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NBD - SBMM Ray35 KOA

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenGuitarist, Mar 7, 2018.


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  1. My path to owning a Ray35 KOA goes back to last fall. At that time I already had a Ray34 that I really liked so I decided to order a Ray35 KOA as my first five string. It was backordered and after a few weeks I started having second thoughts about getting a five string so I cancelled the order. Stupid me.

    In December I saw a Ray35 in Quilted Amber on clearance for a great price and decided to order it. However when I received it I was really disappointed with it. I found that surprising because I really liked my Ray34 and while this was my first five string, I didn't have that much difficulty adjusting to a five string - it was just something about the bass.

    After spending a couple of months trying to get the Ray35 set up to my satisfaction, I gave up and decided to order the one I really wanted all along - the KOA one.

    It arrived yesterday and - WOW! - what a improvement over the other Ray35 I own. First of all the KOA finish is absolutely stunning and looks like a much more expensive bass. Mine still needs a setup but it feels really good in my hands and the sound is nice and smooth. It weighs 10.0 lbs. which I think is pretty average for a Ray35.

    If anyone is looking at a Ray34 or Ray35 you should seriously consider purchasing the KOA model. It's a bit more expensive than the regular and quilted finish models, but I think it's worth it.

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