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Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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The iconic StingRay bass continues to dominate stages and studios around the world. The no nonsense design, the tones from the 3-band preamp and pickup, the ash body, the familiar oval pickguard has s... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The iconic StingRay bass continues to dominate stages and studios around the world. The no nonsense design, the tones from the 3-band preamp and pickup, the ash body, the familiar oval pickguard has supported the most important music of our generation. No denying the impact the StingRay bass has had on bassists and music in general.

Using the same materials & components as the original, the Ray34 pays respect to the StingRay legacy. Lightweight ash bodies, Music Man designed active 3-band preamp, Alnico magnet humbucking pickups, hard maple necks, heavy duty Music Man designed bridges and saddles.

FEATURES

Neck
  • Shape: C
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: 6-Bolt
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Info not available
Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Pickup configuration: Single
  • Neck: Not applicable
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Humbucker
  • Brand: Sterling
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Active preamp: Music Man designed 3-band
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut material: Plastic
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
  • Cutaway: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Swamp ash
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume, treble, mid, bass
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: Info not available
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Fixed, SBMM
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Open-geared
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: Info not available
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Sterling by Music ManRay34 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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(51 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just as good as the normal stingray

By merex

from redwood city , california

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

always wanted a stingray and was very excited when this came out, i went to guitar center and tried it and it sounded great it sounds exactly the same as the higher priced stingray and is much cheaper cant go wrong with this

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite

By Demostanis Diakoumakos

from Chicago, il

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I was looking around for a new bass for about 6 months. I'd constantly go down to my local GC trying out everything from every price range on almost every amp there. i finally came across this one and fell in love with it. The volume nob was super responsive and the control on the tone, mid-range and bass were also very easy to use. The tone that came out of this thing was down right amazing.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass at a Great Price!

By Topher P

from Hamburg, PA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

Recently I was asked to play bass in a band - I am not a bass player, I'm a guitar player, but I thought it would be fun. I borrowed a Music Man Stingray from a buddy of mine to get my feet wet and fell in love with it! Unfortunately if I spent $1500 on a bass my wife would not be pleased, but he recommended I check out the Sterling and I am glad I did! I have the black one: finish and craftsmanship are nearly flawless! As far as playability, it plays and sounds pretty near the MMSR4. Right out of the box is was pretty solid although I had the action lowered and set up a half-step down as well as installed a BT7 HipShot Bass Extender and now it plays like butter! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a bass in the price range - it's top notch and you won't be disappointed!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You need to buy this thing ASAP!!!

By Michael

from SC

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I went to guitar center today just to look around and saw this guy. I tried it out through an Ampeg SVT-VR Micro then through an Ampeg SVT-3 PRO and it sounded amazing through both. This guy sounds just like his older brother and, in my personal opinion, the neck plays 10x better. The picture online does not do the finish justice. The Sterling has the same controls as the Music Man version so there are no new knobs you have to try and figure out. I can get a really good Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Flyleaf tone through this thing with no problem at all. I think the only reason why it doesn't cost so much is because it's made in Indonesia not America; however, after you hear it growl and after you find that it's setup in America it really doesn't matter. If I had the money I would definately buy it.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass! Cant beat it for the price!

By Zack Lewine

from Agoura Hills, CA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

found this bass at the guitar center in oxnard. this bass feels Exactly like a musicman, and sounds just like one too. amazing bass for the price! Its Just that good.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth looking at

