I am in the market for a new bass and am kind of obsessed with EBMM basses. The city I live in (Austin) has only one EBMM dealer according to the MM website, Guitar Center. I have visited all 3 Guitar Centers, and find their selection pretty lackluster. Almost nonexistent. Off topic, I did get to play a used Stingray 20th anniversary priced at $3400 (that's crazy, isn't it?) Basically, I've been able to play some Stingrays and I find the neck to be a little to chunky for my hands. There are a couple ways to solve this, but because of the poor selection, I could use a little help. The Sterling is pretty close to a Stingray from what I understand, but lighter, slightly different electronics, and a thinner neck, but I have also heard that it can't quite nail that signature Stingray tone. I haven't been able to try one out. The Stingray SLO is a Stingray with (for all intents and purposes) a Sterling neck. I have also not been able to play one of these in store, and therefor I can't tell if the difference in neck compromises tone at all. I'm not sure what to do. I would really love to be able to play these instruments before I drop 2k on one, but Guitar Center has been unwilling to help me out by bringing one of each into the store. The best they are able to do is "Buy one from us, and you have 45 days to return it." Ultimately, GC is not going to get the sale (I plan on placing a custom order through Sweetwater, which will then take about 6 months for EBMM to build), but the only solution I can think of is to buy one or the other from GC, return it, and then order the other, but unless the one I return stays in the store, I won't have the opportunity to try them at the same time, which is what I prefer. Anywho, sorry for being overly wordy, but what can I do to be able to compare 2 (or more, humbucker vs double humbucker would be a good thing to test out) of the basses at the same time? If I have to keep buying basses with different configs and returning them, it's going to take me forever to place my order, and have me dealing with GC way more than I want to. If you have experience with both the EBMM Sterling and EBMM Stingray SLO, are you able to provide any insight? Sorry for yet another Stingray vs Sterling post. TL;DR: From your experience, how do you compare the EBMM Sterling4 to the EMBB Stingray4 SLO, and how can I solve the problem of not being able to try both concurrently?