NBD Sterling Ray 34...Dissapointed but then Stoked

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hevy T, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    New Bass Day

    Well I have wanted a stingray ever since I got rid of my last one due to its weight!

    Well I ordered this sight unseen and wasn't certain what I was going to get. I at first was a little disappointed because though it was the color I wanted, I didn't want the roasted maple neck because I wanted the white maple! Well after setting it up and playing it i can see why all the fuss over roasted necks! This thing plays like a dream!


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  2. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    But the string look a bit off align from pickups polepiece to neck until nut.
    And also has nut slot cut problem.
  3. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    It's a beauty!
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    the ax is great looking! glad the roasted neck is working for you --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  5. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Wasn't a big fan of the RM fretboard on my first special but it sure does look killer.
    How did you spot this from those photos?
  6. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Must have been the angle I took the pic at. It's actually great
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nice. The neck looks sweet. My Ray and Sabre predate these roasted necks so I guess I need a new one.
    Remember, every time a Ray is sold an angel gets its wings.
  8. First off, WANT. But I want the "Ash" color--trans black with trans pickguard and RM neck.

    Second, regarding the string spacing, it *looks* like your A string is a little closer to your fret dots than your D string is. But that could be the angle--and actually, my MIM Fender jazz is the same way. Does not affect playability, only my OCD.

    But again, NICE. And WANT.
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  9. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    I wouldn't make any assumptions of the nut slots based on those photos, especially not with the angle here.
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  10. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    BUZZKILL for a NBD??

    Nice bass dude. Congratulations!!
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  11. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
    Westminister, CA
    Yeah. That is probably the angle on the pic. Musicman and MM Sterling instruments tend to be set up from the factory very well and I think something like that wouldn't get past their QC. Even the $300 Sterling Ray's I've played have been very solid and easy to play. Congratulations!
  12. Peteyboy


    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
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  13. SunByrne

    SunByrne trained monkey Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Pearland, TX
    Same here! That's what I'm currently GASing for as well. Should have enough saved in August...
  14. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    The spacing is absolutely fine, the bass is beautiful. Ignore these crazy folks.
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  15. laklandplayer

    laklandplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2001
    USA - Memphis, TN
    Congrats on the new bass!
    Roasted necks are the bomb, I put a Warmoth roasted neck on my 2014 USA P bass and it brought the bass to life and it has no dead spots.
    Here's a tip, don't wax the neck or treat it with any chemicals or oils.
    All you need a is green scotch brite pad to lightly go over it if it gets dirty or sticky.
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  16. Rebel Rocker

    Rebel Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    Very nice bass!! Great color!! Enjoy!!
  17. Ryno1330


    Jan 14, 2020
    Congrats! LOVE the color and the roasted board.
  18. GFreeman1008


    Jun 13, 2020
    I’ve always wondered about this. If a Ray is resold, does the same angel get additional wings? That would seem rather cumbersome after a while.

    I’ve gone off topic, haven’t I? I’ll bring it back. That bass looks great. I love the roasted maple neck. Maybe one day I’ll delve into the active world and give one of those a whirl, but that day is not today.
  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    No, don't be ridiculous. It's a different angel. I've been told it works for trades too.
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  20. craig0316


    Jul 3, 2017
    Beautiful bass! I got my 1st MM last year with a roasted neck and it became my #1 very quickly! Play that beauty to death!
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