#1
Topic, I saw a brochure in another thread and they look nice, an affordable stingray. Anyone know where I can find more info or any links?
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#3
To the above poster -

Yeah, it all gets a tad confusing here. Theres a new series of basses being launched as a 'budget line' by Musicman called Sterling by Musicman. Completely different to the current Musicman Sterling bass.
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#4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Sterling-by-Music-Man.gc

Viola! My local shop says they will be shipping some time in March/April to shops. Here's the link to the brochure...

http://www.sterlingbymusicman.com/
#5
I'm not that au fait with US prices, but that isn't too cheap, is it?

Edit: oh, okay they're the same price as the Fender deluxe p special, or the Ibanez SR700 or something. That seems about right.
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#6
Its in the price range of the old SUB line. Its around 488 GBP. Definitely not a starter bass range.
#7
hmmm hopefully I'll have the money to but the SB14 in a couple months, just wish it came in white w/ black pickguard.
#8
Im would still go out and get a Musicman Sterling/Stingray over this. But i would get the SUB if i really did want something passive.
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#9
Those are actually quite impressive... Swamp ash body, 3 band EQ. I'm intrigued. I wouldn't buy one (not my bass), but they definately seem like a worthy StingRay/Sterling stand-in until you can afford one...
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Some of us can't afford the real Musicmans.
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#11
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Some of us can't afford the real Musicmans.


Myself included. These seem genuinley good, and I can't see how it's only QC and construction quality that will seperate the real Musicmans from these...
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#12
Neithier can I, but still, i wouldnt get one as a substitute, a midrange instrument, but ive got my jazz.
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Neithier can I, but still, i wouldnt get one as a substitute, a midrange instrument, but ive got my jazz.



At least you've got a decent bass. I'm stuck with my shitty Stingray copy.
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I see were your coming from then.
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#15
hmm there was always those olp liscensed stingray copys
they were good basses for the price
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The new FleaBass looks like it would be better than those, imo. Cheaper as well.
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The new FleaBass looks like it would be better than those, imo. Cheaper as well.


No Way!!

This Sterling line seems pretty legit.

And I much prefer the ugly egg pickguard to the ugly circle pickguard.
#20
Better Article
Stylish Yet Affordable Professional Bass Guitars by Flea

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec 31, 2008 – FLEABASS, Inc. today announced the upcoming launch of FLEABASS at the January 15-18, 2009 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. *FLEABASS instruments are meticulously designed for style and performance by legendary bassist, Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. *The FLEABASS booth is #3192 and Flea will be making appearances daily.

Describing his inspiration for FLEABASS, Flea said “FLEABASS is born of my love of music education as a studier and a teacher of music, and a lover and a romanticizer of the tradition of it. I wanted students to have an instrument they could fall in love with, and I wanted them to be able to do it with the limited means that most of them have for acquiring one.”

FLEABASS instruments are professional quality and affordable, featuring Maple necks with Rosewood fingerboards, solid Alder bodies, 20 frets, geared tuners, one single pickup, and a signature FLEABASS logo on the peghead. *Additionally, each bass comes with a deluxe FLEABASS gig bag and an Instructional DVD featuring Flea.

Available in two (2) sizes, FLEABASS instruments appeal to students and professional players. *The Full Scale Series Bass features a 34” scale, while the ¾-size Junior Series Bass features a 30” scale more suited to players with smaller hands and statures. *FLEABASS instruments are brightly colored with four (4) vibrant, high gloss finishes: “Sunny Bass” (orange with yellow), “Water Bass” (blue with orange), “Punk Bass” (green with pink) and the “Wild One” (black
with white).

I am intrigued.

link to a pic showing all the colors.
Here.

Turns out the sales number is here in Rhode Island. Double Intriguing.
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#21
I'm very interested in the Ray34. I'm a guitarist but since my little brother (3 years younger than me) plays bass I'm kind of interested and since I just brought a Pod X3 simply for the purpose of recording I want to get started on bass to. But the only bass I ever really found interesting was the Stingray, but I can't even afford a used one but the sterling by musicman gives me finally a chance to get close to a real one without breaking my bank account. I'm going to a guitar show here in Sweden in mid April and I really hope that they will have some there so I can try them out.

Also it's less than 24h till their website opens

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#22
well Fleabasses are going to be $400-500 american, i talked to a guy, so idk which is gunna be better, taht'll be intresting, plus fleabasses are single coiled, so if i wasnt saving for a stand up, id go for the Sterling
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#23
Well I think the fleabass looks dumb, the bright colors turn me off, other then the black and white one. So its between the SB14 and Ray34. Just a matter of getting the money.
#25
I dunno, there is something nice about the Fleabass line, and since I already have a proper Musicman Stingray the budget line dosn't interest me too much.
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#26
Do any of you know if the SB14 has active pickups or just an active preamp?
#28
wow according to the flea bass site their basses are 43" scale.........

I'm looking forward to this Sterling line (as you can see I'm a EBMM fanatic) i want to get a fretless ray

EDIT: No fretless models!
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#29
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wow according to the flea bass site their basses are 43" scale.........

I'm looking forward to this Sterling line (as you can see I'm a EBMM fanatic) i want to get a fretless ray

EDIT: No fretless models!


Defret one yourself?
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fleabasses arnt 43" scales, their 34" and 30". You mustve looked at total length.
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#31
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Defret one yourself?


I could but it almost never turns out perfect, and i hate fret lines
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I could but it almost never turns out perfect, and i hate fret lines


For the fretlines try using something dark?
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#33
So the Sterling line replaces the discontinued SUB series, but on a broader level? Makes sense.

Not convinced by the Fleabass, especially since Stadium Arcadium was recorded on a '65 J bass, which makes Fleas sudden urge for low-end basses curious. It comes across as a direct attack on the OLP...


Quote by Fly-By-Night
wow according to the flea bass site their basses are 43" scale.........

I'm looking forward to this Sterling line (as you can see I'm a EBMM fanatic) i want to get a fretless ray

EDIT: No fretless models!


There must be second hand Stingray fretlesses for about $600?
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