Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

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Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by Dan » Tue May 31, 2011 2:32 pm

Hey guys,

Picked one of these up today, and sheesh, what a great bass! I was in the market for a good knock around (one that I didn't need to worry about travelling with etc), and after trying most of the RS I stumbled on this. In all honesty, it plays and sounds better than the American MM's I tried instore...I couldn't believe it!! For the price, these are an insanely good piece of kit, very very highly recommended.

I got the natural finish with maple, and am seriously stoked!

A wee demo (excuse the playing):


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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by beagle » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:41 pm

Sure sounds like a Stingray. Nice Dan. 8)
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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by john » Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:31 pm

Good stuff. How much do these go for?

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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by Dan » Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:41 pm

$1299 at the moment on special. Pretty darn good!

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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by john » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:12 pm

Wow. still a lot of money the a knock around.
But it does sound awesome.

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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by BluesBass » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:15 pm

Awesome.

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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by Harley » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:11 am

Dan wrote:Hey guys,
it plays and sounds better than the American MM's I tried instore...
Where are they made Dan?

Oh...and exquisite playing btw.
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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by Dan » Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:00 am

Cheers Harley :)

These are made in Indonesia. Much like G&L's Tribute series, or the Lakland Skylines, they use much of the same ingredients as their American counterparts and do a darn good job at being almost identical.

Without a word of a lie, I thought this was the best bass they had in store. As soon as I picked it up and plugged it in it stood out. And when that happens, brand or where it's built goes out the window!

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Re: Sterling Ray35 by Musicman

Post by Harley » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:17 pm

Dan wrote:Cheers Harley :)

These are made in Indonesia. Much like G&L's Tribute series, !
I can easily believe you.

I tried Shane's ( Growlerbox ) G&L Tribute bass some months ago and whilst the active mode was ho-hum, the passive mode was absolutely stunning.

I have a Fender Squire Strat made in Indonesia and like you, found it was the best in the shop. I always pick guitars/basses first by their wood tone, unplugged. Many don't make it to getting plugged in, but this Squire did. An upgrade with some Texas Fats ( forgot who makes them ), some copper shielding and new pots - took the guitar to band practice and gave it to our more than competent guitarist for an opinion. He was very impressed.

pm me with your lesson rates please - I could do with some fresh stuff to bring to the gigs. And, yes, you can always teach an old dog some new tricks, despite the arthritis :mrgreen:
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