1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
     
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

NBD! Sterling by Music Man-SB14 + Photos and Questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slackerprince, Jan 26, 2012.


  1. I actually got it yesterday, but got photos done today.
    I have to say, I'm impressed and stoked, AND it's almost perfect!
    Happy to say I won't be doing any mods, which is a relief for once.
    It came with Slinky 45-100's, but I think I'll switch those to Slinky 50-105. That will be the extent of changes.
    Nice to be happy with everything and not all GASSY or crazy about wanting new pickups, bridge, nut, etc.
    Came with a nice gig bag, too.
    So, questions:
    1) Since it's an active bass, do I need to unplug it in-between uses so I don't use-up the battery?
    2) Does anyone else have one and find they wanted heavier strings with theirs?
    3) Is there a way to run it passive?

    Here are the pics:

    SBMMSB14002.

    SBMMSB14001.

    BTW, the little black dot at the bottom left of the body is a knot in the wood. I'm calling it, "the birthmark." ;)
    I'll also be joining the SBMM club.
    Thanks for any posts!

    EDIT-I forgot to mention the MONSTER deal I got on this from MF.
    I'd been watching this for a while, GASSING hard, but patiently.
    Then, they had it marked down $97. There was some kind of 15% sale going on, so they took that off, too, so originally it was $609 and I got it for $433!!


    S
     
  2. DerTeufel

    DerTeufel Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    Yes, unplug it when you aren't playing it, or the battery will drain.

    I just got a SBMM Ray35. I am happy with the strings that are on it.

    I think you would have to change the pre-amp to get it to run passively.

    Nice looking bass! Congrats.
     
  3. SantiagoGT15

    SantiagoGT15

    Jun 22, 2010
    Praise & Worship Group Leader/Director
    Try some flatwounds on it, you won't regret it ;)

    and don't worry about changing the pre etc... the USA basses use batteries too

    And where did you find it? I can't seem to find any sb14 for sale/trade/etc
     
  4. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    nice score!

    Those play real nice imho. No passive option - not really what a Sterling does... :)

    +1 to having to unplug your bass - plugging in activates the battery..

    love the matching headstock - straight up classy in my books!

    RAWK IT!!
     

  5. I forgot to mention the MONSTER deal I got on this from MF.
    I'd been watching this for a while, GASSING hard, but patiently.
    Then, they had it marked down $97. There was some kind of 15% sale going on, so they took that off, too, so originally it was $609 and I got it for $433!! :bassist:
    As far as running it passively, I was just curious if you could flip a switch in the preamp, or something. Just wondered.
    The strings just feel light, but maybe I'll get used to them.
    Otherwise, totally stoked.

    S
     
  6. nashman

    nashman

    Feb 11, 2011
    Suggest you consider a set of EB Hybrid Slinkys. I find the stock strings a bit light also - and personally find the hybrids to be just right.
     
  7. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Nice deal! I've been playing 5's since I started playing and am now looking to try a 4-string. Since I love my Stingray I originally though a Ray34 would be a good choice, but I'd also like to try something else and have been thinking an SB14 might be a better choice. Your pictures only help to make me think I'm right.

    That's purty!
     
  8. xepher2792

    xepher2792

    Oct 7, 2011
    Ventura CA
    You might be able to add in a active passive switch I don't know how those are wired but it shouldn't be too difficult if you are competent with a soldering iron (and don't mind drilling a hole for the switch).
     
  9. 88persuader

    88persuader

    Aug 5, 2007
    NICE!
     
  10. Thanks, everyone.
    Just ordered some XL 50-105 strings off Amazon for $11.50 shipped.
    MIGHT consider a Tort pickguard for it, but just really enjoying it as is,
    and can't wait to drop some thunder with those heavier strings.

    S
     

Share This Page