Is this music man fake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luisim11, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Luisim11


    Nov 19, 2019
    I'm sorry, I'm not have that much expertise with music man basses, I've never seen the serial located in that part, and if it is... What do you think it's worth? received_521365172066648.jpeg received_521365172066648.jpeg received_177179026850496.jpeg received_118411082831241.jpeg received_1112027595803262.jpeg received_591642141383850.jpeg received_193799298343247.jpeg
  2. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I put the serial number into the online search and it matches a SUB

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  3. What’s it worth?

    this one in really good condition is listed at $675, but I’ve seen them listed for around $600
    Ernie Ball Music Man USA SUB Stingray S.U.B. 2003-2006 White

    the one you posted is pretty worn, probably worth about $400...
    Either way, it’s still an authentic USA Stingray at an Indonesian SUB price.
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  4. cmcbass

    cmcbass Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    Definitely real. I played one of them about a month ago at a friend's studio. It seemed like a decent bass, but it wasn't set up to my tastes.
  5. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    I have one. Exactly like this. It's real, it's a true Musicman not a Sterling SUB. It feels, sounds, plays better than any Sterling Ray model and it's got one thing that makes it a unique Ray to any other Musicman or Sterling version.
    It's passive. Notice, no battery compartment. (they made some of these active, some passive). The passive version has pickups wound and configured specifically to be played passive. The passive's output is still powerful close to or equal to the active version and has that distinct punchy sound of a MM Ray with less sizzle BUT it's got a P-Bass kind of warmth to it. I actually prefer it to the active Rays, I know that's a matter of taste.
    I would highly recommend trying it and buying it if you like it. These American made Musicman SUBs active or passive are gems. Sure it's got the slab body, lesser finish, painted neck but the active is a true blue Musicman Ray 2 band EQ Classic at a cheaper price without sacrificing much if anything. The passive is a unique MM Ray altogether, well worth it.

    The horrific pickguard had to go on mine, but easily replaceable.
    It's the one on the left.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2020
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  6. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    As mentioned, it's real.
    I have that exact same bass and a 5 string version in grey, both active. They are killer basses and a bargain to boot.
    They are much like having an older Stingray with the slab body and 2 band EQ, which for many is the magic recipe.
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