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Question about Musicman basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rob_the_bassist, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. Is a sterling more suitable for rock and funk, where a stingray is more suitable for rock?
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    they are equally suitable for the same things really. In a band setting, the differences in tone are negligible.
  3. so the differences are mostly in ergonomics and that tone switch ont he sterling?
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yeah pretty much. You may notice that in a band setting, the sterling cuts through better, because it has more mids. That is really the main difference tone wise.
  5. would a 'ray work for jazz and funk and everything? or would a sterling work best for all genres?
  6. I've heard that they can be very versatile and sound fine in many different genres. From the little bit that I have played the two at a GC, I completely agree.
  7. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH

    you can funk/rock/jazz/metal/country out any bass you want. all that matters is if you like it.
  8. what bass can rock out a jaco tone? :ninja:
  9. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    The Stingray is bigger and has a different neck (Sterling is a jazz type neck). Also, the pickups are different (alnico vs. ceramic) and the Sterling has the 3 way selector switch. Both are great and versatile basses. And don't forget that the SR is available in 2-band and 3-band models and the Sterling is only 3-band.
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Both get a Jaco style tone, but I believe the Sterling would get it better since you can switch on the back coil solo.
  11. It would also depend on which pickup config you got - H / HS / HH as well
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