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Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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The iconic StingRay bass continues to dominate stages and studios around the world. The no nonsense design, the tones from the 3-band preamp and pick...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Delivers StingRay sound, looks and feel at a much more accessible price.

The iconic StingRay bass continues to dominate stages and studios around the world. The no nonsense design, the tones from the 3-band preamp and pickup, the ash body, the familiar oval pickguard has supported the most important music of our generation. No denying the impact the StingRay bass has had on bassists and music in general.

Using the same materials & components as the original, the Ray34 pays respect to the StingRay legacy. Lightweight ash bodies, Music Man designed active 3-band preamp, Alnico magnet humbucking pickups, hard maple necks, heavy duty Music Man designed bridges and saddles.

FEATURES
Neck
Shape: C
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: 6-Bolt
Scale length: 34"
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Info not available
Pickups
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Pickup configuration: Single
Neck: Not applicable
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Humbucker
Brand: Sterling
Series or parallel: Parallel
Active preamp: Music Man designed 3-band
Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Dot
Nut material: Plastic
Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
Body
Cutaway: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Swamp ash
Top wood: Not applicable
Body finish: Info not available
Orientation: Right handed
Controls
Control layout: Volume, treble, mid, bass
Pickup switch: No
Coil tap or split: Info not available
Tone switching: No
Special switching: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Fixed, SBMM
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Open-geared
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 4
Pickguard: Yes
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: Info not available

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Sterling by Music ManRay34 Electric Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Bass for the Money anywhere.

By Greyhame

from Columbus, OH

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for over 15 years. I've been a semi-professional musician for 8 of those. Last year I started playing in a power trio and needed a bass. I had played bass sparsely through the years but this was the first time I'd be playing it as my main instrument.I set about buying a bass that I liked and felt right in my hands. I set a budget of about $1500 and went into the city to fact find. From about 11am to about 7pm I played basses at various music stores. I played every Fender, Warwick, Yamaha, everything I could that wasn't obviously a metal bass. At the end of the day it was between this one and the Music Man version the Stingray. The difference in price was a grand. In all honesty there were some benefits to the Stingray over this model, the neck felt a little faster, and as the guy below said it was lighter. But the differences really didn't add up to $1000. In fact if the difference had been $300 I probably still would have went with this Sterling.There is attention to detail on this bass that one just doesn't expect in the under $1000 range of instruments. The setup is flawless, the fret work is solid, clean, and smooth as can be. The finish looks great and after gigging heavy with it for almost a year it holds up amazingly well without losing any of it luster. The amount of sound combinations you can get out of the single hum-bucker and three knob EQ is amazing. The tone is right on par with the more expensive musicman. I play a very wide variety of music and there is not one that I've felt this bass lack flavor in. From R&B, Jazz, Pop, Funk, Hip-hop, Blues, Rock, Grunge, and New Wave it has consistently outperformed any other bass I've played.If I needed a second bass or a backup for this bass I would simply buy the same bass in a different color.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly surprised

By David-0sV_4

from Chicago

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I purchased this product a couple of weekends ago from a local guitar store and I am extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY..) satisfied. The value for the money is excellent.First, the heavily-padded gig bag is very nice. Good quality considering it is only a gig bag.The bass sounds excellent - and, like another reviewer - I believe it sounds better than the 'authentic' (MIA) MusicMan. The finish (honey burst) is absolutely stunning. The bass is built like a tank and plays very nice. It has a lot of 'snap' and 'zing' to the sound and also has a good bottom end.It goes to show you that you do not need to spend a small fortune to buy a quality instrument these days. Very (very...) happy.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing bass for the price!

By jander78

from Syracuse, NY

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this bass to compliment my vintage Music Man Stingray for live performances. I didn't realize how great it was going to be. I plays and sounds just as good as the vintage Stingray at a fraction of the cost. It's also extremely easy to intonate and set-up with adjustments located at the bottom of the neck.Pros: Sounds amazing, looks amazing, and it's just a great bass for the cost.Cons: Quite a bit heavier than a Stingray and the neck isn't as smooth.Overall: For the price, you won't find a better bass that sounds and looks this good. It's not a perfect replacement for a true Stingray, but it's damn close!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ray 34 by Sterling

By Johnny810

from New England

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

9 only because I own the real Sting Ray and this is what I am comparing it to.
Overall very well done, clean finish, good job on the frets, setup good with near perfect intonation, tuners are a bit long on headstock but ok,all parts well done, for the price a job well done and a close match to the real Stingray.
I'm comparing thr Ray to the real deal Sting Ray and there are differances the nut is standard plastic and not compensating, the tuners are good standard as found on most imports but well done, the finish is very good, the neck finish is no to heavy, close to the Ernie Ball but not as slick, the battery cover is easy open but still uses the wire and clip connection dot the drop in style, electronics sound clean, hardware feels solid, all in all a thumbs up.
Definitely a good buy

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ative Musican

By Gary Helton

from Kentucky

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

Very nice neck the onbord EQ makes about any tone you whant this is a keeper buy one you will not be sorry
Built like a tank
Best Value for the money

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Dave Stano

from Aus

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

Definitely worth the money - Bought one of these recently for double the price it is here and it's perfect for anyone trying to achieve a modern sound. It gives you great bottom end and top end and sounds great in any tuning / for any style.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pretty well satisfied

