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Sterling or Stingray 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tmu, Feb 10, 2005.


  1. tmu

    tmu

    Mar 14, 2004
    What do you think? I am between the two. I play in an artrock band, and don't know if I want to move to 5 strings...
     
  2. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Similar electronics. Different body shape, different neck feel, and of course, different number of strings.

    You'll have to try both to see what fits you best. They are both very good instruments.
     
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    What is artrock?

    Impressionist soloing? Gothic grooving? :D


    Seriously, what is it? :D
     
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Depends if you want 4 or 5 strings. They will sound very similiar. I have a sterling myself.
     
  7. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    Bongo
     
  8. tmu

    tmu

    Mar 14, 2004
  9. We were taking bets on how long it woul before a Bongo was brought into the discussion :D. You can't go wrong with any Music Man bass. So I agree it's really a question of 4 or 5 string. I tend to use a 4 with a D-tuner where ever possible due to weight, ease of use, and in my option a little tighter tone (4's speak different from 5's). But I bring my 5 for the 3 songs a night that need that 5 string note selection or voice.
     
  10. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    And it wasn't even me. Shocking.

    Sterling or Stingray5 - how many strings do you want?
     
  11. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    You play a 4 string, get the Sterling, you want a 5 string, get the Stingray 5. Pretty simple.
     
  12. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    Or a Bongo 4

    Or a Bongo 5

    Oh Nooooo... :)
     
  13. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
  14. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    But he is not asking about Bongos. Only Sterling and Stingray 5.

    ~Patrick
     
  15. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    I know. But they're on my mind.

    To use my stock answer, I'd go and play both of them and see which one spoke to me more. My gut feeling would be that I'd buy a Sterling if those were the two choices I was faced with. Last time I bought a bass, a Stingray 5 came out fourth favourite, a Sterling came third, a Lakland Bob Glaub second and a Stingray 4 went home with me.
     
  16. tkarter

    tkarter

    Jan 1, 2003
    kansas
    I am pretty much hooked on 5 strings since getting my SR 5. It plays any kind of music I can play well. If you want a 5 string Bongo or SR 5 are the obvious choices and you wouldn't be going wrong with either.

    IMHO


    tk
     
  17. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
  18. Söderberg

    Söderberg

    Sep 30, 2004
    Sweden
    Hmm, are you searching for a 4 or a 5-string bass? Because the Stingray comes in both 4 and 5-string versions BUT the Sterling only comes as a 4-string version. The Stingray 5 is more like a 5-stringed Sterling than a 5-stringed Stingray though... :rolleyes: