Stingray or Sterling over a Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Aug 27, 2020.

  1. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
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  2. lordradish

    lordradish Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    I'm more of a custom guy, but when I decided to buy a good production bass, the SR was more to my liking (although I cut my teeth on a Jazz). I also think a SR is closer in tone to my main bass, a Wal, than the Jazz.
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  3. stretch80


    Jan 31, 2005
    I really like the Stingray 5, had one for my main player for a few years.
    Would really like check out a two-pickup Stingray.
    And I've never had a Jazz of my own to really play and gig with, so I can't compare. But I seem to like humbucking pickups!
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  4. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    love 'em both.
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  5. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    I have nothing against design of Stingray, Sterling, but j-bass seems to me like a bass king in all ways, there fore there are so many brands compying it. I vote for j-bass.
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  6. BradH

    BradH Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Billings, Mt
    I try to keep only one 5 string on hand.
    I have had 5 string Sterling's before & did really like them.
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  7. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    #1 Precision
    #2 Stingray
    #3 Jazz

    My order of preference. All superb and have their place of course.
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  8. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    How about a J-Ray? I put this together a few years ago. Warmoth, Nordy PUP and a Mojotone 2 JRay1.jpg band 'MM clone'. I't's one of my all time faves
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  9. TideSwing


    Oct 31, 2014
    Las Vegas
    Embrace your collector nature. Not for me but it makes sense for you with the amount of videos and basses you watch/try.
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I just wish it made more sense for my wallet.:smug:
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  11. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    I wish I liked the Ray5. I owned one for a hot minute. Purchased new. It had a dead spot on the low D note of the B string which, for my purposes, made it next to useless. Never cared to try another. Still love their 4Hs though.
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  12. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    I'm the same way. I always start out thinking I only need just the one and a backup and now I'm done. Then shortly after that I realize the cold hard truth, that GAS is no respecter of the checking account... :) And there's no such thing as enough basses :).

    I'm starting to GAS now for a fretted bass, for the first time in probably 20 years. Strangely enough I want a fretted tone sometimes, that I can't quite cop with my FLs. I have a few candidates, and I might even have a look at a Sterling. The only problem is I usually decide that for a little less money I can just get an L2K and the GAS just goes back and forth like that, ad infinitum.... :)

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  13. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    Probably needed a set up and new strings.
  14. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Hey Doc, I have owned a Sting Ray and a Jazz. Both were "out of character" purchases for a "dyed in the wool" P bass man.

    The SR5 ended a run of 25 years with the same Fender Precision bass and was my first 5 string. I learned a lot on that bass. Even so, I knew that with the tone and narrow string spacing it wasn't the bass for me.

    About 4 years ago a Sadowsky Metro Jazz came up at a good price and local to me. I had never owned a Jazz before and, surprisingly, it instantly become my go to bass. I think I'm done changing up. For me the Metro is better than all of the basses I've owned leading up to this point. My second bass is a Mike Lull PJ5, to keep the P bass continuity going, but the Metro is just makes me want to play.
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  15. adk teleman

    adk teleman

    Aug 28, 2011
    Alex Bay NY
    Spector Basses, La Bella Strings
    For a 4 string I’ll always go Jazz! For a 5 string, Sterling! I have both, so I’m a happy guy!
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  16. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I was weaned on Jazz basses, so I do have a soft-spot for them, but they no longer fit with my tastes and playing style. For me, against a StingRay or Sterling there is just no contest.

    Foolishly, a few years ago now, I let a trams-gold Sterling slip through my fingers. It was hands down the best 4-string fretted bass I ever played. I did get a few pictures whilst I was contemplating it...


    Both my StingRay and Ray34 now have ceramic pickups (EBMM Sterling pickup with 3rd coil removed in the Ray34 and Delano MC4-FE in the StingRay) so are much closer to the Sterling in character - open clarity, fast transients, dynamic range and sensitivity.
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  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It is quite good looking!
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  18. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yes it is, indeed! :bassist:
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  19. 4stringfarley

    4stringfarley Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2015
    Cajun Country
    I had a Sterling Ray 34CA a few years back. Sounded ok, but I was never really happy with it. In the studio we noticed that the 1st and second frets on the E string were the same and unable to be corrected. I'm sure mine was just a lemon, but turned me off the rest of the way.
  20. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    I probably could have tolerated it, just about! I'd actually worked out an 'in principal' trade-in deal with the shop, but needed to bring the other instruments in for assessment before they would take a holding deposit. When I came by a week or so later the Sterling was gone...
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