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Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar 

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The Sterling RAY35 5-string bass guitar features a select solid swamp ash body for percussive lows, subtle mids, and expansive highs. Lightweight swa...Click To Read More About This Product

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An accurate version of the popular MusicMan StingRay design.

The Sterling RAY35 5-string bass guitar features a select solid swamp ash body for percussive lows, subtle mids, and expansive highs. Lightweight swamp ash brings out the nuances and clarity that MusicMan basses are known for. Combined with a MusicMan-designed active 3-band preamp you get all the tonal variations you could ever need. A single MusicMan Humbucking pickup has alnico pole pieces for classic warm tones. A 3-way switch lets you select both coils in series, in series with filter, and both coils parallel. The MusicMan-designed 6-bolt neck joint for all the Sterling RAY34 and 35 basses that are strong and stable with no shift in the neck pocket for superior tone transfer. The MusicMan-designed bridge uses a thick saddle for precise adjustments and stability. Precise slotting on each saddle guarantees no sideways movement on the bass strings during heavy playing.

Basses from Sterling by MusicMan are perfect for players seeking the MusicMan vibe at a more affordable price. These instruments are accurate versions of popular Music Man guitars and basses with no compromise on quality or materials. Sterling by MusicMan pledges to make a bass that will deliver the performance you need. Each instrument is inspected, setup and played.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Joint: 6-Bolt
  • Fingerboard: Maple or Rosewood depending upon finish
  • Pickups: Music Man Humbucking with alnico pole pieces
  • Preamp: 3-band Active Preamp: Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass
  • Bridge: MusicMan designed
  • Tuners: Open Gear
  • Includes Sterling by Music Man Gig Bag

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Sterling by Music ManRAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great bass for the price

No matter what level you are in your playing, this is a great 5 string bass that captures the sound and feel of its big brother. The bass is made in Indonesia with great...Read complete review

No matter what level you are in your playing, this is a great 5 string bass that captures the sound and feel of its big brother. The bass is made in Indonesia with great quality parts and is shipped to the United States where it receives an final inspection and set up. This bass does come stock with Ernie Ball Slinkys. The Ray35 features the same preamp, selector switch, and pickup as the newer made EBMM SR5's. You can tell a distinct difference in the different pickup modes. This bass fits perfect for finger style, pick style and slapping. The Ray35's overall tone is slightly scooped and very growly and aggressive. The bass balances quite well without any neck dives. With a 17.5 mm string spacing, the strings are close enough together that enables the player to move quickly, but isn't like playing a tree trunk. There is plenty of room to move. The neck feels really great in your hands. The neck and truss rod works very well and is stable. With the six bolt neck, it sits in the neck pocket and does not move or shift. The gig bag that is shipped with this bass is amazing. It is nice and thick. It provides plenty of protection, and the player can have piece of mind knowing that it is safe and well protected. The case features a very roomy front pocket with the brand name and logo proudly displayed. This gig bag features a single shoulder strap that allows the player to decide which shoulder they prefer. To some it up, this bass is a perfect 5 string bass for the beginning player and the seasoned pro. It is a affordable way to achieve the Stingray 5 sound and a fraction of the price. Ernie Ball/ Music-man should be proud of this new addition to the Music-man family. Try this bass today. It will not let you down!

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OK for the price, spend more & buy a MusicMan

I bought the Ray 35 Sterling by Music Man. This is my first 5 string bass and I enjoy having the extra string. The finish is excellent. This instrument is made overseas. My...Read complete review

I bought the Ray 35 Sterling by Music Man. This is my first 5 string bass and I enjoy having the extra string. The finish is excellent. This instrument is made overseas. My advice is spend the extra cash and buy an American made Music Man. I've been a Fender guy for 40 years, however Music Man has a better feel to it. I'm used to that fender sound that I'm still working on to achieve with this new bass. So far I've installed new light strings with a .115 B string. It comes with a .135 B string which, in my opinion, is to low. All in all I'm satisfied with this as my first 5 string. If I go with a 5 string exclusively, I'll probably get a US made Music Man.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You will not go wrong with this Bass

By Jimmy D.

from Port Orange, FL.

About Me Experienced

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 RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I have only been playing for a few years now, I started with a cheap Bass and after a lot of research I settled on the Sterling Ray 35. Wow what a great investment!! This Bass Plays and sounds as good as it looks. The quality is outstanding and is what you would expect from Music Man. I have the fortune to have a great instructor who studied at Berkley and even he can not believe how good this plays and sounds. This is one of the best Bass' you can buy for the money, Hands down.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OK for the price, spend more & buy a MusicMan

    By Veteran bassist

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I bought the Ray 35 Sterling by Music Man. This is my first 5 string bass and I enjoy having the extra string. The finish is excellent. This instrument is made overseas. My advice is spend the extra cash and buy an American made Music Man. I've been a Fender guy for 40 years, however Music Man has a better feel to it. I'm used to that fender sound that I'm still working on to achieve with this new bass. So far I've installed new light strings with a .115 B string. It comes with a .135 B string which, in my opinion, is to low. All in all I'm satisfied with this as my first 5 string. If I go with a 5 string exclusively, I'll probably get a US made Music Man.

    (2 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Did not ship in 24 hrs

    By Mike5966

    from NY

    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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      The Bass was great. No problems there. Shipping was a different story. I paid extra for overnight shipping with the promise of getting the bass delivered within 24 hrs. That didn't happen.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best bass for the price range

      By Jordanderson

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Worship

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        I bought this bass after using a peavey millennium for 6 years and all I can say is.... WOW. Its so much tone in a super solid package. I would advise buying a stingray 5 road case to protect this baby because this is one of the best basses available in this price range. Talked to some bass experts and they even claim they cant tell the difference between this and the real stingrays. Only difference is it's made in Indonesia and the finish on the neck and frets but other than that its a real gem. Best purchase I've ever made.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FANTASTIC Bass

        By MusicMan

        from Broomall, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          Look, I know we all have reservations when it comes to buying an imported version of a guitar/bass that is usually made in the USA. But let me tell you that you have nothing to worry about.

