P-Bass or Stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by organworthyplayer337, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    HI, this is my first post here on Talk Bass!

    I'm in a tough position here. I'm trying to decide whether I should get a Fender Precision Bass or a Music Man stingray. Here's the story; I already have a Fender Precision bass and it does what it's supposed to. It works fine and everything but the only reason I want another is because of the way it looks. It's a beautiful bass indeed. It's another precision so there won't be any MAJOR tonal difference at all. But on the other hand I want to get a stingray because they sound awesome and it's totally different than what I've been playing for a while now (the P-Bass). The Precision Bass that I'm interested in is kinda hard to find and one just came up but I only have the cash for one of the two. I'm leaning towards the Stingray because it's a beast and because the ONLY reason I want the other one is because of the way it looks.

    I need some help from some experienced bass buyers, what should I do?

  2. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I have three Precisions and one SR5. I'd buy the MusicMan: it will give you a different, alternate voice for material that calls for it. The feel of the neck between my Ps and the StingRay are similar, also.
  3. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    Just get a Lakland and be done with it.
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  4. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    Stingray THEN another P. Or a Jazz then another P. Or just buy both right now and save yourself some agony.
  5. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    P Bass!
  6. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    If the P is rare get it first cause sting rays aren't going anywhere. Buy the rare P cause that's always worth it then save up again and get the sting ray.
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  7. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I'd go for the Stingray. The oiled neck feels sweet, the construction is top-notch, and the sound is all-together different than a P. They're both workhorse basses, though, and I don't think anyone would fault you for buying a second P bass, especially if it has the all-important flatwounds and tort pg........

    I was in a similar predicament a little while back. I bought a Stingray and loved it so much that I traded my P and a Jazz bass in on a 2nd 'Ray. After a while, I realized that I missed the P sound and feel, so I traded one of my Stingrays in on a new American P. Now I'm happy again!
  8. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    Stingray, you already have a P.

    Musicman Bongo club #175
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  9. Stingray all the way.
  10. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Stingray, but post a pic of the P bass you own, the P bass you want, and the Stingray you should buy
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  11. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I vote Stingray, but I'm curious..........what's so rare about the P?
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  12. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    If you go with another P-bass you can have one with rounds and one with flats.

    Aside from that I try not to double up on the same kinds of basses.
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  13. thumpastingray


    Oct 23, 2011
    In that case buy a stingray but i ve been there and done that and one precision is the only thing you will ever need.
  14. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Either - buy the SR or buy the Precision, sell your current precision and then buy the SR, no need for two of the same bass for most of us.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Curious what makes this P rare that you are looking into. I would get the Ray though if you think this type of Precision will pop up again. You might sell the other P down the line and fund the P you really want with that cash.
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  16. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    its not "rare" per se, but they don't come up often. the one I'm referring to is the Fender 60th anniversary p-bass
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  17. You MUST buy a Stingray. It will never replace your P Bass, but... that's why I have both. My Stingray is my numerous uno, without question... but nothing sounds like a P.
  18. If you keep on playing long enough you are going to have several basses, I know I do, get the Sting Ray, you won't regret it, and keep the P!
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  19. jd-ns


    Sep 28, 2010
    Nothing wrong with trying out a stingray... before you go back and settle on a P! :p
  20. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm not selling my current P-Bass, that one's staying with me! :p
    It's just between the Fender 60th Anniversary Precision and The Music Man.
    What I'm hoping is the P-bass just goes out of stock so then it's not like I had a choice in the first place haha
    But I feel that if I was supposed to have that P-Bass, it'll come up a little while down the road when I have my MM and the funds... and if it doesn't... I'll find a way to cope :p
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