Big Stingray changes by Ernie Ball

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Big Stingray changes by Ernie Ball

Post by DeadlyErnest » 12 Aug 2018, 17:22



Sounds good on the sound clip. Don't know how true it is in real life.
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Post by packrat » 12 Aug 2018, 18:06

But if they’re not stupid heavy, how will they build moral fibre?

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Post by Classic5 » 12 Aug 2018, 18:40

Interesting. I guess one day they'll also include an active/passive switch with passive tone roll off. String thru body option would also be nice :2c:
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Post by bigswifty » 12 Aug 2018, 20:46

Classic5 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 18:40
Interesting. I guess one day they'll also include an active/passive switch with passive tone roll off. String thru body option would also be nice :2c:
There have been stingray models before with string-thru. Someone will correct me, but my understanding of why they've never offered a passive switch is that the parallel wired pickups don't have enough output to be useful without the preamp?
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Post by sharpman » 12 Aug 2018, 21:30

Impressive. Everytime I watch a video with Sterling Ball talking, I cant help but be impressed. There is something so organic and craftsman like in the way they go about things in each of his videos I have seen, and makes me proud to play a Ray. Maybe it's also just the passion that is clearly visible.
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Post by ozrider » 12 Aug 2018, 22:40

Here's the SR5 - the weight alone has got me interested... but I'm not sure I like the subtle changes to the lower bout. :hmm


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Post by DeadlyErnest » 12 Aug 2018, 22:45



According to this, D & G have been beefed up.
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Post by aphekgreg » 13 Aug 2018, 09:05

bigswifty wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 20:46
Classic5 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 18:40
Interesting. I guess one day they'll also include an active/passive switch with passive tone roll off. String thru body option would also be nice :2c:
There have been stingray models before with string-thru. Someone will correct me, but my understanding of why they've never offered a passive switch is that the parallel wired pickups don't have enough output to be useful without the preamp?
Mike
Yes. I experimented with adding a passive option, with tone control to mine. Very lacklustre and uninspiring tone.
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Re: Big Stingray changes by Ernie Ball

Post by Classic5 » 13 Aug 2018, 18:05

aphekgreg wrote:
13 Aug 2018, 09:05
bigswifty wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 20:46
Classic5 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 18:40
Interesting. I guess one day they'll also include an active/passive switch with passive tone roll off. String thru body option would also be nice :2c:
There have been stingray models before with string-thru. Someone will correct me, but my understanding of why they've never offered a passive switch is that the parallel wired pickups don't have enough output to be useful without the preamp?
Mike
Yes. I experimented with adding a passive option, with tone control to mine. Very lacklustre and uninspiring tone.

Ok, well that explains it :)
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Post by WestOfBen » 14 Aug 2018, 14:30

I really love the look and sound of these. Seem like worthy changes. One day I think I would like to own one.

Total side-note, that first video fills me with a bit of joy that my $$ Bart active equipped Epi Ripper comes somewhat close to the MM sound.
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Post by stonecoldbass » 15 Aug 2018, 13:27

Small aside, just wondering how much of a difference people feel string through mounting makes to your tone? In my experience the difference appears to be negligible if any...
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Post by ozrider » 15 Aug 2018, 15:11

stonecoldbass wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 13:27
Small aside, just wondering how much of a difference people feel string through mounting makes to your tone? In my experience the difference appears to be negligible if any...
zero in my opinion. Plus I think it is a pain to be honest. I prefer quick top loading bridges.

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Post by aphekgreg » 16 Aug 2018, 08:24

stonecoldbass wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 13:27
Small aside, just wondering how much of a difference people feel string through mounting makes to your tone? In my experience the difference appears to be negligible if any...
Not a huge difference, but you can hear and definitely feel it. This is experience from a pair of Stingrays, that could be strung either through body or top loaded.

With the SR5, I ended up running the G, D and A through body, for extra fatness and the B and E though the tailpiece for more brightness and so they were slightly thinner. It helped balance the sound across the strings.

I agree that it's more of a pain to put the stings on and way harder to get them off.
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Re: Big Stingray changes by Ernie Ball

Post by Snoopygore71 » 16 Aug 2018, 10:25



Spotted this today, nice mix of finger style without the slappadabass dominating (I like do slappadabass, but not that interesting for a demo). The Bongo runs a neo p/u and 18v set up so I wonder how much was taken to the Stingray.

I also wonder if it will be offered as the SLO Special with the nut width of a Sterling, the SLO seems to have disappeared. I will try one when it hits Oz in a couple of months, I know of a NOS 94 SR4 but cannot decide.

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Re: Big Stingray changes by Ernie Ball

Post by lownotes42 » 18 Aug 2018, 21:43

I cant see any downside to these changes. People complaining over on TB that the bridge doesn't look as solid as the old one clearly haven't done many four hour shows. If I had to pick, my 2011 HH SR5 would be my favourite all round bass but I see myself trading up to the new version when it comes out.
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