I know this is an ancient question (at least by bass guitar standards,) but who prefers a Stingray or Sterling over a Jazz Bass? I have always loved Stingray style basses, but I could honestly see me with my Sterling as my number one four string, or even my only fretted four. It has a slim Jazz style neck, and I love the downsized body and fairly light weight too. Most of all I like the tone. It can be sharper as a scalpel, but I can get a decent amount of bottom too. I always felt Stingray 5’s were great basses if you can deal with closer string spacing (it never bothered me,) but now I love this four much more than I ever thought I would.