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    SUB name

    Is there a particular reason the SUB name was reused from the American line for the entry-level SBMM? It seems to have caused a bit of confusion online. I also wonder if thatís kept down the prices for the used EBMM SUBs.

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    Maybe just to drive Talkbass insane? If so, it worked, although it seems they've got it sorted now.

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    For extra TB insanity sterling was also shared.

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    It was watching insects in a jar, fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    For extra TB insanity sterling was also shared.
    And I've got the ultimate subspecies [accidental pun ... honest !] if
    you relish all the name confusion ....

    I've got an EBMM USA S.U.B., Sterling model rather than SR model,
    altho it's bassically the SR model [alnico, no 3-way switch] but with
    the 3 band EQ. Mebbe has the extra fret [not sure, I never play up
    there anywho]. Does have the asymmetric Sterling style of PG and
    has no chrome banana [rear routed].

    And is she a keeper ? Acoarst, for life ! We share the same birthday.
    Her exact s/n is in the database, listed by some previous owner :-)

    When she came home to Daddy I got her a new sooper cool PG and
    black control knobs. Click pic to make big [3 clicks to see full size]:

    SUB name-mm-sterling-sub-jpg
    Last edited by Golem; 03-03-2018 at 11:49 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"

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    And heads explode...

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    Didn’t even think or know until reading this that there was USA SUB STERLING version in existence. WoW!
    I know the Stingray 5 version is still very sought after, partly because of it being styled the same as the 4 version
    (Pretty sure there is on on eBay atm if anyone is interested)

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    And I've got the ultimate subspecies [accidental pun ... honest !] if
    you relish all the name confusion ....

    I've got an EBMM USA S.U.B., Sterling model rather than SR model,
    altho it's bassically the SR model [alnico, no 3-way switch] but with
    the 3 band EQ. Mebbe has the extra fret [not sure, I never play up
    there anywho]. Does have the asymmetric Sterling style of PG and
    has no chrome banana [rear routed].

    And is she a keeper ? Acoarst, for life ! We share the same birthday.
    Her exact s/n is in the database, listed by some previous owner :-)

    When she came home to Daddy I got her a new sooper cool PG and
    black control knobs. Click pic to make big [3 clicks to see full size]:

    SUB name-mm-sterling-sub-jpg
    You're not alone, I'm the original owner of a 2004 SUB Sterling in black. Now that I see yours with the upgraded pickguard, I think mine needs a facelift. Will a regular Sterling guard fit?

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    Since were on the topic...
    I own a Bongo 5 HH, I love it. But, I've been thinking of getting a 4 string bass. I was actually looking at the older MIA SUB basses. I have a line on a really nice kept one selling for around 400-500. How is the quality of these basses and is it worth 400 if its in mint condition.

    As much as i'd love to spring another 1600+ to get a Stingray, if the MIA SUBs are really good quality, it might suffice.

    brash

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    Great Bass. Good quality. 400 sounds good.
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    I have owned 16 of them and they were all great basses. $400 is fair price

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    Also, how do they compare to say a new ray 34, ray 34qm, ray 34 koa?

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    Those sound great too but the neck on a sub feels better to me plus better tuners and that wonderful sticker that says USA on it.

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    if you can get past the tolex finish, they are fantastic value basses.



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    I never minded the finish other than it wears easily.

    I have to say that the SUBs were great. In a way they were a bit early. BP's goal in introducing the line was to show that EBMM could make a quality bass in the USA for under $1K. But back then a Stingray 4 string wasn't $2K!

    I am not complaining about the cost of a Stingray. But I am saying that now would be a great time to reintroduce a no-frills SR to get players hooked who might not be able to afford the flagship. That is what the USA SUB did for many I am sure.

    Personally, I have a few SUBs and a few MusicMan SRs and Sterlings. I love them all. The SUBs always struck me as a little bit mellower than the SR and man do I love the SUB 5 strings!

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