The Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray 5 electric bass guitar in black is the perfect model for players who are looking to take the step up from a 4-string, beginners who are seeking their first model, and professionals who want a solidly built model at an affordable price, without compromising on quality.
Solid Music Man Construction
The S.U.B. Ray 5 bass is built by the team at Music Man, who've borrowed from their beloved StingRay 5 bass guitar. Since its introduction in the late '70s, the StingRay has influenced and entranced many musical legends, and now the S.U.B. Ray 5 takes all that classic splendour, combines it with modern appointments to suit today's bassist's needs, and delivers a truly exceptional model.
The body is slim, with sleek contours that allows it to rest comfortably against you during performances. The tapered lower bout creates the perfect resting position for your picking arm, whilst the deep double cutaway removes any obstacles from you accessing the highest frets on the neck. The body is made using solid basswood, which produces tones with depth and warmth, whilst guaranteeing a lightweight feel.
6-Bolt Neck Joint
Music Man has implemented their 6-bolt neck joint design, which guarantees a sturdy playing feel. The neck is given exceptional strength, which translates into stability and sublime tone transfer. However hard you rock out, you can rest assured that the maple neck will remain firmly in position. Alongside making it tough, the neck has also been treated to a satin finish, which allows you to make quick transitions along its length, without developing a sticky or tacky feel.
Married to the neck is a maple fingerboard, which is home to 22 medium-jumbo frets that are adorned with dot position inlays to navigate your way in style. The fingerboard is shaped to a 12-inch radius, which accommodates smooth string bends, seamless transitions between frets, and a fast-playing feel. Should you ever want to make an adjustment to the neck, simply attenuate the thumbwheel at the base of the fingerboard, and find the perfect feel for you.
The S.U.B. Ray 5 electric bass guitar is equipped with a high output humbucking pickup, which is paired with a 2-band onboard active preamp. At your disposal are bass and treble cut/boost controls, enabling you to shape and sculpt your output to meet your needs. Within the pickup there are two rows of large magnetic pole pieces, which feeds through to the onboard two-band active preamp, giving you intricate tonal control. Whatever style of music that you play, you have a vast tonal arsenal to play with thanks to this arrangement, so you will always find the tone you're looking for.
The electronics are powered using a 9V battery, and the easy to open battery compartment in the back of the body makes it very easy to change batteries when necessary.
The headstock is home to tough open-gear tuning machines, which uphold tuning integrity throughout each and every performance with absolute precision. Fitted to the body is a fixed bridge, creating the perfect anchor point for each string to ensure intonation and sustain is maintained dutifully. The chrome finish adds a stylish touch, as well as contributing to the reliability of the bass.
The top mounted output jack creates a secure connection for your cable, and reduces the chance of it becoming disconnected during performances. The heavy duty jack is designed and built to take plenty of punishment.
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 5 electric bass guitar is the perfect choice.
Manufacturer Sterling by Music Man Model SUB RAY 5 Electric Bass Guitar Body Material Basswood Neck Material Maple Scale Length 34 inches Fingerboard Material Maple No. of Frets 22; Medium Jumbo 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
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