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4-string bass guitar from Music Man belonging to the StingRay series.

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  • it speaks for itself ...

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 08/02/14 at 18:32
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    Hello to all! Good first review on this bass. Although eight years to condense ... I drooled over this low ... voila ... a dream to me ... and I am totally disappointed ........... nan kidding it rocks!

    More seriously, musicman stingray made the U.S. version rosewood, 3 EQ bands classical myth (yes I say this bass is a myth).

    21 frets without saying bullshit ... micro classical MM although that has received an upgrade, it is equipped with the Delano vintage found on the classic series ... it's not displease me.

    Bolt-on neck stuffed sustain and happiness.

    UTILIZATION

    So me I'm a basic warwickien (thumb 88 and German corvette (must specify)) suddenly I am a regular 24 and 26......
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    Hello to all! Good first review on this bass. Although eight years to condense ... I drooled over this low ... voila ... a dream to me ... and I am totally disappointed ........... nan kidding it rocks!

    More seriously, musicman stingray made the U.S. version rosewood, 3 EQ bands classical myth (yes I say this bass is a myth).

    21 frets without saying bullshit ... micro classical MM although that has received an upgrade, it is equipped with the Delano vintage found on the classic series ... it's not displease me.

    Bolt-on neck stuffed sustain and happiness.

    UTILIZATION

    So me I'm a basic warwickien (thumb 88 and German corvette (must specify)) suddenly I am a regular 24 and 26 frets ... so the it is true that I miss it a little but seriously stingray ... a thoroughly low hellyeah!

    The ergonomics are great ... I play very loud and the bass is perfectly balanced.

    The weight is not a problem I'm used with Warwick (my back insult me ​​all day, I assure you).

    Access to acute is correct ... but my opinion it feels that it was not designed for that.

    "Gets - it is easy to sound good?" ... It is a serious issue .........................?

    SOUNDS

    Well ... the interesting part!

    I'll call this the low low cunning ... why tell me - you? It's simple.

    I take the beast in hand and plays a bit empty ... yuck! I said "no!" ... I plug in my ... wham tatane facies!

    I play markbass little mark 3 with a 2 * 10 Genz Benz and a 15 * traveler markbass home ... oh my god my zicos hate me.

    So I played in 4 metal bands (I love metal? ... But what will think you see ...) and play a lot of funk next ... I'm interested in everything in general I put a point of honor.

    She goes everywhere with ... against the grain musicman is everywhere ... not to hide ... but honestly who would hide it huh? ;)

    Setting mediums is the magic knob ... it does not get enough? No need to turn up the volume ... a shot of mediums and is drilled.

    "What sound do you hate?" ... But it's over the questions at the "beep"?

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had a little over a month ... I have the American dream in my hands ... To have two other very good bass I can not find better but different ... it's very typical (like warwick) and it's just ... exhilarating! Constant happiness that does not let you. In fact she learns self control because we just always want to push.

    Price / quality ratio? ... I did not try to negotiate ...

    I just pointed out ... it is unforgiving ... she does not let any mistakes ... it forces to work believe me (that you ask).

    If I do it again this choice? ... Guess ;)

    Ah yes ... what I love the most? ... There MusicMan marked on the head ... the groove machine!
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  • Powerful!

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 04/20/14 at 02:16
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    This is a Musicman Stingray 2001, rosewood fingerboard and 3 eq. I've had it for 6 months.
    I do not include me on the features, it is a legendary bass.

    UTILIZATION

    The grip is nice, and access to acute is easy enough. The unvarnished handle is very comfortable, I love the feeling when touched.
    The electronics are super efficient and easy to use.
    The bass is relatively heavy (unless my ibanez but more than my warwick) but the balance is perfect so it is bearable with a good strap.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is really nice, very modern and powerful, this is the kind of bass that sounds great even with the knobs of the equa 0.
    The active electronics are very clean.
    The bass is......
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    This is a Musicman Stingray 2001, rosewood fingerboard and 3 eq. I've had it for 6 months.
    I do not include me on the features, it is a legendary bass.

