Is Sterling Ray34 exact copy of Stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TubeMaker, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. TubeMaker

    TubeMaker Guest

    Jan 30, 2011
    Hello, I am looking for a new bass.
    Would like to know If Sterling Ray 34 was the exact copy of Musicman Stingray:Electronics,P.U. etc.

    Thank you in advance
  2. Musky


    Nov 5, 2005
    Pretty much.

    Doesn't mean that the quality of the build and components are the same though.
  3. tminus10

    tminus10 Inactive Supporting Member

    May 1, 2011
    I use to have a Ray 34 and for the price its hard to beat, especially used. But Exact copy? No. The website reads Musicman "designed" pickups and pre. This tells me that they're not the exact ones in Stingrays.

    Like I said they're good for the price but mine didnt sound nearly as good as a Stingray IMO, was pretty heavy, has cheaper hardware and had a high fret, didnt play as well.
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The first Sterling by Music Man basses were very close to American basses, but the last one I played had a terrible preamp that sounded very harsh to my ears. The bass looked beautiful and the finish was close to that of one of the Classic Stingrays, but the sound was horrible. I don't know if it was just a bad bass or they sound llike that.
  5. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    They are exact copies in that all the parts are interchangeable, but the parts are not the same. So, you wind up with an inferior product that looks like the original. Of course, that "inferior" comment only applies as compared to the original, it's still a decent bass at its price point.