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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar  Walnut Satin

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OVERVIEW

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

The S.U.B. Series family of instruments introduce a new level of quality, features and value for the beginning or intermediate player. Part of the esteemed Music Man & Sterling by Music Man family of instruments, we feel all players should have access to affordable guitars & basses that feel, sound and play like a refined, crafted professional instrument.

The best components, hardware and designs all work in harmony to give you the best user experience as you discover your sound. Our goal is to deliver an instrument, at a price that surpasses your expectations.

The Ray4 and Ray5 basses are the cousins of the Music Man StingRay 4 and 5 basses. Classic, iconic instruments that defined a generation of bassists since the late 70′s. Active electronics, low noise hum bucking pickups, rock solid hardware and a simple, uncluttered look that is instantly recognizable and respected.

Music Man starts 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 (Ray4) and 45mm nut width (Ray5) 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.

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 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (48)
  • Good feel (46)
  • Good tone (44)
  • Solid electronics (39)
  • Good pick up (37)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (43)
  • Recording (39)
  • Small venues (35)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (13), Novice (4)

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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

This Guitar Rocks

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from Stuart Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

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

    Great bass guitar for the money. Easy to play neck and plenty of sound options. Very satisfied

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    S.U.B. RAY4 ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR

    By 

    from Atlanta

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • I Love The Sound
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Clanky Mid Sound
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

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

      I have two USA Musicman Sting Ray 5 string basses that I bought new back in the 90s for eight hundred. Yes. Back then they only cost eight hundred. Recently I wanted to get a 4 string Sting Ray but, didn't want to spent $1500. This is where the RAY4 comes in. I now have a SUB4, RAY4 and RAY5 and feel they capture 95% of a USA versions sound. So for less than a used USA Sting Ray I got three new Sterling basses.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By 

      from Weber City, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amazing For All Styles
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Pop
      • Great Slap
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Any And Everything
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

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

        I've been playing for over 8 years and have had many guitars and basses. I bought mine in satin blue and I'm considering buying one but 5 string I absolutely love everything about this bass. Definitely buy it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great customer service

        By 

        from Conroe, tx

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              First guitar showed up damaged, but return was easy and free. Replacement showed up quickly and perfect.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best 4 Banger for the $$$

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              from Georgia

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bringing The Funk
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

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

                I cannot say how much I love to have my hands on this bass. After setting it up and pushing the truss rod adjustment to its limit to get the action low, this baby is a beast. If you are after MM tone and feel and want to keep most of your money your pocket, this is the ticket. Throw on a new set of your favorite strings and drop the pickup according to your preference of how hot you want your output and let it rip. I have had the Ray5 for 2 years and never loved it. I found a deal on a used Ray4 and once I picked it up I fell in love. The 4 string spacing at the bridge seems much more natural compared to the narrow 5 string spacing. I have rekindled my fire to play and I am even getting some play time in with the 4 string on gigs where I have always played a five. Sound great with the bass knob just below midpoint and the treble right in the middle. Leave all your amp settings in the middle.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice bass for the money!!

                By 

                from Boiling Springs SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Nice Bass For The Money

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  If you want MM and don't wanna fork out the dough, get this bass!

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                  (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Poor quality

                  By 

                  from Poseyville, IN

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                    Cons

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

                        Poor quality. Arrived with dirt in the paint and large dent on the back.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Just what I expected

                        By 

                        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 Electric 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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Neat bass

                        By 

                        from Brandon, FL

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                        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 Electric 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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Amazing for its price.

                        By 

                        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 Electric 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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