Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 4-String Bass Guitar (Discontinued)
- Body: Basswood
- Neck: Maple (Bolt-on)
- Neck Profile:
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.496"
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
- Bridge Pickup: Sterling High-output Humbucker
- Controls: Volume, Treble, and Bass knobs
- Bridge: Heavy-duty fixed bridge
- Tuners: Open Gear
- Weight: 10 lbs.
The S.U.B. Ray4 appeared on our recommended list for Bass Guitars Under $300 from September 2016 until October 2018 due to a lack of availability.
"Sterling by Music Man" is a sub-brand of Ernie Ball Music Man, tasked to manufacture affordable instruments that can compete in the entry level market.
The SUB Ray4 is one of their standout instruments, a more affordable version of the original Music Man Stingray bass, the popular bass that pioneered the use of built-in active EQ controls on production line bass guitars.
The SUB Ray4 has one Sterling High-output Humbucker on the bridge position, which is wired to an active preamp with 2-band EQ, which allows for tone shaping via the treble and bass knobs.
It has a slightly narrower nut width for easier playability while retaining the long 34" scale length and flat 12" fingerboard radius.
If you're favorite bassist plays a Music Man StingRay like Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Cliff Williams (AC/DC), John Deacon (Queen), Simon Gallup (The Cure) and more), then the Sterling by Music Man SUB Ray4 should be an automatic pick.
Unfortunately it's no longer available new from most retailers, so if you can't find a second hand one then take a look at the alternatives we recommend in our guide to The Best Cheap Bass Guitars.