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Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 H Bass  Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The 5-string MusicMan Sterling is an electruc bass with a shape similar to the StingRay bass. The Sterling bass is shorter and narrower, while the ne...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 05-27-2017

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A smaller, comfortable cousin of the StingRay.

The 5-string MusicMan Sterling is an electruc bass with a shape similar to the StingRay bass. The Sterling bass is shorter and narrower, while the neck remains basically the same. The MusicMan Sterling also features hot-rodded electronics: active 3-band preamp, a MusicMan humbucker pickup 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. MusicMan includes a hardshell case with the Sterling 5 H Electric Bass.

  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Body Finish: High gloss polyester
  • Bridge: Music Man chrome-plated, hardened steel bridge plate with stainless steel saddles;
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Frets: 22 - High profile, wide
  • Neck Wood: Select maple neck
  • Fingerboard: maple or rosewood (depending on color)
  • Neck Finish: Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller BM, with tapered string posts
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal
  • Neck Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets
  • Electronic Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined control cover
  • Controls: 3-band active preamp; vol, treble, mid, bass
  • Switching: 3-way lever pickup selector
  • Pickup: Music Man humbucking with ceramic pole pieces and hum canceling phantom coil

You don't have to have a big bass to sound big. Order this one and play.


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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Product

By Alex Maz

from Cardiff, CA

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


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      Comments about Music Man Sterling 5 H Bass:

      MY SITUATION: After years of gigging with cheaper/beginner basses and now having better finances in my mid 20's, I feel as though I have graduated to a level where I need and deserve high end equipment.

      INCENTIVE: The name "Ernie Ball Music Man" says it all. I compared this model to the Sting Ray and decided on this because it is lighter and a bit smaller. For frequent/long gigs that's a plus. I found the Translucent Red model with maple neck as condition 2 used for around $1315. Musician's Friend sent me something in the mail offering me a discount on my next purchase so I took full advantage when I bought this bass...

      PROS: This bass is amazing! It stays in tune and very rarely goes out, only seldomly at outdoor gigs. The build quality is fantastic; MADE IN AMERICA! It is very easy to play and I've never had to set it up. Out of the box (and the included hardshell case) it was asking to be played. The Translucent Red finish is beautiful. I put it to the test gigging 7-9 times per week in the summer indoors and outdoors and it passed with flying colors. The neck is a natural finish with no lacquer and I love it. I occasionally treat the neck with fretboard conditioner wipes and the body with instrument polish wipes; it's very easy to take care of. I have had it a year and the battery is still going strong...

      CONS: None!

      If you can afford it, buy it!

      (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


      nice bass

      By Wheeler

      from newyork

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      Comments about Music Man Sterling 5 H Bass:

      great bass powerful light weight,and still has that classic stingray sound
      very nice features,paint job and wood work are above par
      built to last
      a little bit pricey but you really get what you pay for

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