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Stingray Aesthetics: 4-string vs. 5-string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aRandomAggie, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. aRandomAggie


    Apr 5, 2011
    I'm currently gassing for an EBMM SR5. Love the tone and the feel of the B-string. Problem is, I'm not a huge fan of the extra top body contouring on the horns, large pick guard/lack of chrome control plate that the SR4 has.

    My question is this: has EBMM ever produced a 3-band SR5 with the modern SR4 body contours, oval pick guard and chrome control plate? Basically, I want a 5-string Stingray that looks just like a 4-string.
  2. No AFAIK. Only the US Sub and Classic but both are 2 band.

    The closest you can get is a Sterling 5 - and a very fine bass it is - no control plate though.

    I used to feel the same way as you but I now prefer the standard SR5 body and pg. Sort of differentiates it from the SR4 which is a classic design in itself.

    The darker colours with black pick guard tend to reduce the look of the pg especially black.
  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    That's funny... I really like the look of the five string with that large pickguard, and would like to get a four string that looks like that.

    Different strokes for different folks!
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Well they didn't make a regular version of the 5 that was identical to the SR4.
    But you can get close;
    As mentioned, the Classic has the oval, but is a 2band.
    The Sterling 5 has the normal contours, oval, 3band, but will have the ceramic pickups which is how the SR5 came for nearly 13 years anyway.
    Or the 20th anniv SR5 can be found on the used market. It's a beautiful model with normal contours, 3band, and has no pickguard.
  5. Is there a reason you need the 3-band?
  6. I'm in the same boat-- I wish they would build a Stingray 4-string that shares the body contours and pickguard of the 5-string!

    I don't like control plates unless there is a front-mounted jack. Conversely, I don't like jacks installed in a pickguard-- I'd rather have a control plate in that case.

    I know, I have issues! :help:
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I SOOOO agree!

  8. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    I wish there was a Stingray 5 with, a 35" finished neck with 19mm string spacing, string through the bridge/body, an active passive switch and an unlined, finished ebony fretless board.
  9. b-bottom


    Dec 18, 2006
    Knoxville TN
    If the pickup on the 5 string had the same shaped pickup as the 4 I would probably get one.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I can't stand the look of the 5 string MM stringray, and I don't play 4 string basses ... So I bought 2 clones for less. I put a 3 band preamp in one and a 4 band preamp in the other.


  11. aRandomAggie


    Apr 5, 2011
    Need? No, I could probably get away without it. I've played the Classic 5's at a local shop, and they are amazing basses. My biggest problem with the Classic 5 isn't the preamp; it's the gloss finish on the back of the neck, neck profile, and lack of forearm/tummy contours on the body.

    I'm sure I can learn to love that big pg on the SR5.

    Thanks for all the responses!
  12. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    Sterling 5. You get everything you want except the chrome banana. Personally I could never live without the forearm, tummy and neck heel contours.
  13. sevdog


    Mar 2, 2008
    "Chrome Banana" is going on my list of band names to propose.
  14. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    For my gloss necks, a nice neat tape line and some 0000 steel wool does wonders, just enough to take some of the sheen off.
  15. aRandomAggie


    Apr 5, 2011
    I used to think of it as more of a boomerang, but now I will just see a banana every time I look at it. :D
  16. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner

    Now available from the Adam & Eve mail-order catalog...
  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    On the same page with the Steely Dan.
  18. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
  19. aRandomAggie


    Apr 5, 2011
    Or a lost track from Spinal Tap. :bassist:

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