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ibanez sr600 vs sterling by musicman ray34

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by crazydom1, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. crazydom1


    Nov 3, 2012

    ive been shopping around for a new bass for months now. i like the sterling because of the musicman sound. i like the ibanez because of the slim neck. they both seem that that can produce similar sounds, i was wondering if anyone had tried one. i have one thought about a geddy lee or a mim fender.

    please tell me what you think
  2. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    Kinda depends on whats more important to you- the specific sound of the Ray34 or the neck dimensions of the Ibby.
    Personally, I prefer a thicker neck so the Ray34 would be my choice hands down.
  3. I purchased this 2010 SR600, and couldn't be happier. I has a very nice sounding 3band active EQ with a mid freq switch for added tonal range. Bright highs/deep lows, and a nice mid section. The fretwork is fantastic on the 24 fret nice-n-slim Ibby SR4 neck. It has a light ash body, and weighs in at 7.5lbs. The overall quality is vey good.

    IMG_0373. IMG_0383.
  4. I had an SR600 and the bass had a HUGE dead spot up from the 3rd to the 11th fret on the D string. Tried a couple of others and same thing. I've played the Ray34 and liked it a lot. It's going to be heavier, but IMO a nicer bass.
  5. hgiles


    Nov 8, 2012
    SR basses are very consistent in quality...I have a Japanese Prestige and an Indonesian 706...both are exquisite.
  6. Have you considered the SB14? Gets the MM sound, with a little more bite like the MM Sterling does, along with the Jazz like 1 1/2" nut width neck. Might hit both things you're looking for.
  7. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    The SB is a little cheaper and lighter than Ray34 (basswood body instead of ash) but electronics plays a so huge role on it that it's the ideal matching point between the two

    Ray34 is superb, but the walnut satin finish on some of the SR600 is really special

  8. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay Commercial User

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    I own 3 SR 500's and have played quite a few SR 600's. I also own several Music Man basses and have played tons more. Both are nice basses but the Ibanez basses aren't even in the same category as a Music Man or even a Sterling by Music Man. There was a reason why I switched brands back in 2010. I started out with a Sterling due to it's thinner neck and as soon as I switched, my Ibanez basses stopped being played because they simply did not cut through the mix as well or sound as good or were not as versatile.
  9. crazydom1


    Nov 3, 2012
    the only problem i have with the sb14 is that it doesnt look like a 'man' bass, it kinda reminds me of this skinny kid that was really bad at singing.
  10. Tommy33


    Dec 11, 2015
    Ray 34 sound alone in the band mix iddys are too thin sounding