I have been playing my new Sterling for a week or so now and I am noticing something very different about this bass that I have never had before on a bass. Hmmm.. how can I put this? When I am playing the strings seem to ring out a lot. Its almost as if I have to try and mute every note after I play it because the strings ring out. It gets noisy at times and does not sound very smooth. I dont know if it is has something to do with the maple f. board or not. This is the first maple I have ever had. I really have to be much more attentive to my fingers. The Stingray w/ a rose wood f. board I have played never did this at all. It is becoming a hastle it feels like and I dont know what to do. I hope someone can give me some suggestions or explanation why this may be happeneing.