          This bass is fantastic. And compared to my old late 90's Music Man Stingray 5, I would pick the Ray 35 over that any day. The feel of the bass is real solid. The neck is smooth and VERY easy to play on. The action is perfect, if you keep it in Standard tuning. I would suggest going to a .135 gauge string if you plan on tuning down...or just turn that truss rod a few notches, which is extremely easy.

          The bass comes with all of the tools needed to setup, including adjusting the bridge, truss rod, and removing the knobs.

          As for the sound... yeah, this thing makes my Euro Spector and Schecter Stiletto Elite sound/feel like entry level basses. The others sounds good, but the Ray 35 just busts right through the band mix and plays like a dream.

          At the end of the day, if you like a bass that cuts through the mix and plays awesome, all while being in the sub 1,000 range, this Ray 35 might just be your best bet. I'd even say, other than the actual Stingray 5, this bass competes with the sub 2,000 basses.

          You will not be disappointed.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You will be pleasantly surprised

          By Basstrumpet

          from Louisiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              A great bass. Solid feel, tone to die for. Plays exactly like a Stingray. The only difference between this bass and its big brother is the choice of finish. If you are ok with black, white, or natural finish then pocket the grand in savings and be a happy camper.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              No-compromise substitute for StingRay

              By Brian

              from Fort Worth, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

              • 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 RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                I have compared this to a Ball Family Reserve MusicMan Stingray 5. I PREFER this bass. I bought it from Musiciansfriend.com. Natural finish. The neck is rock solid, the tone is exactly the sound I heard coming from Matt Bissonette (Elton John Band) when he played his 5 string Sting Ray. The pickup is voiced beautifully. Complex and sweet. and STRONG. The unfinished neck feels so smooth, and has girth. fretwork is impeccable. The body is gorgeous. ROCK SOLID hardware. You cannot go wrong with this bass. I'm a bass snob (own Status Stealth, Rickenbacker Chris Squire signature and V63 basses, American Fender Precisions, and Hofner V62 German made bass) and I would choose this over a 5-string StingRay any day. There IS no compromise for the price.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Quality For The Price!

                By ricodds

                from Broadview Heights, OH

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                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 RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                  I already own Music Man guitars...needed a bass for recording, practicing ect. Did not want to spend to much on a bass but still wanted quality. I had my doubts but...it's great!

                  (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A great bass for the price

                  By MiketallicA315

                  from Toledo, OH

                  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

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                    No matter what level you are in your playing, this is a great 5 string bass that captures the sound and feel of its big brother. The bass is made in Indonesia with great quality parts and is shipped to the United States where it receives an final inspection and set up. This bass does come stock with Ernie Ball Slinkys. The Ray35 features the same preamp, selector switch, and pickup as the newer made EBMM SR5's. You can tell a distinct difference in the different pickup modes. This bass fits perfect for finger style, pick style and slapping. The Ray35's overall tone is slightly scooped and very growly and aggressive. The bass balances quite well without any neck dives. With a 17.5 mm string spacing, the strings are close enough together that enables the player to move quickly, but isn't like playing a tree trunk. There is plenty of room to move. The neck feels really great in your hands. The neck and truss rod works very well and is stable. With the six bolt neck, it sits in the neck pocket and does not move or shift. The gig bag that is shipped with this bass is amazing. It is nice and thick. It provides plenty of protection, and the player can have piece of mind knowing that it is safe and well protected. The case features a very roomy front pocket with the brand name and logo proudly displayed. This gig bag features a single shoulder strap that allows the player to decide which shoulder they prefer. To some it up, this bass is a perfect 5 string bass for the beginning player and the seasoned pro. It is a affordable way to achieve the Stingray 5 sound and a fraction of the price. Ernie Ball/ Music-man should be proud of this new addition to the Music-man family. Try this bass today. It will not let you down!

                    (14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Stop looking and purchase this bass NOW!

                    By Marc Serio

                    from Myrtle Beach, SC

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man RAY35 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

                    I have the Natural/Maple neck model and the fit and finish is stunning. The swamp ash body with the maple is beautiful and the gloss finish is befitting a bass 4x the price. The neck joint is perfect, the tuners and all controls are very smooth. If you love the Music Man tone, but can't afford, or simply don't want to spend that kind of $$$, then this is your bass. It has become my workhorse.
                    I am 58 years young and have been playing bass for a living for 40 years, and still play between 150 and 200 shows per year. I play all styles of music from metal to Jazz to country and I need a versatile instrument. I own a 91 Sting Ray 5 (and various other basses, Fender Jazz, Lakland, Peavey among others), and it was time to put it up and get "a good beater bass". I didn't want spend alot since I live in a beach town and the salt air takes its toll. I played one of these and was flat out amazed and bought it on the spot! I A-B'd it with my 91 MM and was blown away by just how close the tone was, damn near identical. I have a few other players I know that have MM basses and they couldn't believe what they were hearing either, pure Music Man tone for half the price of a US model, in fact 2 of them purchased these.
                    The bridge is a bit thinner than my 91 and I needed to tweak the set up and file the edges of a couple of frets. All minor items and most people wouldn't even notice but I have this OCD thing going on when it comes to my rig.
                    I must have played every bass under $1,200.00, and there is nothing that can come close....Period

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