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Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar

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The Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass has a similar shape to the StingRay, but is shorter and narrower, while the neck remains basically the same (34"...Click To Read More About This Product

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A smaller, comfortable cousin of the StingRay.

The Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass has a similar shape to the StingRay, but is shorter and narrower, while the neck remains basically the same (34" scale, 11" radius). It also features hot-rodded electronics: active 3-band preamp, a Music Man humbucker with hum Canceling phantom coil, and unique 3-way switching (both coils in series mode, single coil, and both coils in parallel mode). Schaller BM tapered-post tuners. Volume, treble, mid, bass controls. Includes a hardshell case ($115 value).

FEATURES
  • Compact body shape
  • 34" scale
  • Active 3-band preamp
  • Music Man humbucker
  • 3-way switching
  • Schaller BM tuners
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Ernie Ball Music ManSterling 4-String Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 72 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

one of the best out there

By momo

from israel

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Pros

  • Endless sustain
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Body
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Non

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

i own a few basses (fender american jazz bass, warwick, ken smith, fender road worn) and i have to say that the mm sterling is just amazing.
i bought the one pickup model with maple fretboard and it gives me any sound i want (fat percision, jazz bass, modern.. u got the idea..)
briliant growl and punch, sustain, lovley harmonics. the body is smaller then the sting ray and the neck is like the jazz bass. it's built like a 3000$ bass!! good woods, light weight, fast action.
for thoes of you who like jaco sound like me i can say that you get very close to it..
i don't understand why i can't see more of these basses around. for me it's much better then the sting ray and american jazz bass.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass for Live

By bassballs

from Indianapolis, IN

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

I picked my Sterling up 10 years ago and haven't put it down much since. Since buying this bass I have used it at just about every live performance I have played. I have tried to use some friends' Stingrays and honestly I think this bass is more versatile because of series, single, parallel switch. usually I have this switch in the third position so that it is in Parallel. Also the body is smaller and LIGHTER than the stingray by about 2LBS. This does make a difference!!!One thing that I have noticed that I DON'T like on the newer models is the pickups. As esoteric as this may sound I really like the older pickup model. It had two screws on top and one on the bottom, like the current model. The difference was that the screws had round plastic nubs around them. My thump fits PERFECTLY between the two screws at the top of the pick up. New models do not have the nubs and instead have a slanted angle on the pick up edge. this I feel has been the only design flaw that was probably implemented because of people complaining about the plastic nubs. Just goes to show you that when you change something because of complaints, you WILL get complaints about the change.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Musicman Sterling

By Thornton White

from South Carolina

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

When we lost our bass player, I switched from guitar to bass. I had a 70's Fender Telcaster bass, but wanted to upgrade. I took a lot of time and tried a lot of basses. I'm a hardcore Fender guy, so P's and J's were high on the list, as well as Ric's, Laklands, and Stingrays, among others. I wanted to ensure I was getting one that 1) sounded great; 2) was high quality; and 3) was easy to play. I'm really not too particular, but after playing a Musicman Sterling, I was hooked. It is by far the most comfortable bass I played. And the sound is fantastic. I have a ton of guitars, but only two basses. And once I bought the Sterling, I can't find another one that fits all 3 categories listed above better. Sure, I'd love to have a Ric and a Jazz, and maybe one day, but it's been over 5 years and the Sterling still has my heart.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but not great

By StratMan-uucxf

from Canda

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

I owned this bass for many years, and although it is very good, I never was fully satisfied. I guess I am a Fender jazz player at heart. My main bass I play with now is a Highway one Fender jazz. The musicman has a very fast neck, and very comfortable to play, beautiful finish and attention to detail, but I always found the tone not modern enough sounding for me. You put new strings on, it sounds great for a while, and then just goes dull. Where as the fender has had the same strings on for a while and still sounds punchy modern, I think it has to do with the bridge. I think having a neck pickup is essential which the old sterling bass lacks. I found myself always wanting a rounder tone, that you get when you combine the bridge PU with the neck PU. Also I find the musicman pickup overpowering, and lacking clarity that you get with single coils. It all comes down to personal preference tho. the tuners are very good, finish on neck is perfect, poly finish on body is protective, bridge is solid, but again something is lacking there...I really do think this instrumental is phenomenal, but for this kind of money you can get better, that's for sure.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Poppa's bass!

