The Sterling by Music Man SUB RAY 4 Bass Guitar in Translucent Blue Satin, is a cool and collected model that plays like a dream. Music Man has borrowed features from the StringRay 4 bass, and made the S.U.B. Ray 4 an affordable bass that boasts an exceptional build quality, wonderfully rich tones, and stunning good looks.
In the construction of the S.U.B. Ray 4, Music Man have created a model that is reassuringly sturdy and very comfortable to play. The deep double cutaway body shape makes it incredibly easy to access the neck in its entirety. The slender profile is coupled with shapely curves that allows the body to rest snugly against yours whilst playing, whilst the tapered lower bout provides a comfortable rest for the picking arm. Music Man has employed basswood for the body, a lightweight tonewood that produces a balanced timbre, which gives this bass a highly versatile output.
6-Bolt Neck Joint
To guarantee strength and stability across the neck, a 6-bolt neck joint - specially designed by Music Man - has been implemented. Not only does this allow you to play with total confidence in the neck's ability to keep up with whatever you can throw at it, but the rich tonality of the maple tonewood is transferred to the body and pickups in sublime fashion.
As noted, the neck is made using maple, a highly resonant wood that responds with bright and articulate notes. Complementing the cool body finish is a tinted satin coating, which also adds to the smooth playing feel. You can play for hours on end and the satin prevents stickiness or tackiness from impeding your fretting hand.
The team at Music Man are very accommodating, appreciating that we all have different playing needs and requirements. In order to make life a bit easier for everyone, they have included an adjustable thumbwheel at the base of the fingerboard, which can be used to adjust the neck. Changing string gauges, adjusting string tension, and improving intonation can be done with minimal fuss. Paired with the neck is a rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 21-frets that are adorned with dot position inlays to guide your way in style. The fingerboard radius is shaped to 12-inches, perfect for executing smooth string bends, fast licks, and funky slapping.
The S.U.B. Ray 4 electric bass guitar is equipped with a single high output humbucking pickup, which makes the most of the flat frequency response of the bass. Control over the pickup comes in the form of an active 2-band EQ with individual bass and treble controls, as well as a master volume knob. This simple set-up is capable of producing some truly mesmerising tones, from deep down, soulful and saturated, to bright, shiny and popping. You can rest assured that no matter what you go for, the response is always as smooth as silk.
The body is equipped with a fixed bridge, which creates a seamless connection between the strings and body to uphold intonation and sustain confidently. At the top of the neck lies the slender nut, which works dutifully alongside the chrome-finished open gear tuning machines to maintain tuning integrity with precision. If you’re looking for a bass that excels in the studio and on the stage, and demand affordability without sacrificing on quality, then the Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray 4 Bass Guitar in Translucent Blue Satin is the perfect choice.
Manufacturer Sterling by Music Man Model SUB RAY 4 Electric Bass Guitar Body Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Scale Length 34-inches Fingerboard Material Rosewood No. of Frets 21 Fingerboard Radius 12-inches Position Inlays White Dot Pickups High output humbucker Pickup Config. H Active/Passive Active Controls Master Volume
Bridge Fixed Hardware Finish Chrome Tuners Open Gear Finish Translucent Blue Satin
- Customer Reviews
- Best bass I've ever owned!
I tried it out alongside an Epiphone Thunderbird and I have to say that the Sub wowed me from the start. It's solidly built and the satin finish is superb, very comfortable on the hands and arms whilst playing.
The tone is tremendous. Highs and lows both sound clear, thanks in no small part to the 6 bolt neck joint which means that it's probably the most solid bass I've ever owned. As well as having a clear tone, the onboard electronics mean the tone can be shaped to suit your style.
Well worth the money in my opinion.
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