Oh. My. God. (first encounter with Stingray & Bongo)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lunatique, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Lunatique

    Lunatique Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    Lincoln, CA
    When I bought my used Warwick Corvette $$ 5 string, I was sure I wanted a bass that had a more rounded tone as opposed to the slap-happy metallic punch of the Stingray (and the Bongo was out of my price range), since for most of the music I compose, slap bass wouldn't be appropriate. But today when I took my Warwick to a local GC to find a new 3-way switch for it (and to test out some small practice amps), on a whim I decided to try a Stringray5 and a Bongo.


    I had never played either before, and I was totally blown away by how easy the Stringray was to play, how smooth the action was, and how utterly f-ing amazing that unique tone was. I had wondered why my slapping didn't sound as good as those guys on youtube, and one note played on the Stingray and I knew it wasn't my technique--it was the bass. Playing on the Stingray, it was like my slapping technique just improved by about a year's worth of practice. Un-f-ing believable. It's almost TOO easy to play it well and make it sound amazing.

    The Bongo was a bit mellower, but still have that bite when you turn the active electronics up. Great tone and more versatile than the Stingray I think.

    Now I have major GAS for a good slap-happy bass, though I know I won't use that much for most of my recordings, it's still fun as hell to play!
  2. hey saw you on the warwick forum. Man the stingray is a great bass. I love it myself. I say if you prefer it to your warwick, I think you could do a direct trade for your $$ 5. I think the reason you find the MM so easy to play was the thin maple neck. In fact, maple necks give a more traditionnal slap tone to the bass. As for the ovangkol neck, it gives a very compressed tone. Anyway, I wouldn't have bought a bass with music man style pickups to slap.
  3. RedCoatMonster


    Aug 14, 2007
    Thomas, OK
    The first time I played one I was like, is this MADE of butter?!
    Its got the smoothest feel of any bass Ive played! And Im an AVID fan of playing like every bass in GC every time I go haha.
    I want one BAD!
    So far theyve been the best that Ive played for what I like, and I like all three styles even though I suck at slpa, ya know pick finger etc.
    The clank with the pick is nice on those too!
  4. ROON

    ROON Guest

    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    That's why I got a Stingray 4. First time I played it, everything felt so... right... I could play everything so much smoother, I wasn't all mechanical like I usually am and it was just a dream to play. It blew everything else out of the water, Spectors, Warwicks, Fenders, they all became irrelevant and the bass I NEEDED to have was a Stingray.

    Stingrays (and any EBMM instrument for that matter) are absolutely, ****ing amazing.
  5. lowfreek

    lowfreek In Memoriam

    Nov 2, 2006
    Central New York
    Well I've played alot of basses over the last 25 years or so, and have owned a few, and now a StingRay is the only bass I own. I'm not saying there aren't better basses out there, but its signature sound is the one that I'm in love with. Also, the build quality is fantastic. For the money, I don't think you can do better in a production bass, especially if you buy used.

    I scored my "Burnt Apple" Ray (discontinued finish) on Ebay a few years ago for a ridiculous price. The seller quoted the shipping charge of something like $150. This apparently scared everyone away, but I kept my eyes on the prize, and emailed the seller a short time before the auction ended to find out if he screwed up. Indeed he did, and quoted me a realistic shipping charge. An hour later, this mint condition Ray in a hard case was mine for just under $700. The rest is history. For me, a Ray paired up with a Mesa amp is tonal bliss, plain and simple. :D
  6. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Inactive

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    I've owned 'Rays and Sterlings in the past and was recently looking to get one of the newer HH versions but while I was in the shop I tried a Bongo 4HH. About a week later a Stealth Bongo showed up on my doorstep. :cool:
  7. dunce180

    dunce180 Guest

    Jul 24, 2007
    Whats the differince between the standerd stingray and sterling? I tried a sterling at GC and wasent too impressed..
  8. I'm definitely more of a Sterling guy, but all three of EBMM's models are pretty awesome. I was talking to a student of Dave Larue's today, and the six string Bongo model that's coming out soon came up - apparently Dave got his hands on a pre-production model and loves it. So that's good news for people like me who've been waiting on that for a while.

    There really is just something about those basses, especially when you run into that rare Stingray that's actually set up properly. Magic comes out of those things.

    Oddly enough, I STILL don't own one. Maybe once that six string comes out...
  9. BONGO 6! im so anxious for that monster, thats gonna be my self graduation gift =)
  10. martin shane

    martin shane Guest

    Jan 4, 2007
    yeah man, you can't go wrong the the stingray IMHO...Before I played my first stingray, I HAD a Warwick NT thumb '94 and a NT streamer '91 , along with a pedulla buzz (which i miss ) and a 78 pbass ... i liked the stingray better than all of them ... I've not got to try the Bongo yet, but I am looking forward to the oppertunity...
  11. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    Am I the only one here who thought that they weren't that playable? The necks felt kinda chunky to me...

    and the tone was meh.. nothing special, nothing to get excited about... sounded kinda boring.
  12. I love how stingrays look and sound, but man, I don't like those necks. To each his or her own--it's probably about the size of my hands and what I'm used to. Good to hear that you found something you can really dig.
  13. Lunatique

    Lunatique Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    Lincoln, CA
    What's your idea of a good sounding bass? Just wondering.
  14. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I guess there are similarities between the $$ Wick and the Ray because this Stingray player been GASsing for a $$ Vette for the last three weeks.
  15. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Inactive

    Nov 8, 2007

    Yep. I took a Bongo off the wall at the guitar center for the hell of it, and as soon as I played it I knew I was in love. They play like sex. Really great sex. Unfortunately I could never get a tone out of it that satisfied me the way the feel did.
  16. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

  17. Put it this way, a chance encounter with a Stingray 5 is the reason I'm currently a bass heavy and trawling the bottom end of my overdraft. I don't regret it for a second. DO IT!!!
  18. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Different model with a different pickup; alnico vs ceramic.

    Slimmer neck, different heel joint, 3-way switch for different pickup voicings.

    I like the Sterling better myself but there are lots of people in both camps.

    Oh, smaller body too.
  19. Last time I had an afternoon to myself I went to GC, and I tried almost every bass on the walls. My favorite was the $$ Corvette 5, but very close second was the
    HH Bongo 5. I would gladly play either.
    The Stingrays are very nice basses, but they didn't do it for me.
  20. RedCoatMonster


    Aug 14, 2007
    Thomas, OK
    Wow really? I loved the neck and Ive heard that the $$ necks are alot alike but when i played both the Rays neck seemed alot more comfy to me.
    Different strokes I guess. =]