The Sterling by Music Man SUB RAY 4 Bass Guitar in Walnut Satin with maple fingerboard, is a sophisticated model that oozes vintage style, whilst offering superb flexibility to meet the tonal demands of modern players. Modelled on Music Man's awesome StingRay 4 bass guitar, the S.U.B. Ray 4 is an affordable model that allows more players to revel in the delight that it is to benefit from exceptional craftsmanship.
The S.U.B. Ray 4 is shaped to the same curvy profile as its StringRay 4 cousin, with bevelled edges that lead to a slender body depth. The tapered arm rest on the lower bout allows you to position your picking arm comfortably. The deep double-cutaway body profile allows your fretting hand to reach up to the highest frets with the greatest of ease, opening up the entire tonal range of this beautiful bass.
The body is built using basswood, which delivers a flat frequency response to ensure that from low to high, you have a dynamic frequency range with which to play around in. The chunky mid to low-end depth is great for smooth lines, whilst the punchy midrange is great for digging into, and the crisp highs offer a sparkling shine to your slap-technique and harmonics. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for session players, and the lightweight feel of basswood makes it a joy to perform with - a bonus for gigging guitarists who need a performing partner that isn't taxing on the back.
6-Bolt Neck Joint
In order to provide a substantial feel in the hand, Music Man created a 6-bolt neck joint that is as solid as they come. The enduring partnership between the neck and body creates unrivalled stability, giving you the confidence to play freely. Each and every note rings out sweetly, and whether you're picking, plucking, slapping, or tapping, the neck supports you every step of the way. At the base of the fingerboard is a thumbwheel that allows you to adjust the neck, allowing every player to achieve their ideal set-up with minimum effort.
The neck is crafted using maple, a tonewood that is favoured thanks to its resonant properties, which enables each note to sound out beautifully. The responsive feel of the neck is matched by a tinted satin finish, which creates a smooth gliding feel as you play, preventing stickiness or tackiness from impeding your hand.
Married to the neck on this particular model, is a luxurious maple fingerboard, which is home to 21-frets that are adorned with black dot position inlays to guide your way. Thanks to its 12-inch radius, the fingerboard offers the perfect playground for your fingers to roam, encouraging smooth string bends, slapping with a snappy attack , and rapid transitions between frets.
The S.U.B. Ray 4 is equipped with a single high output humbucking pickup in the bridge position. However, don't be fooled by this simple set-up, as the pickup is capable of incredible tonal flexibility thanks to a very sophisticated 2-band preamp with individual bass and treble controls. Whether you want to create a tight low-end response for a rapid picking attack, or let it all hang out for a deep and soulful warmth, make each note jump out with a fantastic sparkle, or soften the high-end to yield a more subtle response, everything can be achieved by attenuating these two simple controls. Whatever genre of music you are tackling, the perfect tone is never far from reach.
Fitted to the body is a fully adjustable 4-saddle bridge, which creates a seamless connection between the strings and body for consistent intonation, and enduring sustain. Thanks to the adjustability of the bridge - and as noted above, the neck -, accommodating different string gauges can be done easily, and resetting intonation can be done in next to no time.
At the top of the neck lies the nut, which works dutifully alongside the chrome-finished open gear tuning machines to uphold tuning integrity with precision. The action of the tuners is smooth and easy to manoeuvre, yet engages securely during performances.
If you’re looking for a bass that is equally at home in the hands of a beginner as it is in that of a more experienced player, is tonally versatile enough for a session musician, robust enough for a gigging performer, and sings its heart out every time, then the Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray 4 Bass Guitar in Walnut 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 Maple No. of Frets 21 Fingerboard Radius 12-inches Position Inlays Black Dot Pickups High output humbucker Pickup Config. H Active/Passive Active Controls Master Volume
Bridge Fixed Hardware Finish Chrome Tuners Open Gear Finish Walnut Satin
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