Every aspiring and beginner bassist should be able to get their hands on a high-end instrument. That's the philosophy behind the Sterling by Music Man electric bass. The inspiration for these basses comes from the Music Man StingRay 5, but the Sterlings are made a bit lighter and smaller to create the ideal entry-level instrument. When it comes to sound, these instruments can definitely keep up with their bigger cousins. After all, we would expect nothing less than amazing tone from a bass named after Sterling Ball, son of the legendary Ernie Ball. The first step to choosing your ideal Sterling electric bass is to consider your own preferences and needs. Do you want to go classic with a 4-string bass or expand your horizons with a 5-string model? If you're a leftie, check out the Ray34 Left-handed Electric Bass. Or, if this is your first bass, the S.U.B. series will make a great starting point - these instruments will easily surprise you with their refined look, feel and sound.
Every Sterling bass has a handsome vintage appearance and feel, as well as the back-end electronics to sound as good as they look. Take the Ray35, for instance: the five strings on this extended-range bass come in loud and clear through the onboard 3-band active preamp. Every bass you'll find in this section has something to offer with its own unique character, so you definitely owe it to yourself to explore the whole lineup before you make a decision.
Bassists of all skill levels have discovered the impressive tone and playability that a Sterling can offer. Whether you're a professional bassist such as Colin Greenwood and Johnny Christ, or a novice in search of the ideal instrument to begin building your career, these wonderfully vintage-inspired basses should be at the top of your wish list.