Stingray 5--possible alternatives?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Aug 10, 2001.

  1. I want a Stingray 5--I've played a 4-string 'Ray and it was probably the best axe I've touched in my still-young playing career. Ballsy, ballsy, ballsy--oh man.

    The only problem is, I live in an area with a very humid climate (Ithaca, NY) and I'm concerned about the oil-finished neck warping. As such, I'm looking for alternatives--has anyone sat down and done an extensive comparison with the Warwick FNA 5 or any other comparable MM-style bass? Or, will the Stingray 5's neck hold up?
  2. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I don't think you will have a problem with the Stingray 5 neck. Sudden humidity changes are what you should be more worried about than constant humidity.

    Either way, I recommend you check out the G&L L-2500 and L-1505.
  3. petch

    petch Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    I also doubt that you will have any trouble with the Stingray neck. It is a great bass. I prefer and bought instead a Peavey (yes) Millennium 5. Mucho tonal options, 35" scale, strings-thru body, variable mids, great sound and looks. Check one out...
  4. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I live in a VERY humid portion of central Georgia, and I've never had a problem with any oil-finished neck. I think you'd find that even though the MM necks appear to be just oil over wood, there's a good bit of sealer there also. I'd go ahead with the's a great bass.

    Best thing is, you can get one used for under $800 if you shop around.
  5. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    i agree with the posts above, BUT if you are that worried about it get a graphite neck. I think the coolest thing about them is they are not sucsetable to weather changes. You shouldn't have any problems, but if you do you, with the money you save on a used one yoiu could get a graphite neck.
  6. None! :D
  7. Forget the bass!
    Buy a llama instead! They are cheaper, dont care about the weather, and you dont have to change their strings.

    I think when you consider all your options, a llama will be your best bet. Besides, basses smell funny!
  8. Comakazi

    Comakazi Guest

    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    I say go with the Stingray. I've got a fiver and love it. I don't subscribe to the theory that it's a "one trick pony", I've been able to get great tones of different types out of it no prob.
    And, I live in a very humid part of the States (Missouri) and, as of yet, have had no problems with warping.
    MM all the way.
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If your only worry is the climate issue, go w/ a SR-5. It's an awesome bass & all basses are subject to different climate chances/humidity. If you want to check out another great bass, I'm w/EString & I'd go try to check out a G&L L-2500!!!!! AWESOME BASS!!!!!!

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  10. Aight--I'm gonna hit 48th Street some time after I get back to Ithaca and play some Stingray 5s and some G&Ls, and maybe I'll have a new bass...:cool:
  11. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    Check out the Modulus Quantum 5. It has a 35" scale length and a graphite neck that wont warp. Extremely good bass, if I may say so.

    Hey, Flea switched from a stingray to a modulus.
  12. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    yea but flea modulus, IMHO isn't as nice as a stingray.
  13. Pea-NUT

    Pea-NUT Guest

    Jul 1, 2001
    Jerseyville, IL
    Univ. of ithaca, is that where they shot road trip? good movie, sorry i dont have any suggestions about necks of sting5s or fna's.
  14. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    Do you think perhaps the fact that the model he plays is called the "Flea" persuaded him to change?

    I don't know about you, but if any maker wanted to build me bass exactly like I wanted and name it after me, I'd consider switching.

    Tiger Woods plays Titleist irons, but I assure you they aren't the same Titleist irons that you or I would buy off the wall at Sport Mart.

  15. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Road Trip was a horrible movie.
  16. LowfreqB


    Nov 10, 2000
    United States
    An alternitive to the Ray5 would be, a Ray4, there is only one stingray. The flea bass is to treblely for me, and it cost twice as much. :rolleyes:
  17. There's no such thing as Ithaca University--there's Ithaca College, and there's Cornell University. I attend Cornell.

    Anyhow, I was considering buying DarkMazda's Quantum 5, but I'm not sure if the neck would be thick enough for my tastes. I have big palms and stubby fingers.
  18. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    yah, i noticed that the flea bass was a bit too thin-sounding...a stingray 5 is very ballsy...i say go for it!
  19. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    hello... I said QUANTUM 5 not Flea bass. Flea bass is totally different from the Q5. It looks different, sounds different, etc etc etc. I never said Flea bass so why does everyone keep talking about the Flea bass? :rolleyes:

    Quantum 5!! Its a very good bass!
  20. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    here is a review of the Modulus Q5 from BassPlayer Magazine in January '97:


    Modulus Guitars Quantum 5
    Made in U.S.A
    Retail price: $2,999
    Weight: 9 lbs, 4 oz
    Scale length: 35"
    Width @ nut: 1 7/8"
    String spacing @ bridge: 5/8"
    Fingerboard radius: 15"
    Fret size: .102" (W) x .046" (H)
    Strings: Modulus Quantum Basics, nickel, .045" .128"
    Construction: 4
    Electronics: 4
    Playability: 4.5
    Sound: 4.5
    B String: 5
    Value: 4
    BOTTOM LINE: Lots of impact.

    THANKS TO ITS 35"-SCALE GRAPHITE NECK, THE Quantum 5 has world-class definition and clarity. In fact, one tester thought it was like "playing one big string."

    The bolt-on neck is deeply set into a lightweight alder body. (And the bookmatched quilted-maple top looks great.) The neck joint heel is rounded and angled back; four bolts grip the neck tightly, but there was a .014" gap on our tester's bass side. Because the neck is so stiff, no truss rod is required; there's a small amount of relief manufactured into the neck. Phenolic provides a very hard surface for the fingerboard; it's fitted with two-dozen Dunlop 6155 jumbo frets that we found to be well polished and evenly dressed. (Two frets--the 19th and 20th--were a bit higher than the rest, which caused a slight string buzz.)

    Two EMG-40DC pickups provide a bold sound with lots of output and attack. Because they're shielded internally, there's no need for shielding in the control cavity. An 18-volt EMG-BTS preamp (with master volume, blend, and bass and treble controls) provides lots of headroom. The treble control's frequency is adjustable by tweaking two DIP switches on a small board. The cavity is a bit cramped because both batteries reside inside, but Modulus says a separate battery compartment will be used on all '97 models.

    Sonically, the Quantum has one of the most powerful and focused B's around. Its dynamic sound and sustain are very impressive. Rock players especially got off on its ballsy, grinding tone when played with a pick. Not everyone was thrilled with the juiced-up top of the EMGs, though; some preferred the tone with the treble control backed off a hair. (The Quantum is also available with Bartolini or Lane Poor pickups for a few extra bucks.) But just about everyone agreed it's one of the best overall 5's around. Comments: "B stays bright, even down low." "Huge tone, but those EMGs are an acquired taste." "Ultra-modern."