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Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Electric Bass Guitar  Honeyburst

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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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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

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Sterling by Music ManRay34 Electric Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Bass Guitar....

By 

from Columbia, SC

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass ever

By 

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?

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Bass

    By 

    from Sonora, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Awesome Bass!

      By 

      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.

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ray 34 by Sterling

        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

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ative Musican

        By 

        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

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        pretty well satisfied

        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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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        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.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        For a more affordable instrument, I'm impressed!

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        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.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pleasantly surprised

        By 

        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.

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