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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... Read More

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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.

  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Joint: 6-Bolt
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • 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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A great bass in the "middle of the road" price range

By Mike Campbell

from Toledo, OH

No matter what level you are in your playing, this is a great 5 string bass that captures the sound and feel of its big brother. The bass is made in Indonesia with great quality parts and is shipped to the United States where it receives an final inspection and set up. This bass does come stock with Ernie Ball Slinkys. The Ray35 features the same preamp, selector switch, and pickup as the newer made EBMM SR5's. You can tell a distinct difference in the different pickup modes. This bass fits perfect for finger style, pick style and slapping. The Ray35's overall tone is slightly scooped and very growly and aggressive. The bass balances quite well without any neck dives. With a 17.5 mm string spacing, the strings are close enough together that enables the player to move quickly, but isn't like playing a tree trunk. There is plenty of room to move. The neck feels really great in your hands. The neck and truss rod works very well and is stable. With the six bolt neck, it sits in the neck pocket and does not move or shift. The gig bag that is shipped with this bass is amazing. It is nice and thick. It provides plenty of protection, and the player can have piece of mind knowing that it is safe and well protected. The case features a very roomy front pocket with the brand name and logo proudly displayed. This gig bag features a single shoulder strap that allows the player to decide which shoulder they prefer. To some it up, this bass is a perfect 5 string bass for the beginning player and the seasoned pro. It is a affordable way to achieve the Stingray 5 sound and a fraction of the price. Ernie Ball/ Music-man should be proud of this new addition to the Music-man family. Try this bass today. It will not let you down!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


SR5 features and sound without the high price!!

By Aaron Fowler

from Wildomar, CA

I had been wanting a Stingray 5 for some time, but just couldn't bring myself to pay that much. I discovered the Sterling by Musicman and decided to give the Ray35 a shot. I can honestly say that I was blown away. It looks, feels, and sounds like the EBMM Stingray 5. The neck feels great. It is a bit on the heavy side (I like that though)but feels balanced. Absolutely no neck-dive. The best part of this bass is that it nails that Stingray sound. I have two other basses and they cannot match how this bass fits in the mix.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


utter perfection

By Brad

from Dallas, Texas

for a starter 5 string i was absolutely amazed. i didn't know what i was getting into, but this bass opened my eyes to the opportunities of what can be created with a little lower end. it's absolutely perfect. all the trimmings are smooth and subtle. the neck is thin, but it doesn't feel flimsy, the pickup is amazing. it sounds just.. perfect. BUY THIS BASS!!!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Sounds Awesome for a Lower Price

By Matt

from Clawson, MI

This Sterling by Music Man sounds awesome! Plus, its a nicer and more "cheaper" priced. I've played this bass before and it is so loud. i've seen it play at a Bible College before and i could hear it from the back row. AMAZING!

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(38 of 43 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome bass for great price

By RabidBassMan

from Freeport, IL

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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