EBMM Stingray bass blue
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: New to me SBMM Valentine but question on pickups

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9

    New to me SBMM Valentine but question on pickups

    Howdy all!

    I just joined your merry band (although my son has had a stingray fretless 5 for the past 6 years, so perhaps I have been an EBMM owner for a while as I funded his purchase).

    I have been wanting an EBMM Valentine for a bit but with a kid in college and one in daycare my disposable income has been, well, disposed of. So I picked up a SBMM Valentine yesterday. The original owner did some nice things to make it a player (new tone pot for a Q sound, refinished neck after sanding, level a couple frets, and strap locks).

    My question is; what is the material in the pickups? Are they ceramic or alnico?



    Thanks all!

    The Beatnik

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Mass
    Posts
    10,005
    Welcome!! Remember a guitar does not exist without pictures, hahahahaha.

    About the pickups your best bets would be to post this question on Facebook for the Sterling by Music Man group and/or email Sterling by Music Man directly as they are run by Praxis I believe.

    Glenn. |B)
    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    ATHENS, HELLAS
    Posts
    565
    Have fun with it and congratulations on the purchase!!

    JPXI Cardinal Red
    JP12 Cherry Sugar
    MAJESTY Polar Noir
    MAJESTY Glacial Frost (on order)
    MAJESTY Iced Crimson
    ARTISAN MAJESTY 7 Rosso
    MONARCHY MAJESTY 7 Black Knight
    NOMAC MAJESTY #11 Timeworn Matte Silver

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9
    Thanks guys...

    Yes, I need to get a pic. Until then meet my favorite rig, figment.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9
    Well the SBMM Valentine went back. It was just too far for me to get her completely right (my PRS and Big Tex Tele have ruined me). So I ordered a EBMM Valentine in Saturn gold and it will be here tomorrow. I think I’m having trouble sleeping I am so excited. Which is why I am rambling (I need more coffee).

    Watch for th NGD post!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Nottingham UK
    Posts
    590
    Now that's how you do it - straight in to the water!

    (a little envious - i'm jonesing for a valentine myself)
    Albert Lee HH - White
    Albert Lee SSS - 3tsb
    Cutlas SSS - Vintage Turquoise
    St Vincent - BFR Trans Gold
    American Vintage 59 Strat - Sherwood Green
    FSR 50s Strat - Jetstream Blue

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by TrapperJ View Post
    Now that's how you do it - straight in to the water!

    (a little envious - i'm jonesing for a valentine myself)

    Sink or swim, right?

    Y’all feel free to employ my strategy of “oh this is inexpensive but oh it does not work for me, so let’s spend the big bucks”.

    It might only work once but oh what a work it is.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Paris, France
    Posts
    5,233
    Quote Originally Posted by The Beatnik View Post
    My question is; what is the material in the pickups? Are they ceramic or alnico?
    How do they sound? A pickup is the sum of its parts. AlNiCo pickups can be made to be harsh and shrill or warm to the point of dull. AlNiCo has been fe****ized as some sort of magical mystical thing. Ceramic magnets can be part of a great pickup design.
    An Irishman in Paris...
    2005 LE Buttercream Silhouette Special

    Forum Rules and Useful MM Guitar Info
    Required reading - Forum Decorum

    Ernie Ball Customer Service
    Music Man Customer Service

    I do not work for EBMM. I'm just a moderator.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9
    The neck pickup never really cleaned up. It had a nice tone, it was balanced and could have airy-ness of a 335 but never quite got to completely clean. The bridge pickup was a nice Tele sounding pickup. It was more focused in the upper registers but was not really shrill like some can be. I really enjoyed that pickup when I was playing along to some Tom Petty because you could dig into the strings and you would get bite on the E and as strings. The two together was pretty good. I liked the sound but sometime it got a little lost, which may have just been my set up on the pickups themselves.

    The thing that killed it for me was trying to set up the neck. I play with a very light touch and I like a very low action and I could not get it low enough without getting a sitar sound on bent B and G strings at the 12th fret. And then I spend a fair amount of time above the 15th fret and I would just have notes choke out on me. I think someone who likes a little higher action will love that guitar. I am just super picky and I and my wallet are coming to grips with that fact.

    She is at the GC in Lewisville, Tx if you want her. Good guitar and the neck looks beautiful.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Paris
    Posts
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by The Beatnik View Post
    Sink or swim, right?

    Y’all feel free to employ my strategy of “oh this is inexpensive but oh it does not work for me, so let’s spend the big bucks”.
    I did worse, I bought the EBMM Valentine just because the SBMM wasn't available in black. At least you tried the SBMM .

    Congrats on the new guitar. Hope you enjoy this one. Mine hasn't fallen from its #1 spot since I got it (it's been a year and a month).

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    9
    Thanks! That is great to hear that your Valentine is steadily holding on to the #1 spot in the peloton. That gives me hope about buying without playing her first. And I am pretty excited as she is on the truck for delivery today. I am just hoping they don’t try to deliver when my son, who is home from college, is gone to his dentist appt. keeping fingers, toes, and other extremities crossed.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
EBMM Stingray bass pink