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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar White 

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OVERVIEW

A solid 4-string with amazing tone shaping, a loud humbucking pickup and quality construction.

The S.U.B. Ray4 has been sitting near the top of the bass food chain since the '70s because of it's looks, design, components and of course it's signature sound. Active electronics, low noise hum bucking pickups, rock solid hardware and a simple, uncluttered look that is instantly recognizable and respected. They start with a solid hardwood body. Light, airy bodies full of tone are attached to a slim, easy to play full scale maple neck. A narrow 38mm nut width was created for easy playability. Medium jumbo frets allow for effortless fretting. The slim neck and narrow nut feels at home with small or large hands.

Series basses boast great tone shaping features like the onboard, active 2-band preamp powered by a 9 volt battery that's very easy to change. Controls for volume, bass and treble offer maximum flexibility in finding your sound. Plus it offers full cut & boost of bass & treble frequencies. The wide range of tones, guarantee you will find your sound, for any musical situation. The high output humbucking pickup was designed for clarity and true reproduction of the basses natural tone, with minimal coloration. 2 rows of large magnetic pole pieces pump the strings information into the pickup, feeding the 2 band active preamp. Tones can be aggressive, wild or mild. Its up to you to find your sound. 3 screw adjustment allow for more accurate positioning of the pickups angle & height, allowing for more precise adjustments to match the strings angle.

Sterling by Music Man wants your bass to last a lifetime. Superior design and construction are key to delivering a solid instrument that will accompany you on your long musical journey. All S.U.B. basses employ a superior 6 bolt neck joint. The 6 bolt neck joint, designed by Music Man, offers strength, stability and great tone transfer. The neck stays in position and won’t shift under heavy load. The neck heel allows easy access to the higher end of the fingerboard and is unobtrusive, allowing your hands to freely move about the neck with ease. Rest assured, your neck will stay put while your fingers roam about.

The feel of the neck is everything. Your fretting hand is touching the neck 100% of the time you play your bass. Sterling by Music Man developed a super smooth satin finish for the back of the neck. This finish is non glossy, never get’s sticky and always feels fresh. The tinted satin finish looks great and gives the instrument a classic look and feel. And S.U.B. makes neck adjustments easy and simple. S.U.B. Series basses have an easy to adjust neck. No specialized tools are needed. The small thumbwheel located at the end of the fingerboard makes it easy and simple. You can use a small screwdriver or the included chrome bar to easily and quickly adjust the neck to your preference. You can make easy, quick, convenient adjustments on the fly.

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FEATURES
  • Solid hardwood body
  • 34″ full scale maple neck (rosewood fingerboard with some finishes)
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Satin tinted neck finish
  • Narrow 38 mm nut width
  • Low noise humbucking pickup
  • 2-band onboard active preamp, cut & boost
  • Large heavy duty bass bridge with full adjustments
  • Easy access truss rod adjuster
  • 6-bolt super strong neck joint
  • Top-mounted, heavy duty output jack
  • Case sold separately

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Sterling by Music ManS.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (44)
  • Good feel (41)
  • Good tone (41)
  • Solid electronics (35)
  • Good pick up (34)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (42)
  • Jamming (39)
  • Recording (34)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Rock concerts (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (11), Novice (3)

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Pictures of Black Walnut

Played the bass for a while, sounds great, but mainly writing this review to post pictures of the black walnut finish. For some reason, couldn't find anything online, and when I called...Read complete review

Played the bass for a while, sounds great, but mainly writing this review to post pictures of the black walnut finish. For some reason, couldn't find anything online, and when I called Musician's Friend, they couldn't help me. I might add that the fretboard had noticeable scratches beneath the plastic film, and this could have been a factory defect.

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Beware

I purchased this bass after reading the reviews on here and on other sites. After receiving it i was less than impressed. The nut was to big and hanging over on both sides of...Read complete review

I purchased this bass after reading the reviews on here and on other sites. After receiving it i was less than impressed. The nut was to big and hanging over on both sides of the fretboard. The fret ends were very sharp.and the pickup wire was shorted to the volume pot.one of the strap button screws was stripped out as well as 2 of the control cavity screws. Maybe i got a bad one

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4.0

Just what I expected

By K.P.

from Richfield, WI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Well Finished And Set Up

Cons

  • A Bit Heavy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Praise Music
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

I have a S.U.B. with the Dark walnut finish and Rosewood Fret board so I knew that these are great basses for the price. I upgraded the volume Pot but otherwise left the bass stock. It was reasonable well set up right out of the box.
I find the combination of the mint green with maple fret board and white pick guard to be a nice combination so for three hundered USD it was an easy buy!

