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Thread: My NT Stingray is a little piece of history

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    My NT Stingray is a little piece of history

    Hi everyone.

    For those who may not know, Matt Umanov's shop in the Greenwich Village sadly closed yesterday. Feeling nostalgic and knowing the end was nigh, I walked in to the shop this weekend to learn that they only had one bass remaining for sale: a gorgeous white NT Stingray.

    Since I fell in love with the NT when I first played it at NAMM 2015 and it was the very last bass to be sold at Matt's store, I bought it! They guys were cool and even wrote that it was their last bass on my receipt, so it is a little piece of history now, bittersweet though it may be.

    And man, history aside, it is such a great bass. I was delightfully surprised to learn that it features an updated 3B preamp and was wondering why that feature is not advertised or discussed more. Folks seem to rave about the new 30th anniversary SR5 preamp...

    And while we are at it, can anyone tell me what the differences are, technically speaking? I notice it is a little less harsh in the treble frequencies is that correct?

    Anyway, my hats off to the Ernie Ball team for making such a fine bass. I wouldn't think you could improve upon something as classic and great as a Stingray, and the original will always be a favorite, but the NT version is definitely a formidable tool and a welcome and well-executed re-imagining of one of the greatest basses money can buy.

    I just need to send in my warranty card and I am ready to rock!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Rhode Island
    Congrats! Pics?

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Ah, no pics no bass. Here you go!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Vienna Austria
    Very nice. White pu covers woud be killer...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Poison SoCal
    Always sad to see a good local store have to close their doors... had a similar experience here a couple of years ago.
    They had been around for many years and had lots of great stuff, all of which was up for sale. We bought a number of things, including a couple of EBMM banners and such...
    Anyway, that is a beautiful bass!
    Balls are Best!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Oh man! I usually go on a Boxing Day NYC pub crawl, but had to work instead. We usually go right by Umanov guitars.

    Any news on whether they will relocate? Such a shame that so many iconic places keep getting priced out.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple fretboard / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood Fretboard/ 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Signature Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    U.K Shropshire.
    Great looking bass. Bitter sweet history. Music shops. Pubs. There all becoming a thing of the past like a lot of things unfortunately

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")

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