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

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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.

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

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 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (54)
  • Good feel (52)
  • Good tone (49)
  • Good pick up (42)
  • Solid electronics (42)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (50)
  • Jamming (47)
  • Recording (42)
  • Small venues (38)
  • Rock concerts (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Professional musician (15), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

bang for the buck!

By 

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      amazing sound & quality..performs way beyond expectations for such a low price.

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      5.0

      Unbeatable for the price.

      By 

      from Sweden

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

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

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

      Really really awesome bass with tons of versatility.
      The 2 band EQ filter really makes this bass able to produce tons of different sounds.
      The satin finish on the body and neck makes it really comfortable to play and fiddle around with.
      Good quality tuners and bridge with decent fretwork, some sharp edges here and there but nothing that hampers the bass.

      Mine had some fret buzz but with a quick twist on the truss rod and it was no more.
      Try this bass with some GHS Boomers 45-100, I really love the tone from that combo.

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      4.0

      excellent playing and sounding bass, but build quality?

      By 

      from waynesboro,tn.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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 S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        this is an exceptional sounding and playing bass guitar for the money, but I am very careful about how I handle and treat my guitars. after only one week of ownership of this bass a quarter inch of the paint on the back of the body mysteriously fell off! I know I did not bump this guitar against anything! as it will not affect the sound or playability I am not that concerned. but even at this price is it not too much to expect a decent finish on an instrument?

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        5.0

        Great Bass!

        By 

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          I am in love with this bass. I got it a few days ago and can't put it down! The finish is nice, the neck is easy to play, the action is perfect out of the box, and even the tock strings sound great. I can't wait to play with this baby even more!

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          5.0

          i love this bass

          By 

          from toms river n.j.

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          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:

            I just got this bass and I love it!!! I got a pbass and an electric acoustic alvarez and this ting blows them all away ..this is a great bass !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            5.0

            outstanding

            By 

            from New York City

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Incredible Sound
            • Looks great
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anything

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

              I have been playing out for over 30 years. I have been through almost every kind of bass there is. To merely say this is a great bass for the money is a disservice. It's a flat out great bass...at any price. I was a little leery about one p/u so far down by the bridge. My main bass has been an EB-3 for 15 years. I put my flat wounds on this bass and was astounded by the tonal range. I will be buying another, maybe in the funky green. Recommended to all, for any type of music.

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              4.0

              This Guitar Rocks

              By 

              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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                (3 of 3 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

                    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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