The Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray 5 electric bass guitar in Walnut Satin with rosewood fingerboard, embodies the superb craftsmanship and sublime tonal offerings we've come to expect from Music Man, perfectly. The Sterling range allows bassists to take advantage of affordable models, without compromising on quality. Borrowing from their popular StingRay 5 bass guitar, this model is a comfortable, reliable, and you'll instantly fall in love with it as soon as you get playing.
Solid Music Man Construction
The S.U.B. Ray 5 is crafted using basswood, a lightweight and energetic wood that gives this bass a bouncy timbre. The flat frequency response give you the perfect foundation for accessing a vast tonal arsenal, with swelling lows, punchy mids, and softly rounded highs.
As with its cousin, the StingRay 5, the S.U.B. Ray 5 is shaped with sleek contours, tapered grooves, bevelled edges, and super smooth curves to make it exceptionally comfortable to play. The deep double-cutaway profile at the neck allows you to reach each and every fret with the greatest of ease; this may be a 5-string, but every effort has been made to give you the greatest access across the fingerboard as possible. The tapered lower bout creates a restful position for your picking arm to settle into, so that whether you play fingerstyle or with a plectrum, you have the freedom to play as you please.
6-Bolt Neck Joint
Music Man has employed their customary 6-bolt neck joint to bind the body and maple neck together, creating a solid union that encourages you to play with total confidence. Not only that, but the neck joint optimises tone transfer to maximise sustain, guaranteeing each and every note rings out loud and clear. The back of 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.
Paired with the neck is a luxurious rosewood fingerboard, which works with the maple to produce articulate notes, as well as a snappy response. The sumptuous feel offered by the rosewood guarantees that you keep coming back for more. The Music Man has ensured that the slim neck profile and 12-inch fingerboard never feels cumbersome, and every inch of the 34-inch scale length is readily accessible. Should you ever want to make an adjustment to the truss rod, simply attenuate the thumbwheel at the base of the fingerboard to find the perfect feel for you.
Fitted in the bridge position is a high output humbucking pickup, with two rows of large magnetic pole pieces that translate the energy produced by the tonewoods with the utmost clarity. Control comes in the form of a 2-band onboard active preamp, which is equipped with bass and treble cut/boost controls that allow you to shape and mould your tone.
Whether you're looking to produce an enveloping low-end rumble, a punchy midrange burst, or a tight high-end slap, simply make your adjustments, dial in your desired volume level, and you're good to go. The electronics are powered using a 9V battery, and the easy to open battery compartment in the back of the body allows you to change batteries without any fuss.
The body top is protected by a black pickguard around the pickup, control knobs, and jack input. 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. The fully adjustable fixed bridge creates a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain. As with the neck, adjustments can easily be made to the bridge, so that you can find your perfect set-up every time. The chrome finish adds a stylish touch, as well as contributing to the reliability of the bass.
Fitted to the headstock are open gear tuning machines, which uphold tuning integrity flawlessly so that you can get on with doing what you do best. At the top of the neck lies the headstock, which is home to robust open-gear tuning machines. Each string is held securely, but when changes need to be made, the action is smooth and seamless. 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 in walnut satin 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 Rosewood No. of Frets 22; Medium Jumbo 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 Walnut Satin
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