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The SR5 has its own special charm. It doesn't sound like anything else, but it cuts through a mix on stage like nothing else. It also has an absolutely unbeatable neck, with a distinctive gunstock oil finish that makes it superfast and comfortable. I picked up my 1998 model, which is a 3-color vintage sunburst with rosewood fretboard, as a consignment, for about $900. It hadn't been touched by the original owner since purchase, and now new models cost almost double that. One of the best value purchases I ever made.
Perfect 5-string bass
I already had some 5-strings (Lag, Rickenbacker, Framus Double Neck with 12-string, Warwick Thumb 5, Fender Jazz Bass). The Sting RAy 5 is the most comfortable of all. It's not top-heavy and plays great. I've had it since 1995, but I've hardly used it for years - what a shame!
Excellent workhorse of an instrument
A great gigging instrument with excellent versatility because of the 3-band on board pre-amp. Also, the three way pickup selector allows you to get different sounds out of the single pickup (top - both coils in series, middle - bridge coil only, bottom - both coils in parallel). More importantly, it plays incredibly well. The neck is the best thing I've ever held and the string spacing is just perfect.
Mine also has a piezo pickup under the bridge as well as a blend know between it and the main humbucker. It probably won't be the last bass I ever buy, but it'll be the last one I truly need.