Music Man SUB Stingray 4H Textured Red USA 2003
Music Man SUB Stingray 4, textured red, made in USA 2003. Yep, you read that right: these first generation SUB basses were made in California just like their big brothers. This borrows some features from the pre-Ernie Stingrays like having no belly carve and a two band EQ, but gets the wheel-style truss rod adjuster and six bolt neck like a modern example. The textured red finish is cool, before I found the name I was gonna call it Cherry Cola. It's a hard wearing finish, so you can throw this all over the stage and not worry too much. The Hipshot D-tuner is a cool little addition, it's very fitting on a rock machine like this. The tone has that classic vitnage Stingray growl: heaps of angry mids and a slicing definition, balanced by a tight and tuneful low end. These come around very seldom and really do feel vastly different to the newer Indonesian made stuff; it's a superb bass. Plus, a previous owner alleges he bought it off Flea at a flea market, so...
Model: Music Man SUB Stingray 4H
Made: USA, San Luis Obispo, June 2003 (serial X01629)
Finish: textured red
Neck: maple, satin finish, 34" scale, 12" radius
Mods: Hipshot D-tuner attached
Pickup: MM humbucker, alnico, 2-band EQ
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor scuffs on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and rub wear on the back only. The back and sides have no major marks, tiny dimples here and there only. The back has a few little scratches near the back edge. The sides have a few little dimples in the elbow area around to near the jack, nothing nasty. The front is pretty clean, just some light scuffs on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets are in good shape, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 45/105 strings.