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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 70â?²s. 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
    34â?³ 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!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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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.

    8 of 8 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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