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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar
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A solid 4-string with amazing tone shaping, a loud humbucking pickup and quality construction.

The S.U.B. Series family of instruments introduce a new level of quality, features and value for the beginning or intermediate player. Part of the esteemed Music Man & Sterling by Music Man family of instruments, we feel all players should have access to affordable guitars & basses that feel, sound and play like a refined, crafted professional instrument.

The best components, hardware and designs all work in harmony to give you the best user experience as you discover your sound. Our goal is to deliver an instrument, at a price that surpasses your expectations.

The Ray4 and Ray5 basses are the cousins of the Music Man StingRay 4 and 5 basses. Classic, iconic instruments that defined a generation of bassists since the late 70's. Active electronics, low noise hum bucking pickups, rock solid hardware and a simple, uncluttered look that is instantly recognizable and respected.

Music Man starts 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 (Ray4) and 45mm nut width (Ray5) 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.

Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric 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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  • 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!!

    9 of 9 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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • A Great Bass.

    As reviewed by David Williams on 12/27/2013

    I`ve been playing bass awhile and i figured it was time for an upgrade from my first bass. but like most people i didnt want to break the bank on my instrument. I wondered into GC to play some jazz basses, i was actually dead set on getting a fender, maybe go cheap and get the squire as ive heard alot of good things about it and have played around on a few fender and squire jazz basses in store and at friends places so i knew what i wanted. There were a few other models outside of jazz basses i was thinking of looking into playing, however i saw this bass in the walnut finish and it caught my eye. I have always liked this style of bass visually but never really played one. so i figured go ahead and see how it plays since i like the look and pricetag. Sure enough i was impressed. i loved the sound so much more than the fenders i was playing. It has the perfect tone for pop/slap in my opinion and preference, the strings that come with it help give it that beautiful tone plus the control of the tone knob makes for the perfect sound without replacing anything, which is a rare find. but once again the tone was ideal to my preference you might need to tweak it if its not to your liking. If you turn the tone knob all the way youll get a nice warm sound but nothing to far from its orginal funky/poppy tone.id say get some new strings if your not going for that sound and it can fit the bill for rock or metal. Its plays very well and is very comfortable to hold. Its a little on the heavier side maybe 7-10Lbs so id recommend a wide strap. For the price its a great bass for any range of skill and its just alot of fun to play.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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