    UTILIZATION

    The grip is nice, and access to acute is easy enough. The unvarnished handle is very comfortable, I love the feeling when touched.
    The electronics are super efficient and easy to use.
    The bass is relatively heavy (unless my ibanez but more than my warwick) but the balance is perfect so it is bearable with a good strap.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is really nice, very modern and powerful, this is the kind of bass that sounds great even with the knobs of the equa 0.
    The active electronics are very clean.
    The bass is versatile, I played mostly funk and funk-rock.
    Slap is happiness.

    I played with a markbass (little head 3 mark and baffle 121H)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had it for 6 months before selling it to test another model.
    This is a very good bass that I recommend.
    The value used for money is good in my opinion. I sure did not do this choice with my current taste.
    Before I would have put my warwick 9, but in comparison I do not put him 8.
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  • Music Man StingRay 4Published on 10/15/13 at 12:42
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    mine is a natural color visible on the profile of my friend lepollack 1978
    2-band EQ that I find much more effective than the 3 bands I do not know why
    may be this is due to the shell of the EQ

    UTILIZATION

    no ergonomic body on models of that time: the back of the bass is flat it isn Escaloper and it is more than 5 kgs a good strap is needed then, but it poses no real problem with it is its muscular character

    SOUNDS

    the sound is StingRay: It growls is inimitable and slap it's the holy grail

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this bass for quite a few years I tried a lot of bass with a lot of Zikman but I must say that pleasure is even better on these old ladies
    most: the sound and......
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    mine is a natural color visible on the profile of my friend lepollack 1978
    2-band EQ that I find much more effective than the 3 bands I do not know why
    may be this is due to the shell of the EQ

    UTILIZATION

    no ergonomic body on models of that time: the back of the bass is flat it isn Escaloper and it is more than 5 kgs a good strap is needed then, but it poses no real problem with it is its muscular character

    SOUNDS

    the sound is StingRay: It growls is inimitable and slap it's the holy grail

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this bass for quite a few years I tried a lot of bass with a lot of Zikman but I must say that pleasure is even better on these old ladies
    most: the sound and the
    least: I would say the weight, but even I like to feel that this is a low Hats
    thing I like least about the other type of low
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  • A try at least once in his life

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 10/05/12 at 04:05
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    Bass 4 string USA
    The handle is a treat, maple, I coisi a model with rosewood fingerboard. He slides alone.
    Only 1 micro, double (keypad MusicMan what).
    1 volume, active 3 tones (treble, mid, bass) with corrections very effective. Big influence on the setting of mid tones on the other 2!
    Very good build quality and very good fittings. Reasonable weight and comfort (for bass).
    Battery Access: fastoche.

    UTILIZATION

    In use, the comfort of the handle is a reference. Good ergonomics of the instrument in general.
    Sound setting is very effective due to corrective assets.

    SOUNDS

    Sounds low as they are expected. Nothing revolutionary, but solid, the basic seat. Short bass.
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    Bass 4 string USA
    The handle is a treat, maple, I coisi a model with rosewood fingerboard. He slides alone.
    Only 1 micro, double (keypad MusicMan what).
    1 volume, active 3 tones (treble, mid, bass) with corrections very effective. Big influence on the setting of mid tones on the other 2!
    Very good build quality and very good fittings. Reasonable weight and comfort (for bass).
    Battery Access: fastoche.

    UTILIZATION

    In use, the comfort of the handle is a reference. Good ergonomics of the instrument in general.
    Sound setting is very effective due to corrective assets.

    SOUNDS

    Sounds low as they are expected. Nothing revolutionary, but solid, the basic seat. Short bass.
    It is a versatile bass, not a low extreme.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I am a guitarist and I wanted to mumuse with a pretty low (visible on my profile). Yes, sure, I have not taken the first toy. My brief was to have something comfortable and basic. Contract completed, it is very comfortable and the sound suits me perfectly. The appearance of low active, even if he removes the side roots, bringing more freedom of adjustment while being very simple. And I'm not a purist, the bass is a complement for me, so much the worse for the side roots.
    When I have the money and the need, I brancherai on a bass amp that will fit most (a 15 ").

    I hesitated with the Jazz Bass, super bass also, again in its active version. Hey hey, I still hesitate!
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  • Music Man Stingray 4

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 04/27/08 at 15:00
    I play the bass for 16 years now in a various bands. Most often I play rock, blues, jazz, funk and sometimes classical music. My favourite genre of music is rock (I like it from 8 ears old).

