These are two entirely different basses. If you like the sound of a Sting Ray get the Ray35. If you desire a modern sounding 5 string bass that only a few guys in the world have and if upgraded with state of the art Pups and Pre would absolutely kill get the Brute. I bought a stock MJX-5 in 2011, a MJXSC-5 in 2012, and a KXB-5 Custom in 2013. So I guess I like Brubakers. The new ones on the market have better pups, pre, and a coil splitter and sound very nice IMO in comparison to the original Brutes. Please, if you are looking for the sound of a JB, or a SR the Brute is not going to satisfy you. The Brutes have their own unique, punchy and modern tone and right out of the box are very comfortable to play. The MJX-5 is not heavy and feels good when strapped up. The Brute Single Cut is solid hard ash and is heavy. It however does not feel bad and balances well when strapped up. As I've said I own one of each. Both Brutes have 19 MM spacing at the bridge, The neck on the MJX-5 is wide, thin and kinda flat *which I like). The neck on the Single cut is more narrow and faster to play but I like each one . The single cuts come with a flat black paint on the back of the neck and makes it feel really smooth. Go on youtube and search for malcolm hall. He demos the Brute Series as well as the USA Brubakers. At least this way you'l be able to judge for yourself if you like the sound of the Brutes. Again, the newer Brutes do not sound like a hyped up Jazz with single coils or a Sting Ray. They have their own uniqure sound.
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