So my Stingray could do with a paint strip due to some unsightly knocks and dents taken over the years and I'm going to leave it natural. It's a sunburst body, so I can see the grain through the finish and it looks good.
My friend has the tools/space to help me do it, but I'm looking for advice on what to coat/seal the wood with after the finish has been removed?
I've included 2 pics below for the kind of colouring I'd like to go for. Any advice/brands/products would be greatly appreciated!
Yes, you're a musician....
You don't have two pennies to rub together...
Let's face it, you've given names to those moths living in your wallet and even they ain't got no respect for you, you're a bum!!
But look on the bright side... Those four gigs you play each year, yeah, you're winning then!
Never mind that they only pay £160...
“Err, so that's £160 divided by five... £32?!!!! I JUST DROVE FORTY-FIVE MINUTES TO THIS GIG, ROCKED MY SWEATING A$$ OFF FOR ALMOST THREE HOURS, SPENT ANOTHER THIRTY MINUTES HELPING THE DRUMMER PACK-UP HIS SHIZ AND NOW I GOTTA DRIVE BACK FORTY-FIVE MINUTES?!!!!!... For £32?!!!..."
“Mate, don't forgot your fuel costs, vehicle wear & tear, equipment cost, fortnightly rehearsal space hire and those two J20's you bought at the bar..."
Needless to say, with the exception of the beautiful, the dumb and those riding coat-tails, REAL musicians very rarely get paid... unless of course you count the priceless commodity of “exposure" as a form of payment... Which it ain't!
So here's what I'm gonna do to make the harsh reality of life as a musician just that much more bearable...
I'm gonna offer up my rather stunning STERLING RAY 34 by MUSICMAN at the equally attractive price of £495
“Is he mad?!" I hear you ask...
Well, to answer that question, “yes, yes I am..."
So, for those of you that have been hiding in a bunker since first hearing news of the “Y2K Bug" back in ‘98...
Above: a plush toy resembling a scaled down version of the “Y2K Bug"
The Sterling Ray 34 bass guitar is endorsed by the one and only “Music Man".
Now, whilst I'm not entirely sure who exactly the “Music Man" is, I am led to believe that it is one of these two men...
...Timmy Mallet or Rod Stewart...
...either way the Sterling Ray 34 is an instrument of exceptional quality with design, sound, hardware and finish that far surpasses it's RRP... (Rock & Roll Peanuts)
Basically, the Sterling Ray 34 is constructed using the same components and materials as the Music Man Stingray and also has the same body, neck and setup of a Music Man Stingray... effectively it “IS" a Music Man Stingray with a different decal sticker on the headstock and with the instrument's construction outsourced to an overseas “Music Man" factory.
To put it briefly, there is very little difference between the Sterling Ray 34 and the Stingray and when played side-by-side only the most discerning Rod Stewart or Timmy Mallet fan might differentiate between the two...
Teaser pic... “Wait, is that a Stingray?!!!..." “No!!!"
“This is a Stingray!!!" ...
No it's not!! It's an eagle ray (apparently...)
THIS IS A STINGRAY!!! (hopefully)
"This!!! Is a STERLING RAY 34!!!!"
So basically, the Sterling is in Excellent condition all round with no marks, dents blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... The pick guard has minor markings from plectrum use, so evidently has served it's purpose. The pick guard markings are faint and only noticeable in certain light. Obviously the pick guard can be replaced if you would want the instrument to look “Brand-Spankers"...
Finish be a rather alluring “Antique Maple", which looks rather funky and potentially retro in my opinion... You know, afros & perms, ya dig?...
Scale is 34" with gorgeous Rosewood board, MM AlNiCo Pole Magnet Humbucking Pickup!!! (In tha' sweet spot!...) Plenty of classic Stingray Punch!! 3 Band active preamp, the works...
Included is an official Sterling Ray Padded Bass Case and a comfortable padded guitar strap with Dunlop strap locks.
Here's all the features collated;
Antique maple finish
Alnico pole magnet MM pickups
MM design Bridge & Saddles
34 inch standard scale
21 Fret Maple neck
MM design premium tuners
Sterling Ray 34 Padded Case
Locking Guitar Strap Holders
Locking Padded Guitar Strap
Feel free to message me and ask about my thoughts on sandstone paving slabs, or I could just save you the message and tell you now...
Trial / collection of the Sterling is more than welcome, I could also arrange a part-meet for fuel cost and as always courier is an option so please message for further beetroots...
For sale is my beautiful Musicman Stingray 5 string in autumn sparkle burst with hardcase.
This bass was made in 2003, has a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. White pickguard and chrome hardware.
The bass plays and sounds great. But it has picked up a number of dings which I have tried to reflect in the pictures. There are several on the body on one small ding on the neck which doesn't effect playability at all.
There is also a small amount of paint flaking from the body near the neck, again see pictures.
Given these cosmetic details I would recommend coming to take a look at the bass so that you can check it over. I'm based in Hackney. However, rest assured the bass plays and sounds as it should.
Looking for £850. Not interested in trades.
I've tried to put as many pictures up as possible.
I'm selling as this has been replaced with a custom bass and I don't have the space to keep it around.
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
2001 EB Musicman Stingray. Original asking price £1350.00. For quick sale will now accept £1050.00 + shipping unless collected. Based in Kent (UK).
Exact DOB, 17/1/ 2001.
Excellent, virtually mint condition. Plays beautifully.
Rare, translucent ‘teal’ finish. I understand this custom colour is no longer available. Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Chrome hardware. Original black pick guard currently fitted, but will also include mirror finish, as seen. Currently fitted with Schaller strap locks, but will also supply the original strap buttons.
Comes complete with original MM hard case, also in good condition.