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Trade a 2011 Precision American Deluxe for a 2012 PDN Stingray 4H???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 07Stingray, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. 07Stingray


    Jan 5, 2013
    I'm having a bit of a dilema...I used to have a 2007 Stingray 4H (alder with maple neck, 3 EQ), which I loved to play, but was never keen on the tone in all situations...it was a bit bright sometimes...I play in a classic rock band, with a broad selection of tunes.

    So I sold it and got a used 2011 American Precision Deluxe (active/passive, wine red over rosewood), which I like, however I don't like the feel as much as the 'Ray.

    So, I have an opportunity to trade the Precision Deluxe for a 2012 Honeyburst PDN Stingray 4H 3EQ (mint). I'm a little torn...I really like the Deluxe, but I kinda miss my Stingray sometimes, and I can't afford both.

    Will the mahogany body of the PDN tame the tone of the Stingray a bit? I find the deluxe a little too controlled sometimes, so I'm thinking that the mahogany body combined with the pao ferro fingerboard might warm up the 'Ray a bit, while still letting me take advantage of the Stingray growl when I want too. No to mention, the PDN looks like a work of art.

    As well, is it an even trade?

    Sorry for the diatribe, but any insight would be appreciated.

    Forgot to say that my rig is a GK 800RB with a Hartke 4200 Pro and 210 extension.
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    If it was me I'd do it in a heartbeat. Fender actives never impressed me.
    The Ray with a mahogany body will have a natural added push in the low-mids. You can always install halfrounds or flats since (lets be honest) classic rock doesnt need sizzly bright bass.
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  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Stingrays with mahogany are amazing IME.

    I owned 2 2006 30th Anniversaries and they were by far the best Stingrays I have owned (I have had a dozen or more). Really nice warm tone. Still a Stingray, but as Casa mentioned, some added low mids.

    I also don't like active Fender Precisions.

    If it was me, I would do the trade for sure.
  5. Brilliant trade...do it!
  6. 07Stingray


    Jan 5, 2013
    Wow - thanks for the feedback...sounds like I'll be back in the Stingray club.

    I might be able to do the trade today...I'll let you know how it goes!