By Stuart

from Indianapolis IN

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I was in GC a few weeks ago, and was ready to buy a used American Standard J when this baby caught my eye. I had never so much as picked up any kind of MusicMan, so I thought I'd give this a plunk. I'm glad I did. The moment I plugged it in, the instrument felt like it came to life. It's well balanced, with a comforatble neck that plays like silk. It has a tight, focused sound from low to high that really punches through the mix of our 11-piece horn band. Not a lot of frills on this one, but the 3-band EQ gives you a lot of room to shape your tone. It compares very favorably to it's American cousins, which cost more than twice the price. This is a great bass, and a great value for your money. My only complaint is the gig bag that came with it is a cheap piece of junk - mine is already falling apart. But the instrument itself is well worth looking at.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Patrick

from Cleveland, Ohio

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I just purchased this bass at my local guitar center today. I have owned many bass guitars. This is definitely one of the best bass guitars I have ever owned. The neck is perfect, the electronics sound amazing. For the money you pay for such a high end bass, it is worth EVERY PENNY!!! I normally am a Fender man but this has just become my primary bass. If you have ever wanted to own a Musicman but just couldn't afford them, for half the price, you cannot go wrong at all. The best feature of this bass has to be the neck. Perfect and not glossy for great sliding and any fast action playing.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy this bass...

By john

from St. Paul, Minnesota

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I was tired of so so basses and was looking for the "one". Without having four figures to plop down this bass is as close as I've ever come. I really enjoy the bass/mid/treble right on the instrument (set your amp at fives and you control the tone). The build quality is very good, none of the little "errors" you find on lesser instruments. Fit and finish is high end. Plays well right out of the shop and if you trade in at GC like I did you even get a trade in discount. It's a complete joy to play, and in honeyburst looks like a million bucks. Spend a few extra dollars and get a good bass, this bass, the first time.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb, simply superb

By In search of tone

from St. Louis, Mo

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

Okay, first let's compare the Musicman Stingray to the Sterling Ray34. Wood: The same species are used in both instruments. However, the EB Musicman uses choicer grain and ages the wood longer. This has zero effect on tone, but adds to the asthetics. Therefore, the wood of the Ray 34 will darken and gain an aged look over the years. Electronics: The Ray 34 uses electronics that, though made overseas, are identical in specs and materials as the EB Musicman. Over all sound and feel: I have been playing and been a studying musician for over twenty years. I don't mean to brag, but I have near perfect pitch ear. I COULD NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO INSTRUMENTS! Cost: The Ray 34 is less than 1/2 the cost of the Stingray. What a deal. I suppose this is due to the drastic difference between American labor wages and Indonesian. As well, the rarity of the grain selection in the EB Musicman Stingray is a huge factor. Pricing slabs, you will see that the difference in price between a good slab of maple and aged birds eye or burl maple is more than 150%. Accompanying Equipment: The Ray 34 comes with a gig bag, but the molded EB Musicman case may be added for an additional $100. Also, if you choose to get a case and forgoe the gigbag, the listed price drops by $20. All in all, there is no better bass on the market in this "sub-1000 dollar" price range. One more thing, if you are stuck between the tonal differences in maple or rosewood fretboards, don't be. I got the honey burst with rosewood as I like the feel of rosewood, but love the sound of maple. The onboard EQ allows me to dial in exactly the maple sound. Hope this helps, enjoy.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ray 34 bass

By RHCP4LIFE

from Shelton, CT

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

WOW!!! this bass has it all. beautiful tone, lightweight, and in silverburst and honeyburst finish it looks terrific! it allows me to get the same tone as Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also, in my opinion it plays better than the more expensive musicman stingray. you cannot go wrong with this bass.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best for the price

By Bruno Goncalves

from Troy michigan

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

i was at GC looking for a new bass i thought a fender p bass would be nice and tried it...it didnt sound how i wanted at all. Then i tried a j bass....once again not for me. Then i tired this bass and i was amazed! the active EQ lets u get all kinds of sounds! then i went and tried the active j and p bass and once again i was waayyy disappointed! This bass is the best bass in its price range and i couldn't be happier with my new silver burst RAY34

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than the big guys

By Mark

from beaverton, OR

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I played this badboy today at GC, and afterwards tried the $1,900 stingrays, and this little guy plays better with a much better feel, SOUNDS better, and even has the mid-points on the dials unlike the full price ones! Don't let the "made in Indonesia" fool you - this little baby is sweet - I picked one up today and was glad I did.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Intermediate Bass

