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    * NBD page 3 *One more bass to complete my Musicman collection, your opinion please.

    One more bass to complete my Musicman collection, your opinion please.-image-jpg

    It took me about 30 years and 50 basses to get where I am today.

    Left to right:
    2006 Stingray 4H BFR all rosewood neck
    2010 Reflex 5H
    1979 Sabre

    I've got room (and money..) to buy on more.

    What Musicman do you think is missing in my collection? Appreciate your opinion.

    I play mainly classic-rock at Irish pubs. At home I like to play along with funk/soul.
    Last edited by mdstingray; 07-29-2015 at 11:01 AM. Reason: add NBD to title

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    A single H sterling is great for alot of styles but a big al is verry cool and versatile too. You could also try a classic stingray. They are one of the best basses ever built by ebmm in my opinion. Perfect ballance between old and new spec's.
    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
    A single H sterling is great for alot of styles but a big al is verry cool and versatile too. You could also try a classic stingray. They are one of the best basses ever built by ebmm in my opinion. Perfect ballance between old and new spec's.
    Thanks!

    I got the classic sound covered with my BFR Ray. I Understand 3eq Rosewood vs 2eq Maple will make some difference, but not all that much....I think.

    The Big Al with 3 single coils might be interesting to check out.

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    Sterling H

    trust me
    2001 STERLING H/ black/black ice pg/rosewood board
    2003 SUB active white/black pg/rosewood board


    SterlingStudios

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdstingray View Post
    Thanks!

    I got the classic sound covered with my BFR Ray. I Understand 3eq Rosewood vs 2eq Maple will make some difference, but not all that much....I think.

    The Big Al with 3 single coils might be interesting to check out.
    IMO it does make a pretty huge difference. Plus the classics are verry different in many ways. But sterling H is a verry good option too.
    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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    Thanks for you comment Sander,

    I've had a Classic Ray, black w/M, and a Classic vintage White w/Rosewood, and to be honest I did not think they were all that different.
    A bit more heavy and uncomfortable due to the slab body, and maybe a tad more aggressive sounding.
    Just my opinion.

    Anyway, I'll go out next week to try a Sterling 4H, my local bass-shop happens to have one in stock (Black/maple)

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    1977-1979 stingray, your Sabre will love a single pickup partner.

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    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x3] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacop View Post
    1977-1979 stingray, your Sabre will love a single pickup partner.
    @pacop

    I hear you. But like I said in my opening post, It took me 30 years and many basses to find the (for me) best.

    I've had a 1977 and two 1978 Stingrays, but the 2009 BFR I have now is by far the best Stingray I have ever had.
    Last edited by mdstingray; 07-26-2015 at 02:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
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    Yes...Bongo...never owned one. I tried one at a shop for about 5 minutes, and that was not a great experience.
    Did not like the painted neck.
    I guess I should give the Bongo a 2nd run while I am at the shop anyway.

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    Classic Rock & Sterling HH is the way to go. Awesome tone with a pick where its still meaty but has bite. Also has enough bite with just finger style. The maple version will be REALLY aggressive or the rosewood will be semi-aggressive. I like my Big Al but the Sterling has more mids for classic rock. The Bongo is great because its thicker at the D&G string than the Sterling but has less bite... but I'm partial to the 5 position switch of the Sterling being able to change tone on the fly for covers easier than just a blend. I also find I set & forget my Bongo settings while I feel freer to change my 3 band Sterling & know exactly what I'm getting

    So... in the end its more about your tonal goals, playing live goals that you can answer better than us. Good luck!
    Sterling 5HH Honeyroasted PDN F20444 September 14th, 2012, Powered by Cobalts on July 2015

    Bongo 5HH Silver F40670 October 6th, 2011, Powered by Slinkies on Jan 2015

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    Big Al.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Jim Messina’s

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    Simple.

    Bongo.

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    Few options:

    Classic Stingray
    Big Al SSS
    Bongo HH

    If you want something unique, go with the Al.
    2010 Stingray 5 HS White/Tort/Rw
    2011 Stingray 4 H 3 Band EQ Vintage Sunburst/Black/Mp w/flame/birdseye figuring
    2011 Big Al 5 SSS Vintage Sunburst/Tort/Rw
    2011 Sterling 5 HS Tobacco Burst/Black/Rw
    2011 Stingray 5 Classic Natural/Black/Birdseye Mp
    2012 Bongo 5 HH Tangerine Pearl/Black
    2013 Bongo 5 HS Sky Blue/Vintage White Pearl
    2013 Stingray 5 HH Honeyburst/White/Mp
    2014 Albert Lee HH Vintage Sunburst/Tort/ALL Rw!
    2016 Stingray HH Guitar Black/Black/Rw

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunaman4u2 View Post
    Classic Rock & Sterling HH is the way to go. I'm partial to the 5 position switch of the Sterling being able to change tone on the fly for covers easier than just a blend. !
    Appreciate your comment!

    Don't you think the Sterling HH will be very similar to my Sabre? I haven't played a Sterling yet, so I can't tell.
    I am looking for a Musicmansound I don't already have.
    Last edited by mdstingray; 07-27-2015 at 02:07 AM.

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