    I bought this Stingray 1 month ago at www.musiciansfriend.com for 1365 USD.

    I like almost everything about it. My bass is transparent gold with maple neck. Very good looking, extremely good rocking sound, awesome slap sound, active electronics (9 V power supply) with treble, middle and bass controllers, which gives you more tonal variations from solid and massive to sharp and high sound.

    Unfinished neck. I affraid that it will become dirty after some time :-) Anyway this natural maple is wery nice......
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    I play the bass for 16 years now in a various bands. Most often I play rock, blues, jazz, funk and sometimes classical music. My favourite genre of music is rock (I like it from 8 ears old).

    I bought this Stingray 1 month ago at www.musiciansfriend.com for 1365 USD.

    I like almost everything about it. My bass is transparent gold with maple neck. Very good looking, extremely good rocking sound, awesome slap sound, active electronics (9 V power supply) with treble, middle and bass controllers, which gives you more tonal variations from solid and massive to sharp and high sound.

    Unfinished neck. I affraid that it will become dirty after some time :-) Anyway this natural maple is wery nice for my left hand.

    Very strong, good done. I think it won't break even cracked to the wall.

    It's probably the best bass I've ever had. Since I really like to play rock, Music Man Stingray is right bass for me.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Music Man Stingray 4 (3eq)

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 06/01/03 at 15:00
    i purchased this bass guitar from rimmers home of music, leyland, england. it cost £1030

    the playability was unreal. slapping wasy ace!!!

    the pole pieces on the pickup went rusty after 6weeks, and the neck seemed untreated as it was filthy after 6 weeks!

    average

    biggest mistake i ever made! i went from a fender pbass (mexican) to a music man stingray simply because id heard so much about them and when i played it the in shop i was satisfied! then i got to know it and disliked it! i have now just traded it in for a fender usa precision bass with a maple neck and this is so much better! however, it cost me the musicman stingray and £115 for the usa pbass. so in truth, i paid £1145 for......
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    i purchased this bass guitar from rimmers home of music, leyland, england. it cost £1030

    the playability was unreal. slapping wasy ace!!!

    the pole pieces on the pickup went rusty after 6weeks, and the neck seemed untreated as it was filthy after 6 weeks!

    average

    biggest mistake i ever made! i went from a fender pbass (mexican) to a music man stingray simply because id heard so much about them and when i played it the in shop i was satisfied! then i got to know it and disliked it! i have now just traded it in for a fender usa precision bass with a maple neck and this is so much better! however, it cost me the musicman stingray and £115 for the usa pbass. so in truth, i paid £1145 for an £880 bass guitar! but i had to have it!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Music Man Stingray 4

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 04/14/02 at 15:00
    My old bass fell apart because I used it so much. I needed a bass that would stay together and sound good at the same time. I also need a bass that was perfect for slapping. I then walked into a local music store to see what they had. I picked up this bass and played it. The following weekend I went back to the store and bought it. It cost somewhere around $1400 (I had been saving for a while), but you can get them cheaper.

    The sound and playability. It's active, which just adds to the great single humbucker tone. That's right! No neck pickup to get in your way. The string spacing is wide, so it's perfect for slapping. It has a nice, low action which is also perfect for slapping. It......
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    My old bass fell apart because I used it so much. I needed a bass that would stay together and sound good at the same time. I also need a bass that was perfect for slapping. I then walked into a local music store to see what they had. I picked up this bass and played it. The following weekend I went back to the store and bought it. It cost somewhere around $1400 (I had been saving for a while), but you can get them cheaper.

    The sound and playability. It's active, which just adds to the great single humbucker tone. That's right! No neck pickup to get in your way. The string spacing is wide, so it's perfect for slapping. It has a nice, low action which is also perfect for slapping. It also has really BIG fret markers.

    The 3-1 headstock takes some getting used to, but once you do, you'll love it.

    I have rammed the headstock into the wall at least 20 times (I need to be more careful) and it has taken THREE MAJOR FALLS! IT STILL PLAYS PERFECTLY! This bass will probably live longer than i will.

