Got some PM about a Music Man Sterling I bought a while ago and we thought some other folks might be interested in the discussion. te: Originally Posted by bino Jonathan, How have you been. I was wondering if you could give me some impressions about the Sterling. I remember you bought that blue one and had been wanting one for some time. BTW, do you still have it? I've just been thinking of getting a Stingray and thought I should consider the Sterling as well. I know they have slimmer, jazz-style necks but that's about the extent of my knowledge. Is it true that they are a bit tamer than a stingray? There not too much like a jazz are they? I find I dig the sound of SR5's more than the 4's but didn't know if the pickup/preamp had something to do with that. Thanks Jason Originally Posted by blipndub Heya Jason, I still have the 93' Sterling and it has become my main bass. I really dig the way it sounds for all kinds of music, my rock band, and a little jazz duo/trio. I've had great luck slapping and playing really hard as well as quiet-like with my thumb for jazz (which was a technique I hadn't really even tried until the Sterling) The Sterling is a fairly mighty little guitar and you do have to tame it a bit or it will get away from you, meaning the mids can just grind really heavily if you're not careful. On my GK 1001 I have all eq flat and just a little contour rounding which highlights the complexity of the Sterling sound. I'm an active eq convert and I never thought I would be. This thing sounds great and you have SO much control over the sound. I've stripped out all pedals and all that other crap so I can just let the good tones flow through my rig. I use a lot of volume control because it is so sensitive. I like the coil selection switch, which I don't think the SR offer- the versatility is excellent - think Tony Levin to country in a flip. It is not like a jazz bass, it doesn't sound like one, nor play like one. I like jazz basses and have several, and although they each have their own "thing" that thing ain't what the MM has. I will keep Jazzes around of course for the sound that they can only make - a more traditional tone, or the Jaco-y bridge pickup sound. The neck is similar to a jazz neck, which i like, i have smaller hands, the weight is awsome, perfect, probably about 7 pounds. Having one bridge position pickup is the big diff between the MM and a jazz I think, the fullness of the sound is consistent unlike a jazz where you''re rolling of the neck to tighten up the sound, back and forth. There's none of that business, very efficient. The only thing I would change is a passive/active mode. Somestimes the active elects are so hot it's hard to record, but besides that I'm loving it. I wish I could provide more comparisons to the SR (as in I wish i had a fiver! ) but I chose the Sterling because of the neck profile, the coil selector switch and the overall size of the guitar and, holy smokes she's just a knockout - so sexy. I'm totally in love. Hope this helps you, let me know what you do. I would like to know if the SR5 sounds similar or what the deal is with those. Do you mind if I post this Q&A on the forum? There always seems to be interest in the whole SR Sterling thing.