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  1. Sold, pending the usual.
  2. gazhowe

    DR Strings

    I’m interested in trying different (45-100 gauge) strings on my Stingray’s. I’ve been using Ernie Ball Slinky’s (Nickel) and D’Addario NYXL’s lately and found I much prefer the tone and tension of the Slinky’s. Can anyone shed some light on how the DR Sunbeams and Fatbeams compare to the above please?
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    The BlazerRay... Now finished!

    Great job Johnna, that’s absolutely fantastic! 😎
  4. Final price drop. Now £850 including uk delivery.
  5. The official Musicman website doesn't say however I found a thread on the Ernie Ball forums that suggests it was introduced for all Stingrays from 2006, the year after my bass was built.
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    Apparently Markbass are to make bass guitars

    Is that a spirit level in the middle? If so, I’m not sure if that’s are good or bad thing for those of us with OCD. 😳😆
  7. Price drop bump!
  8. gazhowe

    Musicman Stingrays - Overrated ?

    I think the bass control on Stingray's is voiced slightly differently than on the Status S2. I have several Stingray's and a Status S2 and gig them all but I haven't found the bottom end to be lacking on any of my Ray's (4H 3 band EQ, Classic and a Special). The signal from the S2 is hotter than from any other bass I've owned (all active) but that is easily addressed by increasing the input gain on my amp(s) when using another bass. It was the opposite for me when I owned a Stingray and a Spector Euro. I preferred the sound I was getting from my Euro but I found the neck to be too chunky and uncomfortable so I eventually sold it and kept the Ray. Are Musicman Stingray's overrated? - I certainly don't think so but, like any bass, its obvious not everyone will feel the same way. There have been some rather sweeping statements made on this thread about general build (design?) quality that don't match my experience, or that of other contributors. Whilst the Stingray may not meet an individual's quality expectations it's not reasonable to state that there is a widespread issue when clearly not everyone shares the same view. I have preferred using other basses to a Stingray due to personal preference at that time - my Status S2 was my 'go to' bass for 10 years until I got my Stingray Special. At the end of the day, it's all subjective and good that we all like different gear.
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    Basses You've Owned and Hated

    There’s nothing I’ve hated but the following were spur of the moment buys that all disappointed. In no particular order: Esh Various - nice looking bass and neck but I thought it had a weak sound, no matter how I tried to set the eq. Fender Geddy Lee Jazz - felt nice in the shop but the neck was a little too narrow for my taste. Sounded weak and bland compared to my Stingray and Status S2. The guitarist in my band threatened to burn it if I brought it to another gig. Overwater Aspiration Deluxe 5 - other than feeling as heavy as a boat anchor this was a really good bass that I thought sounded great. I quickly realised that I wasn’t comfortable with the weight, wide neck and extra string.
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    "Gig Foot"..Too old for this *%[email protected]

    I’m 50 and starting to feel it after gigs and the next day, but the above comment sums up how I feel about it perfectly. As long as I’m happy with my band I’ll put up with aches, pains and tiredness for as long as physically possible as I know how much I’ll miss it when I stop gigging.
  11. Best purchase for me has been my Musicman Stingray Special. It’s been my only major purchase this year so I’ve luckily not had a ‘worst’.
  12. gazhowe

    Front lighting

    I do the lights for my 4 piece band and have found the following approach work well. All lights are LED. - 3 par cans with white light on stands at side/front of stage, one for each band member except drums. These are permanently on and are pointed at chest height to avoid shining in our eyes. We found this to work better than having these lights on the floor pointing upwards. Colour and effect lighting is then to the rear and side as follows; - Colour stage washes on stands at sides. - Contrasting colour lights on floor to sides and on drums. - Moving head lights to sides on floor and on stand behind drums. Gaz
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    A few observations from today..

    That’s a MarkBass MoMark amp. It’s a modular system where you can change the pre-amp, EQ and output modules. They come with four different powered amp frames. I recently owned two of these and still have a 500w one as my spare amp. Very underrated IMO but you don’t see many about and now discontinued.
  14. Cheers for the comments. It was fair outlay but well worth doing and I'm really pleased with it. In fact I now prefer this finish to the standard unfinished neck. As much as I'm really enjoying playing this I'm trying to be sensible with a 'one in one out' approach since I bought my 2018 Special.
  15. Price reduced to £925.