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NBD #2 - Sterling by Music Man Ray34 Neptune Blue

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tubatodd, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Second NBD of the week! :D:D:D

    It's a new for 2017 Sterling by Music Man Ray34 with quilted maple top in Neptune blue burst.

    I've owned 3 SBMM SUB series basses before. They were all solid basses for the price. This Ray34 is worth every penny of the price difference. The craftsmanship is outstanding.

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  2. irjason

    irjason In Memoriam

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    Congrats on the new bass. I really like the blue!
  3. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Congrats on your new Ray. The finish looks great. Yeah, there's a world of difference between the SUB series and the standard SBMMs. Wish they'd bring back the SB14. That was a really nice bass.

    Anyways, enjoy your new toy!
  4. Resonance129


    Feb 15, 2011
    Nice. I really like that blue on maple combo. I almost bought that very same bass a few days ago, but saw a great deal on a "demo bass" Ray34 in honeyburst on Reverb.com that I simply couldn't pass up. Should be here Wednesday :woot:.

  5. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Awesome, congrats!
  6. Wicked G

    Wicked G

    Jan 19, 2017
    Hell Paso Texas
    Beautiful bass. The new Neptune Blue and Koa basses are absolutely stunning in person. Congrats.
  7. Congrats! I just got the 5 string version a week ago! Amazing instrument!
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  8. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    I am curious; do pics even do that color justice?
  9. AskBass


    Oct 9, 2016
    I prefer the amber. I want to get it replace it with while or maybe black pearl pickguard
  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    God bless CNC machining. those things are great for a great price! purdy finish too.
  11. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    I still own the Ray34. I added a black Ray35 and a 2018 fiesta red SUB Stingray 4. There is definitely a quality difference between those series, but the SUB basses are still quite good.

    I brought my Ray35 and SUB stingray to a big band gig in June. I kept struggling with the Ray35 to be heard in the mix. I felt like I was being drowned out by the keys. Wonderful instrument. I just felt like I couldn't dial in what I needed in that particular setting. I switched to the SUB stingray for the second set. It was like that bass said "hold my beer. I've got this." The SUB is noticeably louder, but I don't think it was just volume that helped in that situation.

    So, in short.......SBMM makes great stuff! :)

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