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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar Black

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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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Overview

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 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 Ray5 bass is the cousin of the Music Man StingRay 5 bass. 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 45 mm 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 and boost of bass and 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 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.

Battery
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. Sterling by Music Man recommends you unplug the cable when not in use, to conserve on the batteries life span.

Case sold separately.

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: 1.77 in. (45 mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: 2.44 in. (62 mm)
  • 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: 5
  • 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. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By JustMe

from Orlando, Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • I have not found any
  • preamp can be a little hot depending on taste

Best Uses

  • Anything really...
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

This is a great bass. It sounds a plays beautiful. I have had a Yamaha JM2 John Myung signature that was fantastic. Loved that bass, but it used an awful lot of batteries for the preamp. So I traded it straight up at GC for an Ibanez Soundgear series bass, which at the time I thought would be great, but it turned out not so good for me. When these basses came out I had my Ibanez which didn't really felt right for me and some, but not a lot of money to spend. I took the Ibanez as a trade to guitarcenter and picked one of these off the wall, plugged it in, EQ flat, no idea what that amp was dialed in to and boom! Sounded and played fantastic. I ended up trading the Ibanez, paid a few extra bucks and took it home. No additional setup or anything. Never regretted it since. I love playing this bass. I play it through an MXR M80 D.I. in the studio and through an Ampeg head with a 4X10 GK cab live. Sounds great. No issues. The Battery Live is fantastic and it looks killer. If you like rock n' roll you gonna love this bass. I like it so much I bought a 4 string version two years ago in the seethrough, flat black just because I wanted to add another 4 string to my arsenal besides my old Fender P-Bass to preserve that bass. In my opinion, even if you have the money for a more high end bass, don't hesitate to give one of these a try. It might safe you some money you can put towards some other gear.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome bass!i

By haystack

from detroit Michigan

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    Over 40 years as a giging musician I was really surprised how well this bass played and sounded...only thing I had to get done was to level the frets and adjust the neck...small price to pay for a very nice low cost 5 string bass!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great bass!!!

    By Larry

    from Pittsburgh,Pa

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I got this bass a few months ago after I got fed up with my Yamaha BB615. Since I usually keep one 5 string in my arsenal, I needed something else. I found the SUB35 at Guitar Center in Pittsburgh, Pa and they took care of me. After trying this bass out, I really, really liked it. for the price, I couldn't beat it. They took my Yamaha on trade and I got this bass. I have used it on a couple of gigs and it shines through, it makes me want a real Stingray 5.

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value in a budget-minded 5-string Bass

    By Samuel

    from Rockford, IL

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I acquired this 5-string a few weeks ago to replace an Ibanez 5-string that I regretfully traded in several years back. Now that I am playing out again after a few years off, I realized that I needed the extra lows of a 5-string, and this Sterling by MM delivers; I think it feels, sounds, and plays as well as the Ibanez that I previously owned, and I purchased this at less than half the price! This is my first Sterling by MM Stingray, and I really like the tones I can get with this bass. The B-string low is pretty clear and not at all muddy; tone shaping and tweaking are easy with the 2-band EQ (low and treble cut/boost). I can get a crisp cutting tone for rock, a smooth jazz or blues sound, and some sweet funk tones if I feel like slap bass. Overall, I am most impressed. There are a few problems though, as this is a budget-minded bass and corners have been cut to keep the price low. Quality control is not as good as what I have heard about the Sterling line (the more expensive line between the Music Man series and this Sterling by MM series). The frets edges, especially on the low B side of the neck from the 12th or 13th fret on up, are REALLY sharp in places. The edges on the high G side are also sharp in places, especially past the 12th fret. These can be filed down, but the whole neck has to be removed and the frets filed and dressed properly, which will cost mucho dinero that I don't want to spend right now. In addition, the Allen screws on the bridge protrude quite far from the top of the bridge saddles, especially on the D and G string saddles, and if I am not careful, I'll cut the fleshy part of my hand when using a pick for playing straight-ahead rock 16th and 32nd notes. However, I can live with these problems and am pleased with this bass.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Beginner 5 string

