Music Man S.U.B. Sterling

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nellsalot, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. Does anyone have any experience with the SUB Sterling? How are the SUB series in general? The Sterling model seems to difficult to find (not on any web sites or mail-order places). Does anyone know why this is, and where I might try one out in NYC? I'm going to try Rudy's, but I don't have my hopes up.

    Also, I can see that Music Man basses are especially cherished by slap and fingerstyle players. Is it considered blasphemy to use a pick on these basses?? Are there any notable players who do?
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The SUB sterling is really new, hence why it is hard to find. The general consensus on them is they are okay for the money, but you'd benefit most from saving up a little more and getting a used regular Sterling. I have a sterling and it is amazing. Lots of people use picks with them. The bassist from At The Drive-In plays a stingray with a pick and it sounds good.
  3. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    As for your pick question: I'm afraid you're right, if you play Music Man basses with a pick, they will inevitably explode.

    Kidding. Picking isn't "blasphemy", no matter what bass you use. With a pick, you can get a nice, agressive tone that's perfect for some songs and that's impossible to pull off with your fingers.
    Listen to some Cure, Simon Gallup's more trebly-sounding bass lines are probably a picked Stingray.
  4. UtBDan


    Oct 29, 2004
    the guy from AC/DC uses a SR. Picks work fine, it's just that the MusicMan sound is typically a funky sound, and funky is typically not picked.

    However I think MusicMan's also make great metal basses thanks to the juiced up lows. Still I use mine for funk primarily lol.

    I have a SUB. Great bass. I recommend it if you can't find a used SR for that price.
  5. Thanks for your tips, guys.
  6. pil


    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK