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Stingray replacement preamp that sounds like the '76 pre

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Arnopol, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    I had a '76 Stingray that sounded to me, better than any Stingray I've ever heard. I thought that I had heard that someone in the UK was making a preamp that sounded like the original. Or maybe someone else?
  2. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    John East? Pricey, but what I've read they sound very good.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Really any MM 2 band preamp will get the sound you're after.
    But the first couple of years of the StingRay had pickups with much longer pole pieces, like 40% longer, and it was also wound to a different resistance spec than the late 78 and later pickups.

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