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Pre/post Ernie Ball MM Stingrays

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrbaloo, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002

    Are there any major differences between a pre and a post Ernie Ball MM Stingray? E.g. tone, feeling, etc. Is it like comparing an old and a new Fender P-bass?

    I have borrowed a pre EB MM Stingray 4 fitted with old flatwounds and "string dampers". I really like the bass :); very good built and it has a great feeling and a nice tone. The only complain is the way that the strings and pickup are set up. The instrument setup is an easy task for me to do (if the owner let me do it) so it is not an issue.
    This particular bass have made me looking for an used MM Stingray.

  2. The newer ones are better made, with a better neck joint and better truss rod access, as well as the option of a 3-band EQ and, more recently, piezos and cool custom colours.

    But the old, pre-EB ones have a very pronounced growl you just can't seem to find on the newer ones, in my experience. And then there was the Sabre... one of the best basses ever! :)

    Russ :bassist:
  3. I heard that EB couldn't get the rights to the old pre-amp so EB has a different one (which could account for the sound difference).

    Overall the differences, while there, are not esspecially huge. From my experience most people have a preference, but neither side is overwhelming in it's support.
  4. mrbaloo


    May 9, 2002
    Ok, thanks. It seems that there are many Stingrays out there in the used-market, specially basses from late '90:s. Perhaps one bass for me too...

  5. Is there anyone who can build a bass with (kind of) the same sound as those pre MM Stingrays? Those things are killing, I'm telling you!! The newer Stingrays don't come even close to the pre MM 'Rays, in terms of sound of course.
  6. I would disagree. The sound in the new stingrays while different, is my preference. Plus you are really getting a subpar product once you hit the 80s for pre-eb.

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