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Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar  

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The Sterling RAY35 5-string bass guitar features a select solid swamp ash body for percussive lows, subtle mids, and expansive highs. Lightweight swamp ash brings out the nuances and clarity that Musi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Sterling RAY35 5-string bass guitar features a select solid swamp ash body for percussive lows, subtle mids, and expansive highs. Lightweight swamp ash brings out the nuances and clarity that MusicMan basses are known for. Combined with a MusicMan-designed active 3-band preamp you get all the tonal variations you could ever need. A single MusicMan Humbucking pickup has alnico pole pieces for classic warm tones. A 3-way switch lets you select both coils in series, in series with filter, and both coils parallel. The MusicMan-designed 6-bolt neck joint for all the Sterling RAY34 and 35 basses that are strong and stable with no shift in the neck pocket for superior tone transfer. The MusicMan-designed bridge uses a thick saddle for precise adjustments and stability. Precise slotting on each saddle guarantees no sideways movement on the bass strings during heavy playing.

Basses from Sterling by MusicMan are perfect for players seeking the MusicMan vibe at a more affordable price. These instruments are accurate versions of popular Music Man guitars and basses with no compromise on quality or materials. Sterling by MusicMan pledges to make a bass that will deliver the performance you need. Each instrument is inspected, setup and played.

Includes a gig bag.

Features
  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Joint: 6-Bolt
  • Fingerboard: Maple or Rosewood depending upon finish
  • Pickups: Music Man Humbucking with alnico pole pieces
  • Preamp: 3-band Active Preamp: Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass
  • Bridge: MusicMan designed
  • Tuners: Open Gear
  • Includes Sterling by Music Man Gig Bag
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Sterling by Music ManRAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome bass for great price

I am very impressed with this bass. I have always loved the Music Man Sting Ray basses. They have the best sound and most power that I have ever heard. The problem was...Read complete review

I am very impressed with this bass. I have always loved the Music Man Sting Ray basses. They have the best sound and most power that I have ever heard. The problem was always the price. Now they make the Sterling. This is an awesome bass comparable to it's more expensive brother. I love having the preamp equalizer's, it makes changing the sound and feel easier. But the best part is when I plug it in to my amp and turn it to full volume, it rattles the whole building.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Did not ship in 24 hrs

The Bass was great. No problems there. Shipping was a different story. I paid extra for overnight shipping with the promise of getting the bass delivered within 24 hrs. That didn't happen.

The Bass was great. No problems there. Shipping was a different story. I paid extra for overnight shipping with the promise of getting the bass delivered within 24 hrs. That didn't happen.

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5.0

A great deal !Sterling may be the best thing out there!

By Nun ya !

from Aurora, Colorado

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Come On

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    The people I dealt with were nice and professional. The gear came quick.I had to look hard for the blemishes.I like Music 123.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Brad D

    from Northern Virginia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Build
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Black finish tends to scratch easily

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Pro-Quality instrument
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    This bass has become one of my main basses. At one point, I've owned more than ten basses. This one always was one of the most played, and most gigged. I tend to play more and more music that strongly suggests 5-string as time goes on, and so I tend to play this bass more and more as time goes on. To me, this bass sounds BETTER than an EBMM American-made model. Why? There is a filter that I understand is unique to this Ray35 model ONLY (the exact Filter specs and details are very hard if impossible to find) in the middle position of the three-position selector. This is "Coils 1+2 (series) with Filter." The bottom line is it sounds very "Fendery", relatively speaking, compared to the two other pickup selections. So a variety of sounds, and the tone-shaping possibilities with the active 3-band EQ of not only frequency cut, but also frequency boost allows me to emulate a wide variety of sounds using the tone knobs, and various techniques, such as nasally finger style Jazz Bass funk, wooly upright thump, and most points in-between. A tremendously versatile bass that I can play with appropriate tone in so many styles, and I have to, because I am a long term member of a diverse corporate and political event band. I've been and continue to be "a Fender bass guy", but the build quality, tone, sonic flexibility, etc... continues to make this a go-to instrument. In fact, I'm thinking about purchasing a second one, and making it an unlined fretless. Lastly, an EBMM *might* be a better bass, but I disagree, as that EBMM certainly doesn't sound better, and it is impossible to quantify it as $1000 more (which is the extra $$$ you'll pay for new EBMM) kind of better. I have played, and seriously demoed the whole range of Fender and Stingray-type basses, and countless others, and this Ray35 is IMO, the best bang-for-buck bass I've ever come across in 20+ years of playing, demoing, and buying basses. It's why I own one- and am seriously considering another.

