Stingray tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by full_bleed, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    In your opinion what MM copy comes closest to that Stingray tone? It doesn't have to look like it, just sound like it. My problem is that I love the way they sound but I HATE the way they feel. More specifically I would like something in a 5 string.
  2. Ibanez ATK305 - sounds close in Attack position (switch), but to my ears (and IMO) more "organic" - I like them both, but chose the ATK over the SR5.

  3. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    LOL I actually own an ATK305. While it does have the treble bite it still seems like it's lacking that low end growl and beefy tone.
  4. I've been on the same quest. I ended up getting a MTD Kingston 5 and installing a Basslines pickup (from a Lakland) and an Aguilar OBP-1 preamp. I also had to move the pickup location about 5/8" into the StingRay position. I haven't played it out with the band much yet (my Sadowsky get's all the play time) but it sure seems to nail the SR tone and the playabilty is outstanding.
  5. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I would have said ATK also.

    If you want to spend a little more, and want a totally different feel, get a used Warwick FNA. That's a great *almost* Ray sound with that Warwick growly bottom.
  6. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    I was going to say the ATK also.

    I own an OLP copy. It sounded kind of like a muddy StingRay with a lot less high and high mid definition. Then I installed the Duncan preamp and the Duncan alinico MM pickup and now it sounds A LOT like a StingRay. BTW I also own a StingRay, so I have A/B 'ed them. Even with the upgraded preamp and pickup, the OLP still lacks a little of low-mid projection of a real StingRay, but it's very close IMHO. Another BTW - my OLP is the clear-finished elm, not the solid-color basswood.
  7. That is hilarious! ;)

    I find no shortage of low end growl/beef on mine - if anything the SR5s I've played have more HIGHS than the ATK - just proof that YMMV.

    Good luck in the quest!

  8. lomky


    Jan 19, 2006
    How about a MM Sterling 5?
  9. i know what you mean about the growl issue.....

    if youve played an olp mm, and didnt like the way it played as well, maybe this isnt what youre looking for but what i did is got the duncan smb-4d replacement pickup and it was growl city! almost too much, to the point where i plug into my -15db port to prevent clipping. my point i guess is this, if you find a bass that you like that could take a mm-style pickup, maybe consider getting that pickup for it, even passive its got a mean growl! maybe like an ibanez srx or something along those lines. i played an ibanez srx700 recently and it played and sounded great, if i had another 300 bones to blow i might have gotten it as well. stock, though, it didnt really have the growl youre talking about.
  10. Ibanez ATK
  11. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005

    ( doh,,, just saw you were talking about 5ers )
  12. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    WOW ATK seems to be a very popular choice. Well since I have one already and I dont seem to be getting that tone out of it perhaps it's due to my string choice. Which set of strings would you suggest for the ATK?

    Keep the other suggestions coming if ya got'em
  13. The new ATKs come with Elixers, which IMO do not sound good - as soon as I put some D'Addarios on, the bass sounded a lot better, ESPECIALLY the low B (it sounded muffled with the stock new Elixers). YMMV

  14. I think there is something wrong there.

    Side by Side comparison of my ATK and Stingrays, the Stingrays have a bit more treble zing, and the ATKs have more meat in the low-mids.

    The ATKs sound deeper but less detailed.
  15. stoo


    Nov 10, 2003
    The newer active OLPs sound awesome straight out of the box.

    I found the neck pickup got in the way a bit when I first got it too. I was considering moving it closer to the bridge or removing it altogether, and while trying to decide I just lowered the pickup as low as it would go, until it was almost flush with the pickguard. It was quite cool playing around with having a big level drop between pickups, but then after a while I decided to raise the pickup to normal height again to see if I could get on with it.... and it just doesn't seem to be a problem anymore no matter how hard I'm digging in - I guess I've just subconsciously adjusted my technique to work around it. Whatever it is I do now, it can't be that hard cos otherwise I'd have surely needed to work at it lots :confused::p:bassist:
  16. While its not a 5, Sunday I tried out a new OLP Double buck(Comes with active preamp.) I was very surprised(WOW!! was my actual response) They have come a long way recently, and curbed my desire for a Musicman. I now want a new OLP.
  17. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    I suppose my experience would make sense then since Elixir's tend to be fairly bright sounding. What strings are you using on your ATK?

    I love Elixirs on my BTB55 BTW. My hands build up oils very quickly when I play and Elixers are the only strings that I've found thus far that I didn't need to replace my strings after 2 weeks of playing. And yes I wash my hands regularly...
  18. What is that?
  19. full_bleed


    May 27, 2005
    mtd... I think
  20. That's no MTD. Also, the pickup is much too far back on that bass to nail a StingRay tone.