question about musicman stingrays

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by parklife101, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. parklife101


    Jun 5, 2008
    I made a thread a while back about a good bass that would be good for funk, but you can play other stuff on it. People brought up the stingray.

    A few questions:
    ONE: is the stingray a jazz or a p bass?

    TWO: Is it easier/adjustable to slap and pop on a five string bass? or should I stick to 4

    THREE: can I use a musicman for other types of music, or is it more for exclusive funk/slap and pop players.
  2. 1. The Stingray isn't a Jazz OR a Precision bass. It's it's own animal. Very distinct tone. A bit hi-fi sounding with pronounced mids. But you can roll those back with the tone controls.
    2. IMO, You can slap and pop on both 4 and 5 strings the same.
    3. Yes, you can use a Musicman for any kind of music. They're pretty versatile.
  3. BigNoise


    Nov 19, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    A stingray is a stingray, jazz and p as far as styles are just that, jazz pickups and p pickups the stingray is in a class of it's own. I would say that if you plan on eventually playing a 5 then I would go for it now to make the transition easier. And yes, you can absolutly use the ray for almost any style!
  4. BigNoise


    Nov 19, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    you beat me moon!
  5. BigNoise


    Nov 19, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    and I still want that spector!
  6. 2: IMO it's harder. I say only get the 5 if you know you'll need the 5th string. Keep in mind a 5 will have a wider neck and usually closer string spacing, which can make slap harder.
  7. I find the Stingray 5 harder to slap on due to the significantly narrower string spacing compared to the Stingray 4 I had.

    I ended up purchasing a 55-02 so i had a 5er I was comfortable slapping on. My Jazz 4 string is my clear first choice for slapping on these days.
  8. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    The stingray is a great bass for many things. I'm a slapper, but have never liked the spacing on a 5 string. The 4 is the funk machine IMHO. The stingray cuts thru a mix like nothing else.
  9. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I have one... superb basses... it's still a Fender IMO...

  10. hiredoutlaw


    Jun 20, 2008
    Saw this one kid playing one to Hysteria and then to Boston's More Than a Feeling and both sounded fantastic.
  11. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    As others have stated, a Stingray is it's own animal, though it was initially described as the next step in the evolution of the P bass. 'Rays can be used for just about anything, though IMO they are not as versatile as a passive bass like the J or even a P for that matter, due to their active electronics. I find them to have basically one definable tone with little variation when adjusting your picking position/attack, i.e whether you're plucking up near the neck or back near the bridge, the tone is fairly even and consistent, which can be a great thing but also less responsive to playing style.

    Still, a classic bass with a uniquely definable tone.
  12. Senor SQUID

    Senor SQUID Guest

    Jan 11, 2004
    The HH Stingray is another step in the evolution as far as I am concerned. What a monster!!!
  13. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I use my 'ray for funk and hard rock and it works well for both. It cuts better than any other bass I have used, and the playability is bar none imo. The neck just feels soooo nice.