STERLING BY MUSIC MAN RAY34 ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR
The Sterling By Music Man Ray34 is based on the classic Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray, the legendary bass used by thousands of players and hundreds of megastars over the last 35 years or so. The Stingray is one of the most easily identifiable basses out there, with its distinctive circular pickguard, hulking humbucker and split 3/1 machine head array, but like all USA-made Music Man basses, it carries a rather large price tag. Enter Sterling By Music Man. These Indonesian-made, US set-up instruments allow players to access much of the design and tone mojo of the fully American version at a much lower price. All instruments are set up and shipped from Orange County, California. The Ray34 was introduced back in 2011, but Sterling has taken a leaf from the Music Man book of user satisfaction, offering a few limited edition, 2013-only versions: the Ray34-TWB (Translucent White Blonde) model on review here and a left-handed version in the same Natural finish as the right-handed Ray34NT model. Other available finishes are Black and Honeyburst.