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    The Big Al 5 S-S-S,

    Is this thing a unicorn or what? I've been on the hunt for one for a few years now. I never see them for sale anywhere used. Looking for a maple board but I'm open to the rosewood fretboard as well. Don't really care what color it is either. Would want it to be in working condition active and passive controls both working. If anyone knows where I can find one I'd be forever grateful. I'm almost thinking of calling EBMM and seeing if they do 1 off stuff like this anymore. EBMM Custom Shop??

    Thanks in advance.
    2017 Stingray 4H Spectrachrome color shift (originally Mint Green)
    2019 Stingray Special 4H Burnt Apple
    2019 Stingray Special 5H Dropped Copper
    2010 Big Al S-S-S Black 4 string
    2010 Big Al 5 S-S-S Sparkle Red

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    EBMM won't build one. Best place to search is Reverb, but you're right - they are rare.

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    And always show up at the most inconvenient times !

    If you come across a rosewood single H please point it in my direction

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005.LE
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    There's a neptune blue Big Al 5 SSS that just popped up in the TB classifieds.

    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

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    And there is a Sunburst 5 SSS on Reverb in the UK

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005.LE
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    I snapped up the one in the UK. I’ve ordered a black 3-ply pickguard as the stock faded yellow Pearl isn’t quite to my taste. It’s fantastic - nothing like a Stingray in terms of tone but with the same feel. It has so many tones it takes a while to experiment, but sooner or later you’ll find a perfect setting for a given tone. Just the back pickup is a very passable Bridge J tone, middle pickup only is a decent P tone, but the real gems are the mixture of pickups. Aside from the bridge+middle in series, every other setting is basically the same volume, active or passive, and there’s a 4-band eq and passive tone to boot! Stellar B string as always from EB. Ironically the only tone it doesn’t nail is a Stingray - but that’s what a Stingray or Sterling is for!
    I’ll be looking for another as I’d like one in a brighter colour with a rosewood board as I already have a Sterling 5HH with maple board - say tangerine orange

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    The Big Al had the look . A unique one .
    I always wanted one , but I’ve never actually seen one in the flesh . Our local dealer (L&M in Canada) just seems to stock Rays . I thought the Al was one of the funkiest things I’d seen . Still do .
    If a short scale version ever made it to market I’d be down with GAS and anxiety .
    I’d be a perfect mess .

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    If we can’t get it as a regular production model, what about a BFR? That would be sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by muggsy View Post
    There's a neptune blue Big Al 5 SSS that just popped up in the TB classifieds.
    Dang, wish i had known about that sooner - i've been dying for some Neptune Blue.
    93 SR 5 H fl trans teal
    90 SR 5 H fretted* trans red (orig. fl)
    07 SR 5 HH DD I
    07 SR 5 Hp fl black/w
    08 SR 4 HH BFR Redwood
    09 SR 5 H DD II
    09 25th Anni 5 HSS
    09 Reflex 5 Rosewood
    10 Reflex 5 Lamborghini orangeburst
    04 Bongo 5 HHp Sapphire
    06 Bongo 5 Hp Egyptian Smoke
    14 Bongo 5 HSp fl Cardinal red sparkle
    17 Bongo 6 HS fl Starry Night
    12 Sterling 5 HS PDN honey
    14 Sterling 5 HH Pacific Blueburst
    12 Big Al 5 PDN honey
    19 SR 4 DD III
    70s EB Earthwood bass
    72 EB Earthwood guitar

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    Found a Unicorn and bought it! See here:

    Big Al S-S-S

    Need some set up advice from those who know. See the post linked for details and pics.

    Thanks to all that searched and listed, much appreciated.
    2017 Stingray 4H Spectrachrome color shift (originally Mint Green)
    2019 Stingray Special 4H Burnt Apple
    2019 Stingray Special 5H Dropped Copper
    2010 Big Al S-S-S Black 4 string
    2010 Big Al 5 S-S-S Sparkle Red

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