Sell the Stingray 5?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funkateer86, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. funkateer86


    Aug 21, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    so i've been presented with this crazy good offer on an all-original '77 p-bass. dude wants $800 (negotiable) for it, says he needs the money. i bought a brand new stingray 5 a few months ago 'cause its what i was into at the time. but now i kinda feel like i should just go back to where i started, on a p-bass. its where i always seem the most comfortable, anyway. i also feel like if i pass on this deal, it may never come my way again.
    my problem is, this means i'll have to sell the stingray to get the p-bass, is it worth it? opinions? :confused:
  2. Drucocu


    Jan 24, 2007
    buy the P and keep the MM
  3. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Whatever feels better IMO. Nothing beats a bass that feels good.

    But most important to you may be that tone you want. P or MM? tough call.

    and you may miss the B string. I play a lot of rock, punk, new wave, Funk and R&B which all do so much better with a B string. That may be the deal breaker for you it may not.
  4. 1+
  5. jIvan


    Mar 25, 2006
    Vancouver, BC

    they both do provide different sounds, yet it is quite impossible to pass up a vinatage instrument that is priced quite decently..hard call
  6. RSmith

    RSmith Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2003
    Springfield, Missouri
    I love my SR5 but if I was itchin' for a P and had an opportunity to buy low and possibly double my money if I ever sold it I would consider that Gods will for my life :D!
  7. Try and keep both

    Both very different sounding basses
  8. Mr_Dave


    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    +1 on dat
  9. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I had a 77 P bass that I sold for less than that, that was a total nightmare. Neck issues that made it practiaclly unplayable. I say don't do it unless you play it first. If you have, and you love it, and P basses are for you - then it's a no brainer. I however wouldn't even consider doing that.
  10. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    nice advices - keep the MM and buy P - but man said he needs to sell MM in order to buy P. I would say do it! '77 P is worth more in every way. you will sell it for more money later (if need to) and you can buy another MM and still have change. especially if you say that P is "your" bass. why asking in a first place? go for your P.
  11. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Definitely play the P first. Fender produced lemons all throughout it's history, like any major manufacturer. You'd be trading a known good bass for an unknown.
  12. GaryLC


    Apr 6, 2006
    Scotia, NY
    YES!! You can always buy another Stingray, but that's too good a deal on the P-bass. Or let me have the guy's number, and I'll buy the P-bass! :D:D
  13. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
  14. bluestarbass

    bluestarbass Guest

    Jul 31, 2007
    DO NOT BUY SIGHT UNSEEN!!! 70s era fenders were the worst era IMO. Ive seen some that were as flawless and amazing as they come. Ive seen some you could put a pencil into the neck pocket. Its funny 10 years ago everyone would say post CBS dont even think about it. Now these 70s basses are becomming collectable. As far as fit and finish, im almost postive the musicmans gonna win. Id only do it if it was a great playing bass with no baggage. If its not 100% id say hold on to the stingray.
  15. LKdubby

    LKdubby Guest

    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I want a Stingray 5... How much? :)
  16. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    No, no and more no. DO NOT SELL the Stingray 5. It can handle about 100 more situations than the P-bass can. The P-bass is basically a one-trick pony. Sure, it's one trick is applicable to a lot of situations, but it can't hold a pick to the SR5.
  17. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    One more vote for "don't sell the Stingray", at least until you've had both of them for a while and get really familiar with their similarities and differences.
  18. casualmadness

    casualmadness Man About Town

    Dec 15, 2005
    That's like...your opinion man. I wouldn't trade my SR5 for a 70's P. NOw a J...that's another story...
  19. funkateer86


    Aug 21, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    yeah, i'm definately not gonna buy it until after i've played it, for sure. i've played some pretty nasty 70's fenders (also some great ones). I would love to keep both if i could, i'm afraid that it just isn't in the best interest of my financial situation at the moment (college feller) :crying:
    thanx for all the advice so far, though!
  20. lovemybasses

    lovemybasses Guest

    Mar 4, 2007
    maybe i rushed with that statement... different bases, it's well worth having both. but if one can't afford both and feels at home with P....