I now they are completely different beasts. But i´m looking for a new bass. don´t have much money so the bass that i get has to be able do pretty much all. I play all kind of music, i have just played 4 string and am going to get 5 string. I have tried the roscoe beck for one gig and i found very easy play, very easy to go from 4 to 5 str.. but then i saw this stingray 5, but haven´t been able to try it out,, So how do they compare? they are both used and the stingray is nearly twice as expensive. I really liked all the sound options on the roscoe beck and now that the str isn´t going get all those sounds. but how do they compare quality wise? wich has better slaptone? the stingray has maple fingerboard.... I hope u can help me a little out..