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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...Read More

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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

Own a bass that will deliver the performance you need!

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Sterling by Music ManRay34 Electric Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Reviewed by 29 customers

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5.0

JUST BUY ONE........

By KAINE

from TEXAS

About Me Experienced

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 been playing bass on and off for over 35 years...played lots of different high and low quality basses over the years. There are a lot of great basses that cost twice the price....all I can say is before you buy one of these ...try a "Ray 34".........you may save a lot of money......and be very happy. Mine is sunburst...great finish plays and sounds awesome lots of growl and punch for funk...play with the knobs and get tones for any style of music...very good bass... hope they make a dual pickup version............

    (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.

       
      5.0

      Great bass

      By ja310

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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 Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Great bass I purchased this bass so I did not have to use my 82 Stingray as much. My band didnt even know I changed basses because I purchased the Natural just like my original Stingray, so the sound is very close and I would say the main difference is because the Ray 34 has the three band EQ For the price you get the sound and almost as great quality so for those who say it isnt as good maybe they are just upset they paid three times the price for the same sounding bass.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this Bass Guitar....

        By DD

        from South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        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.

        (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

          Awesome Bass

          By Bob The Bass Player

          from Sonora, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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.

            (4 of 4 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.

              (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ray 34 by Sterling

              By Johnny810

              from New England

              Ask me a question

              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

              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

              (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.

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