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

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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, Sterling Music Man feels all players should have access to affordable guitars and 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 '70s. Active electronics, low-noise humbucking 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 38 mm 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
Neck
  • Shape: Info not available
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: 6-Bolt
  • Scale length: 34 in.
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Satin tint
  • Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Pickup configuration: H
  • Neck: Not applicable
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Low-noise humbucker
  • Brand: Sterling by Music Man
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Active preamp: 2-Band EQ
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood or maple
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Pearloid dot
  • Nut material: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.5 in. (38 mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: Info not available
  • Body
  • Cutaway: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume, tone, and EQ
  • Pickup switch: No
  • Coil tap or split: Not appicable
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: Not applicable
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Fully-adjustable heavy-duty
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Open gear
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Not applicable
  • Country of origin: Info not available

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

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (58)
  • Good feel (56)
  • Good tone (52)
  • Good pick up (44)
  • Solid electronics (44)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (53)
  • Jamming (50)
  • Recording (44)
  • Small venues (39)
  • Rock concerts (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (42), Professional musician (16), Novice (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Reviewed by 65 customers

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5.0

Perfect bass

By Beyonder

from Netherlands

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • I changed the pickup and now it sounds great

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

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

I own a Musicman Stingray 78 and by only changing the pickup of my SUB they almost sounding simulair,however the 78 sounds a little bit more cleaner

 
5.0

Best Starter Bass

By paul

from maryland

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I have a few other high end basses ,but this is a keeper,i don't worry if it gets dinged .

     
    5.0

    I love it!

    By N8ngrovr

    from Magna ut

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

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

      Good quality at a great price! I had to have two basses for two different setting with the price sound and playability can't beat it!

       
      4.0

      i liked the price and what i got for it

      By karlleeque

      from meriden ct

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          great guitar I had a musicman pre cbs in 1977 paid 500 then sold it after for three times the price

           
          4.0

          bang for the buck!

          By Bender

          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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbeatable for the price.

              By Adam

              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              excellent playing and sounding bass, but build quality?

              By pup

              from wAYNESBORO TENN.

              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?

                 
                5.0

                Great Bass!

                By Chris

                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!

                   
                  5.0

                  i love this bass

                  By skewkie

                  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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    outstanding

                    By Glenn from The Hell or High Water Band

                    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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