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Thread: Would A Musicman Stingray Bass Head Get Bent Forward?

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    Question Would A Musicman Stingray Bass Head Get Bent Forward?

    Hey guys I'm new here and I want to be a Musicman user.
    I am planning to buy a Stingray 4 Special or a used stingray 4.
    But I have a worry. I had bad experiences when I was using Fender and Sandberg basses. The long heads with 4 tuners in one row were pulled bent forward by the strings.
    That didn't cause any problems in use but is just annoying. In fact, I like my Lakland SK460, which is a cheap bass, but with a thick headstock and a thick head-neck joint, the headstock is dead parallel with the fingerboard.
    So I think If the Musicman Stingray 4's shorter headstock with a 3+1 tuner layout will get rid of this issue? Thanks~

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    I’ve never seen this on any bass, and certainly not any of the EBMM basses I own or have played.

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    Are you sure the headstock is bent forward from the string pressure? Fender headstocks use string trees, so I'm not sure it really matters.
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    Never heard of or seen a headstock bend forward. They generally don’t bend but brake.
    But yes. The Stingray’s are rock solid

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    "were pulled bent forward by the strings." ????
    I'd like to see a picture of that....
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    That must be some crazy high strung tuning to do that. Sounds more like abusing than using.

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    Headstocks don’t bend they just break. Usually when the guitar/bass falls forward (falls off a stand for instance) and hits the ground on its nut, the pressure within the headstock usually causes the break. It won’t bend.
    7ender headstocks do by design slant forward slightly so it could be that’s what you are describing is meant to be like that

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    Thanks for everyone
    I asked my friends who are using Stingray 4, and none of their Stingrays has this problem
    I just bought a used Stingray 4H with a rift sawn neck, from Japan Yahoo, waiting for the result~

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    Yeeeeeah, I don't even know how many Music Man basses I've owned....over a hundred, surely...and never heard of anything like this.

    I think you're safe.

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    My Stingray arrived and —— Here it is, and it actually bends forwards indeed...

    Would A Musicman Stingray Bass Head Get Bent Forward?-stingray-bass-head-bending-forwards-jpg

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    I would like to help but I even don't understand where the Stingray is on your photo... so telling if it bends... please send better pictures

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    It’s ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jef View Post
    I would like to help but I even don't understand where the Stingray is on your photo... so telling if it bends... please send better pictures
    keeping uploading failed...
    Can you see the pics in this link?
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachments...9-jpg.4061163/
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachments...0-jpg.4061164/
    thx

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    the bending does not only appears when the headstock is pulled by string...
    I remove the string (also the truss rod) and the bending is still there
    I am going to send my neck to a luthier to treat it with heat and steam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Zhang View Post
    the bending does not only appears when the headstock is pulled by string...
    I remove the string (also the truss rod) and the bending is still there
    I am going to send my neck to a luthier to treat it with heat and steam
    Why? the second picture you posted looks like there is no bend at all. You are getting fooled by the angle.

    And the "luthier" you find is probably going to look at you pretty strange when you ask him to "straighten the headstock". Since you are over at talkbass, I would recommend posting those pictures in the Luthier's forum, and see what they say before you look for someone to steam just the headstock, which is something I have never heard of anyone doing.
    Last edited by tbonesullivan; 11-22-2020 at 04:10 PM.
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    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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