Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frankencow150, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    ok.theres a company called O.L.P,originally licensed products.they paid Ernie Ball to use their designs,the only differences between the ernie ball stingray and the o.l.p stringray is that the o.l.p is made in mexico,the o.l.p says o.l.p on the neck,and the o.l.p is $249 at guitar center,the ernie ball is $1,200.I went to guitar center today and i was suprised at the fact that the olp was acutally a little better.the bridge is lowered on the o.l.p so its easier to press down on frets and go get the ernie ball impressonator!
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001

    sorry man, this is old news :D :D
  3. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    by the way, OLP stands for Officially Licensed Product. I think the Stingray you were playing was just improperly setup. All the OLPs I have played were noticeably lower quality than their MM counterparts. But if you cant tell the difference, more power to ya...
  4. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    i was just telling everyone because i heard so many people complaining that they'll never have enough money to buy an Ernie Ball.bye
  5. If anyone would notice that there are many many threads on the OLPs. If you will notice, the OLP's are nowhere near the quality, or sound of the real thing. They might be similar, but not really comparable.

  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Kind of like the difference between a Squier and an MIA Fender.

    frankencow, the OLP Stingrays are made in China, not Mexico. And there are a lot of differences between the OLP and the Ernie Ball. The Ernie Ball has a preamp, the OLP does not. The Stingray is made out of poplar(solid color) or ash(transparent color), the OLP is made of elm. The Stingray 5 has wide string spacing, the OLP 5 has very narrow string spacing.

    But the OLPs are good values for the price, and if you want a bass that looks like a Stingray, they are better than most of the inexpensive Stingray clones on the market. But the looks is what you get. They sound pretty good, but the don't sound like a 'Ray. There's only one place where you can get that sound. Ernie Ball.

    Welcome to Talkbass, and enjoy your new bass.:)
  7. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Buying an OLP is like buying a Mitsubishi Eclipse RS, sure it looks the same, but the GSX has 60 more horsepower and AWD.

    God I hate the lowest line of a car.
  8. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i kno about the MIM Stingrays, i don't want that, i don't care how long it takes me to save money, i WILL buy an Ernie Ball

  9. Actually, Mitsubishi discontinued the Eclipse GSX when they redesigned it.:( Now you can't get an eclipse with turbo or all-wheel drive, just V-6 and front-wheel drive. :mad: It's slower and doesn't handle as well, but somehow it's selling a million times better than the old version.:confused:
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    That's pretty much suming everything I have to say up...

    This subject has 3-5 threads debating the same thing... Embellisher pretty much sumed all of them up for you in short.


    I honestly laughed when I heard that they were made of Elm, but that's just my opinion... I've joked with people about making a drift wood bass... :D
  11. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    poplar?? ernie balls are made of poplar!?!

    MIM Fenders are made of poplar. :mad: I was hoping theyd at least be alder.

    are blue dawn finished MMs poplar too?
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    MM's are made of "select hard woods"
    It varies from which color it is.

    I'd actually like to get my hands on some literature that says which colors are which woods...
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    There's nothing wrong with poplar as a tone wood. It's just not very pretty, which is why a lot of companies(Ernie Ball, Zon, Peavey) use it for their painted basses.
  14. I think the solid colored MM's are actually alder.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have a friend who stripped a '98 down to put a clear finish on it, and it was 3 pieces of poplar. One of them had a lot of green in it. Needless to say, he went with a solid color.
  16. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    FWIW my '79 MM Stingray has a poplar body so Stingray's have probably been poplar since the start. I find poplar to have a nice resonance.

  17. [johnny carson] I did not know that! .. weird wild stuff![/johnny]
  18. Well, I'd get an OLP EB anyday of the week over a Squire, or most Fenders, USA or not. And I'm a guy who owns 1, and appreciates lots of high end basses. The OLP is one dang good bass for the money; I've never played a better $300 bass, or one as good for twice the money. So my opinions are below, good prices, good basses...

    "High-end Bass" = Peavey Cirrus $ 600 and up used
    "Budget-Basses" = OLP Ernie Ball knockoff, $250

    and NO, I don't want to hear that the Cirrus isn't a high-end bass, I don't care if it doesn't cost $4000US, it's the quality I care about. I don't need a Lull or Alembic or any other boutique bass.

    Go OLP!!!
  19. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    In Swedish (translated):
    Poplar is good tone wood. Many times underrated.
    Ash is good tone wood. Sometimes overrated.
    Elm is good tone wood. Always much underrated.

    Or in American:
    Poplar is great. Ash is superb. Elm is excellent.
  20. AndersK2


    Sep 11, 2000
    STINGRAYS are made of POPLAR! Yes, POPLAR!

    Poplar is BAD!

    Spread the word!
    Then I will buy all the price dropped, cheap Stingrays, he, he. :p