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    Stingray HH Pickup Configuration Opinions

    Hi yall,

    Now that I have had my 5hh for a few years, I thought I would weigh in some opinions and see what other people think. Regarding the HH model, I am glad I chose it over the regular H as a prefer all of the various positions. The bridge humbucker alone sounds excellent like a classic stingray. The outside coils mimic a Jazz bass wonderfully. The both humbuckers is a very clean sound, deep low and and tingly highs. I also like the two inside coils as they remind me of a warwick/ric type sound, great with a pick. My only opinion is, I really do not prefer the isolated neck humbucker at all. It does not sound anything like a pbass (not like it is supposed to), but the G&L 2500 5 string with two humbuckers nails the pbass tone. I find the sound muddy and just not pleasant to the ears, so I never use it. I know people on here don't support mods whatsoever, but I would love to be able to wire that position to use the bridge humbucker and one coil of the neck humbucker (how the laklands or HS models are configured, which sounds awesome in my opinion.) I am leaving the bass as is for now, but just a neat thought. Curious how you guys like that neck position?

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    The neck H may be your least fave choice but I'm
    sooprized you consider it useless. OTOH, I find my
    HH less useful than my HS, even tho the HS has a
    a coil choice thaz semi-useless ... or kinda "special
    effect only". Thaz the bridge single, also available
    on 1H Sterlings where it's even more specialized
    than on an SR. The Bridge Single is sooper hot on
    an SR but even more hotter on a Sterling. Insane !

    Everything has some kinda purpose to somebody
    and no one should feel shortchanged if they only
    use 4 outa 5 options on the coil switch. It's not a
    Signture model with your name on the headstock.
    It was built for everybody.

    So you could try rewiring it or just ignore the coil
    setting you don't use. Also, I'm not sure it can be
    rewired without serious risk of messing up the PU.
    Like most folks here, I recommend enjoying the 4
    coil settings you do use and not rewiring anything.

    For perspective, perhaps consider the many digital
    devices in our lives. They are loaded with options
    we never need, just cuz the chip has abilities that
    cost nothing extra to include. We ignore the things
    we never need and we don't really care about that
    as it's just the nature of the chips. Enjoy your HH
    and its 4-way switch. If you wanna get silly, you
    can run the unused position to ground and call it
    your mute switch :-)
    Last edited by Golem; 07-14-2017 at 02:59 PM.
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    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

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    I use the neck pick up for Tainted Love and Lonely Boy.
    Last edited by Ox Boris; 07-02-2017 at 07:21 PM.

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    I never said it's useless, it's just prefer not to use it. I'm not complaining because that hunbucker makes all of the other positions possible and I think it's more versatile than the hs configuration, I just really prefer the sound of a single coil and a hunbucker, and I wish they had a switching option to take advantage of that. I have tried using it in reggae, but even then I prefer the deep lows of both hunbuckers, and I just play close to the neck for that style. I'm sure in the future I will get some bass with a hs configuration, but I really do like the fact that this instrument is like having 4 basses in one, that's why I chose it. I was just curious how other people perceived its sound. Thanks for the reply.

    -Ron

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    I use my moog for tainted love do you play over that pickup? It's weird but I always play this bass over the beige humbucker, my main bass for years was a pbass, and I was used to the lower tension playing in the middle, but I prefer and always play right over the bridge. The b string is also much more pronounced and cleaner/tighter at that spot as well. I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ron View Post
    I use my moog for tainted love do you play over that pickup?
    I play even further up, resting my thumb on the base of the neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    The neck H may be your least fave choice but I'm
    sooprized you consider it useless. OTOH, I find my
    HH less useful than my HS, even tho the HS has a
    a coil choice thaz semi-useless ... or kinda "special
    effect only". Thaz the bridge single, also available
    on 1H Sterlings where it's even more specialized
    than on an SR.

    Everything has some kinda purpose to somebody
    and no one should feel shortchanged if they only
    use 4 outa 5 options on the coil switch. It's not a
    Signture model with you name on the headstock.
    It was built for everybody.

    So you could try rewiring it or just ignore the coil
    setting you don't use. Also, I'm not sure it can be
    rewired without serious risk of messing up the PU.
    Like most folks here, I recommend enjoying the 4
    coil settings you do use and not rewiring anything

    For perspective, perhaps consider the many digital
    devices in our lives. They are loaded with options
    we never need, just cuz the chip has abilities that
    cost nothing extra to include. We ignore the things
    we never need and we don't really care about that
    as it's just the nature of the chips. Enjoy your HH
    and its 4-way switch. If you wanna get silly, you
    can run the unused position to ground and call it
    your mute switch :-)
    Golem never disappoints! friggin' nails it everytime
    "You can't multiply wealth by dividing it."

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    I use the single coil on my sterling 5 HS in extremely boomy rooms, works great without changing the eq of my amp. Over the years I have found all of the settings to be useful and sound great. When you are switching back and forth demoing a bass some don't sound as good as others. Not really the way to look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    I use the single coil on my sterling 5 HS in
    extremely boomy rooms ...........
    Clearly, the bridge single has wormed its way
    into our hearts. It's been around, unchanged,
    since the first SR5 1H, and then continued on
    the 1H Sterling 4-string. A 1H bass has "only"
    3 choices on the switch, and if only 2 outa 3
    choices proved useful to most players, surely
    at some point loooong ago EBMM woulda just
    rethunk the whole shuhbang.

    My own SH Sterlings are FL, so the hottitude
    is smooth, "molten" rather than "explosive".
    Last edited by Golem; 07-14-2017 at 03:02 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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    Big Ron wrote:

    > I really do not prefer the isolated neck humbucker at all. It does not sound anything like a pbass (not like it is supposed to),

    I didn't like the neck humbucker solo'd on any of my 2H basses with my usual amp rig, but i recently got a new speaker (Acme Low B-1, much more clean, clear and hi-fi than usual bass cabs) and today i tried 2 of them through it and really liked the tone, and thought it was very much like a P-bass. Less muddy than it used to be. Shrug.

    Golem wrote:

    > If you wanna get silly, you can run the unused position to ground and call it your mute switch :-)

    Not a terrible idea, really.
    Last edited by Michael Murphy; 07-13-2017 at 10:48 PM. Reason: mistake
    SR 5 H trans teal fretless, 1993 - my first
    SR 5 H trans red fretted*, 1990 (orig. lined fl)
    SR 5 HH Dargie I fretted, 2007
    SR 5 Hp black fretless, 2007, white pg
    SR 4 HH BFR Redwood top, 2008, mahogany neck
    25th Anniversary 5 HSS fretted, 2009
    Reflex 5 Lamborghini orange burst
    Bongo 5 HHp Sapphire fretted, 2004
    Bongo 5 HSp Cardinal red sparkle fretless, 2014
    Bongo 6 HS Starry Night fretless ebony, 2017, w/roasted neck
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    Maybe this is the impetus for a Gamechanger Stingray variant? Not likely but it's a thought.

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