What Musicman is the best? Sabre? Sterling? Stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kelu, May 9, 2003.

Which MM is the best one?

Poll closed Jun 8, 2003.
  1. MM Sabre

    13 vote(s)
  2. MM Sterling

    19 vote(s)
  3. MM Stingray

    52 vote(s)
  4. MM Bongo

    11 vote(s)
  5. I hate Musicmans

    6 vote(s)
  1. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    ??? Hmmm
    I think Sterling is da best..
  2. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    What?!!?! No Bongo?!? ;)
  3. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    oups, its so awful I've forgotten it ! ;)
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    There 'ya go - vote away.
  5. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    The pre Ernieball MM'S(Stingray,and Sabre)are the real good ones.The ones that are made now are very overated,and at best average if that good.:spit:
  6. I've played a few Sterlings and thought they were just fine, but my Leo does it for me like no other...

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=957948">
  7. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    I Think that the Stingray5 is the best Musicman product ever made IMO.
  8. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Bongo. End of story.

    No one here has played one yet, so I may be a little premature.;)
  9. Dondi


    May 3, 2003
    What I would give to get back my old white Stingray. You have to play on one to feel how much nicer they were than the new ones, which are not bad. Its like the old "pre CBS" Fenders compared to the newer versions. Also, no matter what tone controls there are, there is a classic "Musicman" tone that you hear best on the Brothers Johnson recordings.
  10. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001

    I love em all but the SR5 is my favorite. But the Stingray and Sterling are fantastic. I would love to have any Pre EB Stingray or Sabre as well.
  11. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I like the neck on the Sterling best because I mostly play a Jazz. But I love the sounds of the Sabre and miss it really badly. They should bring back the Sabre electronics as an option on the Sterling and forget this Bongo experiment that they are trying just now.:bassist:

    And then all will be well.:hyper:
  12. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    For me, Sterling are the best !
    Stingrays are good, but need a mid equalisation !
    The good point of Stingrays is the 5th string !
  13. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    My answer to the poll : StingRay (and more specifically StingRay 5). I definitely fell in deep love with her...

    My special statement to irritate PollyBass one more time... :D ;) : far beyond sound, comfort and features, here's below why I love her. Hope ya'll understand...


  14. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I've got to go with the one I own, the 1979 Music Man Sabre. However, I'm a big fan of the current Sterlings. The thin, smooth neck and mid control make it a very, very close second. Ultimately, though, I really like the two pickup configuration.[​IMG]
  15. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You forgot the Cutlass...
  16. and ths ub and the bongo then. i vote sabre or the sub.(i would say a ray but the sub is so much closer in price for me).

    dude saint iam in love with ur bass.
  17. Saint: That Sabre is just AWESOME. I really like that finish, too.
  18. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Thanks Warkwickben and Infernal Affair. The finish looks nicer in the picture than in reality. Someone refinished the body, but did a sloppy job of applying the finish, so it's kind of bubbley. I'm also ordering a Sabre pickguard to replace the Stingray one that's on there. Still it's pretty cool and it sounds fantastic.
  19. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
  20. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    ....hmmmm Sabre 5 Cutlass.....hmmm....