Back again (NBDx2)
After some wheeling and dealin over the last few weeks, I somehow ended up with two very cool EBMM basses that will hopefully stick around for the long haul.
The first has a bit of a story attached to it (please bear with me). Years ago during the dudepit era, I ordered my dream Stingray 4 – trans orange, maple Board, and 2 band EQ. This was a couple weeks before the first dargor Delights were announced. When that happened I decided that I *had* to have one, and switched my order to a Dargie 2 band ‘Ray without the matching headstock (one of the few without it). As circumstances happened, I ran into a financial crunch and had to sell my deposit o the Dargie, meaning I missed out on not only my dream bass, but a bass that I’ve been keeping my eye out for in the years since. So imagine my surprise when a trans orange Stingray with the 2 band EQ showed up online a week or two back! Sure, it had some very unusual finish cracking (looks like the bass oiled from the inside out), but it made up for it with an amazing Birdseye neck, even if it didn’t have the maple Board. So I bought it, and it landed yesterday afternoon. At some point I’m going to swap the pickguard out for a black one and reach out to customer support to see what, if anything can be done about the finish, but it does not spoil my enjoyment in the least. It’s everyhjng I remember in my favorite Rays from years past – thinly, punchy and clear up the neck.
Bass #2 came my way via a local trade – was able to turn a non-USA passive bass into a Sterling (believe its medallion gold with a crazy-at-least-for-me yellow pearl pickguard. This one is light and punchy, with some subtle flaming of the neck. Weight is pretty good too, although I haven’t weighed either bass yet. Totally different flavor from the Stingray, but they both taste great. It’s easy to overlook the Sterling with the very cool newer basses EBMM has out our, but it’s just a killer instrument – great sound, and maybe the most comfortable neck on earth.
Of course there need to be pics – here you go…
At some point I’ll figure out how to fix the one that showing up sideways.