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Stringray 5 sound from a bass w/ 19mm spacing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sean Baumann, Feb 17, 2003.


  1. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Can anyone recommend a bass that has the tonal characteristics of a MM Stringray but with a 5 string spacing of 19mm? I loved my old musicman, but the string spacing just wasn't right for me. I know it's not much of a difference, but my hands can tell.

    thanks!
    scb
     
  2. They're rare, but you might be able to snag a Lakland 55-76. It's got a single Bartolini or Duncan 5-string Music Man pickup.

    Or, you could build a bass from Warmoth parts.

    Keep in mind, of course, that the Stingray sound stems greatly from the proprietary EB/MM pickup and preamp. But, I'm sure you've heard that a kajillion times.
     
  3. They're rare, but you might be able to snag a Lakland 55-76. It's got a single Bartolini or Duncan 5-string Music Man pickup.

    Yeah, I don't know if I have ever seen one of those in a store.
     
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Sean, if you find the answer to your question please let us know. I can't hang with the 'Ray 5 spacing either.
     
  5. Aenema

    Aenema

    Apr 18, 2001
    Michigan
    mtd kingston 5, i just picked one up on clearance for 225. :bassist: the spacing on this is really wide compared to most ive played. i have big hands so i need this.
     
  6. monkfill

    monkfill

    Jan 1, 2003
    Kansas City
    A Kingston has wide spacing, but I'm not thinking it has the sound of a Stingray. . .
     
  7. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    what about G+L? I'm sorry if there the same with spacing I really dont know what they are.

    They seem pretty Musicmanish though

    AJ
     
  8. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    G&L L2500s have the same string spacing as a MMSR5. 17 mm.

    Chas
     
  9. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Yep, and nut widths are equally slim at 1-3/4".

    The G&L 2500 is another bass I'd own if not for the spacing. Thank goodness Fender offers traditional spacing on their fivers.
     
  10. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    I owned a Stingray5 until about three months ago and I currently play a G$L L2500. I don't know the actual string spacing so I'll take everyone else's word that they are the same but the MM definitely felt thinner to my hands. That having been said I love the feel of both necks.
     
  11. sincity

    sincity

    Oct 16, 2002
    Connecticut
    I played both the SR5 and the G&L 2500. The G&L has wider string spacing than the SR5.

    The G&L is 19mm compared to 17mm for the SR5.

    I liked the G&L 2500, and it got close to the SR5 sound, but not quite.

    After awhile, I did not think the B string had enough tension for my taste. But then again, I have a heavy touch.
     
  12. Yeah, I find 1.75'' to be kinda tight for a 5-string's nut width. I prefer 1.875''.
     
  13. I can get a pretty good SR sound out of my MTD Heir. Mine has a 2-band preamp in it, so that helps.
     
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Hmm, maybe one of these days I'll "activate" a Kingston 5 and see what happens. Anyone tried this?
     
  15. Aenema

    Aenema

    Apr 18, 2001
    Michigan
    actually an active mtd k5 might be awsome... with some sweepable mids... :eek:
     
  16. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    I think your best bet would be to snag a MTD kingston and immediately replace the pickups and preamp to something that's a little beefier and more 'ray sounding.
     
  17. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Having owned an L2500 for two years, I must politely say that you are mistaken.

    The G&L bridge 2.75" total spacing for a individual spacing of 17.5 mm. The SR5 is the same.


    Chas
     
  18. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Hrm..how could I replace the pickup in the kingston if nobody offers a MM5 pickup that can handle the 19mm spacing? Or am I wrong, and any MM5 pickup fit in a Kingston? This might be a good way to go, especially since my main bass (at the moment) is an MTD 535.
     
  19. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    here's one option i think...

    (down the page a bit) MV5CBC - 5 string dual coil pickup in Music Man 5 shape. String width covered is 68mm to 78mm on medium curvature fingerboards

    you could always try AERO - AERO

    they could even do something custom for you - AERO rules - they are my personal favorite pickup.

    oh, and i'd suggest the 2-band Aguilar or Bart preamp. just personal preference.