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

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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 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (45)
  • Good feel (43)
  • Good tone (42)
  • Solid electronics (36)
  • Good pick up (35)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (44)
  • Jamming (41)
  • Recording (36)
  • Small venues (33)
  • Rock concerts (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (12), 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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Poor quality

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

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

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5.0

Best 4 Banger for the $$$

By Superjaay

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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    5.0

    Nice bass for the money!!

    By Chip

    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 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Poor quality

      By nmayes213

      from Poseyville, IN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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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            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 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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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Neat bass

            By Ibanezae

            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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            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 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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            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 Electric 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 Electric 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 Electric 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 Electric 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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