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

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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 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (50)
  • Good feel (48)
  • Good tone (45)
  • Solid electronics (40)
  • Good pick up (38)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (44)
  • Recording (40)
  • Small venues (36)
  • Rock concerts (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (14), Novice (5)

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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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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

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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

        Comment on this review

        (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.

            Comment on this review

            (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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best 4 Banger for the $$$

                  By 

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  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!

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Poor quality

                      By 

                      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.

                            Comment on this review

                            (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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