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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar
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A solid 5-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, Sterling by Music Man 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. The 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 '70s. Active electronics, low-noise humbucking 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 45mm 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.

S.U.B. Series Bass Boast Great Tone Shaping Features
The tone is shaped by the onboard active 2-band preamp. Controls for volume, bass and treble offer maximum flexibility in finding your sound. Full cut & boost of bass & treble frequencies. The wide range of tones, guarantee you will find your sound, for any musical situation.

Quality Construction
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.

High-Output Humbucking Pickup
The high-output humbucking pickup was designed for clarity and true reproduction of the basses natural tone, with minimal coloration. Two 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. Three screw adjustment allow for more accurate positioning of the pickups angle & height, allowing for more precise adjustments to match the strings angle.

Satin Finished Neck
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.

Neck Adjustments
All stringed instruments need some basic adjustments from time to time. Neck adjustments can be intimidating for some. S.U.B. makes it easy and simple. S.U.B. Series guitars & 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. No need to remove the neck or strings, you can make the adjustments on the fly. Easy, quick, convenient. More time to play, less time making adjustments.

Top Mounted Output Jack
No more fumbling trying to plug in the cable. The output jack is conveniently placed on top of the body. Located on the control plate, the jack is secure and won't easily pull out or get damaged when placed in a guitar stand. Sterling by Music Man uses a heavy-duty jack that is designed to withstand plenty of use and abuse.

The 2-band active preamp is powered by a 9-volt battery. The easy-to-open battery compartment makes battery changes easy and simple. Simply flip up the battery door, unclip the 9-volt from the clip and clip in your new battery. Takes no time at all. The battery is easily accessible on the back of the body. Your battery should last for several months under normal use. Sterling by Music Man recommends you unplug the cable when not in use, to conserve on the batteries life span.

Case sold separately.

Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar Features:

  • Solid hardwood body
    34″ full-scale maple neck
    Medium jumbo frets
    Satin tinted neck finish
    45 nut width
    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
    Case sold separately

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  • Just got one

    As reviewed by jeffrey gandolfi on 12/19/2012

    I just got a Sterling Sub 4string and tried everything in the store against it @ your Millbury Ma store. Anything close to its price range sounded dull, had small setup issues and frankly didn't fit or balance well on my lap. Ive owned Fender, Ibanez, custom made Carvins, original Stingrays, Alvarez, and have played all the others brands in stores over my career as a Bassist {29 Yrs}. This little monster smoked the competition by leaps and bounds. It sounds so much like the original I dare anyone blindfolded to guess USA model and this SUB! Light, quick,super punchy and deep. Im smiling ear to ear and I dont have to worry about it getting ripped off because to gear heads its a "Copy". Love this bass!!

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  • Awesome 5 String for price

    As reviewed by Kevin Cunningham on 9/11/2013

    I've played many basses over 35+ years and for the little money, this SUB is fantastic. A nice smooth, thin neck, simple controls. The pickup and bridge are solid. After an update to the set up I can see me playing this bass for a long time. It plays much better that basses 5x it's cost

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Long awaited and Well Executed Entry Level ErnieBall MusicMan Bass

    As reviewed by Michael West _ on 6/7/2013

    I arrived at this bass backwards. I already owned 2 MusicMan StingRay 4s and a Sterling by MusicMan SB14. In that order. When I went about adding a 5 string, I first picked up a second hand Squier Deluxe Jazz Bass V Active. Then I got this one. This is an extremely well executed entry level bass. The neck is terrific, fast, great action right out of the store. Fretwork is very, very good. In this price range, I'm used to seeing the old sharp edges problem. Not here. The string spacing is on the tighter side. Finger style and picking are a breeze. The Squier has a 2+ inch nut (and larger string spacing). I'd be comparing Apples to Oranges if tried to say one was better than the other. I found that slapping style on the Squier was easier; again, coming from a 4, the relatively tight 5 spacing was an adjustment. The bass build quality is very good. I've found no obvious flaws. Finish is fine, and the neck (again, I must love the neck. Yeah, I do!) finish is different from either of its Big Cousins. I replaced the stock black knobs with chrome knobs (I just happened to have some chrome knobs laying around and I think it looks better). The pickguard has some very slightly noticeable 'waves' to it; it's likely a less thick plastic being used. Similarly, the tuners, the bridge, the knobs are all of ... 'entry level' ... quality. That's not saying they're bad. They're entry. Similarly, the 9V compartment has the clip-on style battery connector, not the drop-in kind. This bass is surprisingly light! I can't find exact measurements online, but it sure looks thinner (front to back) than the EBMM. And it's way lighter than either of my 4 strings. You could definitely get through every set with this without much strain. What does it sound like? Great! The 2 band (notched!) Active EQ is terrific, sensitive, and easy to dial in a very good tone. You can get some nice growly aggressive sounds, or you can roll off the top and get some good solid thumping sounds. And anywhere in between. So what's wrong with it? Nothing. Well, except the stock strings, I really don't like them. I know strings you just buy and use and blah. But I mention this because when a beginner or other bassist new to the brand picked this up, they might be instantly turned off because of them. Don't be. Finally, I hate to disappoint you, but you are not getting a MusicMan StingRay at this price. Anyone comparing this pound for pound to an EBMM isn't comparing Apples to Oranges. They're not even comparing Apples to Motor Oil. This bass does not have the mass required for that full on tone, nevermind the other finishing touches that distinguish the higher priced instruments. Neither is it an OLP, by the way. This is far superior to that instrument in every aspect. I couldn't possibly recommend you buy an OLP - even used - over this. Save up the few extra $$ and get this if that's your mindset. We have to finally judge this on a) it's fabulously playable b) sounds really good to us and c) THE PRICE! This instrument is about building a relationship over time with the musician, by offering a superb value to get started, and a clear and beautiful path forward. This is not about trying to undercut their own top of the line products.

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