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4.0

Neat bass

By Ibanezae

from Brandon, FL

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Pros

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

Cons

  • cheap hardware
  • Poor electronics

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

I''m a Fender man (play a MIM P bass) I've admired MM basses but don't have the $$ so I've wondered about these. Finally got a chance to take an extended test drive on a few of these SUB models. I was expecting these models to be MM as Squier is to Fender.
Fit and finish are good. They are a solid build with a good feel. Heavy but not overly so.Neck has a good feel. Chrome and knobs are very cheap, even for the price. Inferior to Squier's stock hardware. The tuners and bridge seemed adequate for their intended uses. Mint Green looked very cool, but that's a matter of taste.
A lot of reviews say they were great out of the box, I played 5 including a 5 string and all were badly in need of a set up. Not a point against IMHO, At this price point you shouldn't expect good strings or a good factory set up..........and you won't get either. Every single one had a bad volume pot, every one.
Wasn't expecting much from the single bridge pickup. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! This thing sings, deep rich tones with a variety of settings through the two tone knobs. Any issues with other aspects of this guitar were more than outweighed by that great sound. I'm considering pulling the trigger just for recording.
In closing if you're prepared to put in a little money and a little work into this bass you'll have yourself a great instrument suitable for any occasion.

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4.0

Amazing for its price.

By Greg

from CT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

If you dream of owning a MM Stingray, but you just can't justify spending the $1000+ on one, this is the bass for you. I've owned and played a lot of high end basses. Fender American Jazzes, Warwicks, and even a MM Stingray, and this one can actually hold a candle to them all. Obviously you won't get all the bells and whistles, you will need to set it up, and you may find a few problems with it that you wouldn't find with higher-end basses, but these are all easy to live with considering the price tag.

The tone is great. I can tell the difference between it and a real MM ray, but overall it's not going to ruin the bass for you. The only big problem I have found with my Sterling is that the wiring to the volume pot is pretty badly done. I also had to give it a nice set up and neck adjustment to make it really playable.

This is an amazing bass for a beginner-intermediate bassist who loves the look, sound and feel of the classic Stingray.

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5.0

A Beautiful Bass

By The Ean

from Greensboro, NC

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
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

    Great bass. Sounds great, looks great.
    Bassically, ready to play out of the box.
    A few minutes to set the action to what I prefer and I rehearsed with it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    5 Star Purchase

    By Moonpie

    from Nashville, Tn.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

      Plays and sounds great.Strung with TI Flats makes it even better. Stays in tune well with no neck adjustments since first set up.
      For the price, It's hard to believe how well this bass is made. I an very satisfied with this Bass

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ((( FANTASTIC BASS!! )))

      By Jason Sitala

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

        Okay, I was originally having a problem with the pick guard of this bass guitar scratching too easily. I got in touch with the company and found out, TO MY AMAZEMENT, that this pick guard comes with TWO protective plastic coverings. I've never encountered a product like this with TWO protective plastic coverings.

        Once I peeled away the second plastic protection for the pick guard my only problem with this bass was solved!!!

        Besides needing a basic intonation and action set up adjustment and a bit of a truss rod adjustment it plays awesome!!!

        BTW: The action adjusting allen wrench and the truss rod adjustment tool are taped onto the inner box part

        Unless something unexpected happens, I now give this bass guitar 5 stars and recommend it to ANYONE who wants a high quality bass at a great price!!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        RECORDING...RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!

        By FIEND79

        from JAX FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great For Slapping
        • Pickupthumb Rest Rad

        Cons

        • Lil Buzz But Not Bad

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

        i do not work for mf, i do not work for anyone related to this bass. that being said i was in awe when i pulled it out of the box, tuned it and went straight to recording... i am a professional musician, meaning i pay my mortgage with my career, i know basses, i know playing, touring and recording, this bass, esp for the price is unbeatable. great feel, great tone, low price and looks amazing. put some Flea's on it and rip it up!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pictures of Black Walnut

        By Evan S.

        from Kansas City, Missouri

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Light

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

          Played the bass for a while, sounds great, but mainly writing this review to post pictures of the black walnut finish. For some reason, couldn't find anything online, and when I called Musician's Friend, they couldn't help me. I might add that the fretboard had noticeable scratches beneath the plastic film, and this could have been a factory defect.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great, but some minor problems

          By Mur

          from Vista, Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good High Sound
          • Good Low Sound
          • Solid Electronics
          • Works Well With All Genre

          Cons

          • Awkward Neck
          • Distorted E String
          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

          This Bass is one of my favorites i have ever played, but there are minor mishaps. The tone was great when i first got it. My amp dialed perfectly to the basses uses. The sound was great for slapping and using fingers and even a pick. I thought this was one of the best basses around for the price. Some minor problems happened such as: Fret bass on all 4 strings, problems with the high and low knobs trying to make it sound perfect, and most importantly the E string. The whole bass is great on the A,D,G strings but the E string suffers for not getting the high 'snap' that the tone knob should be having. The neck can get messy easily and results in awkward stiff picking on the e- string making it sound awkward, low and sometimes distorted and all around just kills the bass for me.

          Easy Handling, lots of fun, great sound, fix the fret buzz and E string problem.
          4/5

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Cheap Bass

          By The Mighty Jophin

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Requires Pro Setup

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar:

          Bass came unplayable. I put on new stings (DR Fat beams, Marcus Miller Signature)as the ones that come with the S.U.B. are 100% garbage. After setting up the bass which involved adjusting the action (action was super high)for the most part, the bass sounded pretty decent. No where near an 1,800 Musicman, but certainly as good or better than any 250-300 Fender or Gibson.

          The finish on the bass looks like it was stained with water based paint, so don't expect that expensive gloss you will see on the higher priced american made Stingrays. All in all, great entry level bass at an awesome price. Don't hesitate to grab one for yourself!

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