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Stingray 5!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michael Yetton, Oct 17, 2002.


  1. Michael Yetton

    Michael Yetton

    Dec 11, 2000
    Essex, UK
    Around new year I'll be getting a Musicman StingRay 5! The idea of having the piezo bridge included is tempting... but one question! why is the piezo bridge pickup there and what are its tonal characteristics? (thats 2 questions, but hey!!!)
    Thanks!
    -Mike
     
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Are you getting a fretted or fretless?
     
  3. Michael Yetton

    Michael Yetton

    Dec 11, 2000
    Essex, UK
    fretted! the slap tone on a Ray is killer! i aint sacrificing it yet!
     
  4. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I love the tone that I got from a Sterling fretles with the piezo, but Im not sure how it would benifit the sound for a fretted.

    Versatility and extra options are never bad.

    Peace
    Nick
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    On a fretless, a piezo can add a certain 'woody', 'acoustic' quality that is hard to get from magnetics.

    On a fretted, unless you have exemplary technique, it can add a lot of finger, string and fret noise.

    JMHO
     
  6. Michael Yetton

    Michael Yetton

    Dec 11, 2000
    Essex, UK
    so in conclusion, i should save money and not get the piezo option?
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    If it were me, I would not pay extra for the piezo on a fretted.
     
  8. I would say go for the piezo. I've heard that it does sound good, even with frets. I've played an Ibanez EDA900, and the piezos sound awesome in that. If you don't like it, you can always turn them down. It'll probably increase the resale value, too.