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So I had incredible GAS for a fretless Stingray bass. I was looking for one when I found this oddball at the London Bass Gallery: Sterling Ray34 body, Kent Armstrong pickup, fretless Status neck. It was affordable and I lóve the look. So it arrived today and I absolutely love this bass. Great sound, preamp sounds great... I might replace the pickup with something more vintage sounding (any ideas? Nordstrand? Aguilar?) but I'm very happy so far. It's currently strung with D'Addario strings which I don't really like so I ordered some Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies which should arrive tomorrow. Super siked!

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If anyone has any ideas for a possible replacement pickup, let me know. The Kent Armstrong sounds good but I'd like something a bit more growly, more pre-EB sounding and preferably with visible pole pieces. What to go for? Aguilar? Nordstrand?

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It already sounds pretty darn decent. I'm now looking at either Nordstrand or Seymour Duncan (the Alnico version) but they do seem to be pretty similar. Anyway, here's a teaser:

 

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22 minutes ago, drTStingray said:

That's sounds great - nice playing - what is the pre amp (appears to be a 2 band but a Ray 34 would have a 3 band). 

Looks like a Ray34CA body that came with a 2-band.

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Sweet! I've got a similar parts bass which is 5 string (i.e. a Ray35 with a status fretless neck). Using a Nordstrand BigSplitman pickup. Can't say if it's more/less vintage sounding than the one you have, but I like it a lot.

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Just seen this.. Excellent find!

So do the Status replacement necks fit the Ray3x basses nicely enough? crazily tempting as a project..

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9 hours ago, hubrad said:

Just seen this.. Excellent find!

So do the Status replacement necks fit the Ray3x basses nicely enough? crazily tempting as a project..

Yes, it states on the website that they do.  I fit a fretted Status neck to my USA SUB and it was as snug as a bug. 

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41 minutes ago, 40hz said:

Yes, it states on the website that they do.  I fit a fretted Status neck to my USA SUB and it was as snug as a bug. 

Ah, just when you think Captain Temptation has gone outside and may be some time..

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On 29/03/2021 at 01:30, hubrad said:

Just seen this.. Excellent find!

So do the Status replacement necks fit the Ray3x basses nicely enough? crazily tempting as a project..

It fits like a glove. I am currently looking for a wood fretless neck though :) Not because the Status neck is bad; on the contrary, it's absolutely terrific, but I feel like I need wood ;) If it doesn't happen I'd still like this bass a lot. 

You can hear it with the Nordstrand pickup here (if the time stap doesn't work, start at 22:05).

 

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2 hours ago, BassAgent said:

It fits like a glove. I am currently looking for a wood fretless neck though :) Not because the Status neck is bad; on the contrary, it's absolutely terrific, but I feel like I need wood ;) If it doesn't happen I'd still like this bass a lot. 

You can hear it with the Nordstrand pickup here (if the time stap doesn't work, start at 22:05).

 

Excellent!

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