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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar  

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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 ... 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 Music Man feels all players should have access to affordable guitars and 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. Our 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.

Music Man starts with a solid hardwood body. Light, airy bodies full of tone are attached to a slim, easy to play full scale maple neck. A 38 mm nut width (Ray4) and 45mm nut width (Ray5) 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.

Features Neck
  • Shape: Info not available
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: 6-Bolt
  • Scale length: 34 in.
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Satin tint
  • Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Pickup configuration: H
  • Neck: Not applicable
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Low-noise humbucker
  • Brand: Sterling by Music Man
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Active preamp: 2-Band EQ
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood or maple
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Pearloid dot
  • Nut material: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.5 in. (38 mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
  • Body
  • Cutaway: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume, tone, and EQ
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: Not appicable
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: Not applicable
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Fully-adjustable heavy-duty
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Open gear
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Not applicable
  • Country of origin: Info not available
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Sterling by Music ManS.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (21)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bass, Great Price!!!

I can't say enough about how much I love this bass. I bought this as an upgrade from my Squier Affinity P-Bass, and I couldn't be happier. I had a $600 budget to...Read complete review

I can't say enough about how much I love this bass. I bought this as an upgrade from my Squier Affinity P-Bass, and I couldn't be happier. I had a $600 budget to spend on a new bass, and checked out my fair share, but kept coming back to this one. It looks awesome, plays great, the neck is very comfortable (I prefer a slimmer neck and satin finish, so this is a dream). I have been using this with my band for the last 6 months, played many gigs and recorded with it, and it is just a workhorse. The pickup sounds pretty good, and the onboard pre-amp with treble and bass boost/cut is a great feature when I need to add a little more bottom end, or up the treble to help cut through the mix.

It came with a decent setup, but I immediately put new strings on and gave it a full set up when I got home. After some fine tuning it's one of the best feeling basses I've ever played. I'd recommend this bass to anybody of any skill level. It's just an all around great instrument, and for the price, I don't think there is anything out there that comes close. I'll be buying another one soon to use as a backup and/or alternate tunings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Descent bass,electronics garbage.

Electronic issues with pickup and volume cutting in and out.Poor warranty policy. Make sure you get pro coverage if you want guitar center to take care of any issues you might have. I had...Read complete review

Electronic issues with pickup and volume cutting in and out.Poor warranty policy. Make sure you get pro coverage if you want guitar center to take care of any issues you might have. I had issues under warranty but no pro coverage, so Sterling which is actually a Music Man design contracted thru Praxis music in California,was requiring me to pay to ship it to them for warranty repairs and will not authorize anyone else but themselves for warranty repairs. And no, you will not be reimbursed for the initial shipping. When i asked why they wouldnt pay for all the shipping, they responded "we dont do that".So don't expect any help from Music Man either. Bottom line,any costs incurred in warranty issues should be solely on the manufacturer,guess not with Sterling by Music Man contracted thru Praxis.

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4.0

Best cheap bass out there.

By Scott

from Jax Florida

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavier then a Fender P Bass

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

Love the active pickup

 
5.0

Solid!

By stu

from Idaho

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Funk

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

Perfect compliment to my Jazz bass, which is mellow and punchy. Very bright sound, even when it's unplugged, perfect for slapping or picking. Bought mine at GC, after two hours of tuning and playing, one of these as not set up properly and had terrible fret buzz, so avoid ordering online if possible. This thing is built like a brick privy, I will install a top notch humbucker later.

 
2.0

Get what you pay for..

By Shaggy

from Riverside

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

    Bought a new one and it's going to cost as much for a setup as the bass cost. The frets are jagged, rough and need to be shaved down. The action is way too high and the pickup away too hot. Too good to be true. Get what you pay for.

     
    1.0

    Descent bass,electronics garbage.

    By B

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Electronic issues with pickup and volume cutting in and out.Poor warranty policy. Make sure you get pro coverage if you want guitar center to take care of any issues you might have. I had issues under warranty but no pro coverage, so Sterling which is actually a Music Man design contracted thru Praxis music in California,was requiring me to pay to ship it to them for warranty repairs and will not authorize anyone else but themselves for warranty repairs. And no, you will not be reimbursed for the initial shipping. When i asked why they wouldnt pay for all the shipping, they responded "we dont do that".So don't expect any help from Music Man either. Bottom line,any costs incurred in warranty issues should be solely on the manufacturer,guess not with Sterling by Music Man contracted thru Praxis.

         
        5.0

        A very nice bass. I love it!

        By nvsoon

        from billings, mt

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

          Great looking, very light, nice deep, rich sound despite the lightness. You can get just about any sound you want from this machine!

           
          5.0

          An absolutely beautiful instrument with amazing sound

          By Dinoblivion

          from Boston MA

          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 S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

            More beautiful than the pictures. This base is super sturdy with a wonderful sound.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Broken and long wait

            By Mrisa

            from Georgis

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                We waited 2 months while this is on back order. We received it broken. I am shocked we are not sent a shipping lable to send it back and it is another 2 month wait. We have no choice but to drive 20 miles to get it repaired.

                 
                5.0

                Great playing bass

                By Smitty

                from NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Playing gigs
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                  I bought this to record bass lines. It needed a little work to set it up (intonation and action). It stays in tune and sounds great.

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Bass

                  By Noje

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Sound
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Bass Tones
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                    Great tone, and great feel. Awesome instrument.

                    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    good price for this bass.

                    By Rich

                    from NM

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                      Good Price.

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