Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 4-String Bass Guitar (Discontinued)

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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.


  • 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.
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.


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