Hey everyone, I have a Stingray 5 that I have owned since May and while I love many of the tones I get with it and it's tonal options, I still am having trouble nailing that characteristic Stingray tone with it (or at least think I am). I feel like I nail the Stingray sound pretty well fingerstyle, but it doesn't seem to shine much when it comes to slapping. It gets a good slap sound, but not necessarily the Stingray-ish slap sound (which I think is the primary reason many of us buy Stingrays to begin with). I'm sticking with Ernie Ball strings as I really like them on this bass, and the solution may be as simple as switching from Stainless Super Slinkies to the lower gauge Extra Slinkies (what Dave LaRue uses on his MM basses). In my opinion just changing string gauge makes a huge difference in tone, although some players may disagree with me. My amp setup is a Genz-Benz XB2 cab (a 2X10) mated to a Genz-Benz GBE400 (which is putting out 330 watts into 4 ohms). The current eq is set so the lows and low mids are slightly boosted, the mid is set flat, the high-mid is slightly cut, and the highs are slightly boosted...and on the bass itself I have the switch set to parallel, bass very slightly boosted, mid set flat, and the highs boosted to about 60-70%. Sorry for the long post, but I tried to be as thorough as I could the first time around to make it easier on you guys. Who knows...maybe I have nailed the tone without even knowing it and I just need to hear the bass in a recording to know for sure. We all know it sounds different to everyone else than it does to us on stage. Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions, either relating to strings or eq settings. I'm not changing my bass or amp setup (although I will get a 4 string Stingray when the funds allow it just to be complete) Sorry that I'm not a sound major! Thanks in advance for your help!