'76 Musicman Stingray I guitar coil split?

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  1. Jblue

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    Hey All,
    I have a 76 Musicman stingray I guitar. I LOVE the way it plays and feels in my hands VERY much. While it does produce some amazing tones in an absolute sense, it's not quite squeezing out a certain character I'm craving. I'm wondering if splitting the coils is a good idea to give this guitar some hard tail strat type tones. Or is it crazy to mod a guitar like this? It plays so well that's it's worth way more to me than the thousand bucks or so I could sell it for... In other words I will very likely hold on to this guitar for life. What do you think?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Jblue

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    Btw, if you're unfamiliar, Leo fender built these guitars after selling fender. It has two humbuckers and the circuit is active-- 9v battery goes in the back.
     
  3. C-4

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    I had the first one in New England back in 1976. I would not mod this guitar. You have a bass roll-off on it, but the guitar will not get you the tones you are seeking if you mod it.
    It IS a stellar guitar, btw.
     
  4. Jblue

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    Thanks C-4, I am sure that's wise advice. It really is THE best playing guitar I've ever. And I even have a Collings 290 in the arsenal!
     
  5. snarkle

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    If you're looking to get more of a "hardtail Strat" sound out of a Musicman, then you probably need to find an early G&L...

    :)

    I'd also advise against modding the Stingray...that's a great-sounding, versatile, and weirdly under-appreciated instrument.
     
  6. Jblue

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    That's how I've always felt too... Cheers!
     
  7. snarkle

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    I had a Stingray that I traded off... I did VERY well in the trade, but I still miss that guitar. And I have a Sabre II that's currently on consignment at a Victoria music store.

    I might have to pop by to double-check whether that's the right call. I'm pretty sure that within minutes of it selling vintage Musicman values will double!

    They're certainly a bargain now.
     
  8. Jblue

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    K, I think I want your Saber II!!!! what's the difference compared to the stingray I? smaller fretboard radius i know... is the scale length the same? same active pickups/tone controls?
     
  9. Jblue

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    Just watched a YouTube video of a saber II. The ability to switch to single coils like that is exactly what I want to be able to do in my stingray with the 12" radius neck. The active passive switch would be nice too...
     
  10. SouthpawGuy

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    If you're into Leo Fenders post Fender creations maybe check out an early G&L F100. Mine is a Series I with 12" radius neck, and they have coil split and out of phase. They were also made in passive and active versions.

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    The PTB tone controls are the same as current G&Ls.
     
  11. treeofpain

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    I would leave your Stingray stock...

    The Sabres are a little more Strat-like. The Sabre I will have the same radius as your Stingray. They are very reasonably priced on the market for what they are IMO.
     
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    What about using a push-pull pot for the volume or tone knobs to split the coils? No visible or irreversible mod and more tonal options. ps, i would never sell this guitar!
     
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    Don't mod it....retire it and buy another guitar.
     

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