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Thread: All this talk of Sterlings and SR5's (tone)

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    All this talk of Sterlings and SR5's (tone)

    I'm waffling again. I am getting a green bass, and have already told Jack that it will be an SR5 HH. However, Mr. Tom Karter has me wondering about my decision, because in hindsight, he's right about me not keeping fivers for long.

    If memory serves, the HH Sterlings and HH SR5's that I've played have very comparable tones. Would you folks agree? Aren't the pickups and preamps quite similar?

    I adore the way both basses play, but I am quite the four-string guy.

    Help me!
    -Ben

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    I also think you should get the green SR5 HH. I am liking the heck out of the Bongo that used to be yours.

    That will work out really good too if I can't afford to order one for meself within the order window of getting a green one.



    I know I ain't no kind of help Ben.

    tk
    It is all fun.
    Cliff Hugo fan #1

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    Yes, comparable tones. The sr5 will have a little more low end, whereas the sterling will have a bit more middy growl. This is most likely due to the difference in mass of the two basses.
    1997 Sterling black/black/maple
    1992 Stingray Fretless 2eq trans teal/black
    Epifani PS600
    Epifani UL310

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    I bleeb I'll stick with the SR5 HH. Follow my gut, as it were.

    Not that it has always been correct, but what the heck.
    -Ben

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    TK has the right idea. I think he needs a Bongo5 H in green.
    which is what I want.
    Blue Pearl Bongo 4 HH
    Epifani UL-502 amp
    Epifani UL-210 cab
    Godin Acoustibass with TI Acousticore strings
    Ampeg B-100R

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    They all kinda just go "boom" ya know??

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    Seeing as how you're the 4 string guy, i'd say go Sterling. Why exactly are you considering the 5 string? Personally, if I can get one of these, it'll be a HSC SR5 because my HH SR5 comes in next month. (Right Steve??? ) Although if you think you play more fluently on a 4 banger with a tiny neck, the Sterling it is.

    All the cool kids have low B's. Just think about that.
    Andrew

    Carbon Blue Pearl HH SR5
    Dargie Delight HS SR5
    Trans Red H SR5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoe
    ...I adore the way both basses play, but I am quite the four-string guy...
    I'm thinking you've got the answer right there...

    Regarding the tone, I believe the SR5 & Sterling share the same p/u and switching options - overall mass and "low B" should be all that separates the two tonally...
    It's all about the bass!

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    2007 Bongo: Candy red, abalone, HHp - My number one!
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    Ay ay ay ay.
    -Ben

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    Definitely sounds like the Sterling is for you.
    1997 Sterling black/black/maple
    1992 Stingray Fretless 2eq trans teal/black
    Epifani PS600
    Epifani UL310

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    Quote Originally Posted by adelucia
    I'm thinking you've got the answer right there...

    Regarding the tone, I believe the SR5 & Sterling share the same p/u and switching options - overall mass and "low B" should be all that separates the two tonally...
    The Sterling preamp is quite hotter than the SR5. The SR5 is smooth and polite. The Sterling is a manic aggressive beast! I like em both......
    2001 SR5 Black/Black/Maple
    2004 SR4 Honeyburst/ Black/Maple
    2006 SR4HH Natural/Black/Rosewood
    2009 Big Al 4SSS Vintage Sunburst/Rosewood
    2012 PDN Honey Roasted Bongo 4HHp
    2018 Stingray Special 4HH Aqua Sparkle/Ebony



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    I've also noticed that as well. The sterling preamp is hotter and a little more aggressive.
    1997 Sterling black/black/maple
    1992 Stingray Fretless 2eq trans teal/black
    Epifani PS600
    Epifani UL310

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    You guys have Ben making me miss out on my next 5 string.


    tk
    It is all fun.
    Cliff Hugo fan #1

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    Ben, you saw I'm going for a HH Green Sterling, right?

    Now I'm the first one to bring this combo up (I think) but you can ride along with me if you'd like.
    Last edited by RockinRayDuke; 06-26-2006 at 10:50 PM.
    obsessed punter

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    My brain is telling me that's the way to go, Ray. I just feel much more at home on a four-banger. Plus, there is this graphite-necked thing on my wall that wifey bought.

    STERLING HH for Ben.
    -Ben

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