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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stan_da_man, Jun 25, 2008.
Is there a bass that can do this? Audio/video clips welcome too.
Nothing will give you the real growl, tone, mojo other then the real thing. many will give suggestions of a bass that will come close, but it won't quite be the same. So it all depends on how close to a Stingray tone you want to get.
There is some varience in weight with Stingray bodies. maybe you just need to find a lighter one. Or consider a Sterling. Smaller, lighter and all the tone!
I've considered the Sterling but I don't know if I could live with the one MM pickup...the HH Stingray pups feel odd and I want somewhere my thumb can really dig in.
If you don't want to spend Stingray money but wnat the tone with less weight, check out second generation TBCs with chambered bodies, and look at MTD Kingstons with one MM pickup. Both could stand some mods to the electronics, but both will get a Stingray style tone while being much lighter weightwise and on your wallet.
TBC, MTD, How about the Ibanez ATK?
ATKs weigh just as much as Stingrays, but they certainly sound good!
how much does the flea bass weigh?
I'm with you. I've owned two SR's and couldn't handle the weight and lousy playablity. I picked up a lightweight and great playing MTD Kingston. I installed an Aguilar OBP-1 and Basslines MM pickup (also moved the pickup into the exact SR location). I seems to nail the SR vibe but I still need to do a direct comparison between the two.
I'm in the UK so it's hard to get hold of MTD's and TBC's without importing from the States. How about this, a Sadnberg Basic? Has anyone tried/heard one?
Stingrays do vary in weight immensely. A friend bought one a year or so ago that weighs no more than 8, maybe 8.5 lbs. He bought off ebay and didn't get to play it first so he just lucked out (he did the same thing with his Ric 4003).
how much does the bongo weigh?
Well, Dr, then we'll just cut the wings off with a bandsaw, Steinberger style... it's much easier than destroying a Stingray.
My 5-string fretted Bongo HHP:
My Bongo 4 is 8.5 lbs.
My SR4 only weighs 8.2 lbs. I guess I lucked out.
The more I read about TheBassCompany, the more interested I get. Chambered basses for that price? How do they do it? Gotta love those pickguards too.
Fine looking bass that is.
+1, I *love* my MTD Kingston Artist for that MM tone, and it weighs very little.
The new model ATKs are somewhat lighter than the first generation ATKs. Not much but a little bit (don't know the exact numbers but it has to do with the body wood used.) I like my ATK, has the sound I wanted, personal growl.
Ibanez ATK basses sure sound nice, as far as copping the Stingray tone without the weight... I have yet to play an ATK that I would call "light."
I still prefer the real deal when it comes down to it ...
...even though I play a Sterling
edit: as far as the other alternatives (TBC, MTD, Carvin, Lakland), I've found that they do not come as close as the ATK. They could never cop that really nasty slap vibe. They do their own thing, which works for some, but not for me.
Nino Valenti can totally nail that vibe, using a Nordstand MM pickup in exact Music Man location, a light ash body, and a Sadowsky or Aguilar pre.
TBer Mikebass has one of these, and it is KILLER for the MM vibe.... totally authentic sounding, lightweight, slightly wider bridge spacing (this is a good thing... I think 18mm), and unless you go crazy with topwoods, etc., it won't break the bank.
Contact Nino... really!