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Thread: As a guitar player of 9 years, what Music Man bass would you recommend for me?

  1. #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangejulius3 View Post
    I would recommend a Sterling 4 string.
    Thinner neck and body
    this........the necks on the Sterling play like butter
    2001 STERLING H/ black/black ice pg/rosewood board
    2003 SUB active white/black pg/rosewood board


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  2. #17

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    Yeah, a Sterling 4 - like the one I have in the For Sale section!
    Buncha Rays and Bongos

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly View Post
    this........the necks on the Sterling play like butter
    Or sr4 slo if he wants to go for classic stingray tone and sterling playability. But both sterling and sr4 kick ass!
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanderhermans View Post
    Or sr4 slo if he wants to go for classic stingray tone and sterling playability. But both sterling and sr4 kick ass!
    Good point, I always forget about the SLO!

    Really can't go wrong with any MM!
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    Music Man, Lakland, Eden, Fender, Barefaced
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    EBMM '99 Sterling 4H (Trans.gold/rosewood)
    EBMM '97 Sterling 4H Fretless (Natural Velvet)
    EBMM '07 Sterling 4HH (Dargie's Delight I)

  5. #20

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    Or...why not a Big Al? The 4-string Big Al still has the narrow neck of a Sterling if you want that. But, I'd go with a 5-string.

    That said, I tried a bunch and stuck with the Bongo H as I love the tone and the playability is also awesome.

    I'm a long-time guitar player (34 years) and took up bass about 9 years ago. Personally, for me it wasn't the width of the neck that threw me off initially. It was the space between the strings that I found difficult. From that perspective, a 5-string is a bit easier to learn because the gap between the strings is narrower. I think a 6-string is probably overkill - at least until you know for sure that you really want that high C string and will use it.

    Ultimately, I think you need to spend some time with a bunch of different basses to determine what kind of sound and feel you want. I tried everything I could get my hands on - same with amps. If you're serious about learning the bass you'll probably end up trying, buying and selling a few different things until you find out what works for you. From that perspective I'd recommend starting with a used instrument - at least until you figure out what works for you.

    Also, there's only so much you can learn from playing a bass in the store. I think it's important to play it with a band or at least with some recorded music as a backing track to figure out how the sound sits in the mix and whether it sounds and feels like how you want it to.

    But...yeah, any of the suggestions would be good to get started. BTW, there's a nice Bongo 4Hp in the for sale thread for a very nice price (it's not mine, nor do I know the seller but it's a pretty smokin' deal IMO).

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  6. #21

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    From the stickied FAQ post:
    "1. What's better, a Sterling or a Stingray?
    A: The Sterling players will say the Sterling. The Stingray players will choose the Stingray. Meanwhile, the Bongo players will further confuse the issue. This is an opinion question, and everyone will have one. Play each bass. Try to play it in a non-wanker environment or even with your musical ensemble. Basses sound one way solo and another way in the mix. Only you really know what's right for you, right? Play it, feel it, listen to it, decide."
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    Music Man, Lakland, Eden, Fender, Barefaced
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    EBMM '99 Sterling 4H (Trans.gold/rosewood)
    EBMM '97 Sterling 4H Fretless (Natural Velvet)
    EBMM '07 Sterling 4HH (Dargie's Delight I)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stu42 View Post
    Or...why not a Big Al? The 4-string Big Al still has the narrow neck of a Sterling if you want that.
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't think the Big Al 4 has the Sterling neck...anyone?
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlepre View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't think the Big Al 4 has the Sterling neck...anyone?
    Yes it does. Or at least it should have looking at the specs.
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

  9. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangejulius3 View Post
    I would recommend a Sterling 4 string.
    Thinner neck and body
    This. Sterling is like a V8 Miata...
    "You can't multiply wealth by dividing it."

  10. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlepre View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't think the Big Al 4 has the Sterling neck...anyone?
    Yes. The Big Al does have the Sterling neck.

  11. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by kn38ms View Post
    This. Sterling is like a V8 Miata...
    Haha, great comparison!
    D
    Music Man, Lakland, Eden, Fender, Barefaced
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    EBMM '99 Sterling 4H (Trans.gold/rosewood)
    EBMM '97 Sterling 4H Fretless (Natural Velvet)
    EBMM '07 Sterling 4HH (Dargie's Delight I)

  12. #27

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    Bongo. 6 string. And tune it the same as you do your guitar! :-)
    EBMM Stingray 4 H 2006 Trans Crimson 30th Anniversary
    EBMM Bongo 5 HH 2003 Desert Gold
    EBMM Bongo 5 HS 2005 Buttercream Limited Edition

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