Yes You Can Tame A Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I am too lazy to post a clip, but James Bugg performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and his bassist had a Custom Classic Stingray. His tone almost like a double bass in traditional country. I know the Custom Classic has mutes like he original Stingray, and I suspect the bassist was using them. He probably had flats too.
  2. BassIsBoss


    Jun 25, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    In the hands of a talented individual, it's amazing the sounds that come out of a factory produced instrument. Stingray's were always cool and if they're using the original specs and somewhere close with pickup/bridge/wood combinations, flame on!
  3. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    I used to play 'Rays all the time and on some sessions I did I was able to make it sound 'not so StingRay-ish'...mostly by dialing the onboard preamp a certain way, but also by my technique.
  4. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
  5. BassIsBoss


    Jun 25, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    Cool toon....nice bridge....'I like the words, but my girlfriend likes the lyrics'. Bass technique, turn it up and light finger pressure.
  6. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    Dead strings will tame the brightest of basses.
  7. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    yup...not bad at all.
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Oops, the artist's name is Jake Bugg, not James. I admit I was listening to the bass more than the singer!
  9. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I never thought it was questioned whether or not you could have this kind of tone from a Stingray. But, I generally don't pay attention to the likes of TB and its fickleness :D
  10. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I would hope all the knobs on the amp and the bass are there for more than just looking at. Is it really that hard to fathom getting a round tone like this? Reggae artists have used rays before...
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I've owned more than a few Stingrays, and I know they versatile, but there are folks here who swear you can only sound bright and aggressive with a Stingray.
  12. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    I don't see the big deal stingrays are the most popular bass used by touring country players today.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hands. As in, "It's all in the."
  14. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Is that Michael Cera on bass?
  15. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
  16. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Word :cool:
  17. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Sade's bassist uses a stingray. You can't get more smooth than that.
  18. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I gigged a Ray5 for a long time. It was an outstanding instrument; maybe, one of the greatest production instruments built, IME. It had all kinds of versatility.

    I traded it in towards a Sadowsky, a move I regret not at all. But, I do miss the Ray. Outstanding instrument. Those claiming lack of versatility are uninformed.
  19. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Or Pino on his fretless Ray doing anything R&Bish
  20. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    The bass sounds great, very thumpy and round and plenty of fundamental, but I still think it has a bridge pickups sound as opposed to a neck pickup sound. Not that it matters, because it fits the music and sounds great. No need to overthink it, but it is good to prove that the Stingray is NOT a one trick pony as a small but vocal group of TBers seem to insist. :)