By Calaverasgrande

from Oakland Ca

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

The Sterling isn't just another Musicman bass. It is named for Sterling Ball the current owner of Musicman who formerly worked under Leo during the original Musicman-CLF phase.The description which compares this to a stingray is pretty inaccurate. It has a different neck. If the Stingray is a P bass this is Musicmans version of a Jazz. It also has the pickup switching which is only found on the Sterling (and the 5 string but then that has a different pickup). It also has a much smaller body as well, so overall it has a differnt tone. The only things in common are the bridge and the headstock really!That all aside its is a great bass with a lot of different tones between teh 3 band eq and pickup switching. I like to run the single coil mode with the treble up a few db and the mid cut a tad. Run flat through my Mesa Boogie and it kills. About the price, this bass is a great value. Compared to other American bass companies it is hard to find such a quality instrument made domestically. Most other US companies offer an import at this price point and expect you to shell out another grand for the US made instrument.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Jazz Bass of Rock basses

By UltimoBubbles

from TX

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

If you want the famous, punchy, stingray tone, but A. you have small hands or B. You like the thin jazz bass neck, then this is THE bass. Not only does it not sound it's size, but it also has a 3 way switch that can give a warm tone thats great for jazz if set in the front postition, or a classic stingray tone if set in the back position for the single humbucker. This is perhaps the fastest bass I've ever played. I use this bass for everything, and I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For FL, SR player goes Sterling

By Golem

from Troy, NY

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

If you prefer the Ray for fretted playing, cuz like me you find the Sterling too bright, don't automatically get a Ray for your FL. That same Sterling tone that is too bright for metal-on-metal is perfect for string-on-wood. It keeps more of the 'organic' quality. Not that the Ray is wholly lacking there, but the Sterling delivers even more. Also, being able to solo the rear coil is very important to me for FL, but not something I really need for fretted.With FL, the Sterlings hotter tone delivers so much extra presence, vs the Ray, that you can boost the bass a lot more without burying that woody FL voice. It's a win-win noncompromise deal.Even if you can't stand the Sterling with frets, you really gotta hear it fretless.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Emre Nizamogullari

from Istanbul

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

after the adjust bridge and fretboard process, it's perfect!
this is the most comfortable bass i've ever played!
body, neck, active magnetic everything is perfect!
it's good value for a having good bass!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow

By Pbassplayer

from Ohio

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

Been playing for over 40 years, I have a 74 Gibson les paul and a mex fender customized that are both great playing and sounding, but I recently picked up an older sterling and amazed at the comfortability and sounds it makes. It's a great bass! I absolutly love it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Champion Bass

By Ian-a79jl

from Yuma-Az

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

I have played many-o-basses in my day and this bass really does it all.Starting with looks alone... Mine is a stained red finish with a black pickgard. the only way I can describe it is sexy. 100% American made sexyness.I know its a preference thing but the music man tone really "floats my boat". From grungy sounding to low end gospel sounds what more do you need. I play more funk/slap bluesy type music and it really does the trick for that. As far as hardware and features really who can complain much about this fine crafted piece. The word that comes to mind is Tight. Sometimes on low end basses the knobs can be loose and wiring is somewhat questionable. but thats not the case with this bass. All in all I am absolutely satisfied with this bass. I got it used for 950$ and it was worth every penny. I would recommend it to any bass player any day.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply The Best

By CTD

from Oklahoma City, OK

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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

