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NBD: SBMM Ray34CA

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jimruth, Nov 6, 2018.


  1. Jimruth

    Jimruth Supporting Member

    F5C432B7-1BA9-484B-A5B3-CC0732F22607. 8D315BDA-A29F-48A8-8F10-86F244417F41. C8957BE4-E1F3-491E-B1CF-751D2CB22FA0. I told myself I didn’t need another bass, but this deal was (far) too good to pass up. It needs a thorough cleaning and a setup, along with new screws for the pickguard, control plate, and pickup. I won’t have time to this until the weekend. But this bass is in really good shape. I’m eager to get it ready and take it to rehearsal — and see whether anyone notices. Ha ha.

    Right now I’m thinking:
    1. Chromes, and
    2. Tort? (Would be my first/only.)
     
  2. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Very nice!! Can’t go wrong with a Ray.
     
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  3. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Cool...I was thinking about trying out a 5-string version of a sterling bass myself. I have been curious about these basses recently. if I get a chance to go to a music store and they have one, I would like to try one out and see how it is.
     
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  4. Jimruth

    Jimruth Supporting Member

    Midterm update: tonight I finally got around to cleaning all the DNA off the body of the bass (neck is tomorrow), replacing rusted screws, etc. It’s cleaning up nicely. No surprise there.

    What is surprising is the beauty of the wood. I believe it’s ash. At this point I’m thinking about going with a clear pickguard, but I also am inclined to something opaque in order to maintain the traditional “toilet seat” appearance of a Stingray.

    0C23B818-3E6F-448C-9238-F33EFCB547E7. 0CD45D75-AEBE-4EA8-A363-00BB5F848A81.
    Thoughts?
     
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  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I like the black pickguard. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Me too
     
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  7. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    That model is really good.
    I had one for a while another member bought a few months back.

    I preferred it to my 30th sr4 bc it was lighter and had a good 2-badn + Alnico sound.
     
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  8. Jimruth

    Jimruth Supporting Member

    Finished the "refurbishment" last night: new screws for the pickguard and control cavity cover, cleaned the screws and pole pieces on the pickup; truss rod adjustment; string height and intonation; pickup height adjustment; installation of EB Chromes. Got the action really, really low. Plays like a dream and has nice, even volume. Its quality is higher, I believe, than my MIM Geddy Lee Jazz.

    I look forward to practicing with it several times a week and taking it to rehearsals.
     
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  9. Jimruth

    Jimruth Supporting Member

    Finally took this bass to rehearsal last night. It’s set up with EB Cobalts (RW). It sounded really good through my GK MB212 combo. I mean, really good. Not that anyone else in the band noticed my “new” bass (see my avatar for proper intonation).
     
  10. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    These guys don't believe in the same old, same old when it comes to pickguards.
    Translucent might be nice on yours, too.
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