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  1. #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassmanmicah View Post
    Sorry to bring back an old thread but this seems like a good place to start. Reflecting on my bass collection, the "one that got away" continues to be a 5 string Big Al SSS. I saw one a few years back in Sky Blue with maple board and matching headstock, which is the exact bass I am looking for, but I missed out. If anyone knows where to find this unicorn, please let me know!
    I sold it and a Big Al 5H (tangerine pearl, rosewood, matching headstock) to a session player in Los Angeles back in 2016. I was looking to simply my setup and he was looking for two jack-of-all-trades basses. Needless to say the combo was a perfect match for him.

  2. #17

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    Picked up this beauty last night! It's pretty rad!
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  3. #18

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    Wow that’s a beauty! Normally I’d say maple is deal breaker but I’m sure I’d cope!
    Nice one

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  4. #19

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Wow that’s a beauty! Normally I’d say maple is deal breaker but I’m sure I’d cope!
    Nice one
    My first 2 stingrays both had oiled maple FB. These days I even can tolerate a finished maple fretboard. I don't know what changed, as I used to be "must be rosewood or ebony".
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck
    2021 Stingray RS Pacific Blue Sparkle / Maple FB

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    My first 2 stingrays both had oiled maple FB. These days I even can tolerate a finished maple fretboard. I don't know what changed, as I used to be "must be rosewood or ebony".
    Fretboard material is a strange one, some say they can’t tell what’s what in a blind test. Story’s I’ve heard are, maple is smoother so better for bending stings on, and rosewood looks to stay cleaner.
    Personally I think rosewood creates a mental warmth where maple is cold. With that in mind it makes the maple sound brighter, if it really does or not .....
    But I agree theses days I’m open to any material, especially roasted maple.
    Lacquer on the back of the neck is a deal breaker for me but that’s another conversation

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  6. #21

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    I used to swear that I had a preference for rosewood , and then one day realized that my two favourite basses at that time , both had maple necks .
    An oops moment .
    Now I say it really doesn’t matter ,but today my two favourites both have rosewood .

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    Sad that the Big Al didn’t sell better. What if Sterling by Music Man we’re to release a Big Al? That SSS pickup setup was killer!

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    Well, my hunt is over!!! I just received my Big Al 5 SSS that I've been searching forever for. Beautiful color. Its a metallic Red with an aged white pearloid pickguard, and all maple neck. I'll post some better outside pics later to really see the color and sparkle.

    Now, It's apparent that it needs a good set up, the neck feels dry as well, action is very high and I'm sure the intonation is way off. I plan to replace the strings and clean it and set it up. The pick up height doesn't seem correct either on each pick up. Unfortunately, I can't find any set up info for a Big Al anywhere, including the EBMM site. I'm guessing I would just use the general recommended heights listed on the site but any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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    This one just popped up in the Vault! I'd jump on it if I didn't already have one.

    Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al SSS Bass Roasted Alder 2009 | Reverb

    1998 Sterling 4H honeyburst lined fretless
    2006 30th Anniversary Stingray
    2014 Bongo 4HSp neptune blue w/roasted maple neck
    2014 Big Al 4SSS inca silver w/full rosewood neck

  10. #25

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    Yes! Go go go go go go!
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck
    2021 Stingray RS Pacific Blue Sparkle / Maple FB

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    Quote Originally Posted by muggsy View Post
    This one just popped up in the Vault! I'd jump on it if I didn't already have one.

    Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al SSS Bass Roasted Alder 2009 | Reverb
    I would be all over that one if it weren't missing a string. :-)
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    14 Bongo 5 HSp fl Cardinal red sparkle
    17 Bongo 6 HS fl Starry Night
    12 Sterling 5 HS PDN honey
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  12. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by muggsy View Post
    This one just popped up in the Vault! I'd jump on it if I didn't already have one.

    Ernie Ball Music Man Big Al SSS Bass Roasted Alder 2009 | Reverb
    I saw that link earlier today at around 2:30pm and was about to buy it but then I saw that it had sold

    I hope EBMM has a few more Big Al bodies lying around...
    StingRay Special BFR Fretless Vintage Sierra Burst (2019)
    StingRay Special HH BFR Dargie Delight 3 (2019)
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  13. #28

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    Me too. Big Al 5 SSS, later version with Mahogany body and lighter tuners in Candy Orange with rosewood board, please! It would complement my alder/maple sunburst 5 SSS nicely. Fantastic basses and very versatile.

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    I have mine since May this year. Fantastic tone options. The maple board gives lots of Attack
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