This left handed Music Man Sterling Sub Ray 4 String is an affordable StingRay style bass at a more affordable price than it's American counterpart.
It's got the classic design of a fat humbucker pickup in the bridge position with active electronics for a clear, punchy bass sound. This bass is simple and uncluttered and that's what makes it such an easy beast to tame. The neck is comfortable in the hand and the maple fretboard adds a bite to the tone.
The hardware is rock solid, and made to take a beating on stage and with a single colume control. The other control knobs will handle your EQ with a hi frequency cut/boost and a low frequency cut/boost.
Sterling by Music Man
Sterling By Music Man instruments are made in the Far East but designed by the Ernie Ball engineering team that make the American instruments. Every instrument goes through a rigorous inspection process before it's sent worldwide. They're suitable for players of all abilities and while the price might appeal more to a beginner or intermediate player, the instrument would be at home on any size stage.
Here's what Musicman say about the Sub Ray Bass
S.U.B. Series Bass Boast Great Tone Shaping Features.
The tone is shaped by the onboard active 2 band preamp. Controls for volume, bass and treble offer maximum flexibility in finding your sound. Full cut & boost of bass & treble frequencies. The wide range of tones, guarantee you will find your sound, for any musical situation.
We want your bass to last a lifetime. Superior design and construction are key to delivering a solid instrument that will accompany you on your long musical journey. All S.U.B. basses employ a superior 6 bolt neck joint. The 6 bolt neck joint, designed by Music Man, offers strength, stability and great tone transfer. The neck stays in position and won’t shift under heavy load. The neck heel allows easy access to the higher end of the fingerboard and is unobtrusive. Allowing your hands to freely move about the neck with ease. Rest assured, your neck will stay put while your fingers roam about.
High Output Humbucking Pickup
The high output humbucking pickup was designed for clarity and true reproduction of the basses natural tone, with minimal coloration. 2 rows of large magnetic pole pieces pump the strings information into the pickup, feeding the 2 band active preamp. Tones can be aggressive, wild or mild. Its up to you to find your sound. 3 screw adjustment allow for more accurate positioning of the pickups angle & height, allowing for more precise adjustments to match the strings angle.
Satin Finished Neck
The feel of the neck is everything. Your fretting hand is touching the neck 100% of the time you play your bass. We developed a super smooth satin finish for the back of the neck. This finish is non glossy, never get’s sticky and always feels fresh. The tinted satin finish looks great and gives the instrument a classic look and feel.
All stringed instruments need some basic adjustments from time to time. Neck adjustments can be intimidating for some. S.U.B. makes it easy and simple. S.U.B. Series guitars & basses have an easy to adjust neck. No specialized tools are needed. The small thumbwheel located at the end of the fingerboard makes it easy and simple. You can use a small screwdriver or the included chrome bar to easily and quickly adjust the neck to your preference. No need to remove the neck or strings, you can make the adjustments on the fly. Easy, quick, convenient. More time to play, less time for adjustments.
Top Mounted Output Jack
No more fumbling trying plug in the cable. The output jack is conveniently placed on top of the body. Located on the control plate, the jack is secure and won’t easily pull out or get damaged when placed in a guitar stand. We use a heavy duty jack that is designed to withstand plenty of use and abuse.
The 2 band active preamp is powered by a 9 volt battery. The easy to open battery compartment makes battery changes easy and simple. Simply flip up the battery door, unclip the 9 volt from the clip and clip in your new battery. Takes no time at all. The battery is easily accessible on the back of the body. Your battery should last for several months under normal use. We recommend you unplug the cable when not in use, to conserve on the batteries life span.
- Model: Ray4
- Body Wood: Basswood
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Truss Rod: Single Action, Body End Wheel Adjustment
- Frets: 22
- Fretboard Radius: 12"
- Neck Width: 50mm
- Nut Width: 38mm
- Scale: 34"
- Neck Attachment: 6 Bolt
- Tuning Machines: Open Back
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: Fixed
- Pickups: H
- Controls 1 Volume, 1 Hi Cut/Boost, 1 Low Cut/Boost
- Strings .045-.105