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Sterling by Music Man RAY34 Electric Bass Guitar Pacific Blue Burst, Maple 888365852355 (Open Box)
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Product# J07404
OVERVIEW

Classic Styling and appointments for an unreal 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 3 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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5.0

A Stingray without the Overhead Cost

By Badwater

from Nevada

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY34 Electric Bass Guitar:

      This is a great bass for the money. The craftsmanship, materials, and quality is excellent. It came setup and tuned in a gig bag right out the box. The frets came well dressed, no sharp edges, the bridge is high quality with large machined saddles and stud/bushing mounted like the MM Stingray. The electronics and pickups sound great. A little more mid range bite than the MM Stingray. The preamp is mounted to all the pots on a large PC board, and the pots operate smoothly. The neck feels really good, and the finish is as good as any custom job. The only gripe I have is the raw oil finished neck. I know a lot of people like the feel of smooth raw wood. But, I would prefer a thick high gloss poly finish for less maintenance. Nevertheless, I couldn't justify paying 2x more for the low end MM Stingray when this Ray34 is every bit as good. But that does not rule out the probability of me getting a Classic Stingray or Bongo in the future.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EXCELLENT Bass!

      By BassManMike

      from Westminster, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Great Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY34 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Beautiful bass. Maple neck with figure maple (?) fingerboard. The Pacific Blue Burst Maple finish is very nice, but not as defined as shown on the photo on the Musicians Friend website. The gradation between the black and blue is more subtle.
        The set-up and intonation were very good right out of the box. I didn't have to tweak anything, which is a first. The action is very good. I love the tone and the tone controls are great, except that the bass control is where the treble control should be, and vice-versa. Same as my 5-string MusicMan bass. I guess it's a MusicMan tradition. Looks to me like this bass is a kind of "re-issue" of the 1970's vintage MusicMan bass.
        The only thing I don't like about this bass, and it's significant, is it is VERY HEAVY (10.5 pounds). I'm 68 years old and in good shape (for 68) but this bass wears me out if I stand to play it for an hour. May have been a different experience for me at 28, but not now. My Ibanez SR650 weighs 8.0 pounds and is much more comfortable to play than the Ray34, BUT, the Ray34 sounds great, plays great, and is beautiful. I love it despite it being overweight.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I like it

        By Joe

        from Me

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY34 Electric Bass Guitar:

          It feels really good!

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