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Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass  

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        Sterling by Music Man

        MusicMan vibe and playability at a fraction of the cost.

        The Sterling SB14 has a basswood body that delivers warm tone with great sustain. Like the Music Man model, the smaller body is comfortable and easy to hold during long gigs. It features a Music Man-designed active preamp that is dead quiet and allows precise cut/boost control of bass, mid, and treble frequencies. The Music Man-designed bridge has thick saddles for stability and precise slotting that guarantees no sideways string movement during heavy playing.

        SB Series bass pickups utilize a 3rd hidden coil for hum cancellation. You can also switch from single-coil or humbucking mode and get all the tonal goodness without the hum and noise.

        Sterling by Music Man, is for players seeking Music Man vibe and performance at a more affordable price. The SB14 is an accurate version of the popular Music Man model and made without compromise in craftsmanship and materials. Each instrument is inspected, setup, and actually played before it is released.

        Includes a gig bag.

        Features

        • Body: Basswood
        • Neck: Maple
        • Fingerboard: Rosewood
        • Pickups: Music Man Humbucking with ceramic pole pieces and hum-canceling phantom coil
        • Preamp: 3-band Active Preamp: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass
        • Bridge: Music Man designed
        • Tuners: Open Gear
        • Includes a gig bag

        Own a bass that will deliver the performance you need at a price you can afford.

         
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        Sterling by Music ManSB14 Bass
         
        4.8

        (based on 10 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

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        • 4 Stars

           

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        • 3 Stars

           

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        100%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Fun to play (3)
        • Good feel (3)
        • Good tone (3)

        Cons

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            5.0

            change in opinion of the SB14

            By The Doc is in the house..

            from Western North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                It has been a while since I originally posted about the SB14 bass. I wound up selling my previous SB14 bass a good while back. I found a great price on a near new SB14, and bought it. This has been about 4 months ago. My SB14 this time around, is the best bass I have ever owned since I started playing bass back in 1971. I had it setup by a great technician with a new set of strings, and love the sound along with the ease of playing. I am not sure this is the case with all SB14 basses out there, but the one I own is just about as good as it gets for a mid-level bass. Buy this bass, and get it setup by a pro who knows what he is doing. Do this, and you will have a bass that is fun to play.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Little Guy with BIG sound!

                By eknight003

                from daytona beach, fl

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                  First of all,I owned a Music Man sterling about 10 years ago and I can tell you that other than the design of the nut, there is absolutely no difference between the sterling and the sb14. The sb14 is small, easy to hold and very fun to play, just like the sterling.
                  I play bass for my church and I normally use an Ibanez 6 string. Now i'm switching back to a 4. If anyone ever tells you that you NEED a B string for gospel, then they have no clue what they're talking about. You can absolutely get it done on a 4 string, and the sb14 is just the bass for it. It has good, deep tone and can cut through any mix very well. Get this bass quick before it's too late!

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rocks

                  By nate

                  from Troy, MT

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    Bad to the bone bass! Get one or two.

                    Comment on this review

                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sb14

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    It's a fantastic bass, has a good full sound and expresses lows really well. Great for recording.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Killer tone for slap happy times

                    By PB9717

                    from New york City area

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    Picked up one of these, and immediately fell in love. I am a big fan of old MM sound but never quite got the jones for the OLP or SUB line. This 3rd attempt at an import to match sound and quality of the US models is the best by far. AFter a good set up and the right strings, these SB14's are spectacular. COme right out of the mix on a live gig, easy to hold for hours due to the smaller body, and the necks feel great..very similar to a jazz neck, slim, fast, and with good fretwork. paint jobs are surprisingly beautiful too, and Ilove the preamp. Spending your money on these is definetely spent well. Set up is key, because the sound in thereand is really outstanding, just made better by the right strings and an excellent setup. Get one.

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                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bass for the bucks

                    By bass dude-eWRVO

                    from fort worth tx

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    I just picked up one used and Ive read the reviews posted and it got great tone. so i dont agree its too over priced, its worth it.because to me great tone impresses me.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    GREAT SOUND

                    By Stinger80

                    from The Rocky Mountains

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    This bass is easily becoming my favorite. I have 5 of them now. 2 ibanez, a fender p, and fender jazz. This bass can put out any of the sounds all four of the others do and then some. I was saving for a stingray but saw the price of the sb-14 and figured I would give a try. The similarities are unbelieveable. The feel is so close and the components are of good quality. The best thing is that you can hardly tell any difference in sound. For the price don't waste your money on anything else. This guitar rocks!!!

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice bass but a little too expensive

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    I bought this bass recently and have enjoyed it a good deal. I also own a 4 string OLP MM bass and I have to tell you that they play & sound almost identical. Do not get me wrong, this bass is still a very nice bass. If you can still find an OLP 4 string bass, you should buy this in that for a few hundred less you can get an almost identical bass. I really think that Ernie Ball & company should have stuck with the less costly OLP line

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                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    OLP upgrade?

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    I own 2 OLP Music Man basses that I have had a couple of years and have enjoyed playing them. I was hoping that the Sterling SB-14 would be much closer to the higher end Music Man Stingray. Don't get me wrong in that this bass is a nice overall bass, but just does not justify the price over the former OLP bass.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Bass for the Money

                    Comments about Sterling by Music Man SB14 Bass:

                    I am a gigging bassist. I own two Fender Jazz basses (a 93 American Standard and a Geddy Lee) and a Fender MIM Mexican. I walked into the store wanting to more tonal diversity and I found it here. Not only that, this bass is great for a gigging bassist because it is fairly light and small-ish. Not tiny or awkward (like say a Steinberger) but noticably smaller and fun to play. The pre-amp and EQ allow me to dial in the tone that I want without having to go back and forth between guitars. And, for the price! Wow! The paint job is beautiful (I have Candy Apple Red) and the neck is fast. They don't feature it, but they should mention the back of the neck is a satin finish while the rest of the guitar is gloss. This allows for an even better neck experience. This baby is worth the low price.

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