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    2004 Music Man Sterling Desert Gold

    Just picked this up used at a local music shop. Serial number is F10000. I can’t find any manuals anywhere. What does the switch do? This is my first MM bass, I came from a Fender Jazz and an Epiphone SG. I ordered an Orange Crush 100 amp should be arriving tomorrow. Can’t wait to mess around with it. I like a distorted heavier sound, I’m sure I will be able to achieve that. Anybody have any links they can point me to regarding what all the switches/knobs do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janksy View Post
    Just picked this up used at a local music shop. Serial number is F10000. I can’t find any manuals anywhere. What does the switch do? This is my first MM bass, I came from a Fender Jazz and an Epiphone SG. I ordered an Orange Crush 100 amp should be arriving tomorrow. Can’t wait to mess around with it. I like a distorted heavier sound, I’m sure I will be able to achieve that. Anybody have any links they can point me to regarding what all the switches/knobs do?
    Cool #Serial. Check this out:
    http://static.music-man.com.s3-us-we...s+20160101.pdf
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    Thank you my friend. Now to decipher what exactly parallel and all that means. Awesome schematic.

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    And the serial number data base is here for more in info on your new bass.
    Serial Number Database | Ernie Ball Music Man
    Can we have some photos please

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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    2004 Music Man Sterling Desert Gold-2e52b9a0-268a-469d-8985-133d2b32a297-jpeg

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    I love that finish.

    What I do on my basses that have the 3 way switch is I knock it all the way back towards the bridge and never touch it again. I have no idea whether that is series or parallel or if I've somehow opened a door into another dimension, but I know that's the sound I want.

    Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janksy View Post
    2004 Music Man Sterling Desert Gold-2e52b9a0-268a-469d-8985-133d2b32a297-jpeg
    Nice color, my first EBMM was Desert Gold
    And would you look at the tops on the knobs, some kind of aftermarket pearlyness I think?
    About the switch: The pickup is of course a humbucker, and one setting is single coil (more like a Jazz pickup if you will), one setting is parallell (full bodied sound, nice and sits well in mixes IMHO) and the third setting is series (louder, a bit more aggressive). I like parallell best, but can't remember which of the settings is parallell. My guess is switch to the bridge though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by janksy View Post
    2004 Music Man Sterling Desert Gold-2e52b9a0-268a-469d-8985-133d2b32a297-jpeg
    Desert Gold is one of my all time favourite colours!
    Consider trying (if you can find one) a Black Ice pick guard to really make the colour pop !
    Enjoy your new bass!

    As mentioned the three way switch is
    Series/Single/Parallel
    Or
    Parallel/Single/Series depending on how you look at it

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Desert Gold is one of my all time favourite colours!
    Consider trying (if you can find one) a Black Ice pick guard to really make the colour pop !
    Enjoy your new bass!

    As mentioned the three way switch is
    Series/Single/Parallel
    Or
    Parallel/Single/Series depending on how you look at it
    I had a desert gold Boingo with a tortise PG.
    The yellow-goldish elements in that PG were
    a dead match for the DG paint. Waaaay cool.
    Not likely to ever see it again, it's in Japan :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    I had a desert gold Boingo with a tortise PG.
    The yellow-goldish elements in that PG were
    a dead match for the DG paint. Waaaay cool.
    Not likely to ever see it again, it's in Japan :-(
    Desert Gold is the ultimate Boingo colour as far as I’m concerned.
    Tort is also a favourite in the right setting. It had never crossed my mind to put it on DG but see your point!

    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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