Someone explain this...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MoeTown1986, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. I Bought a SBMM Ray 35 about a year ago and fell in love with it. It was my main gigging bass, tuned standard, along with a MIM Fender P tuned flat.

    My lady recently bought me a real Stingray 5. You could call it my dream bass. Now it is my main bass, tuned standard along with my Ray 35, now tuned flat.

    Both basses were set up by one of PRS's luthiers to be identical, aside from tuning. I run DR Fat Beam mediums on both.

    Someone explain why, IMHO, my Ray 35 sounds and feels better than my Stingray 5?!?!? I want that to be the other way around!
  2. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Well, some people think Budweiser tastes better than, say, Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale.....

    Apparently, this Bud's for you!

  3. Hahah thanks man. It all makes sense now!
  4. IDK man, but I have a MIM jazz 4 that I just upgraded the bridge to a Badass... I would live in a box before I would part with that bass. I think its just the time in your hands, and you're more used to that bass... Money spent doesn't mean a better instrument, its all about the mojo, or soul, of the bass :)
  5. Nick Dilley

    Nick Dilley Guest

    Mar 25, 2012
    Yeah, it sounds better because your ears like it better! Nothing to be ashamed of! Go with what you like, and use your 5 whenever your girl is watching! :)
  6. I think that may be it. The Ray 35 and I have done over 100, three set gigs together. She just feels so good in my hands!
  7. I like how you think! And it'll work until I get tagged in a ton of photos from the weekends gigs, most holding the Ray 35
  8. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    If you can't determine what it is about the feel that's different it's going to be hard to do anything about it.

    All my basses are tuned down a half step, sometimes when I seriously try a bass in a store I'll drop the tuning(knowing full well that the intonation/set-up won't be maximized whatsoever) and find that some strings don't handle the slack that well. If it's a string tension thing than you might try some higher tension strings next time you change.

    Also, I like a good Budweiser on tap every once in a while on a hot day:)
  9. MIDIval


    Dec 10, 2011
    Different tuning = different string tension = ease of playing (or lack of)
  10. fishdreams


    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing: Martin Keith Guitars
    Well IME any new bass takes quite a while to get comfortable with to the point that it fits like an old shoe and feels like it speaks my language, whatever that is. I got a 2nd hand Overwater 2 1/2 months ago, a very good bass by all means, sounded fantastic and like nothing else i've ever owned when I tried it in the store. Only now, 2 1/2 months later after playing it every day exclusively does it start to feel and sound like an extension of myself.

    The 5 might still be that dream bass - give it some time
  11. majortoby

    majortoby Guest

    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    I'm with Jen. My MIM Jazz 4 just agrees with my hands more than any other bass I've played, and I would have no qualms playing it in front of 20,000,000 people. It allows me to sound like me just the way I want to. IMHO, it's the intangible elements in your relationship with an instrument that take priority over all else.
  12. Sometimes, that's just the way it is...

    A while back, I went out to buy an American Fender Jazz. Played a bunch of Jazzes in the shop, then came home with a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz. Sometimes you just bond with an instrument, regardless of the name on the headstock.
  13. That's a good point, maybe I need lighter gauge strings on the stingray to feel the same as the ray.
  14. Very good point!
  15. I think that's how I feel about the Ray 35
  16. I wonder how many people have picked a squire over a MIA? I have a squire tele and I swear it plays better than my buddies MIM tele.
  17. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    Theres been several basses whose lower price but better pups and electronics for me have got me to get them over more expensive models. This goes for my Jackson JS3 over the more expensive elliefson sig model version. Same for Ibanez when I loked at SR's. I liked the sound of the sr300 better then the 500 of the time.
  18. That's so crazy! I figured a EBMM would have higher quality electronics, pickups and wood than a SBMM, and would sound better.
  19. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Give the 5 some time! It's not going to feel as good because you're simply not used to it. I believe the only difference is the EBMM necks are treated.
  20. SantiagoGT15


    Jun 22, 2010
    Praise & Worship Group Leader/Director
    Hey man just so you know... you're not alone, I'm actually in (sorta) the same spot, I'm looking for a bass, but no bass can compare to my Ray34, even the real Rays wont work for me, the only ones I actually liked were the classic rays but still.... nothing feels like home

    and as mentioned before, it's all about the special conection you make with your bass, I will NEVER let go of my bass(es), they are a part of me, as much as I'm part of them ;)