OLP Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Brown, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Mike Brown

    Mike Brown Guest

    Sep 1, 2014
    So this popped up on craigslist and I'm thinking of picking it up. However there are a few things I want to know.

    First of all, I know it's Basswood and made in china are those two things really that bad? If I was to mess with a bass in the future, this would be the one.

    Also does anyone know which model it is? I've heard the names MM1 and MM2 being tossed around but I don't fully understand. That doesn't mean number of pickups does it?

    Any info on this bass would be nice.

  2. Ballin'bass


    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    No im pretty sure that both the mm1 and the mm2 are single pickup models. Not actually sure how much of a difference there is between them. The body being made of basswood is not a big deal IMO. I mean will it sound as bright and clear as ash? No. But it will sound like a bass.

    Being made in China is a bigger downfall for me. Generally Chinese basses feel cheaper in my hands, like playing a toy or something. But honestly this is exactly the kind of bass I would turn into a project. Working on it a bit might totally transform it. At $140 there's not much you can lose here, though I've seen them go for that much in GC used section and they do full setups on all their used gear (might wana talk him down a little or check GC used gear for one).

    I assume by "mess with a bass" you mean modify/alter it? If so, I have heard of ppl making frankenbasses out of OLPs with fantastic results! Hard to believe some of them started out as regular old OLPs. Best wishes in your venture and if you do end up modding it, please keep us posted! Always interested in cool creations!
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014
  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I believe it's an OLP MM2-
    Here's a thread giving more info on the olp bass models- MM1, MM2 model #s are based on generation. There's info on this thread as to the differences with them.

    that being said, be aware that these basses are not like the Rays because most of the OLPs including this one are purely passive. Rays have an active preamp much like the Sterling Sub Rays available today too.
    To be honest with you, I'd go for a Sterling Sub Ray instead of this. I bought mine used for $139 at GC. Typically they go for around $170-180 used. For the extra money, you'll be getting a far closer approximation to the Stingray bass with these as they've got the preamp and EQ. Here's one for $179
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  4. imdkoz


    Nov 16, 2006
    I have the 5 string version the pickup was replaced by the previous owner with an SGD and I added an EMG BTC. It plays and sounds really good, but will need to upgraded from stock.
  5. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    i have one of these, it has been a solid performer and been gigged and also was my "leave at the rehearsal studio bass" for a while. Played both rock and country ont it as well. In good shape $140 is not a bad price.