Which Bass to buy???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hevy T, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. MTD Kingston

    22 vote(s)
  2. Sterling Ray34

    28 vote(s)
  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I am wanting to add a bass with aggressive stingrayish tone to the stable. Here are my available choices. BTW they both have to be shipped, so I can't get to do an AB comparison! I have to buy sight unseen

    Used MTD Kingston Artist.
    Pros: Light weight, comfy neck, unique shape, got the sound I am looking for, only $450 cdn
    Cons: I hate the amber color, I don't like basses made of basswood

    Sterling Ray 34
    Pros: Comfy neck, close to the stingray sound, made from a more solid wood (mahogany),
    beautiful discontinued color Neptune Blue with maple fretboard
    Cons: Could be heavier than I like (bad shoulders), has been sitting new in a warehouse for 3
    years, over twice the price of the MTD
  2. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Although I would personally choose the MTD Kingston, I think since you hate its color, you should go for the other one. It may sound silly, but when you don't like the look of your instrument, it's harder to bond with it and you will unconsciously find all kinds of flaws in it.
  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Are your choices that limited? If you're contemplating the Ray, I'd think that there should be a lot of other options in that price range. G&L Tribute L2000? They can be a little on the heavy side but they're great basses and used should be in that neighborhood. You could also look fir a used Spector Rebop. They can be really light and used should be in that price range too.

    I voted for the Ray cause, even though I've never owned either model. I have played each and the Ray has a much better feeling neck to me.

    Sounds to me like you should keep searching.
  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
  5. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    Here's your answer.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

  7. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
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  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
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  9. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    There are a lot of TBers in Canada, be patient and hunt the classifieds. You can filter by location
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  10. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    I’d go with the MTD if it has the sound you like. When I was shopping for a stingray I was looking at burnt apple and maple if I was buying new and a jet black with ebony showed up at a really good price. They let me rent it and it had exactly the tone I was looking for so I jumped on it and the colour grew on me. And if you really don’t like the colour you could always paint it.

    I’m guessing that you are looking at the MTD at L&M Edmonton North? If so I personally thought it looked a bit less like a piece of furniture in person.
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  11. Beat me to it...
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  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nothing more "stingrayish" than a Ray.
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  13. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    Ray 34 all day: The mahogany should actually be a bit lighter than the white woods they normally use, and should just barely round off how much snark a StingRay can have just enough to have the bite a bit smoother. The Korean MM's can be giant-killers.
  14. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Yup that's the one. My biggest turn off with it is how the unevenness of the grain makes the pieces not match very well. If it was a solid color, or even a darker color like the blue or red they came in I would have snagged it by now.

    One of the reasons I don't like basswood is because how soft it is. The wood is soft enough that when sanding off that thick poly, guaranteed I would wreck the wood. If it was ash or maple it would be a different story :)
  15. If my only option was one of those two, I voted for the MTD. Of all the basses I've owned my least favorite was the Stearling Ray 34ca. I had used it in the studio and 2 tracks in we realized the neck was twisted slightly making the first three frets on the E string the same note. Took it down to big box petting zoo and sold it.
  16. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I decided on the Ray 34QM in Neptune Blue. It was more than I wanted to spend, but I love the finish, and fretboard combo. I am just not sure which version it is. I hope it is the one with the matching headstock. Like in the pic. I remember the first of this color was swamp ash/matching hs, then they switched to mahogany with the matching hs, and finally the mahogany with the roasted maple neck which never had the painted hs

    Thanks for the help guys :)

  17. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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  18. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I think that's pretty sharp, myself.
  19. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    It's defiantly going to be a looker
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  20. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    I’m a stingray guy 100% and currently own 3 with another one arriving Friday, but I have to say that my experience with the SBMM mid range has been poor. My SUB Ray4 & Ray5 both are equal in quality and were half the cost of a Ray34/Ray35.

    YMMV but just my $0.02.