Sterling by Music Man StingRay Electric Bass

- Model: Ray4
- Body Wood: Basswood
- Bridge: Fixed
- Pickguard: Black
- Scale Length: 34" (86.4 cm)
- Neck Radius: 9-1/2" (24 cm)
- Frets: 21 frets, medium
- Neck Width: 1.5" (38 mm) at nut, 2.44" (62 mm) at last fret
- Neck Wood: Hard maple
- Fingerboard: Hard maple
- Fret Markers: Dots
- Tuning Machines: Open gear
- Truss Rod: Single action
- Neck Attachment: 6 bolts
- Controls: 2-band active preamp; volume, treble, bass
- Switching: No
- Pickups: H - 1 ceramic humbucker
- Strings: 0.45 - 1.05
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 15 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RAY4-BK-M1
Ruby Red Burst
Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RAY4-RRBS-R1
Blemished, Ruby Red Burst
Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RAY4-RRBS-R1
Vintage Cream
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 15 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RAY4-VC-R1
Vintage Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 13.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 15 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RAY4-VSBS-M1
(17 ratings)
Submitted August 30, 2018 by Joe W in Conway, AR
"More than expected!"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I bought this as a back up to my EBMM Sting Ray HH. The price seemed perfect for a backup bass. When it arrived though I blown away. No it's not the same as the 2K plus EBMM version but it might be one of the best basses out there under $800. While the pickup is a little hot, lowering it a little can really give you that 70s scooped mid Sting Ray sound. The build is solid and aside from some dust around the neck pocket, that was easily wiped away, the bass arrived perfect.The 2 band EQ is actually very versatile with the ceramic pickup. The neck, especially for a new player will be perfect, it's not too tick or thin and is more narrow like Jazz bass. This is my only issue because I'm use to my MM but I knew that before purchasing so it's not a negative, just different. Many will love the neck.Fretwork was great, no bad edges and they were smooth when I checked before changing strings. Bridge resembles the old Sting Ray minus the dampeners, it may not look stellar but the adjustments are easily made and it works, the sustain on this is better than most basses costing twice as much or more.Last thing but sometimes it's the details right? I have other guitars and basses with the truss rod wheels as well, always used a small hex key. This bass, at least mine, came with a little hex key for the bridge adjustment and a 6" rod that fits perfectly into the wheel to adjust the truss rod! None of my others came with anything similar and this works on all of them... sometimes it's the little things read more that show they actually put thought into something. That extra effort in regards to the lowest price Sting Ray packaging sums up the entire package, they put a lot of effort into making this very reasonably priced bass, pretty fantastic.My first purchase from zZounds and they were stellar as well. Fast shipping and were very easy to work with, will definitely buy from again.

Musical Background:
Guitar / Bass - 34+ years, simi-professional

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