     
    5.0

    ray35 vrs yammie Yamaha TRBX305

    By none

    from denver, co

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      have had the ray 35 for a number of months now and it is a beautiful, well made and great sounding bass......... it was a good choice........... however, I see Yamaha has a five string at exactly half the price (Yamaha TRBX305) and I was wondering if anyone out there owns one or has even played one. It has double , oversized humbuckers (a pair of custom-designed M3 humbucking pickups. These bad boys sport ceramic magnets and oversized polepieces for big tone with great depth and definition without any hum)compared to the Ray's single humbuckers.... and a mahogany body vrs ash , so not sure which is heavier.......... and don't get me wrong, i love the sterling (and guitar center has been great)................ just curious............

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So glad!!

      By Josh

      from Coon rapids, mn

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        Buy this now!!! I have played man stingrays in the past and retired my last one. I picked this up for recording in my studio and it sounds dead on with a standard musicman. The lower sub series feel cheaper but this feels like an ernie ball for sure. I played a family reserve and this side by side and recorded the same track side by side and u cant tell them apart. The build quality like the nut and neck finish is not family reserve quality but that is to be expected for 1200$ cheaper :) this easily replace my 90s sting and i think actually plays better! Dont fret and buy this now while you can!

        (2 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Did not ship in 24 hrs

        By Mike5966

        from NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          The Bass was great. No problems there. Shipping was a different story. I paid extra for overnight shipping with the promise of getting the bass delivered within 24 hrs. That didn't happen.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best bass for the price range

          By Jordanderson

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Worship

            Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I bought this bass after using a peavey millennium for 6 years and all I can say is.... WOW. Its so much tone in a super solid package. I would advise buying a stingray 5 road case to protect this baby because this is one of the best basses available in this price range. Talked to some bass experts and they even claim they cant tell the difference between this and the real stingrays. Only difference is it's made in Indonesia and the finish on the neck and frets but other than that its a real gem. Best purchase I've ever made.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FANTASTIC Bass

            By MusicMan

            from Broomall, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              Look, I know we all have reservations when it comes to buying an imported version of a guitar/bass that is usually made in the USA. But let me tell you that you have nothing to worry about.

              This bass is fantastic. And compared to my old late 90's Music Man Stingray 5, I would pick the Ray 35 over that any day. The feel of the bass is real solid. The neck is smooth and VERY easy to play on. The action is perfect, if you keep it in Standard tuning. I would suggest going to a .135 gauge string if you plan on tuning down...or just turn that truss rod a few notches, which is extremely easy.

              The bass comes with all of the tools needed to setup, including adjusting the bridge, truss rod, and removing the knobs.

              As for the sound... yeah, this thing makes my Euro Spector and Schecter Stiletto Elite sound/feel like entry level basses. The others sounds good, but the Ray 35 just busts right through the band mix and plays like a dream.

              At the end of the day, if you like a bass that cuts through the mix and plays awesome, all while being in the sub 1,000 range, this Ray 35 might just be your best bet. I'd even say, other than the actual Stingray 5, this bass competes with the sub 2,000 basses.

              You will not be disappointed.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You will be pleasantly surprised

              By Basstrumpet

              from Louisiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                  A great bass. Solid feel, tone to die for. Plays exactly like a Stingray. The only difference between this bass and its big brother is the choice of finish. If you are ok with black, white, or natural finish then pocket the grand in savings and be a happy camper.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  No-compromise substitute for StingRay

                  By QuadropheniaFan

                  from Keller, TX

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                    I have compared this to a Ball Family Reserve MusicMan Stingray 5. I PREFER this bass. I bought it from Musiciansfriend.com. Natural finish. The neck is rock solid, the tone is exactly the sound I heard coming from Matt Bissonette (Elton John Band) when he played his 5 string Sting Ray. The pickup is voiced beautifully. Complex and sweet. and STRONG. The unfinished neck feels so smooth, and has girth. fretwork is impeccable. The body is gorgeous. ROCK SOLID hardware. You cannot go wrong with this bass. I'm a bass snob (own Status Stealth, Rickenbacker Chris Squire signature and V63 basses, American Fender Precisions, and Hofner V62 German made bass) and I would choose this over a 5-string StingRay any day. There IS no compromise for the price.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Quality For The Price!

                    By ricodds

                    from Broadview Heights, OH

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                      I already own Music Man guitars...needed a bass for recording, practicing ect. Did not want to spend to much on a bass but still wanted quality. I had my doubts but...it's great!

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