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      Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Classic Active Electric Bass Guitar (H71710)
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Old-school vibe and looks for the vintage enthusiast, with high-fidelity and better playability.

New for 2011, Ray34 Classic Active Series electric bass guitar has a lightweight slab body with no belly or forearm contours. The glossy, amber-tinted neck features a narrow 38 mm nut width; 34" scale; and 21 thin, vintage-style frets. The finish is a hard glossy coat that exudes the vibe and look of an older instrument.

The Music Man-designed 2-band active preamp features volume, treble, and bass controls. The preamp and pickup were re-voiced for this model for a more organic feel and are noise-free. The classic three-tone sunburst finish is paired with an amber-tinted maple neck and black pickguard for that classic old-school look.

Includes a gig bag.

Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Classic Active Electric Bass Guitar Features:

  • Lightweight ash body
    Slab body styling (no forearm & belly contours)
    Glossy tinted neck finish
    38 mm nut width
    34" scale
    Classic active 2-band preamp
    Classic Ray34 pickup with alnico polepieces
    Maple fingerboard
    19mm string spacing
    Includes a gig bag




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  • BEST BUY EVER

    As reviewed by bob esbenshade on 4/20/2011

    this bass looks, feels, plays, and sounds like it could cost three times as much as it does. get this bass if you can. it is beautiful. i could not tell you what the difference between this classic and the U.S. classic is except for the price. this STERLING RAY 34 CLASSIC is the best sounding MUSIC MAN i have ever played. i really like the way the pick up is voiced and i prefer the bass and treble active over the three actives on most MUSIC MAN basses. it has a great bottom end with lots of snap and growl. i love the maple neck. it has a great feel and the intonation is perfect right out of the box. the three tone burst of the body is beautiful. this bass looks as good as it sounds. i would have to think that this could well be the best "second" brand ever produced. i can honestly say i like it better than my U.S. MUSIC MAN STERLING that cost much, much more. this bass will definately see lots of gigging time, and for the price you can take it anywhere. i might save up to get the cool mint green one too! i want to thank the guys at LANCASTER GUITAR CENTER for helping me get this one. i know they have been hard to come by. did i say this has to be one of the best buys ever?!!

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  • The Real Deal...

    As reviewed by RAYMOND CRAWLEY on 5/2/2012

    Just got my new Sterling Ray34CA bass and sure enough, straight out of the box it sounds amazing!..My band members could instantly tell the difference the tonality, the tightness all are so musical. I did my own set up and with a turn here, a slight string height adjustment (for my personal taste)I had an instrument that feels like it was made just for me. The neck is very playable, makes each note on very fret without any noticeable buzzing. I did about a month of research on this bass, reading,and watching You Tube videos. I went to my local GC store to try out a regular Music Man just to get use to the feel of it and hearing it's percussive tonality. Two of my favorite bassists, Louis Johnson and Bernard Edwards used Music Man basses. They both exemplified the styles I liked to hear...Louis' compressed and edgy thumping and Bernard's solid low end smooth two finger grooves. The Ray34CA is very well built and doesn't feel too heavy...I'm able to move around and still play what I need to...Hell, I even enjoy playing it without my amp...For the price, it's a players dream bass....I can go from Chic to Journey to Motown and it handles whatever I need it to do...Thumbs up to the team at Music Man for a super job in design and electronics!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great first, intermediate and even lifetime bass

    As reviewed by Steven Keaton on 1/21/2013

    This is the fourth bass I have owned and I think it is one of the best available, especially for the price. First of all, it is a beautiful bass, very appealing to the eye. The maple neck is the most beautiful part of the bass. The finish is excellent as well. I went into GC the day after Thanksgiving intending to order a Ray34 in Honeyburst, but saw this Ray34 Classic hanging on the wall. I decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised with the feel, especially the neck and since it is a tad thinner, it was much easier for me to play since I have smaller hands. Just for fun, I even compared it to all the Music Man Classics on the wall as well as the identical looking Music Man, and neither heard nor saw no discernible difference between the Music Man Classics and this Sterling Ray34. Until I played and heard this bass, I imagined the Classic with only bass and treble adjustments and no mid-range, would lack some range of sound. However, it sounds great especially with the pre-amp. The Ray34 ca is a real joy to play. Since I bought this bass, I have played three others just like it and they all have the same feel, fit and finish. I highly recommend that everyone give this bass a try.

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