By joshua perry

from tn

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

this thing gets the job done and gets it done in style
I bought this sterling Ray 34 bass in honeyburst to take over for my Fender MIM jazz bass,which has went through much abuse. i am very pleased. This baby plays very smooth and through my GK 700rb2 and GK410rbh i have any tone i want.the eq on this thing makes it to where i dont havde to fiddle with the amp betweens songs. it slaps just like you would expect an american stingray to,works well with picking and sounds good(even though i never use a pick) and the fingerstyle play is smooth and comfortable i would have to say this bass is 85-90 percent as good as any musicman ive played. which is totally groovy conidering it being half the price, it even outperforms its american counterpart in alot of cases. i play meshuggah level heavy metal, smooth jazz, blues, super funky stuff, country or whatever else a crappy band around here is needing from their stand in bass player(me).i love this bass, i am playing more than i have in years and loving how i sound and play more than ever. this is my new standard for a moderatly priced quality bass.
beautiful looking, well built solid piece of funkwood
great deal. it would be hard to find anything this good for a comparable price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For a more affordable instrument, I'm impressed!

By Michael Hoelen

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

As I've stated a few glitches above, this is an overall good affordable bass. This bass (along with the MusicMan basses) show a great deal of versatility. If you're looking for a bass with a big whallop for a great price, get this one!
This bass practically includes the same woods that are used on Ernie Ball/MusicMan basses. The active preamp is second to none. The pickup is percussive and has a pretty close vintage sound.
As for the setup, (I'm only speaking for my bass not everyone's) the fretwork could have been done a little bit neater, and they could have used the same string nuts as Ernie Ball uses.
With the exceptions noted above, for the price you can't really argue with the price attached.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Bass Guitar....

By DD

from South Carolina

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

Great Guitar in every respect! I spent a little time setting it up to my playing style and it is a joy to play. I will be playing this guitar for a long time with no regrets whatsoever. I have been playing for 35 years and I plan on this being my main bass...You want be disappointed...If you want a great Bass Guitar at a very good price try the Sterling Ray 34.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Bass!

By JR45

from San Diego Ca

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

    A great bass for it's price. Although heavier than my other bass guitar, the sound is worth it.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By 13east

    from MO

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I just got this bass yesterday in Silverburst. Holy crap. Its awesome. It feels, looks, and sounds amazing. Much better than my previous bass. My only complaint is that it requires a battery. But I don't really care. If you have enough money then buy it. You won't regret it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect.

    By drkdrkdrk

    from New York.

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    Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I have the silverburst one and I played this and a normal Musicman Stingray side by side, back and forth for an hour trying to decide what one I liked better. They were Exactly the same!! But this one is cheaper! Sounds, feels, plays and looks the same as the real thing It has crisp highs and gut punching lows. All around I think this is a perfect guitar. I love it and It will be a very long time until I get a new bass.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bass ever

    By Atlas

    from San, Antonio, Tx

    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 Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

      I totally agree with all of the prior comments. I have a Music Man Stingray, but prefer the Sterling 34. Need I say more?

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My bass playing friends are jealous of my Ray34

      By Joey G

      from Harrisburg, PA.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Though my wood grain Sterling was sitting in the window of a used guitar store,
        I bought mine new with new Music Man case. I was shocked to later find out
        what it listed for new on here, because though it is the only Music Man I own, I played the
        more expensive MM Sting Ray & Sterlings, and my 4 string Sterling Ray plays just as good, and sounds
        just as good. Plays smooth like butter, has more punch than Mike Tyson used too. I let several
        bass playing friends of mine play it, and more than one told me they are jealous.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Bass

        By Bob The Bass Player

        from Sonora, CA

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        Verified Buyer

        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 Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          I have played many basses throughout my 18yrs of playing and this by far is the best I have played for the price it is. The craftmanship is there in the details, like the high gloss headstock finish stops at the nut. There was thought in the design of this instrument not just made to make them cheaper. I applaud Ernie Ball and MusicMan for making this affordable line of "Quality" instruments.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Stingrays Cousin

          By Azurite

          from Calgary, AB

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          When I first saw the Musicman Stingray one month after I started playing, I instantly fell in love. I wanted to save up money and purchase my very own Stingray, but then one day I walked into Long and Mcquade and I fell in love with this. It has a neck that may not be as thin as my Spector, but will fit nicely around your hand. I could get any tone I wanted out of this, but after owning this bass for over 2 months, I feel safe to say I would rather have this than a Musicman Stingray H.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          This bass is absolutely stunning in every way, shape, and form. It plays great, sounds great, looks great, and can be had for a steal of a price. Many people say it`s a great, cheap alternative to a real US Ray, but having owned 2 US Rays I feel safe in saying that this is even better than them and should not be overlooked as just a knock-off. In fact, this bass is so good it even puts my 91 NT Warwick SS1 to shame. Do yourself a favor and definitely try one of these out. You won`t be disappointed!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW!!!!

          By musikman

          from Seaford, DE

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          Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          Fit and silverburst finish are second to none. I have owned Limited Edition Stingrays and this has a better feel and the TRUE musicman sound. The bass arrived perfectly in tune (that never happens). The price is very reasonable for what you get. Buy it now....before the price goes up.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great stingray at a great price!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          Bought this bass about 6 months ago. this is a great bass. Classic stingray growl.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          CRAZY BASS

          By NKitz-CQjcm

          from LaPlata, MD

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          Comments about Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          I go to my local shop to play this bass all the time. It is insane. It sounds just like the real musicman stingray and costs way less. The glow of the paint is amazing. Even the all black one shines all the way across the room. The orange one is beautiful.This bass offers many different tones. It covers any kind of music. Whether you play like flea or Robert Trujillo it covers it all. im for sure gonna save up and buy this bass

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