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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
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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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Poor warranty

Praxis is contracted to build this model for music man. Sub par electronics and poor customer service and warranty policys. Never buy another Sterling .

Praxis is contracted to build this model for music man. Sub par electronics and poor customer service and warranty policys. Never buy another Sterling .

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Bang for the Buck

By LoStrings

from Chicago, Il

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    Fantastic Playability, Great tones, Lightweight, and alot of Fun...

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bass in this price range!!

    By Punkrockbass1983

    from Canton, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Action Is Great
    • Active Pickups Sound Good
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Neck Is Smooth
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    This is best bass in this price range, hands down!! It sounded great right out of the box and got delivered the same day I had a show to play! This bass plays and sounds better than my 2001 Mexican Fender P-bass, which nowadays costs twice as much as this bass! Great buy and surely will not disappoint any player of any skill range!

    (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 Electric 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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Amazing Value

      By Bass1965

      from virginia

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

      I purchased this bass about 4 months ago. I don't know where to begin, except to say this is an amazing bass for the price . Mint green - the stock photos online are way off. I guess you could say it's more of a surf green, and paired with the maple neck, just beautiful! The neck is very thin at the nut - which I really like, but some certainly may not. I find it super easy to play, like an Ibanez neck. The fit and finish is solid. This bass is VERY light, I would guess in the 6-7 lb range. Again, I like this, but others might feel it isn't beefy enough. The tones are soo nice. You can easily and smoothly dial in wonderful tones. The only issue, which isn't really a big deal, is the volume knob gets too loud too fast. Unlike the other controls which offer a smooth transition, the volume goes from zero to 60 waaayy too fast. I got this bass because I wanted the option of getting that "Music Man" sound but didn't want to shell out a lot of money for it. I LOVE the sound this affordable instrument delivers. I play primarily on Sunday mornings in worship services and I keep finding myself picking this bass over my Fender P/J and my Carvin B40. Both of which cost (originally) more than twice what this S.U.B. retails for. Just stunned!!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Beast Of A Bass

      By BassFreak

      from Scotland, UK

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No Negatives From Me

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      I was down my local music store checking out a budget priced bass for my son. I was originally looking at Squier or Yamaha but the guy in the shop put me on to this Ray 4. Wow, it just blew the rest out of the water - the active pick-ups are so much more punchier than the others I tried. Even on the sometimes "dead-zone" of the 7th fret or above of the E string on lower-end basses, this bad-boy stayed sharp. Don't waste your money on anything else in this price range. Looks cool too!!!!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      S.U.B. Ray4 Bass Guitar -Excellent Bass

      By Psych

      from Melourne, Victoria, Australia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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:

        Excellent Bass. Well weighted and balanced. Quick action. Excellent sound; Musicman sound and tone qualities. Excellent value. Can be used at any venue. The quality of the amplifier is important to get the most out of the bass. I use a Line6 750 watt at 4ohms with 1000 watt speakers. The overall sound and versatility is amazing.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No dissapontments here

        By Boom Boom

        from NC

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        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:

            Cannot believe the quality at this price!!! I am used to Jazz basses and the Sub Ray4 neck is very close to it. What i like best is there are no dead spots on the neck. The volume and tone is so consistent throughout the whole neck. It came very well set up, just a few tweeks to make it mine. It sounds great either practicing solo or playing live with a group. Highly recommend the Sub Ray4!!!

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You get ten times what you pay for.

            By Joe-A

            from Sacramento

            About Me Novice

            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:

              I was amazed with the quality, playability and sound that you get from this bass. I've owned more expensive basses from Fender and even Musicman that weren't this great. But for fairness sake I will compare it to something in the same ballpark price wise. The cost is similar to the OLP line Musicaman licensed a few years back, but quality wise it blows away my OLP bass. It has been a very long time since I have been this pleased with parting with my hard earned money. I am really glad I opted for a new Sterling SUB Ray4 rather than buying a used something else.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Neck melts in my hand

              By Oharry1

              from Central IA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Perfect Feelballsy Sound
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Great all around
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

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

                I had one of these before and loved the way it fit my hand the first time I picked it up. I ended up selling that one and playing a couple others in the meantime. With arthritis a major factor I was not happy with the others and longed for another MM. I love everything about them especially the way they feel and sound. Getting straight to the point.

                (5 of 7 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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