses are real sweet too, butI think I will always have a P bass in my collection.

    I like the Music Man too because it has that same kind of vibe to it. just one sweet tone, the MM has a little more options on it regarding the tone.
  5. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    Which "MTD" are we talking here? In my opinion, I find it difficult to accept a stringray sitting better in a band situation then a 535.

    Could be just me :eek:

    I don't know any "solo bassists" who use MTD, just curious to see if I'm missing apart of the picture :meh:
  6. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Mike Dimin
    Norm Stockton

    RE Stingray basses speaking to you

    I tried a lot of basses before I settled on a Stingray 5. The only bass that was 'better' was a Roscoe LG3005 that I tried at Bassalone.
  7. Oh, that GROWL from Geddy Lee's Wal on Rush's "Middletown Dreams" from _Power Windows_!

  8. Lenko


    May 3, 2003
    Fima Ephron alsu uses MTD 535 as his main bass.
  9. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Check my profile under "influences" and you'll see why I picked the 535 as my favorite solo bass. :cool:
  10. LeeP


    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    TuBass- which groups were using a 'Ray? 4 or 5 banger? (I know Tai in Third Day plays Rays)

    Lee (another proud Piggy owner/player)
  11. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Yes, third day was one, the second was the bass player for Mark Schultz, and the other was the band Tait, on the song "alters" If I remember right, the Third Day ray was a 4, and the other two were fives.

    Cool about the piggy! they are great tubas. I used to sell tubas at a large music store, and never played anything there for 3 times the money that made me want to sell mine.

  12. A Stingray spoke to me from the first time I heard one. If you think they sound good on a recording, you'll be thrilled 'till Tuesday when you hear one right next to you. Everytime I plug mine in, I'm amazed. :cool:

    Good weekend, everyone.

  13. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    what happens on tuesday? :D
  14. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    Mark, If you can, listen to Paul Coleman Trio (PC3). The bass tone on the first single, "Turn", just JUMPED out at me as sounding awesome. It was one of those tones that just kicks you square in the chest. I found out later that one of his main basses is a 'Ray. Go figure.
  15. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    stingray's have a way of doing that, don't they?
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed this.

    I just listened to "turn" on the PC3 website. The MP3 and my cheap stereo speakers, didn't do it justice, but I heard enough to want to check out more of their stuff. ! thanks for the tip!

  16. LeeP


    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    I've been listening to the group "Daily Planet" and been groovin on the bass sound. I just checked their website and sure enough, the bassist is playing an SR5!

    As tuBass said, "I've got to get me one of those!"
  17. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I own both SR5,MTD 635 and TRUST ME !the MTD can also do the group also
  18. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I love the MTD too, and I didn't mean that I thought it was not a great bass, because it is.

    It's just that when I hear a band playing with a ray, it makes the grey matter between my ears dance a little. It's something about the weight and the authority that just sounds so unique. and that was the reason I started this thread.
  19. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Last year I took the plunge and finally bought a Stingray 5. I have wanted one for as long as i can remember but they are prohibitively expensive in Australia.

    I honestly don't think I could ever play any other bass ever again. It was made for me. If fits my hands perfectly and it sounds good regardless of which amp/rig I play it through. Set the EQ flat and play. Sounds awsome first time every time. Old strings? No problem, wind in a little treble.

    Ask you sound guy if he has done anything to the bass sound and the answer is ALWAYS "nope, it's flat. Nice sound mate.....".
  20. blaire


    Jul 15, 2003
    The land of Rice
    I always have trouble with my stingray,it always sounds empty or crackly or there is too much fretboard noise or it sounds strangled or some thing. I play with the e.q. on both the bass and amp but to not much avail. I pick up my Ibanez K5 and no problems! I love the sound Flea got out of his MMs thats why I bought one. Ive tried many amps and currently use Rotosound strings. Maybe its just my MM???