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Thread: NBD: Aqua Sparkle Stingray Special 4HH

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    NBD: Aqua Sparkle Stingray Special 4HH

    I picked my Aqua sparkle Stingray Special up last week and am really well pleased with it. I already have a blue dawn SR4HH and a Neptune blue (thus mahogany) Classic Sabre but this bass is really quite different whilst also retaining that Stingray sound and vibe. So what's great about it?

    1) Weight - it's very light (lightest EBMM I have) - I haven't weighed it but it is extremely light - it also balances completely on my thigh when sat down - no hands!!
    2) Neck feel - the roasted maple feels so slick - it's the smoothest I've ever played - even more so than my roasted flamed maple Sabre.
    3) Look - well it's a stunner. And the ebony/roasted neck contrasts beautifully. Along with the stainless frets. The new tuners feel great - and the black hardware looks spot on.
    4) Sound - the EQ is great. As well as the standard HH sounds the revoiced pre amp and extra power seem to enable a lot more tone sculpting - the bass boost is STRONG and fat - reminiscent of the Bongo (but different - more of a fatter Stingray). The mid is revoiced with less boost and more cut available.
    5) Resonance - this bass when played acoustically has resonance like my Bongo. It's astonishing!!

    I've played it four or five times in rehearsals and gigs and it's really very impressive. I played it at a festival with an Orange valve amp plus 4x12, with a very large PA. the sound was fabulous.

    This is a very fine instrument. Thanks to EBMM for producing these basses, Mike at Andertons and Nick at Strings and Things for helping with the order for this - it appears to have been too wacky for a stock order - although they do have an HD yellow on show - sorry to have upset the Andertons staff taking their favourite Musicman bass of the Specials delivery away

    Update - see post #272 on attached link

    EBMM StingRay Special Club | Page 14 | TalkBass.com
    Last edited by drTStingray; 09-11-2018 at 05:21 PM. Reason: Added link with photos plus Apple thinks revoiced is revolved.....
    2014 Neptune Blue Classic Sabre - roasted maple neck with maple board, mahogany body
    2010 SR4 classic collection coral red/birdseye maple neck and board with Flatwounds
    2008 Bongo 5HHp lava pearl
    2007 SR4HH Blue Dawn LE/rosewood board
    2003 SR5H Natural/maple board
    1993 SR4 Fretless Sunburst birdseye maple neck
    1993 SR4 blueburst with flamed maple neck and board
    Markbass LM3/standard 2x10 HF and 2 x 10 Traveller now that's loud!

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    It sounds lovely.
    SR4HH is going to be my next bass it’s official

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E. ("Leighton")
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ("SunBlue")
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE AMPS.

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    Also my bass appears in this video from 12.52 - you get a good impression of the finish and sound - as I say, it's great!!

    Music Man Stingray Basses 2018 - In stock at Andertons now! - YouTube

    And a few more pics on this thread (which also has some pics of a charcoal sparkle a bit further on)

    MM 2018 Stingrays - Page 3 - Bass Guitars - Basschat
    Last edited by drTStingray; 09-11-2018 at 04:20 PM.
    2014 Neptune Blue Classic Sabre - roasted maple neck with maple board, mahogany body
    2010 SR4 classic collection coral red/birdseye maple neck and board with Flatwounds
    2008 Bongo 5HHp lava pearl
    2007 SR4HH Blue Dawn LE/rosewood board
    2003 SR5H Natural/maple board
    1993 SR4 Fretless Sunburst birdseye maple neck
    1993 SR4 blueburst with flamed maple neck and board
    Markbass LM3/standard 2x10 HF and 2 x 10 Traveller now that's loud!

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    I love the way these sound.
    -Ben

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