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Sterling vs. Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ToneFreak11, May 3, 2011.

  1. Sterling

  2. Stingray

  1. Having started a Jazz vs. Precision poll a few months ago, which had lots of success, I decided to do another one. I don't know if this has been done before, but it's a Sterling vs. Stingray poll, certainly basses that need no introduction. These are Ernie Ball Music Man's top basses, being perfect for any kind of music, mostly common in hard rock, post-grunge and funk.
    Personally, I prefer the Sterling. Even prefering the P neck to the Jazz neck, the Sterling neck is pretty smooth and solid, thin as the Jazz neck, if not more. The option of series mode is great, and the preamp is way better than the one on the Stingray. But the main motive of my choice is the use of ceramic magnets on the Sterling. They sound way better than the Stinray's Alnico pickups. Also, it looks way cooler!
    Having voted for the Jazz in the other poll, but then changed my mind, I'm confident that that isn't gonna happen this time. The Sterling is a killer bass.
  2. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    P VS J has been done a million times, and so has this... BUT!!!

    I could see the merit in doing a poll for both again seeing how the Fenders have changed dramatically since 2008 (American Standards ROCK!), and Music Man basses have also arguably changed a lot in the last 5 years.

    The pickup configs have changed and the 5 strings now include the Sterling as well. I personally love Stingray 5's a lot, but since we are talking 4 strings here I'd opt for the Sterling. The Stingray 5 and Sterling 4 used to have the exact same electronics. Both I previously owned and would again in a heartbeat. The Sterling's thinner neck and more variations in tone win every time for me. Which is why I'd pick the Jazz over the Precision also.
  3. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I much prefer Sterlings over Stingrays. If anything else, the neck fits me better, and they seem to more commonly be lighter basses. And they just kick ass.
  4. dbnet03


    Jan 1, 2010
    Sterling for me as well.
  5. For me, it has to be stingrays all the way, but hey if the glove fits...
  6. MingusBass

    MingusBass Commercial User

    Sep 27, 2004
    Fort Wayne,Indiana
    Sweetwater Sound-Sales
    StingRay for me. I prefer the neck, body and sound to any Sterling I've played and I've actually owned two. I still have a 'Ray5.
  7. Which ever one you want to choose. Play, feel and tone are a personal choice. Personally I like a Stingray!
  8. I'm gonna have to go with the ray on this one. I've never found Sterlings to be the sound I'm looking for in a bass, but the stingray has everything I need out of a musical instrument.
  9. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Big Al 5 - it does both.

  10. I'm a stingray man myself
  11. S.B.


    Sep 28, 2007
    Winter Park Florida
    Im a Stingray man, love the sound over any sterling I have played. :hyper:
  12. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    + 1

    Fewer neck and hand cramps for me :bassist:
  13. BassNoobs


    Jan 23, 2009
    Love the feel and tones of the Sterling, took a few mins to adjust to the smaller feel, but instantly loved it. Prefer Stingray 5's over the 4's. Had a 96 Stingray 5 which I sold, so recently purchased a MM Sterling Ray5, made in Indo bass, which I like and will be gigging with it tomorrow night. Set up was great straight out of box. Good cheap 5 string IMO
  14. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Sterlings for me all the way!
  15. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    Sterling. A Sterling with Rotosounds gives you the most growly pi$$ed off bass in the history of bassdom. Every time I break that combo out I get great comments on my tone. In my case I play a Sterling HS and play it in position 4. Deep. Angry. In your face. Yum. Stingrays are great too but they are more grounded and refined. Give me the snarling dog.
  16. I love the stingray and is my goto bass,but I would love to own a sterling now that I've gotten used to jazz necks
  17. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    I voted Sterling due to the neck profile and smaller body.
  18. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Marietta, Ga
    I voted "Yes"
  19. fuzzychaos


    Mar 17, 2008
    I like the Sterling. Smaller body, ceramic pups FTW.
  20. AMp'D.2play

    AMp'D.2play Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    since i just picked up a stingray slo special a little over a week ago, i vote "both".