"I have a custom Music Man 4, with my collected custom pick collection embedded inside the finish. It's very heavy, and hence has a lot of sustain -good for some studio, jazz type playing, not so good for tubby rock, and not good at all to carry on stage! Keeping with the Music Man basses, there's my custom 3 string -made years back for me with only 3 strings (E,A,D of course) and no volume or tone controls! (Hey, why do you think they call it a "bass"!) I've used that on tour, but not lately -waiting for that next Gabriel tour!"more
Bass player magazine May 2001 "When I joined TooL, the band already had a few songs written, and I wanted to get Paul's sound and style-I loved it. WHen I auditioned, my approach fit what they were already doing. My **MusicMan** sounded good in rehearsal, but when we started recording AEnima, the **StingRay** didn't really work. The Music Man has a lot of lows, but some mids were missing. A friend recommended Wal basses. I tried one out and it was great. "more
Marciano Cantero appears to be playing a MusicMan Stingray Bass (with a pearl white finish?) throughout this video (circa 1999 or 2000). While the writing on the headstock isn't readable even in closeups of him (because of the reflective brightness of the stage lights), the body shape, pickups, amount and placement of tone controls, iconic oval pickguard, iconic tune machine configuration (3 +1), and fret count seem to be consistent with that of a Stingray. There's an ok closeup at 1:29 and slightly better one at 2:55.more
The MusicMan Stingray provides twangy, metallic and punchy active tones ideal for everything from funk to progressive metal. Whether it's pick, fingerstyle, or especially slap, this bass does wonders to cut through the mix with its distinct trebly sound. Sometimes the tone gets a bit buzzy, and the G string can sound dead during slapping, and it's not an easy bass to play, but that's the price to pay for a cutting tone!