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I've played several music man sting rays/ sterlings and such and have to say that this bass is the closest you'll probably get without dropping $1k plus! By all means if you have the cash get the stingray or sterling. But this bass won't leave you disappointed. Its has the same feel and weight and balance, and that huge, wonderful, active pickup. It sounds darn good too! Its a very playable bass. The only difference is you don't have a control knob for the mid range. But with good EQ levels ( on the guitar and amp) this thing will rock your face off! I love it. I think they go for around $400 usd. Great bass!