Sting Signature P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Oct 1, 2001.

  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was @ Sam Ash in Carle Place L.I. the other day & I noticed it. I picked it up, plugged her in & it really did nothing for me. Granted, it was made well, frets were dressed nicley, neck fit into pocket tightly, no noticable finish flaws, looked nice, it wasen't a slab body (had countours). Imo, it sounded bad. The E & A string sounded dead (hopefully it was just a bad set of strings) but the D & G sounded nice & bright. It had that HORRIBLE 2 saddle bridge. As soon as you went past the 7th fret, it wasen't in tune any longer. The neck was HUGE!!!! I mean REALLY BIG. I was hoping to like it cause I want an precision in that fashion. Oh well.
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  2. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    hi nino!
    I played one too. "mine" was a little better than yours to my ears. it sounded like a precision but less boomy and a little more bright. I love the shape of that bass, but for the sound i'd go with a fender precision. the bass had a bad pickguard, it was completely full of wawes and left lot of spaces between the white plastic and the body. the salesman said that this is due to the fact the plastic is the same type used on the original p bass which the sting is a reissue. he said that the pickguard on the original p bass had the same problem. it seems that fender released this bass so close to the original even in the bad aspects. mine was well intonated.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes, it seems quite ironic that this is now seen as "desirable" as Fender changed the shape because of the problems that some of the early users had noticed - so the aim of the change was to correct "dead spots" and intonation problems - although they admitted they were never able to completely eliminate these problems!! :rolleyes:
  4. Paul A

    Paul A Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    I'm a BIG P bass fan,
    I picked up one of these in a music shop and tried it out.
    I can honestly say it was the biggest pile of c**p I've ever tried.
    The quality was appaling,ALL the pots were loose,the scratchplate looked like it had been cut by a 4 year old,it sounded awful and the neck was like an aircraft carriers flight deck.
    If I were Sting and I had MY signature on this thing I'd be really Pi**ed off!
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think the small headstock is what caused deadspots and balance problems on the original.
  6. Sammy Camden

    Sammy Camden Guest

    Dec 12, 1999
    Chicago NW 'burbs.
    Well, I tried one and really liked it. So much so that I bought it. I have used it for two gigs now and I'm completely happy with its sound, playability, and quality. All of the musicians, and fellow bassists, that I know anyway, and have had the chance to see and hear it, were all quite impressed with my Sting.

    I have read a number of threads here and there about this bass and this is the first thread that I've come across that was so negative.

    I guess there are good ones and bad ones. And, we all have different opinions. That's what makes this world such an interesting place. To each his own.
  7. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I tried it and rather liked it. It has a unique sound, although the neck is bigger than I'm used to.
    I'm sure it no match for a Sadowsky, though. It's also 5 times cheaper.
  8. Moe Hickey

    Moe Hickey Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Musiciansfriend has a web special for these right now at $449. I'm wavering because the harmonycentral reviews rate this as an awesome bass. Nino, who I admire, hated it. I just wanted to bump this thread back up and see whether I could get any more opinions before I spend the $$. For a little more I can get a used, in good to very good condition 57 reissue. Kind of beat up but plays nice. It's USA made. I'm leaning toward the 57 reissue but wanted to see if there were any more "reviews" forthcoming here. Thanks!
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey Max, I was looking @ Musician's Friend & I didn't see the special. The one I saw was for $594.99. <a href="">CLICK HERE</a>

    If you can get it for $499, I think it's not to bad. Like I said earlier, the bass was built very nicly. I personally didn't like the neck. You could buy a replacement bridge from $20-$50 that would be proporly intonated. & the uneven sounding strings were probably a bad set.
  10. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    I just played a Sting Signature P bass this weekend at a local store. It looked super nice, and the fit and finish were good. The acoustic tone was full and even across all 4 strings.

    However, the intonation was poor, and unfortunately, it was set up extraordinarily poorly so it was hard to play. The tone through and amp was clear and growly.

    I can see myself wanting one of these basses, but it probably wouldn't get that much playing time.

    FWIW, I played a USA Schecter custom single coil P bass - ash body, one piece maple neck, black pickguard. That bass growled for days!

  11. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    There is such a thing as an instrument being too basic. The Sting signature is a case in point. It's as nicely made as such an instrument can be made, but the design itself is flawed.

    As far as the Precision is concerned, Leo got it right the second time around.
  12. count_funkula

    count_funkula Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Greenville, Tx
    On the other hand....

    I picked up a Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) signature P-bass last weekend and it was really nice. I thought it was going to be a poor quality, cheap Fender but it was actually as nice as the American P-basses. In some ways it was a little better because it had Seymour Duncan pickups and a Bad Ass bridge.

    Check it out.
  13. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    I tried a sting bass a while ago and really liked it. The only potential problem I could see would be the bridge, but if I got it I would put a new bridge on and cover it up with the origional style bridge and pickup covers (you can special order these from fender). I found it to be similar to, but better sounding than my MIM p, and I love the whole tele bass style.

    If anyone really like the Tele bass style, I would recomend getting one from warmoth, you can build a killer tele bass for under 700 that, if properly assembled, would probably destroy the sting bass.
  14. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    I'm curious about the Sting P also, especially with that MF sale going. Haven't found one to try out locally yet.

    I think Steve @ the Dudepit has one and seems to be enjoying it. I doubt he's doing much 2-handed tapping above the 12th fret on it, but that's not really what they're for, is it?

    I'd like to hear more from owners/test-drivers.
  15. Agreed, Count. I'd rather have a Steve bass myself.
    I played both basses about six months ago. They're both nice, but, very dissimilar. The Steve bass sounds like a super phat souped up P-bass, which is what it is. The Sting bass is just a reasonably priced '53 Telecaster bass reissue. It has the old two saddle bridge. They tried to make it sound like an old Tele bass, and they came reasonably close. Remember though, they're both limited editions and won't be there forever.

    Mike J.
  16. count_funkula

    count_funkula Guest

    Dec 13, 1999
    Greenville, Tx
    That makes me want to buy a Harris bass while I still can. I don't need one but it would just be cool to have since I grew up listening to Iron Maiden
  17. Moe Hickey

    Moe Hickey Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    I KNOW I was not imagining the price. It was $449 as a web special. I had gone ahead and placed an order in my shopping cart and now my shopping cart is empty, according to musiciansfriend.
  18. I tried one at a local music shop and found the tone to be quite nice, and definitely even across the instrument's range. I liked the wide neck, but the bass was not properly set up, so I'll reserve any judgement in that area...

  19. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001

    I just tried a used one at Geetar Center. I though it looked and sounded great. I thought it had a great bluesy vibe. The other maple fretboard necks on precisions I've tried were like baseball bats. I'd say this neck wasn't much larger than my jazz bass neck. Everyones different I guess.

    Sounds like some of the basses got really beat on. Especially at the guitar superstores. I used to think the Korean Spectors were junk untill I finally played one properly set up and in tune.
  20. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    I also purchased the Sting as I was in a Tele-style rut that just needed to be satisfied. I sold it six months later. The bass was well made, but the string-spacing was just too wide for me. And, the neck was a LOG! I was really put off by the chunky neck and that was why I sold. Well, that and the MM/EB Sterling with bird's-eye neck and matching headstock that I found. If I got another, I would skip the Sting and get the paisly one. No lame signature block on the neck.