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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. RAY5 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Satin Walnut

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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... Read More

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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 narrow 38mm 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.

Case sold separately.

  • Solid hardwood body
  • 34³ full-scale maple neck
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Satin tinted neck finish
  • Narrow 38mm 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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Sterling by Music ManS.U.B. RAY5 5-String Electric Bass Guitar

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Love this bass

By WhtMtnGrv

from NJ

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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. RAY5 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I was pleasantly surprised when this bass arrived through the mail. First- it was sold as an open box item, which landed me an essentially brand new bass (still had protective plastic on pickguard and pickup) with a small ding on the neck. Other than that flaw (well worth the almost 30% discount) the bass is awesome. The fit and finish is pretty on point. No imperfections on the body or neck, and the set up feels about right. The intonation is about a half step off on a couple strings but that's not a big deal.

    I can only imagine how smooth it would feel if I were to get it professionally set up. It holds tune well and sounds very crisp both at live volume and through a smaller amp.

    The only negative I found was while recording on a small home set up (Line 6 UX1 into logic), there were little clicks of static throughout the recording. I'm not sure if it was noise from the bass or not, but I haven't heard it playing through my amps before. I can't imagine it being the new Ernie ball cobalt strings I put on which claim "higher output and clarity". Either way, the issue is moot since this bass was not bought to be a studio bass anyway.

    For this price, I don't think you can get a better bass guitar. Also, it looks phenomenal in the satin walnut finish.

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    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    Solid, beautiful, great value

    By David Stackhouse

    from Westford, MA

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. RAY5 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I was turned on to this bass because the sales guy at GC said all his buddies wanted one, and it was a great bass for the $. I'd heard only good things about MusicMan basses and I was on a limited budget, so I checked it out. I first bought the 4 string version, loved it, but then opted for the 5 string. Both sound great, are easy to play, stay in tune remarkably well, and look beautiful. Only controls are bass, treble, and volume, but I'd be leery of any more than that in this price range. Only drawback is that it's heavy. Played well right out of the box, but a set-up by an experienced luthier made a big difference. Enjoy!

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