I'm in a band that plays punk/rock/funk and some other types of music. This bass covers it all. I have a GK stack and for funk and slap it's the best. Sounds so good Flea would envy it. You don't even have to be great at slap for it to sound spectacular. If your worried about the money, don't be. It will be the only guitar you'll ever need to own. I made the mistake of buying a bunch of cheap ones and they all had about a two year life. Spend the money it will be one of the best investments you'll ever make.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Hossman12

from Boca Raton, Florida

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

The Music Man Sterling is an amazing bass. The action is perfect - I love low action, but surprisingly having the action raised a tiny bit on this bass made it more comfortable for that "tight" fit. The sound is to die for - the EQ on the bass is very powerful. I personally like to boost the treble and the bass and scoop out the mids, and the sound I get is unbelievable. I run it through an Ampeg SVT-350 and a 410HLF, and the tone is very, very good. I seriously recommend this bass to any player - trust me, you will NOT be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sterling is

By Lowb1970

from Florida

Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

I've been playing for years and have owned many basses, but this bass does it all. After playing this instrument for only a year I can't imagine playing something else. The look and feel of this bass make it a joy to play. The electronics allow for multiple sound pallets. With the 3 band active EQ you can dial in any kind of tone you like. I'm saving my money for another one.

 
5.0

An absolutely perfect bass

By Cousin Ryno

from Brazil, IN

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

    I have wanted a MM Stingray since the early 90's but always got distracted by Fender's, Gibson's, Hamer's, just never got around to buying one. Finally decided to do it this year. Found a beautiful white Stingray with tortoise shell pick guard and knew it was mine. They had three Sterling's hanging on the wall with it so I figured I would try one just for the hell of it. I was blown away! I've never had a bass as easy to play as this one. And the Sterling has tone for days! I can dial in any tone I want. If money were no object, I would own a dozen of these basses. You will never ever regret buying one of these. Mine is the 4H model, the neck pickup might be a nice addition. But seriously with just the bridge pickup there will never be a sound you can't get, and with just the one pickup you have plenty of room near the neck for slapping and popping.

     
    5.0

    Great, well-rounded bass

    By Scott

    from Michigan

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      I've used this bass for 11 years. I got it when I was a sophomore in high school, and have played it just about every day since. This bass truly does it all. I play in a plethora of different bands, blues/folk/math rock/psychedelic/grunge/funk/etc. This bass has the tonal capacity to fit perfectly within any genre. It's also great for tapping and slapping. If you set it up properly (or have someone else do it) you can do just about anything with this bass. I'm not sure how the double pickup versions are, but the classic model, to me, is perfect. It's a little bass with a big sound.

       
      5.0

      plays, louder, faster,and better than all others

      By SAMBassist

      from Philidelphia ,PA

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      I got a used one of these and it basically sounds and plays better than any of my new basses. The two huge pluses two this thing are its tone, which is as amazing as it is broad, and its playability is second to none. If you want to sample its sound just pick up a less than jake album.

       
      5.0

      MM Sterling

      By O The Fool

      from Chico, CA

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      I have had so many beautiful basses over the years. All I have now (or need)* is the Sterling and a German Upright. The Sterling is absolutely amazing. I once had a Stingray Fretless, and while I loved it, it was a little heavy and bulky for me. I played my Sterling at a party last week through a Peavey 12 combo - and it sounded awesome! This bass would sound good played through a paper bag... *Disclaimer: In actuality I think I NEED another MM Fretless...

       
      5.0

      this bass kicks butt

      By Mgrendel2

      from Boston,GA

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      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      I love this bass, for one thing it comes in a left handed model. The workmanship is great,also the feel. I have always played a 4001 rick, but since a needed a bass with more than one sound, I choose this bass. With the Sterling you can play anything from funk to jazz, just by changing the p/u setting and tone knobs. The active p/u gives this bass a sound that is unmatched running thru a Hartke 3500 with 2 410 bottoms. If you play music for a living or just jamming, this is the bass for you.

       
      5.0

      Incredible guitar, very diverse.

      By axiom83

      from BC

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      Very versatile, light, and just good to look at. Very fun to play and has awesome tone!

       
      5.0

      MusicMan does it again!!!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 4-String Bass Guitar:

      This bass is awsome. I compared it to the MusicMan Stingray and I think this bass sounds much better. The tone of it AMAZING. No contest. I will probably buy it when I get the money for it. I hope you all like it as much as I do!

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