The Music Mans

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SilveRKidd19, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. SilveRKidd19


    Sep 28, 2001
    New York
    What does anyone think of the Music Mans? Do they sound good?....are they a quality bass? Stuf like that :)
  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hi Kidd,
    Welcome to TB. Yeah, they're pretty good. Do a search on Stingray, Sterling, and Ernie Ball, and there should be some stuf.
  3. I got myself a Musicman StingRay5 a few years ago. I live it so much, I bought a second one.
  4. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    yeah. they sound pretty tasty if I do say so myself.. Just b/c I own one doesn't make me biased hehe :). Nothing else sounds like a stingray.. take that for what its worth. Some people aren't huge fans of the Musicmans... but I just don't understand why:confused :confused: ;)
  5. I agree.

    But yeah SilveRKidd19, the MusicMan basses are some of the finest made. They sound great (again, some people don't like the sound.), they play wonderfully, and they're built like tanks.
  6. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Sterling's and Stingray's are some of the best basses.
    I'm not sure if you know any of these bands...
    Chris #2 (from Anti-Flag) uses a Stingray.
    Jason Black (From Hot Water Music) uses a Stingray.
    Flea (from Red Hot Chili Peppers) used a Stingray.

    This list goes on... and on... and on... and on...

    They cost a significant amount.
    I got mine (Music Man Sterling) instead of a used car. ($1300)

    I'd like to kill what I believe to be a common fallacy of Music Man's... The Sterling isn't pretty much a copy of a Stingray. It's tone is significantly smoother, in my opinion.

    If you decide to get one, make sure you play both, and don't just figure "I like the neck of the Sterling, and the tone of the Stingray, I'll get the Sterling."

    Otherwise, a bit down the road, you'll start to notice how it doesn't sound like a Stingray. :)

  7. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    i want a stingray too, i play em when i can in the shop cos i have no money, the sound range is great and they feel so nice,
  8. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    ...and grab a wrist pad, because you will be clicking a lot!
  9. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Does anyone know if there are plans for a 5 string sterling???
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That's basically what the Stingray 5 is. I wish that they would make a real Stingray 5, one that gets the tone that the Stingray 4 does.
  11. Hey Sliverkidd19, I don't own a MM yet, but a Stingray 5 is at the top of my wish list. If you remember the hit of about 20 years ago, "Stomp" by the Brothers Johnson, that excellent slapping and poping sound you hear throughout the song is a Stingray. As good as that sounds, you really have to sit down with a Stingray or Sterling in a music store when there isn't half a dozen wanna be stars cranking amps so loud that the drums are vibrating in sympathy. I did that about two months ago, and I'm both glad and upset that I did. Glad because now I'm really familiar with that succulent Musicman tone; upset because I can't afford one for a few more months. (too much other stuff coming up) There are many basses that sound great on the market, but, for me Musicman does it.
    I just may throw all caution to the wind and charge one.

    Mike J.
  12. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    I love my Stingray. It does all that I want it to and love the looks and feel of it. I don't see how you could be let down by the fit and finish of these basses, but the sound is either liked or not liked(?). Try them out, you won't be dissapointed!

  13. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    embellisher is correct, the Stingray 5 is essentially what should be a Sterling 5. The Sterling and the Stringray 5 both have a 3 band active preamp w/ switch, while the Stingray 4 has a 2 band active preamp without switch
  14. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I'm waiting for Ernie Ball to release the 2 pickup bass.
  15. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    UHH THEY did have the two pickup bass... they don't make them anymore...

    I love my stingray 5... i think it kicks it with a tasty tasty groove
  16. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    i love MM's!!!!

    i went to a concert sunday night, and the bass player had a stingray5 out of a carvin r600 and an ampeg 15" ....... that was an awesome setup!!!! great sound. he was doing some mad like jumping around ....... well it was more like whipping the neck around really fast while jumping ... as a matter of fact ... he came inches away from taking out the guitar player with his headstock. :D :rolleyes:

    me encantan los sterlings de musicman!!!! i perfer sterlings to stingray but i love them both.
  17. it's starting to smell really "fishy" in here.:D :D :D
  18. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    They're developing a new bass with two pickups, not the Sabre.
  19. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    uhh they did that already... they're called piezo's.. DUH :D

    but seriously, what have you heard? would it look more like a lakland, or a sabre?
  20. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    All I know is that a new dual humbucker Music Man is in the works.

    I e-mailed Ernie Ball about it, but they could tell me nothing except that it was being developed.