By JJ

from Yorba Linda, CA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

The Sterling Ray 34 is a sweet piece! Great tonal variation and active electronics. Midpoints on the tone knobs is a nice touch as well. The neck is by no means chunky and it feels like a dream. It is a very reliable bass that is road-ready! The color of the honeyburst model is impressive to say the least. Plays and sounds like a high-end Musicman and sounds great with slap playing. If you are looking for an excellent bass for under this price, then this is definitely a bass to test drive and consider purchasing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Make other bass players jealous

By Domo

from Santa Clarita CA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I am a Fender guy. I want to say that right off the bat. To me the Fender Jazz Bass and Rickenbacker 4003 were the greatest basses ever made, period. THEN I went to Guitar Center and played this bass. Needless to say, I rethought my opinion. The neck is perfect, no dead spots. It's the Fender "BaseBall Bat" neck, and it's not that super thin Ibanez "made for incredibly small hands" necks. I prefer a maple fingerboard, but this bass felt so incredible I got the rosewood instead and I would NEVER change the neck. I am normally a rock and roll bass player, but I wound up playing in a country band as a favor to a friend. Needless to say, the dynamics of this bass are so amazing you can literally play any kind of music. The bass player in my old band (who forced me to play guitar) always wanted a Music Man... Now I have a Sterling, which looks and sunds just like the MM and is less than half the price. TOTALLY worth it, and now he's incredibly jealous.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass Ever!!!!!!!!!!

By Jorge

from Naples,FL

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I Got this Bass a couple Months ago and I cant Stop Playing it. It works Great For almost all Types Of music. Good For slap,Funk, Jazz,Latin Music, Rock. You name It This Bass Can sound Playing it. I recommend This Bass to anyone who Wants a good Bass. The ONLY Downside is that its a bit Heavy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best for the Money !

By Chuck Rackley

from Hueytown Alabama

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I recently had the chance to sit in with a friends band and he handed me his E B bass to play and I fell in love with it . I decided to go to G C and get one but when I got there I spotted this bass in the silver burst finish . I sat there with an E B and this Sterling for an hour going back and forth and could not find any real difference between the two . Asked my wife which she liked and she said the sterling was prettier ( which is true ) , bought it and couldn't be happier great product at less than half the price ! You won't be disappointed in this period . By the way I am a regular gigging musician who plays every week and this is my new bass of choice .

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By TOM KELLY

from Madison, WI

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I love everything about this bass. After a few minor adjustments, it plays and sounds great! The pickup placement is perfect for thumb placement and maximizes tone. The MM4 headstock is beautiful.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Have a Budget? want a bass you'll love for years? this is it.

By Matt Maley

from Boston Mass

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

As a young 18 year old player it is tough to find a good instrument you want to play with for many years to come with a limited budget, and still be able to pay this price. I searched far and wide and honestly this is the best on the market. I bought this christmas 2010 with gift cards and my own money and it is beautiful. I compared it to music man ray which this rich kid at my school bought right after I did and honestly other than some minor things they are exactly the same. Honestly if you removed the markings and told me it was the music man I wouldn't be able to tell the difference unless I compared them side by side. For anyone who has a budge but still wants a bass they will love for years this is the bass for you. And you can play literally any kind of music you want on it with all the options, turn the treble and bass up for some nasty slappin', turn the treble down and the bass and mid way up and its a P-bass, and everything in between.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A different opinion

By Nick Metz

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I own two Music Man Stingrays (a four and a five) and I have recently played a few Sterlings. Music Man basses have incredible quality no matter if its a Stingray or a Sterling it will still be top of the line. Obviously the Stingrays are much better and if you were investing in a bass guitar to play over they years I would recommend a real Stingray. However this particular bass is a great bass for beginner to intermediate bassist looking for something new to practice or start gigging with. A solid 5 out of 5.

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