Stingray woods

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rayzak, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    Hey guys. I came ever so close to buying a Stingray today but couldn't decide which one to get. The one i'm leaning towards is a Burnt Apple with rosewood fretboard and a black pickgaurd. Another was sunburst with a rosewood neck and a black pearloid pickgaurd (don't care for that color on the sunburst, I think a white pearloid would look sweet though. Finally, a translucent teal with rosewood and black pickgaurd (wish it had a maple neck with white pearloid). Anyway, if my understanding is correct, don't the translucent finishes have alder or ash woods and the solid, burnt apple finish us poplar? If so, how does this affect the sound between them? They were all 3 at different stores and I tried them all through different amps. That burnt apple sure is purty though. I will probably own one at this time tomorrow night, so your prompt reply is appreciated.
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The poplar will not sound noticeably different than the ash bodied ones. The ash may be a little brighter, but the Stingray is already a very bright bass.
  3. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I really can't give advice that you'r looking for, mine is a trans finish, and I never considered anything else.

    I don't know how much you've dealt with the three music stores that carry MM in Indy, but I know what three your talking about. If you want some advice on which store to buy it from, let me know. And no I don't work for any of them, but have done business with all, and will only buy from one from now on.

    One of those stores could get you just about any color and finish you want within a week, the others will have to go through the order process.

  4. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    i think the fretboard wood would make a much more significant difference in sound than body wood, but you seem pretty set with rosewood.... so i'd say go with what you think looks best.
  5. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Ash is a lot nicer than poplar, IMO. Poplar is pretty cheap and its sound doesnt really hold a candle to a nice piece of swamp ash.
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I agree. The fingerboard wood will make a bigger difference in the tone than the body wood.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Ash does look nicer than poplar, but if it really sounds that bad, why would Ernie Ball use it for solid color Stingrays and Sterlings? Do they really sound terrible compared to an ash one with a transparent finish?
  8. I thought poplar had simnilar tone to alder????? :confused:
  9. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    When I bought my Stingray 5 didnt know or care about the body woods. I tried a natural a sunburst and a black one. I bought the black one cos I liked the colour. IMHO and using my ears thats the only difference.
  10. SoyBase


    Jul 1, 2001
    Atlanta, Ga
    I've got 2 stingrays that are the same finish. The 5 has a rosewood fretboard and the 4 has maple. The maple has a much brighter, crisper tone than the rosewood. I do love the rosewood sound because it seems more "smooth". You can here the difference playing the basses unplugged as well.

    By the way, Im new here and just wanted to say Hi to everyone. I've been browsing these boards for a while now and finally registered.
  11. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    welcome soy... vegan talkbasser i assume??

    yea i know the original poster asked about body woods... but i prefer the sound of a maple fretboard... unfortunately i think rosewood looks cooler, but i got a maple board on my stingray 5

    An ash body is supposed to be crisper, as is maple fretboard... and rosewood/poplar are thicker, darker etc.... so if you're set on a rosewood fretboard.. maybe an ash body would help balance that out? I think crisp/biting/bright etc all describe the sound i want the most.. so i went w/ ash and maple... but that's just my opinion on things.. i could definately be wrong...

    someone MIGHT say.. "oh that's a stingray with a rosewood fretboard" on hearing you.. but NO WAY are they going to know what kind of body wood you have.
  12. SoyBase


    Jul 1, 2001
    Atlanta, Ga
    Nope, no vegan here...its the name of my band..
    (shameless plug)
    I dont eat beef though and crave it fort-nightly..