    By Mark

    from San Antonio TX

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I picked this up for my first 5 string after careful consideration. Also, the guy at the bass counter recommended this bass and I was not disappointed. To me this is a must have bass for anybodies arsenal. Cannot be beat for the price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Bass Under $800

    By Jeremy Daniell

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I shopped around for several months trying to find the best guitar on a college student budget. It finally came down to this guitar and a Squier Deluxe Jazz Active V. Then I played them both in the store and the S.U.B. Ray5 blew the Squier out of the water. It has great tone and the active pickup is hot so it definitely takes the amp up to 11. I have used it for several genres now (Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Metal), and it rocks out in all of them. The only thing I would change to this guitar is making the body heavier because the neck has a good bit of weight in it and the guitar teeters a bit. However for all wanting the perfect bass that makes the wallet and musical senses happy, I would recommend this guitar every time hands down.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not a real StingRay but close

    By DAVID DESMOND

    from Naples FL

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I have played bass for 49 years and after playing Fenders for 30 plus years, I switched to MusicMan StingRay 5's for the last 10 years-they were designed by Leo Fender so I guess it still is a rel Fender anyways. I am playing in Florida and have been using my very expensive StingRay 5 HH. Sometimes we play outdoors and sometimes the guitarist in my band slams into me. I purchased this fake StingRay so my expensive one would last longer. It sounds good but It is NOT a real StingRay. It does not have the phantom coil pickup. The neck is a little fatter. The body is lighter because it is not the same wood. Other than that it is a decent bass and I am going to use it as a beater. Also, it is available from Guitar Center in black with a maple neck while you cant get that from any other store in the USA. The frets have bad burrs and they will tear your hands apart so plan on having someone who knows how to file the ends down before you start playing this thing. Also watch for imperfections in the paint on the body. I tried one at the Fort Worth, FL store and as usual the bass had already been scratched up and beat on by the kids who try them out. The same thing happened with my $1900 StingRay HH. I am looking forward to gigging with this bass. It is lighter than my Ray HH and if I scratch it up it is better than wrecking my bass that costs 10 times more than what I paid for this one. I give I a thumbs up and it is an excellent almost Stingray.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great budget Musicman sound.

    By RICHARD MILLIGAN

    from Clinton Township

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I forgot to write this review. I got this bass a few months ago. I wanted to have the Musicman sound in my arsenal but I didn't want to spent a ton. (Mortgage payment lol) Since the pickup is ceramic, I had to seriously lower the pickup so it won't overpower my other basses. It's still very powerful. There are some uneven frets. The fret edges are sharp but it's very close to the real thing. The B string sounds as good as a $2000 bass to me. I don't know how they did that. The bass has so much low end that I back the bass knob just a bit from the center click so that it will sound close to my other basses. I got the black with maple neck. Looks real good. This is a good way to get very close to the Musicman sound and not spend a fortune especially if it's not your usual tone and therefore it won't be your main bass.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass, great value

    By Frederick Roberts

    from Newport News, VA

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    This 5-string bass puts out great tone, great volume, plays well, but costs much less than what one would expect. I was shopping for a mid-level 5-string bass of good quality, around the $750 range, to play in my church's worship band. The Yamaha 4-string that I played put out little volume and was getting drowned in the mix. I needed an upgrade, and I wanted the extended range of the 5th string. I checked out Reverend, Fender, and Schecter 5-strings, among others. The Schecter played well, but the strings were too close together. The Reverend and Fender were outside my price range. A salesperson at Guitar Center's Virginia Beach store owns this Sterling model and strongly recommended it to me. After comparing this bass to the others, my wife and I were sold! The separate bass and treble controls deliver the sound that I want without complications. And I paid less than half than what I planned to spend! My sound guy owns a Fender Jazz bass and was impressed with the sound and quality of my new axe! I play this bass just about every week now.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome 5 String for price

    By Kevin Cunningham

    from Providence, RI

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray5 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've played many basses over 35+ years and for the little money, this SUB is fantastic. A nice smooth, thin neck, simple controls. The pickup and bridge are solid. After an update to the set up I can see me playing this bass for a long time. It plays much better that basses 5x it's cost

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