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Stingray H vs. Sterling H

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jasper383, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Stingray H

    63 vote(s)
  2. Sterling H

    42 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    26 vote(s)
  1. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Which one, and why?
  2. contakt321


    Jul 31, 2006
    New York, NY
    stingrays necks too big for me
  3. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Sterlings are for girls. Just ask Figjam.
  4. Soma666


    Aug 27, 2006
    i like rays better
  5. I like both.
  6. TMJ


    Aug 24, 2007
    Sting Rays.
  7. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I like the punch of the Stingray better.
  8. Feast


    May 12, 2007
    I thought the shape of the sterlings neck was very awkward feeling

    I say ray
  9. I just bought a sterling today. The smaller body is comfortable for me because I'm not a big dude. I also like the neck; the Stingray neck is too fat for me.
  10. Evo 911

    Evo 911

    May 18, 2007
    I havent played either, but been GASsing for a while on a Music Man. So far my research has concluded that Sting Rays have more punch yet tend to be more laid back, while Sterlings are a bit more aggressive & a tiny bit more versatile. Can cut thru the mix really well. Also have smaller body, so that might help too. But they only come in 4 string model (yet).

    I'd get the Sterling H given the choice. Liked the samples too.
  11. the_fooj


    Feb 15, 2007
    Chevy Chase, MD
    The Sterling neck is just to small and narrow for my liking. Plus I prefer the Stingray pickups a tiny bit more, but I can't tell that much of a difference.
  12. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Prefer the ray. They should've just offered it with a thin neck option like they did in the 70's.
  13. Sparkdog

    Sparkdog Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    Tried a bunch of MM's before I bought mine. Stingrays sounded great, Sterling sounded even better.

    The ray has a kind of mid-centered tone that sounds slightly "hollow" like a P-bass. You can shape it with the onboard EQ of course, but that was the basic sound.

    I ended up with a Sterling HS. It has more bottom, more high end, and way more variety of tones than the Stingray. Also, as a previous poster pointed out, tone is definitely more aggressive, and to my ears, punchier too.

    The neck is great, but I actually prefer the wider fretboard of the ray, unfortunately you can't swap them like you can on Fenders.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Stingray too, and will probably end up getting one. To me these basses are very much like the Fender Precision (Stingray) and Jazz (Sterling)...they have a lot in common, but also distinctly different personalities.

    I love my HS because it can do tight punchy finger funk, nasty slap, or hard edged pickstyle rock by just flipping the coil switch...all of which I use in the course of gigging.

    And it sounds freakin' AWESOME for all of them.

    You hang this thing around a girl's neck and she's likely to grow a set of turtle eggs :)
  14. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Stingray. I love my SR5. Love everything about it, the tone, looks, and playability.
  15. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
  16. phatduckk


    May 24, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    the sterlings more aggressive sounding. between that and the downsized body and the neck its my fav.

    my opinion FWIW is that this decision hinges upon which neck you prefer
  17. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    I vote Sterling; the necks are awesome and the tone is delicious! :)
  18. ishouldbeking


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hollywood, CA
    Endorsing: SIT, Eastwood, Hanson
    nice fat neck on the ray + more chrome = mo' betta.

    although the phantom coil option of the sterling does sound tempting... I'll just wait and shell out for a stingray hh though.
  19. I like the 'Ray neck, and the Sterling electronics.
    I bought an SR5/HH.
  20. gjooro


    Mar 27, 2006
    I played both.. Sterling has better neck and an extra fret.
    Ray has fatter neck which I don't like but the overall feel and tone are better and I like bigger body. so I voted ray..

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