    The tone cuts through a band like a hot knife though butter. It's extremely easy to play. The bass is built so well, you could probably kill someone with it.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Excellentissime

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 02/15/12 at 06:41
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    - Stingray 4 string made in 3 eq availed himself of 1991

    - Varnished maple neck (thin birdeyes).

    - Key varnished

    - Body blue / green poplar, not Ash

    - Possibility of the dampers

    UTILIZATION

    - Neck wider than sterling or a jazz bass which suits me perfectly.

    - Very fun to play and as light as my old Sterling.

    - The frets are the vintage type.

    - Electronics 3q responds well and is fairly accurate.

    SOUNDS

    - It's a bass, in my opinion, as I said for sterling, will not suit all styles of music.

    - I use it mostly for rock and funk that are, for me, his favorite fields.

    - The sound is much more "root", "fat" that sterling has a slightly more modern sound.

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    - Stingray 4 string made in 3 eq availed himself of 1991

    - Varnished maple neck (thin birdeyes).

    - Key varnished

    - Body blue / green poplar, not Ash

    - Possibility of the dampers

    UTILIZATION

    - Neck wider than sterling or a jazz bass which suits me perfectly.

    - Very fun to play and as light as my old Sterling.

    - The frets are the vintage type.

    - Electronics 3q responds well and is fairly accurate.

    SOUNDS

    - It's a bass, in my opinion, as I said for sterling, will not suit all styles of music.

    - I use it mostly for rock and funk that are, for me, his favorite fields.

    - The sound is much more "root", "fat" that sterling has a slightly more modern sound.

    - It remains less versatile than the sterling. Just simply install a switch parallel / series / single coil, and voila.

    OVERALL OPINION

    - I play with for a few days and I can already do without it. On an ampeg tube amp, it achieved excellence.

    - She has that sound, inimitable grain. One likes or dislikes. I love it.

    - The Sterling is great. But, it lacks just that grain vintage that I find only the stingray.

    - Otherwise, it lacks just a switch or selector as the Sterling. Anyway, on sterling, I was using only one dial position.

    - Anyway, what I will ever Chois without hesitation.

    - Before you buy, try one, because the sound is musicman, nevertheless, quite special, but absolutely brilliant.
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  • feels so good

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 01/29/12 at 19:17
    Humbucking pickup. 3 band EQ. Maple neck. Alder body. Schaller tuners. Yep. What else to say?

    UTILIZATION

    I went to get a bass for my studio and didn't really have a price point. Just basically I was thinking to get the best bass I could find and not spend over 3k. My primary goal was to find something really versatile. I didn't expect to get a humbucking only bass. The first thing I realized when I picked it up was how ridiculously good it felt. It looks quite heavy but it isn't as heavy as you would think. The neck has an oiled finish that feels better and plays faster than pretty much any neck I've ever played. Action is amazing. The bridge is wonderful. Tuners are......
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    Humbucking pickup. 3 band EQ. Maple neck. Alder body. Schaller tuners. Yep. What else to say?

    UTILIZATION

    I went to get a bass for my studio and didn't really have a price point. Just basically I was thinking to get the best bass I could find and not spend over 3k. My primary goal was to find something really versatile. I didn't expect to get a humbucking only bass. The first thing I realized when I picked it up was how ridiculously good it felt. It looks quite heavy but it isn't as heavy as you would think. The neck has an oiled finish that feels better and plays faster than pretty much any neck I've ever played. Action is amazing. The bridge is wonderful. Tuners are good. This thing never...and i repeat never goes out of tune. I know it sounds like I am really praising the heck out of this bass but it is seriously that good feeling.

    SOUNDS

    The humbucker pickup is misleading because it suggests this bass is a one trick pony. The truth is that by using the eq knobs you can make this sound like anything. P bass or jazz bass or whatever. It can do those sounds if you dial it in right. I think a lot of single coil players get turned off by the look but try it and I bet you will love it. It has a very full and rumbling tone overall. Not high gain. You can't help but love the sound through a good half stack cranked up. It's just face melting. I use it in the studio most of the time with a number of direct boxes and DI amps. It always sounds great. I do think this bass sounds even better played loud in a live situation and I am sad I can't play it out much.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I think my favorite thing about my stingray is how ridiculously fun it is to play and how good it feels in the hands. Seems like whenever i pick it up I feel like I'm having fun. It's just a fun instrument for lack of a better word. Kind of like a good les paul feels. It is not your classic fender bass design or anything. It's very modern in feel and sound. So I can't say bass purists are going to love it. Still...it's worth anyone checking out. You don't see these used as much as you used to. It's a shame. Seems like music man keeps making them better every year.
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  • The Bass!

