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Thread: Old Smoothie unlike any Stingray I have owned before....

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    Old Smoothie unlike any Stingray I have owned before....

    I get why this bass was released as the 40th Anniversary. It is different in very subtle ways from any Stingray that most of us have ever played. The pickup is an obvious departure in its design and although it does change the tone ever so slightly, there is more than enough of what we know in our ears to be Stingrays left in it to make that undeniable. I find myself adding a bit more highs to this bass than I normally would on a Stingray and it comes in in a very mild way.... not harsh tonal changes. Sterling is right.... it just seems very old school. The bass is brand new but it feels like it has been played for 40 years.... If you like scotch, you understand that a 12 and 15 year old single malt scotch is nice and smooth.... ah but an 18 year old is just nicer.... in ways that are sometimes hard to put into words. That is what it is like trying to describe the tone of the Old Smoothie. Its just a little sweeter and smoother.

    OK, enough of the esoteric jank.... where the rubber meets the road.... That friggin neck! OMG it is such a sweet feeling player to me. It is one of those basses you just cant put down. It plays so effortlessly. It is one of those instruments that does not inhibit your playing in anyway. It is a slim and fast playing neck that feels great in my hand. And the lovely alder body is nice and light and resonant. The fit and finish are so sweet and my goodness what a looker.

    This along with my new Caprice are the first new basses I have purchased in a while that I will not be putting flat wounds on. It sounds great just the way it came from the factory. Cannot wait to gig this lovely.
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Hey Scott. Congrats.

    I actually put Group 11 Flats on mine. It adds to the black epoxy smoothness under the control plate
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    I have been interseted in buying one of these for sometime, but I would want it in the original Chocolate Burst. But I now understand that they have now been discontinued. Is this correct?
    Musicman Classic Stingray 4H Sunburst with Maple Fretboard and Birdseye finish (2016)

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    I still see them offered in the original chocoburst..... I do not believe it has been discontinued at all.
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
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    Hey Scott. Congrats.

    I actually put Group 11 Flats on mine. It adds to the black epoxy smoothness under the control plate

    Gav I am so tempted to put flats on it but I have flats on like 80% of my basses and this one sounds so good with the Slinkys on it... but you never know with me...
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Thanks Scott I really like it too
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    Please contact customer service prior to posting instrument issues
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    Thanks

    Please dont add me as a friend on facebook....my life is an open book here as it is.

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    I really love it in the mint green finish (which Scott/BarmyAss has) because, well it's green, isn't it? When I purchased mine, I was unaware that it would be available in other finishes, so mine's the original burst. Maybe it was better that I didn't know about the finish options.

    As I told Scott the other day, I had a chance to play and fondle the original Old Smoothie as much as I wanted, and I wanted to do it a lot. It's a special bass and the repros are special, too. In the end, I'm glad mine resembles as closely as possible the original, albeit without the Canadian motif on the headstock (I'm looking).

    If memory serves, and it often does not, anniversary models are offered until the point at which production/delivery would put it into the next (non-anniversary) year. This makes sense. I would think, however, that dealers will have some stock after that point, so check around before throwing up your hands and having seizures and wailing and gnashing your teeth.

    Unless you like that sort of thing.

    The new/Old Smoothies are truly special beasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    If memory serves, and it often does not, anniversary models are offered until the point at which production/delivery would put it into the next (non-anniversary) year.
    I stand corrected, which I prefer to sitting corrected.... I spoke too soon. Actually the only ones I see available are the Butterscotch and Mint Green. So I recon it is not really a 40th Anniversary but rather a Mint Green Old Smoovie I gots. Learn something every day.
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Oh no.... that means I missed the boat on the 30th SR5 too. Ah well..... I cant have em all. But I'm damn well trying.
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Just to clear things up The Old Smoothie is still available in Chocolate Burst according to the EB website. I better get in there quick while it is still available
    It seems like no one knows when it will be discontinued.
    Musicman Classic Stingray 4H Sunburst with Maple Fretboard and Birdseye finish (2016)

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    Quote Originally Posted by armybass View Post
    Oh no.... that means I missed the boat on the 30th SR5 too. Ah well..... I cant have em all. But I'm damn well trying.
    Bass Central still has a 30th SR5 available as I type this.

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    Good job I doubled up then!







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    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    Good job I doubled up then!
    Holy cow. Well played, Sir.

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    No doubt! My hero!
    2017 Caprice
    2017 40th Anniversary Old Smoothie
    2017 Stingray Classic Natural
    2015 Stingray Natural
    2015 Sabre Classic Natural
    2014 Sterling Classic Natural
    2013 Sterling Fretless HH Black
    2007 Sterling Honeyburst
    1991 Stingray 2 Band Black Maple

    on order
    Sterling 5 Natural
    Stingray 5 Natural

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    Good job I doubled up then!
    Only one more - and you'll reach 30 Ernie Balls.
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