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Stingray 5 - so many knobs (& switches), so little time!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by snoopyjc, Nov 21, 2003.


  1. So, I got my new MusicMan Stingray 5 (ok - it's new to me), and YES, it's PURPLE, and I'm wondering what to do with that switch and all of those knobs. Can somebody recommend settings for Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Finger-style Funk, Regge, and slap please?

    I did find a diagram on their web site that lists the positions and controls. They are:

    Left: 1+2 Series
    Mid: 1 + phantom
    Right: 1&2 Parallel
    Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass.
    (Pickup "1" is closer to the bridge than "2".)

    Thanks!

    --joe
     
  2. notabob

    notabob

    Sep 20, 2003
    cincinnati ohio
    awesome bass man! you already know what the knobs do, so mess around with it. its up to you man, no one here can tell you where to leave your switches. i dont own a stingray, but i posted a thread like this a while back when i got my newest bass. nothing anyone posted sounded like me. i had to figure it out for myself. it was best that way, i suggest you do the same. it helps you get farmiliar with your new bass.
     
  3. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Personal experience with the SR5 I owned during 6 months : I always put the switch on the right position.

    Basic setting : small substraction of mids, and a little touch of boost on lows. That was my starting point, and I could play almost any style on that base.

    Hope this helps,
    JL
     
  4. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    I had a purple Stingray 5 myself - the Graperay (hi patsy). Really good bass with the piezo option, too.

    Flip that switch all the way back towards the bridge and adjust tone as needed. Never touch switch again. Caveman happy.
     
  5. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    I've got a Ray5 as my main bass except mine is cherry sunburst. The settings i usually use for right about anything are: either the middle position for the switch or the towards the bridge. EQ: i generally boost a tad bit of bass but not much as for the rest it's usually flat. The one thing about my ray5 that i'm not entirely sure of is if when the switch is in the neck position there's a significant cut in volume to the point that i have to adjust amp volume to compensate. That's all
     
  6. Lewk

    Lewk

    Oct 19, 2003
    I just saw one of these on tv (ronan keating was doing a live performance for children in need) and it was sexy as hell.

    i played on a stingray 4 earlier on and i was in love with the tone.

    How long does it take to get used to 5 strings? i've only ever dabbled on cheap ones in the past for a few minutes at a time and it was uncomfortable, but will it become natural over time?

    also, is the switch on the stingray 5 similar to that on a sterling?

    the reason i'm considering going 5 strings is because i'm moving into playing very poppy music (britney, pink, etc. etc.) and sometimes they use lower notes than on a 4 string (this current song i'm on uses an Eb) so the versatility would be good, cos it just don't sound right the on the octave.
     
  7. notabob

    notabob

    Sep 20, 2003
    cincinnati ohio
    lewk? how sexy do you portray hell to be?
     
  8. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    The switch changes the tap on the two coils in the pup. The position toward the neck is series. The middle position is single coil. The position toward the bridge is parallel. (If I remember correctly)

    In musical use, I found that the series position gave great projection playing with a pick, the middle position for old school fingerstyle clank, and the parallel position for thump and pop. Not too hard to remember after about a half hour - you'll get the hang of it. The single coil position in the middle gets a fair approximation of both P and J sounds by moving the phase knob - almost like panning a 2 pup instrument. The phase knob is next to the volume knob. In fact I found the tones to be quite versatile contrary to a lot of posts. my 2c. Hope that helps.
     
  9. Lewk

    Lewk

    Oct 19, 2003
    That all depends on the time of day and the mood i'm in.
     
  10. si_mon13

    si_mon13

    Sep 1, 2003
    denmark
    sorry i think this is one of the ugliest sr5s ive seen in a long time, just beaten by a yellow one (yuck).
     
  11. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    I don't like it much either (in fact I don't like SR5's with white pickguards), but the most important is that snoopyjc likes it.
     
  12. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane what goes here?

    Feb 23, 2003
    Denton, Texas
    You may not like my settings, but you can try them anyway.

    Switch in the middle
    Volume full up
    next knob full up
    next one in the "dente" (centered) position
    last one full up

    Mine is a fretless, so that will probably make a difference. Sometimes I move the switch to the neck position for ballads.

    Your sound is in there somewhere.

    :)
     
  13. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    "sorry i think this is one of the ugliest sr5s ive seen in a long time, just beaten by a yellow one (yuck)."

    I hope the owner of this bass takes your advice to heart and immediately gets rid of this thing! And that in the future he will check with you before making any questionable purchases.

    Hey, by the way, yellow SR5?

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    But I knew you'd think it was ugly so I burned it.

    Seriously, nice looking purple SR5 you got there. Had one of those too - a "Graperay".
     
  14. Boozy

    Boozy

    Apr 29, 2002
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    snoopyjc, ignore these fools, your bass IS sexy.

    j/k, they aren't "fools" some people just take things too seriously.
     
  15. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    So having a different opinion than yours is being a fool ?
     
  16. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    No, but there's no need to tell the man the bass he is proud of is ugly is there?

    Enjoy your $50 chinese "Legend" Fender copy, and let others be happy with their own as well.
     
  17. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    First, I never said his bass was ugly. The only thing I said is that I did not like it much.

    Second, I scommed nobody, neither you or nobody else. So don't scom me.

    BTW, I have no $50 chinese "Legend" Fender copy.

    And if you ever plan to give an advice to snoopyjc (that's the reason why he opened this thread), please let us know.
     
  18. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    First, I wasn't speaking to you, this isn't the first time I have noticed this particular poster "scom" someones gear. I bit my tongue the first time....

    Secondly, since you asked....I didn't give the EQ settings I prefer, since it has already been covered by someone else, but since you insist....

    Switch in the bridge position, EQ set flat with a slight boost on the lows, and depending on the room, either a slight boost, or cut on the high end.
     
  19. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    OK. But when replying you were quoting me.

    Nevermind.
     
  20. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Sorry for the confusion, I was responding to his comments in reference to the question you posted.