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    How could I have missed the Sterling?

    Hi everyone, long time since I posted anything here, but now I wnat to share...

    I have played Musicman basses for quite some time (I think I got my first Bongo 5 HH in 2005), mostly Bongo fivers but also SR, both 4 and 5 strings. Once I tried a Sterling 5 (London 2009), but until last week I had never had a 4 string Sterling in my hands.

    But, I "needed" a four string bass, there was a Sterling for sale and knowing the EBMM quality I had no hesitations about buying it without trying. I sort of knew about the Sterling: Kind of like a SR with a bit downsized body, thinner neck and parallell/single/series switch. Or so I thought...

    So I got it, a little surprised at the low weight, plugged it in at home, sounded fine, restrung it and set it up like I like it, and went to rehearsals, where the bass completely blew everyone away! Cuts through like no bass I have ever had before, packs an amazing punch and that stick like neck and tiny body felt totally like home after ten minutes. My band mates loved not only the sound, but they all agreed it looked great too!

    Yeah I like my new to me Sterling, think maybe I should have tried one earlier...
    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    It's all about the mids with those basses. I love 'em.

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    I’m seriously contemplating a Sterling next. I’m after something HH to replace my light function band bass. A Sterling is a very good contender

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

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    I enjoyed reading your post, Strummer. It made me want to try one. What color did you get?

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    I enjoyed reading your post, Strummer. It made me want to try one. What color did you get?
    Thanks
    It's black with a black pickguard and rosewood board, very low key.
    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strummer View Post
    Thanks
    It's black with a black pickguard and rosewood board, very low key.
    I'll tell ya what's not low key: that yellowy green bass in your avatar. Or, is that a filter trick? Do you have any pics of that?

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    I'll tell ya what's not low key: that yellowy green bass in your avatar. Or, is that a filter trick? Do you have any pics of that?
    That is Heinz, and I need to change my avatar as that bass is once again back with @Bovinehost, who will no doubt post pictures of said bass if asked.

    I have only owned Heinz twice, and I am looking forward to perhaps owning that bass again. It's that kind of bass.
    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strummer View Post
    That is Heinz, and I need to change my avatar as that bass is once again back with @Bovinehost, who will no doubt post pictures of said bass if asked.

    I have only owned Heinz twice, and I am looking forward to perhaps owning that bass again. It's that kind of bass.
    Good lord, man, how could you let it slip through your fingers twice?!?

    Just kidding, mostly. Is it a StingRay5?

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    If I would ever switch to bass, a Sterling would be it, sounds good and won't break my back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    Good lord, man, how could you let it slip through your fingers twice?!?

    Just kidding, mostly. Is it a StingRay5?
    What can I say, I am a slut.
    It's a Stingray 5, yes.
    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    Yes, you are. That is such an unusual color.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tollie View Post
    Yes, you are. That is such an unusual color.
    It was supposed to be trans green, came out slightly different, and I think Sterling Ball has a good name for the color...

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    bovinehost: Yes, I do agree with that, but if there's nothing wrong then there's nothing wrong.
    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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    Heinz is an icon, for sure. Hanging on the wall right now, secure between a Cutlass and a Bongo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    Heinz is an icon, for sure. Hanging on the wall right now, secure between a Cutlass and a Bongo.
    Come on, man...share the love...pics, please

    Oh, and do check my signature. I have a very special bass arriving tomorrow.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Natural

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    Sterlings are great. I've picked up two in the last year--a '00 trans red fretless and an '02 Blue Dawn. The Sterling fretless sound is amazing--I've wanted one for 25 years and I finally decided to just go get one. The Blue Dawn is my favorite finish so had to have one of those. Sterlings aren't all super light--the fretless is very light but the Blue Dawn Sterling is average--but they sound amazing and I love the neck on them. My favorite thing is to put super zingy bright strings on them and use them in series mode, with good eq they cut through like nothing else.

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