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Item Reviews for: Music Man StingRay H 5 String Electric Bass Guitar with Case  -  MUC 150X LIST

Thunder of the Gods
By: Rex York from Baltimore, Maryland, USA      Submitted: 8/5/2013

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful?

General What is your overall opinion of this product? If I could give it 6 stars, I would. It's an iconic American active bass & it didn't get to that lofty perch without proving itself. This bass is build with love; the wood's excellent, top-grade. The hardware's substantial & the controls are silky smooth. It's a versatile bass: Sure, you get that "Stingray sound," but if you want James Jamerson Motown sounds, you can dial it in. It's all here. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? As noted above: Top-flight quality in tone-woods, hardware, EQ-versatility for all musical applications. I play woolly funk, '60s-style. Sounds great on the 'Ray! I play old-school slap on this bass: Sounds just as great. And everything in between is all hit; no miss. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? Hard to choose a favorite from 100% amazing features. Well, I like the unfinished neck. It's very "grippy" & resists the slippery trouble you get with "finished" necks. The intonation is perfect thanks to the "custom" nut, the tuners are awesomely accurate, the bridge is a behemoth for sustain. The electronics blow the competition out of the atmosphere. And so on. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Just right. I've got average size hands/fingers & encounter no trouble, although I spent most of my years playing 4-string. I've made the switch to 5-string (entirely) & it's thanks to this bass. The controls are very easy to access while playing. Superb engineering all around. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Any tone you want--it's in there. Dial it in. There are few basses that can offer this fine service. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Flawless finish. It's like a Fender Custom Shop bass. Hard to believe this is a "stock" instrument, but it is. Amazing value. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? Yep, as noted...This bass trumps all others in this price-range. It's a bargain. Save up for it or pay as you go. Playability How was the action out of the box? Setup perfect. No buzzes, no fusses. I didn't change anything until the strings grew dead & I put on my preferred strings.
Worth it's weight in gold!!!
By: Regan` from Zanesville, Ohio, USA      Submitted: 12/24/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This StingRay5H is ready for anything at anytime. I don't know of a better bass guitar!!! This is a pro grade level bass. A 10+. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Thee best resonant and sustainable, highest grade quality woods are here. The componants are solid, nice and tight, jack plate is sturdy, and I LOVE the 6 bolt neckplate. The tuning keys are precise. The bridge saddles are very stable, the intonation and action are perfect and the pickup is H-O-T!!! If I could add a feature to this babydoll, it would be...a standing ovation. General Your general opinion of this product. Without a doubt, a superior, a perfect 10!!! Thee KING of bass guitars!!! I have owned/played Spector, Ovation, Peavey and Fender Precision basses, and I now have my first lady!!! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Bright, tight and thick, smooth and clearly distinct. Easy to control and shape your voicing to the farthest of reaches. You can get everything that you could possibly want. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? FLAWLESS, PERFECT, and DURABLE.
Great Bass
By: Armando Faz from San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico      Submitted: 8/27/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Is a really dependable Bass. Only issued is that from time to time it gets out of tune, and sometimes, the neck bends overnight. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The H pickup and the coil setupo switch gives you a wide variaty of tones, that makes it useful for almost every kind of music style General Your general opinion of this product. the only reason i give it a 4 is because i need to tune it more often than my other basses. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? is real balanced. good highs, great mids and lows. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? great paint job. everything you will expect from Ernie Ball
A bass for grownups
By: John R from Fort Collins, CO      Submitted: 1/4/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Yes very well made and in America too. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? the amazing tone and craftsmanship. Its easy to get just about any bass sound you want with the pick up selector and the preamp. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? You can make this bass sound snappy and bright, out of phase growl, deep and dark its just that versatile. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? spotless..I just looked at It for hours. beautiful bass.
Roll Over Fender
By: FiveStringBassSlinger from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, anonmyous57608      Submitted: 7/28/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I hear old-timers gripe about how MusicMan isn't the same since Ernie Ball took over. IMHO, that's just silliness: I've played the old models. I like this one better. Time's marched on & EB's kept up with that in terms of updated electronics, better QC, etc. Dependable? Unless you use your basses as hardball-bats, you can count on this one like no other. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Contrary to the (hopefully dying) CW, this is anything but a one-trick-bass. Yeah, I got turned on to it because I used to play in a funk-rock band & flea's one of my heroes...but I'm a big boy now, & I've branched into all sorts of styles. And the EB MM Stingray5 H can handle them all. That's right--the classic configuration of just one humbucker is perfect, b/c it sits in the "sweet spot" of the axe. With the mega-QUALITY 3-band onboard EQ, you can funk it up with scooped mids, heavy bass & bright treble. Yep, but we all know about that. What I never knew was that I could use said EQ & 3-way toggle switch to dial up wooly, old-school P-Bass sounding phat tones, growly J-bass/Warwick sounds, etc. Like the other reviewer, this is my #1 bass, in a five-string stable that includes, as you've guessed, I'm sure, a Warwick (Corvette Standard), Fenders (P & J), & other classic basses. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? As I wrote, you can get any tone you like. Heck, Cliff Williams (AC/DC) puts flatwounds on his Stingray. Not my cup-of-tea, but that just goes to show you that there's something for everybody in this bass. You name the tone, you'll get it if you've got the faintest clue. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Don't touch it...don't even look at it, to quote Nigel Tufnel (young 'uns--Cf. Spinal Tap). Mine's black & blonde: (a) Jet black bod & guard, which I like even though I don't use picks; it just looks beautiful to me; (b) maple board & neck, w/the neck "unfinished," which in MusicMan-speak means, "hand-finished with gun -oil [!] & -wax." For those of you who perspire a lot due to aggressive playing or just overactive glands, this neck will anchor you in place anyhow. I like my "finished-neck" basses too: They've got their place. But I love the secure feeling of playing a bass with this type of neck, because you don't need to worry about losing your grip if you're, like me, not a player who stares @ his/her fretting-hand position too much. The finish is also perfect, & I'm obsessive about finish on anything with finish. I looked for bubbles, rough spots, you-name-them, but I gave up: Nothing but perfection. So that 1st ding's going to hurt, but you'll get over it.
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