Stingray vs Sabre???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jock, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Ive found a nice oly white pre EB sabre. Not played it yet though.
    How would you describe it´s sound compared to a stingray?
    Compared to a P-bass?
    What does the controls do?
    Whats a fair price?
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Sound: depends on pickups. Earliest Sabres used the same exposed pole pickups as the Stingray but the bridge pickup is a bit closer to the bridge. So with the bridge pickup only these sound VERY CLOSE to a StingRay (how close is up to your ears). The second pickup of course gives a range of tones no StingRay can deliver. Later Sabres (the few EB made ones?) used completely different pickups without exposed poles, I have never seen/heard one in the flesh.

    Compared to P-bass: neck pickup only is similar to a wide open P-bass but somewhat more aggressive. Using the EQ of course gives wider range of tones no passive P bass can deliver...but lack of passive treble cut means you can't really get the sound of a P-bass with the tone rolled off.

    Controls: volume and EQ same as StingRay; the toggles allow you to select the pickup combinations.

    Price: 10-30% less than a StingRay of same vintage.
  3. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Really nice description. Thanks. :)
  4. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Maybe you shoukd listen to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, where Louis Johnson used a Sabre on the tracks that needed bas guitar (I've seen pictures of him during the recording of "Thriller" and he's always seen using a Sabre)