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    Help: Quote from the seller: "Great Music Man Sterling...

    Quote from the seller:
    "Great Music Man Sterling series Sting Ray 4 bass guitar, bass with low action, great tone and output, satin Tabaco burst finish, upgraded look..."

    I take it by "upgraded...
  2. I play Stingrays because I like P bass necks, and...

    I play Stingrays because I like P bass necks, and dislike thin J bass necks. I do prefer B neck width to C neck width on P basses (1.625" vs 1.75"), which is basically how Stingray necks are like. So...
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    They have stamped numbers inside the pocket and...

    They have stamped numbers inside the pocket and on the neck, but it's not DOB. EBMM cannot give you any information about them as they don't have them in their database, unfortunately.
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    I have a Stingray EX 3 bander, late 90s. Yes,...

    I have a Stingray EX 3 bander, late 90s. Yes, it's the same original hardware, electronics and pickups. They made the bodies and necks in Japan, finished them and put the original EBMM guts on them....
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    Not a fan of stainless steel myself, they always...

    Not a fan of stainless steel myself, they always sound scooped. What sounds "nasal" to you, sounds like it has mids to me, and sounds less sterile and scooped to me. That said, I don't personally...
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    I play mine through Gallien Krueger 2001RB and...

    I play mine through Gallien Krueger 2001RB and 410 RBH (sometimes 2 of those cabs together) and love it. GK RB amps with either RBH cabs or an Ampeg 810 + Stingray are classic growly tone.
  7. Probably to keep with the classic Stingray style,...

    Probably to keep with the classic Stingray style, they never had a switch. Fivers introduced it. Sterling 4H does have a switch on the other hand.
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    I tried TI flats on my 2 band Stingray. I LOVED...

    I tried TI flats on my 2 band Stingray. I LOVED the tone, but they were too floppy and low tension for my liking. The tone was a fantastic, mid rich old school tone though. I sold that 2 bander last...
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    Red silks - they might have been TI flats. If...

    Red silks - they might have been TI flats. If they were very low tension and pliable - they were most likely TI flats. Very popular and respected flats, but quite unique. Anyways, I love my 2 bander...
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    This. A lot more tension on the bass neck than a...

    This. A lot more tension on the bass neck than a guitar. Usually, the flamed neck version of EBMM basses have a gloss poly finish on them. My BFR Stingray had a roasted flamed maple neck, and a poly...
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    Flamed maple is less stable/more sensitive to...

    Flamed maple is less stable/more sensitive to weather changes too, especially without any hard finish on it.
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    Help: Either a neck swap, or a neck refinish. I've seen...

    Either a neck swap, or a neck refinish. I've seen a couple where people took the black paint off and put the Stingray logo on the headstock. Is there a visible "tan" line on your neck? That would...
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    Yup that is your easiest option. One of the...

    Yup that is your easiest option. One of the better aftermarket ones are John East, Nordstrand and Retrovibe Stinger.
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    Sure it would work, why wouldn't it? That is,...

    Sure it would work, why wouldn't it? That is, unless you grab one of the very early pickups (up to 77') that have the longer pole pieces, those won't fit in the cavity.

    I've turned one of my...
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    It's still just a repackaged LM3 in a heavier...

    It's still just a repackaged LM3 in a heavier case. Class D or not, Markbass have always been lightweight amps. It's not even a big (at least toroidal) transformer.
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    Central Europe. Older Markbass heads weren't...

    Central Europe. Older Markbass heads weren't Class D either. Everything is Class D nowadays though.. Shame.
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    Aren't they basically Markbass with MM...

    Aren't they basically Markbass with MM aesthetics? Markbass is doing ok in Europe, but it's not as popular anymore. Now if those were like the old tube power section amps, that would be something....
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    Question: I would notice the difference in feel definitely....

    I would notice the difference in feel definitely. I'd take that gamble any day, blindfold me. Tone? Nah, less important.

    First time i put my strings body-through was a year ago. I expected no...
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    Question: I would certainly notice a difference in feel. I...

    I would certainly notice a difference in feel. I don't like body-through because it makes the strings feel tauter and stiffer. Which tonally translated to less "crunchy" tone last time I tried, but...
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    Fake. Very fake. You should have posted pics of...

    Fake. Very fake. You should have posted pics of the whole body too, that would prove its fakeness even more. Return it!
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    Question: Superior way of installing strings on a bass?...

    Superior way of installing strings on a bass? Yeah sure, superior for breaking them, sure. Superior if you like a tauter, stiffer feel of the strings (yup, I A-B'ed the same pack of strings both ways...
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    If you dig Muffs, I'd recommend Wren & Cuff Tall...

    If you dig Muffs, I'd recommend Wren & Cuff Tall Font Russian. I've been using it for years and it's a wonderful, wonderful clone of the old Sovtek era Muffs. I second the Darkglass vote too, they...
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    It wouldn't affect the magnet pole pieces, no.

    It wouldn't affect the magnet pole pieces, no.
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    Sure, that's one way to do it. If you wanna keep...

    Sure, that's one way to do it. If you wanna keep the original look though, you can easily do what I did to all of my Stingrays - shim the pickup cover.

    Take the cover off, put tape or cutout...
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    My 3 band Stingray with Super Slinky roundwounds...

    My 3 band Stingray with Super Slinky roundwounds for that 90s in your face Stingray tone and my 2 band Stingray with EB Group III flats for that classic, vintage Stingray tone.
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