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Ernie Ball Musicman S.U.B. 5 SLO FL

Posted on June 14, 2013   


--- This is a made in U.S.A. SLO SUB 5 fretless bass. This needs to be strongly emphasized - it bears no manufacturing relationship to the current line of "Sub" basses from the Sterling by Musicman brand. THIS bass instead was made by the same folks using the same tools and the same designs and same parts as any other American Musicman bass in the early/mid 2000s.

--- Summary: Aside from finish appearance and possibly feel difference due to finish on body and neck, this bass is essentially a Classic Stingray 5 string Fretless 2 band with Alnico magnet and 4-string style pickguard. This was back in the early 2000s long before there was such a thing available!

--- INCREDIBLE instrument.

--- Mine is wine with stock aluminum pickguard - a fairly refined looking instrument. Fairly versatile instrument, amazing to play and record. I play on adding a series/parallel switch to it since as a fretless I tend to play harmonics a fair bit ala Jaco, and the default Stingray parallel pickup setup cancels harmonics noticeably. Series will help a bit. Running hi-beams on it currently, a really nice bright string that has a slightly more polite midrange than my fretted sub's sunbeams gets.


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  • --- Specs unique to the SLO SUB basses from USA:
    --- Body: Poplar
    --- Neck finish: painted (ugh, but it feels fine - I may get the finish removed one day)
    --- Headstock color: black, no matter what the body color is
    --- Finish: Industrial rough-finished flat hard coat in unique color choices compared to the rest of the EBMM line-up
    --- Body shape: classic stingray slab without any contours
    --- Pickguard: shaped like a 4 string Stingray (yay!), but made from industrial aluminum glues to hard stock.
    --- Pickup: Alnico (like the sought after classic Stingray pickup), made in USA
    --- Nut: Standard, not compensated
    --- Preamp: Classic 2-band US preamp (much sought after)
    --- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro unlined fretless


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