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Should You Buy A StingRay Bass?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sonojono, Mar 3, 2021.


  1. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Los Angeles/Riverside
    Well... Should you? Considering it’s the most legendary out of the two (Fender Jazz/Precision) to own in your stable. Is it really needed in a bass players recording/gigging arsenal?

    In fact, I don’t recall in my years of recording or gigging for other musicians/recording engineers to have ever told me to pickup a stingray bass for a gig or recording track as that would sound better in a mix than a Jazz/Precision.

    Also, moderators please feel free to move this thread to somewhere that might be suitable for this kind of topic.
     
  2. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    It is if you like what it does.
     
  3. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Nope. I’ve done it too many times and sold them off. I like it when others play them but not myself.
     
  4. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    I don’t really get the premise
    I mean, the instruments history speaks for itself.

    I’ve never been asked to specifically play a stingray, or a jazz, or a Precision either
     
  5. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Should you buy a Reverend Thundergun?
    It's one of the best-kept secrets in the bass world.
    Why do what everyone else does?
    Dare to be different!
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    Last edited: Mar 3, 2021
  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    well, “yes” obviously.
     
  7. Ruknrole

    Ruknrole Professional Amateur Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I don’t know if one should but I’m going to when the new colors start shipping out.
     
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  8. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011
    You could, but the question is which one. The ones I have really liked were pre Ernie Ball :bored:.

    I am pretty happy with my Modulus Flea 5, but it's not my #1. I don't think it's as versatile as a pre EB Stingray, but it gets what I remember as the main Stingray sound. Best bass in my collection IMHO for switching back and forth between slap and finger style. No volume or tone issues whatsoever.
     
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  9. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    This.
     
  10. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    A bass player without a Musicman is like a foot without a big toe.
     
  11. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    Gorgeous JD.
     
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  12. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Los Angeles/Riverside
    I appreciate what it does. Not sure if I like it until I play one. Which this question in itself is the answer :roflmao:
     
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  13. asparaguspee

    asparaguspee

    Sep 10, 2020
    Australia
    The question is: is it right to buy a Stingray Bass?
     
  14. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    If the StingRay appeals to you, you should definitely consider it. Ernie Ball Music Man is one of the best guitar/bass makers in the United States and their build quality is superb. Many people really love the way they sound, others not so much. It’s a great choice.
     
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  15. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    Three basses to cover every hit record in the last sixty years.
    P-Bass (definitely doesn't have to be a Fender to sound right)
    Jazz Bass (doesn't have to a Fender to sound right)
    StingRay (MusicMan and Sterling are pretty much the way to get it done right)
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2021
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  16. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Los Angeles/Riverside
    The holy trinity! As people call it.
     
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  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    You’re in Southern California, in the nation’s second largest metro area and just north of the Ernie Ball factory. You should be able to find a used Stingray or a budget import model at a good price to see if you like what it does.

    Personally, I love Stingrays. They are second only to Jazz Basses for me. Just remember that you have to like what it does or it is the wrong bass for you.
     
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  18. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate

    Oct 18, 2006
    No.
     
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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yes.

    Can’t speak for everyone. But many times when someone buys a Ray and doesn’t like it they don’t play it like a Ray. It’s a punchy, aggressive, hot bass. It’s made for bright rounds. It’s not made to sit back in the mix.
    They’re not for everyone. But honestly neither is a P. Or a J. Or a Ric. Play what you want.
     
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  20. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    Maybe you meant south, as EB is located in San Luis Obispo, which is north of the LA Metro area by about 100 miles.
     
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