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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Aug 27, 2020.
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.
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!
love 'em both.
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.
I try to keep only one 5 string on hand.
I have had 5 string Sterling's before & did really like them.
My order of preference. All superb and have their place of course.
How about a J-Ray? I put this together a few years ago. Warmoth, Nordy PUP and a Mojotone 2
band 'MM clone'. I't's one of my all time faves
Embrace your collector nature. Not for me but it makes sense for you with the amount of videos and basses you watch/try.
I just wish it made more sense for my wallet.
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.
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....
Probably needed a set up and new strings.
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.
For a 4 string I’ll always go Jazz! For a 5 string, Sterling! I have both, so I’m a happy guy!
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.
It is quite good looking!
Yes it is, indeed!
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.
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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