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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 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (3)

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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plays great, shows attention to detail. WEIGHS A TON.

Took a chance because of reviews claiming lighter weight. This very high quality instrument weighs more than the Music Man that I do not play out because it weighs so much. My G...Read complete review

Took a chance because of reviews claiming lighter weight. This very high quality instrument weighs more than the Music Man that I do not play out because it weighs so much. My G & L M2500 is lighter.
The "light weight swamp ash body" seems quite misleading.
If it weighed 9 or even 9.5 pounds I would give it 5 stars.

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(16 of 19 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

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Instrument!

By Classic Kathayne

from MA

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

When I received this bass it was set up nicely and the intonation was flawless (I played 2-string 5th chords all the way up to the 22nd fret and there was no dissonance). It has a three-way pickup setting and three tone knobs for altering your tone. It's super easy to set up, including the most accessible truss rod adjustment I've seen. It's easy to play, sounds great, and it looks beautiful.

(9 of 10 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!

    (7 of 7 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.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No-compromise substitute for StingRay

      By Brian

      from Fort Worth, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

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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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Musicman Ray 35

        By Stephen Paterson

        from Canada

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

        I tried this bass out at my local music store and compared it to every bass in stock. Fenders, Yamaha, Peavey, Ibanez, Godin and even the original Musicman Stingray bass. This guitar played and sounded second to none. At the end of the day the name on the head stock means nothing but its the sound and playability. This bass is worth every penny and I am a huge Musicman fan and love the products and quality. I also own a Musicman Luke. Buy this bass, you and your band mates will not be disappointed!

        (5 of 6 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.

            (4 of 5 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

              BEAUTIFUL AND WELL MADE

              By Albert R Fitzgerald

              from San Antonio, TX

              See all my reviews

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

              Try it, you will like it.
              This is my first 5 string bass and I am very pleased with my purchase. It is beautiful to look at and plays exceptionally well. I have a Fender Precision 4 string and a Fender Jazz 4 string. I was afraid the strings would be too close together for my style of playing but I adjusted quickly to the 5th string.
              With the 4 adjusting knobs and the 3-way switch on the Sterling you can obtain and array of sounds. I am very satisfied that I bought the correct 5 string for my use. It has a beautiful finish and all adjustments on the bass are easy.
              The quality was much better than I had expected for the price.
              Outstanding price for the instrument.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice bass

              By Gray Hebb

              from Undisclosed

              See all my reviews

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

              I've been playing bass for over 40 years. I just recently went from a 4 string to 5 string. Tried out a lot of 5 strings and found this to be the nicest. I needed to tweek the neck just a little to get it playing and feeling just the way I wanted. Everyone in my band thinks it looks and sounds awsome. I got the natural finish. You'd never know it wasn't built in the USA.

              (2 of 2 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.

                (2 of 19 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

                  The perfect working mans Bass!

                  By Danswick

                  from San Antonio

                  See all my reviews

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

                  I been playing for 21 years and have played many genres and some of the top gear including a music man 4 string..if I was to describe one word for this bass would be *unbelievable*...I gig with this bass twice and the band members told me that I never sounded so good..now that's what I call a complement!!!!!!

                  (1 of 8 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.

                  (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!

                    (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    For me, not a great value

                    By Pocket Grooves

                    from Greensboro, NC

                    See all my reviews

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

                    I saw this bass hanging up at my local music store, so I decided to give it a shot. Out of curiosity, you know. I wasn't shopping for a bass, but why not play it if its there?! :) I have to say that, for me, I was not impressed. I bought an Ibanez ATK700 on clearance from Musicians Friend not too long ago that sounds better than this bass, and the Ibanez ATK's are made of very similar materials. This bass is not the Music Man that we all know and love. I do have to say that the construction is solid, and the feel is similar. Close your eyes and play it, though, and this is no Music Man.I don't think this is a good value either because the Ibanez ATK305 is very similar to this bass, sounds better, and costs less!I'm not the "end all" of bass guitar reviews, but if you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to the Ernie Ball Music Man, check out the Ibanez ATK's and save yourself some money. You'll get all the tone you want from the ATK.

                    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not the real McCoy but not bad

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

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

                    I purchased the bass and was very impressed that they matched the price of a competator. When I received the bass the packaging was damaged and opened. The bass was not packed as well as I would expect and I had to make minor adjustments to the set up of the bass to get it to play well. Overall the bass was lighter than I expected, has good sustain and very easy play ability.

                     
                    3.0

                    plays great, shows attention to detail. WEIGHS A TON.

                    By Lawrence H Planet

                    from Philly area,PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Took a chance because of reviews claiming lighter weight. This very high quality instrument weighs more than the Music Man that I do not play out because it weighs so much. My G & L M2500 is lighter.
                        The "light weight swamp ash body" seems quite misleading.
                        If it weighed 9 or even 9.5 pounds I would give it 5 stars.

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