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A solid 4-string with amazing tone shaping, a loud humbucking pickup and quality construction.

The S.U.B. Ray4 has been sitting near the top of the bass food chain since the '70s because of it's looks, design, components and of course it's signature sound. Active electronics, low noise hum bucking pickups, rock solid hardware and a simple, uncluttered look that is instantly recognizable and respected. They start with a solid hardwood body. Light, airy bodies full of tone are attached to a slim, easy to play full scale maple neck. A narrow 38mm nut width was created for easy playability. Medium jumbo frets allow for effortless fretting. The slim neck and narrow nut feels at home with small or large hands.

Series basses boast great tone shaping features like the onboard, active 2-band preamp powered by a 9 volt battery that's very easy to change. Controls for volume, bass and treble offer maximum flexibility in finding your sound. Plus it offers full cut & boost of bass & treble frequencies. The wide range of tones, guarantee you will find your sound, for any musical situation. The high output humbucking pickup was designed for clarity and true reproduction of the basses natural tone, with minimal coloration. 2 rows of large magnetic pole pieces pump the strings information into the pickup, feeding the 2 band active preamp. Tones can be aggressive, wild or mild. Its up to you to find your sound. 3 screw adjustment allow for more accurate positioning of the pickups angle & height, allowing for more precise adjustments to match the strings angle.

Sterling by Music Man wants your bass to last a lifetime. Superior design and construction are key to delivering a solid instrument that will accompany you on your long musical journey. All S.U.B. basses employ a superior 6 bolt neck joint. The 6 bolt neck joint, designed by Music Man, offers strength, stability and great tone transfer. The neck stays in position and won’t shift under heavy load. The neck heel allows easy access to the higher end of the fingerboard and is unobtrusive, allowing your hands to freely move about the neck with ease. Rest assured, your neck will stay put while your fingers roam about.

The feel of the neck is everything. Your fretting hand is touching the neck 100% of the time you play your bass. Sterling by Music Man developed a super smooth satin finish for the back of the neck. This finish is non glossy, never get’s sticky and always feels fresh. The tinted satin finish looks great and gives the instrument a classic look and feel. And S.U.B. makes neck adjustments easy and simple. S.U.B. Series basses have an easy to adjust neck. No specialized tools are needed. The small thumbwheel located at the end of the fingerboard makes it easy and simple. You can use a small screwdriver or the included chrome bar to easily and quickly adjust the neck to your preference. You can make easy, quick, convenient adjustments on the fly.

Case sold separately.

Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar Features:

  • Solid hardwood body
    34? full scale maple neck (rosewood fingerboard with some finishes)
    Medium jumbo frets
    Satin tinted neck finish
    Narrow 38 mm nut width
    Low noise humbucking pickup
    2-band onboard active preamp, cut & boost
    Large heavy duty bass bridge with full adjustments
    Easy access truss rod adjuster
    6-bolt super strong neck joint
    Top-mounted, heavy duty output jack
    Case sold separately




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  • Everyone should own this bass!!

    As reviewed by ANDY DUNN on 10/29/2012

    This is a great bass! To start off it really sounds like a Music Man Stingray. Most basses in this price range look like their big brothers (Squier/ Fender) but they never really have that great of a sound. Second, with only a couple twists of the truss rod and and a few adjustments to the saddles it played like butter. Once again usually when you spend between $200-$300 on a bass you will have to live with the fact that its probably going to play like a 2X4. This bass has a nice low cut nut, level frets, and a really straight neck. Overall the main reason I picked it up in the first place was because I just wanted a good basic bass in my studio for my students to be able to use but after I set it up I have not been able to stop playing it myself. So if you are a beginner looking for a good bass to get going on THIS IS IT!! If you are a intermediate to advanced player this will make a great back up bass for any gig. All in all I have been a huge fan of Music Man Basses for a long time and I was absolutely blown away by the price and quality of this instrument. Like I said in the title of this review, everyone should own this bass!! Also, If you have never played or heard a Music Man they are really good for any genre of music but they work great for rock and funk (especially if you use a slap style of playing). This is because the one humbucker near the bridge gives you a really bright and boomy tone. The only thing these basses tend to lack in when it comes to tone is the mid range. But in my opinion if they had a heavier mid range they wouldn't be a Music Man. Finally if you are going to pick this bass up, buy some new strings and either set it up yourself or have a tech set it up. You will not get the full potential out of this bass if you play with the factory strings and set up.

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  • Unbelievable bass.

    As reviewed by Richard Milligan on 12/3/2012

    I tried this bass out in the store about 2 weeks ago and it sounded real good but they usually do in the store. I'm usually a maple neck guy but the rosewood board and walnut stain on this on really grew on me so I took the chance and picked it up. This bass is unbelievable!! The neck is like butter. The humbucker is ceramic. Ceramic magnet pickups aren't for everyone but they're REALLY powerful so I have to back the pickup all the way down as to not overpower my Fenders, which are active like this one. I've been playing for 40 years and I've also had Warwick and Spector and let me tell you this bass is right up there with them. I play it though a Hartke Kickback 12 and I just stand there in disbelief at the full range on tone. And that's with the EQ flat!! Still can't believe how much bass you get and what a low price these are sold for. Get one!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Incredible Tone and Quality at Any Price!

    As reviewed by BUD IZEN on 6/12/2013

    I was in the Northridge G.C. just looking around when I saw this really pretty bass that looked to be some sort of MusicMan (MM) clone. Taking it off the rack, it turned out to be a legit. clone of my vintage circa 1979-80 MM Stingray, right down to the two-band preamp. Considerably lighter than my vintage 'Ray, and about the same weight as my OLP (a company temporarily authorized by E.B. to manufacture passive Stingray clones), I hooked it up to a big Ampeg and put it through it's paces. It was well setup for a demo bass, and the roundwounds made a nice sound, lots of tone. So, I ordered one from the store and had it shipped to my home in Oregon, saving me shipping and tax, and they were also running a promo. The bass arrived one day after I got home, perfect timing, and came out of the box in better setup than the demo I played in Northridge. The nut was perfectly centered, the action was low, and the intonation was close, although I didn't expect it to be perfect. Playing through my own rig (All Carvin - BX1500 amp, 4x10 redeye w/ tweeter, 1x18), it sounded every bit as good as my vintage 'Ray, without the extra shoulder-killing weight. (I had made my own 5" wide leather strap to make the Stingray more bearable.) The finish was perfect (Satin Walnut)as well. I have an assortment of basses, mostly fretless, but I bought this one specifically for my second band, as I sing more and don't want to have to work so hard on (bass) intonation. The frets on the bass were totally finished smooth. The overall quality compares to anything I own or have ever owned. The sound cuts through the mix just like a "real" Stingray. In conclusion, if you want that classic Stingray sound at an absolute bargain price without sacrificing any quality, this is the bass for you! Kudos for the guys at Guitar Center Northridge. G.C. always has great service, and these guys went out of their way to make sure I was well taken care of. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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