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    New Stingray

    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    Did you guys notice the changes to the Stingray 4 and 5?

    Neodymium magnets, 18 volt preamps? Sound familiar?
    Played the new Stingray yesterday at Namm with Sterling, John Ferraro, Albert Lee and Steve Morse. Just picked it up, plugged it in and went for it. This is a whole new ballgame here.1.5lbs lighter , Neo Pickups, new 18v preamp, roasted neck.The neck played like butter. 1st time for me on a roasted neck....loved it. The sound is super punchy without what I call the "self compressed" sound of the regular Ray. I played a single pickup 5 string. Much better access to the higher notes as the heel has been streamlined. You all will definitely want to try this bass!!

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    good to see EB not resting on their Laurels and trying to push the boundaries, like mentioned the music Industry is full of re-issues and companys making their own version of a P, J or MM bass.

    I wonder will it be a 4 band EQ like the bongo?
    With the Aluminium Tuners are they still Schallers or some other companys?

    Looking forward to trying the New Stingray only problem is being Australia we will get in in 2019!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmarotta View Post
    Played the new Stingray yesterday at Namm with Sterling, John Ferraro, Albert Lee and Steve Morse. Just picked it up, plugged it in and went for it. This is a whole new ballgame here.1.5lbs lighter , Neo Pickups, new 18v preamp, roasted neck.The neck played like butter. 1st time for me on a roasted neck....loved it. The sound is super punchy without what I call the "self compressed" sound of the regular Ray. I played a single pickup 5 string. Much better access to the higher notes as the heel has been streamlined. You all will definitely want to try this bass!!
    Thanks, Dave - saw a photo of you guys playing. Weird to see you without a Bongo.

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    Sweet.
    -Ben

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    I’ve been asking them about light weight ‘Rays a few times. Really excited. It may be a long shot, but does anybody know if all options remain available? A lefty lightweight 2018 ‘Ray with SLO neck (and one of those new sparkle finishes) would tick all my boxes!

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    Too bad the website doesn't show these new features. Looked today and SR5's have no mention of neo pickups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St_G View Post
    No more rosewood neck St. Vincent? Guess I'll be buying used.
    Was also considering buying one. That was one of the things that had me attracted to the St. Vincent. But with CITES was kind of expecting that to change, so was not surprised.

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    Still rosewood fretboards.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmang View Post
    Was also considering buying one. That was one of the things that had me attracted to the St. Vincent. But with CITES was kind of expecting that to change, so was not surprised.

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    NAMM ends tomorrow so I think I am okay posting what finishes are available for the bolt on Stingray 4 and 5 string basses. This list will also include what fretboard and pickguard you can get with each finish. I am really excited for these new Stingrays!

    Here are all be upgrades done to them.
    - Rounder body contours
    - Sculpted neck joint / 5 bolt
    - 22 stainless steel frets
    - Aluminum hardware
    - Neodymium magnets
    - 18-volt preamp
    - Cutlass/Caprice style bridge
    - Roasted neck


    Here are the finishes available with fretboard options and what color of pickguard will come on the bass standard, from the factory.

    Jet Black Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Jet Black Roasted Maple/Ebony Black

    Burnt Apple Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Vintage Tobacco Roasted Maple/Maple White

    Vintage Tobacco Roasted Maple/Rosewood White

    Classic Natural Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Classic Natural Roasted Maple/Rosewood Black

    Charcoal Sparkle Roasted Maple/Ebony Black

    Cruz Teal Roasted Maple/Ebony White

    Chopper Blue Roasted Maple/Rosewood White Pearloid

    Charging Green Roasted Maple/Maple White

    HD Yellow Roasted Maple/Rosewood Black

    Dropped Copper Roasted Maple/Maple White

    Ivory White Roasted Maple/Maple Mint

    Ivory White Roasted Maple/Rosewood Mint

    Aqua Sparkle Roasted Maple/Ebony Black

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    Thanks JayDawg!

    So it's not "envy green" as AJ've said but rather "charging green". Like it
    But no rosewood fingerboard option for this color. (Can't see any logic behind this).
    Is it set in stone?
    2004 EBMM Bongo 5HH Desert Gold w/ Orange Swirl PG
    1983 Music Man StingRay Bass Black&Maple

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    the new colours are soooooo killer....... a fretless Bongo 6 in Charging Green....yes ;p
    "Top pros 15 - Talkbass 0"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDawg View Post
    NAMM ends tomorrow so I think I am okay posting what finishes are available for the bolt on Stingray 4 and 5 string basses. This list will also include what fretboard and pickguard you can get with each finish. I am really excited for these new Stingrays!

    Here are all be upgrades done to them.
    - Rounder body contours
    - Sculpted neck joint / 5 bolt
    - 22 stainless steel frets
    - Aluminum hardware
    - Neodymium magnets
    - 18-volt preamp
    - Cutlass/Caprice style bridge
    - Roasted neck


    Here are the finishes available with fretboard options and what color of pickguard will come on the bass standard, from the factory.

    Jet Black Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Jet Black Roasted Maple/Ebony Black

    Burnt Apple Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Vintage Tobacco Roasted Maple/Maple White

    Vintage Tobacco Roasted Maple/Rosewood White

    Classic Natural Roasted Maple/Maple Black

    Classic Natural Roasted Maple/Rosewood Black

    Charcoal Sparkle Roasted Maple/Ebony Black

    Cruz Teal Roasted Maple/Ebony White

    Chopper Blue Roasted Maple/Rosewood White Pearloid

    Charging Green Roasted Maple/Maple White

    HD Yellow Roasted Maple/Rosewood Black

    Dropped Copper Roasted Maple/Maple White

    Ivory White Roasted Maple/Maple Mint

    Ivory White Roasted Maple/Rosewood Mint

    Aqua Sparkle Roasted Maple/Ebony Black
    Hi, do you happen to know if you can order the new Stingray 4's as lefties and with an SLO neck?

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    I rarely get excited about NAMM announcements, but a lighter Stingray is great, great news. Just when my slightly aching back and ever-advancing age were starting to concern me, this happens. Looks like I’ll be buying a new bass this year. That’s something I hadn’t planned on doing ever again! Now I need to familiarize myself with these colors!
    Last edited by lovechick; 01-29-2018 at 07:31 AM. Reason: typo

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    Charcoal Sparkle Roasted Maple/Ebony Black, calling my name.
    Damn, just checked on the website and sterling 5's don't come in that color.
    Last edited by five7; 01-28-2018 at 10:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicfreak1988 View Post
    Hi, do you happen to know if you can order the new Stingray 4's as lefties and with an SLO neck?
    On my order sheet, I do not see any options for Stingrays that are Lefties, with SLO necks or matching head stocks. After NAMM ends, I will email AJ and find out if those are still options.

    For basses, the only lefties that I see offered are for Sterling 4 string basses.

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