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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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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 30 reviews)

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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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    • Experienced (5)

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(13 of 13 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.

(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

(11 of 11 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.

(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.

(4 of 4 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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Bass!

By JR45

from San Diego Ca

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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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