    Music Man StingRay 4Published on 01/09/12 at 10:26
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    No need to revisit the characteristics of the MM Stingray that everyone knows.
    But I must still specify that I have owned four different
    the first one I had was a 1988 model, bought new at the time, black maple neck, one of the first to have the 3-band EQ, I stole it and I'm inconsolable ...
    the second, one of the first 5-string, bought new in 1992, natural rosewood handle, I have always.
    the third, a model 2003 3-band EQ, maple neck goldtop color kind, sold.
    The latest, a 1989 model, Eq Honeyburst rosewood handle 2 bands. I always have.

    I also had the opportunity to be among the latest models pognes several microphones, 2 doubles and 1 double + 1 single, and a model......
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    No need to revisit the characteristics of the MM Stingray that everyone knows.
    But I must still specify that I have owned four different
    the first one I had was a 1988 model, bought new at the time, black maple neck, one of the first to have the 3-band EQ, I stole it and I'm inconsolable ...
    the second, one of the first 5-string, bought new in 1992, natural rosewood handle, I have always.
    the third, a model 2003 3-band EQ, maple neck goldtop color kind, sold.
    The latest, a 1989 model, Eq Honeyburst rosewood handle 2 bands. I always have.

    I also had the opportunity to be among the latest models pognes several microphones, 2 doubles and 1 double + 1 single, and a model equipped with an additional piezo. (These last certainly make a big more versatility, but for me it almost anecdotal!)

    UTILIZATION

    As always, the stories of sleeves are a matter of personal taste, but I must say it suits me perfectly. It is halfway between a JazzBass and Precision, and not too thick. For purely aesthetic questions I always preferred versions with vintage gloss varnish finish, so as the MM before 1991 (or as the new series Stingray Classic at present), after it is rather neutral limit matt satin varnish on the back of the neck. Note the beautiful wood used for handles, 3 of the 4 models I had owned a bird's eye maple sublime the most beautiful effect.
    Weight issue, we are in the middle, but we can not say whether a low light.

    SOUNDS

    Having read other reviews, I must say I can not understand the users who say that this bass is versatile. It's actually quite the opposite! And that's the whole point of having an active EQ! Sure, if you look for modern sounds very typical kind Warwick ... Must go to Warwick! But if one is more interested in all the classic sounds (I mean by that JazzBass, Precision and consort), it has everything that is in store! With a bonus feature that I found on Stingray: it is heard no matter what! This bass has the unusual ability finally pierce the mix effortlessly and regardless of the setting Eq! It's truly amazing. And if, like me, you think a bass player must use their authority to take the building (like the pillar of skyscraper), then this is the tool for you! And what gouache, what a joy to live, any spell without effort!
    For cons, I would advise to beginners because it forgives nothing, everything is picked up by his big humbucker phenomenal, so that those who have not yet mastered their sound and their fingers will find it difficult to play cleanly with.
    My amp is an Ampeg SVT with which this bass has a real love story, they seem to have been made for each other. Otherwise I also tested a lot of amps, nothing to report except with Trace Elliott, neither I nor she seems to appreciate a lot. I use little effect, sometimes a Fuzz, sometimes phasing.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Over 20 years I am faithful to this model! Unlikely to change, and yet I have a low score! But this place has a choice. As said before, I had different patterns of Stingray, but my favorite is this one has a 2-band EQ, which I personally find most "wicked". The model with 3-band EQ in my opinion are less wild and more consensual, but also more versatile. As with any instrument "well born", it gets better with age and I have noticed with a newer model with which I was not all good "vibes" of the older models . So I would advise that it wants to acquire, to leave rather looking for an older model (at least 15 years) equipped with the 2-band EQ (certainly much more rare).
    I'm thinking, I did not find fault. If the price may be because even though its price / quality ratio is very good, it remains an instrument of luxury.
    And yes, of course I would do this choice!
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