NBD: Wanted a fiver. Found a pretty one!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tb-player, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Over the last two years, I’ve been buying & selling basses, trying to find what’s right for me. In the end, I ended up with all 4-strings, which is cool... but I like having a 5-string on-hand. A five is a different instrument than a four. In my thinking, it serves a different purpose. And it didn’t take long before I found myself missing having one.

    So i decided, if I’m only gonna have one fiver, I want it to be a good one. After some diligent searching, I came across this beauty. It’s a 30th Anniversary EBMM Stingray 5 with one of the prettiest flame maple necks I’ve ever seen.

    [Edit 7/13/2020] - Because I am a wishy-washy, G.A.S. filled bass player who is always looking for the next thing, this bass is (quite regrettably) now up for sale. I need the cash to fund a brand new double-bass being built by Upton Bass. Feel free to hit me up with questions. This bass is ridiculous, in the best possible ways.

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    Last edited: Jul 13, 2020
  2. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Wow! Really nice. Enjoy that bass, I’m a big fan of the Stingray.
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  3. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    That's a beautiful thing right there... the neck / fretboard are stunning.
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  4. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Thanks. If you stare at it, you get sucked into this weird wood-grain bass vortex. It’s impossible to look away.
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Those 30th anniversary SR5’s are something special indeed!
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  6. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Ha ha ha, at first glance, I thought your tread said, "Needed a liver."
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  7. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Yeah, if they were about a pound lighter, they'd be perfect. Thank God for neoprene straps!
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  8. These are still the prettiest StingRays IMO. Congrats!
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Beautiful! Enjoy your newfound success and and rising tide of eternal joy.
    Every time a Ray is sold an angel gets its wings.
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  10. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    They're some of the best sounding too. The circuit they use in the 30th is voiced a little differently from my old 2009 Stingray. There's a definitely growl to this bass that I really like.
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  11. OddSenses


    Jun 14, 2020
    Musicman's flame maple necks are so stunning, in person even better. Congrats! If you're only going to have one 5 string a musicman is an excellent choice.
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  12. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    If I keep buying and selling all these basses, I'm probably gonna start drinking! Then a new liver will be in the cards... lol.
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  13. Now you are ready to rock with some rock solid tone. My EBMM Stingray 5 had its 30th anniversary this month, it was built in June 1990.
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  14. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    White ... tort ... flame maple ... the perfect bass! Good job!
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  15. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Added value! Nice score, that thing is gawjuss.
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  16. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    That's very nice.

    I did the same thing, sold off an SR5 to free some funds for another bass. Told myself I could always buy another one whenever I was ready. That was 2009 and I sort of miss the bass.

    Hold on to this one.
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  17. MusicFungi


    Jun 30, 2020
    One of the sexiest fretboards I've seen!
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  18. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Yeah, I had a 2009 Honey Burst SR5 that was perfect. I never should have gotten rid of it. That era was great for Stingrays. This one's amazing in its own right. The pre is definitely different. But it sounds fantastic.
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  19. Mikey F

    Mikey F

    Aug 12, 2014
    Denver, CO
    These are amazing.
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  20. GitmoMango


    Sep 5, 2019
    Nice one! Dat neck doh.
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