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  1. OK, you’ve a USA P, a Jazz, and a 54 P under construction. You need either a Stingray or a fretless,...
  2. Dee Dee Ramone. That is all...
  3. I concur, I would rarely, if ever, max out the bass and treble in a band situation. For me, it’s probably why a lot of folk think the ‘Rays a one-trick pony, yer average music shop try-out guy would default to maxing it out, and then playing Higher Ground... You’re 100% correct in the joy of a 2EQ is in the fine adjustment to get a great tone. 👍
  4. One of the big advantages of the 2EQ is that you can use it pretty much the same as a passive. I always max the bass, then use the treble in exactly the same way as I’d use a passive tone control on a P bass. Full off, I can out-dub Jah Wobble, full on I can out scoop and slap Flea. I usually default to full,off, then bring in the treble until I have the cut and tone I need. I have had 3EQ ‘Rays in my time, but,found I tended to overthink the detente and interaction of the three controls, could never get exactly the same tone as a 2EQ. For me, the simpler the better. YMMV of course...
  5. Can’t beat a 2EQ ‘Ray, been my bass of choice since a nice man in Sound Control, Glasgow let me have a go on one when I was a poor student 34 years ago. I’m now fortunate enough to own a sunburst Classic which is hands down the best bass, never mind ‘Ray, I’ve ever played. Now my 12yo sons getting good, my only issue is getting it back off him..,😉.
  6. Would concur with the USA Sub option, as this has the same 2EQ active preamp as the standard 2EQ ‘Ray. IM (and many others) HO, 2EQ is the way to go, albeit 3EQ ‘Rays do have their fans also, Alternatively, post up your location and see if a friendly Basschatter will lend your their ‘Ray for a bit?
  7. I've owned a few Stingrays (2 and 3 band) plus a SUB (2 band) in my time, and have to say my current Stingray Classic is by some measure the best of the bunch. What really stands out for me is the exceptional sustain (due to the through body bridge) which is so good, I'm having to resort to the mutes a lot of the time just to avoid having to side hand-damp to control it and get my usual licks down (nice problem to have though) I used to own a Steinberger XL2 graphite and sustain is in the same ballpark its that good. Finish is outstanding - more traditional than the new Specials obviously and the birdseye neck is an object of beauty. I've been playing for about 34 years and used to say my old '88 2EQ 'Ray was the best wooden bass I'd owned, the XL2 was the best bass I'd owned. The Classic surpasses them both, cannot recommend highly enough.
  8. Great deal with Gary for his Classic ‘Ray. Great price, great communcation, patient when an unexpected courier hitch happened, and the bottom line being the bass is utterly amazing. Deal with confidence folks.
  9. Smooth deal with Luke for my Precision. Fast payment, good comms, patient when an unforeseen courier delay occurred and top bloke all round. Enjoy the bass mate.
  10. Now sold and on its way to new owner. Thanks for all the interest folks.
  11. Wee bump and a price reduction to £725 owing to incoming. Had a few trade offers, just to confirm its sale only to fund new Bass. Cheers
  12. For sale, 2008 USA Standard Fender Precision in the classic sunburst/rosewood combo. Bass features rolled fingerboard edges, graphite-reinforced neck rods, through-strung Fender bridge. It doesn’t come with the 2012-2016 1962 Custom Shop pickups, however sounds absolutely brilliant without (I did swither about retrofitting, but decided if it ain’t broke…) Some minor wear and tear – few small dings and scratches on back/top bout, however this makes it giggable straight out he box if you’re not bothered about a pristine bass. Fitted with well-aged roundwounds which sound almost flatwound-esque with tone rolled off fingerstyle, and classically middly with pick and tone wound up. Brilliant, middly, thumpy fundamental P tone, and nice variation available via tone pot as with all good P basses. 41mm nut and ultra-comfy modern C neck profile. Weight is around 8.5-9lbs mark which makes it very giggable. Great, great bass, only selling as my dream 2EQ ‘Ray came up in this forum, and I’ve always been a Stingray guy for decades. NOW REDUCED TO £725 with Fender gigbag or £775 with Gator hardshell case, plus postage. Bass is located in Central Scotland (just south of Glasgow), handy for all major motorway networks, and shipping is do-able in UK. Happy to meet up within reasonable distance for handover if needed. Please feel free to check my feedback from several years/transactions on here. Cheers.
  13. Don’t discount a slightly earlier than 2012 USA standard P. Mines a 2008 sunburst/rosewood, and this era still has rolled fingerboard edges, graphite-reinforced neck, through strung body. Only thing missing is the 62 Custom Shop pickup, but mine still sounds *damn* good. You can always go down pickup replacement route if needs be...
  14. The quality that makes you want to pick it up and play it again and again. Few dings so you’re not too precious about getting stuck in, nice comfy neck, great sound. Had both basses with real mojo plus decent relics like Limelight, both kinda do it for me. My current USA P has just the right amount of dings and playwear, plus a nice rolled edge neck, so it’s great to pick up whenever.
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