Posted by Basshole on January 07, 2001 at 06:46:56:
In Reply to: Re: Stingray - Sterling - ? posted by Basscat on January 06, 2001 at 06:18:47:
: Hey Toby
: You're right that the Sterling's got a slimmer neck and also a smaller body. It's also got 22 frets as opposed to the 21 of the Stingray 4. The pickups and the electronics are similar to those of the Stingray 5 giving it more flexibility on terms of sound with series, parallell and singel coil operation switchable. It also comes standard with a three band EQ as opposed to the standard two band of the Stingray 4. I think the Stingray 5 in reality is a Sterling 5 so if you have tried that one you can draw some conclusions as to how the Sterling sounds.
This is really interesting, because I just recently checked out the Music Man, and probably am going to buy one soon. The Sterling does have a smaller neck with 22 frets. Many people compare the Stingray/Sterling to Precision/Jazz by Fender. I'm not sure on the body size difference--I didn't pay attention to that. The Sterling has the pickup switch that allows the pickups to use the bridge side, the neck side or both in parallel. I think the Sterling has an awesome range of sounds with that option, including the 3 band eq. The Stingray has a great sound too, but for me, I believe the neck size will make me pick the Sterling over the Stingray. Another aesthetic difference--the Sterlings, for the most part, don't have the chrome guard around the pots, which i think looks better. Hope this helps, and hope i didn't repeat Basscat too much!
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