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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 mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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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
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Sterling by Music ManRay34 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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(50 of 60 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

(24 of 25 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.

(16 of 17 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!

(15 of 16 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 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.

(11 of 13 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.

(11 of 12 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.

(11 of 12 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.

(6 of 8 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.

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