Ohhhh, That Grain!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jul 29, 2021.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member


    Just got this sweet Ray34 off of TBer TimBosby. Check out the grain on this particular example!

    The original owner had swapped the factory black pup for this white alnico MM pup. He also had put on white knobs and a different (black) pickguard (with a Batman/Superman logo on it).

    I swapped the in the original clear guard and installed some really nice, aluminum knobs that I had laying around from another project. I left the white MM pup installed for now as it sounds really REALLY, good!

    Still amazed by the grain on this baby!

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  2. BaileyMan


    Jan 8, 2012
    San Francisco
    Looks sweet!
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  3. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Congrats, the grain is amazing! It appears to be a 2 piece body. The clear PG and white pup should stay!
  4. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    That's beeeeautiful!! Congrats!!!
  5. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Love that type of finish on ash. Never seen on a MM. Nice!
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  6. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    F Bass does the best version of enhanced grain on ash in my opinion but that looks great too.
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  7. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    I really love looking at wood grain so have rarely bought guitars or basses with opaque finishes.

    Enjoy your new bass!
  8. would not have expected to see such dramatic grain on a "Sterling By"...what a beauty
  9. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Jeepers! What a beauty.
  10. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Reminds me of the (IMO) super cool sand blasted Fender basses. I dig this immensely dude. Hella tight
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  11. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    I love a nice piece of ash.
  12. Very nice, I'm always a big fan of wood grain and that body is striking. Looks like a roasted maple neck too. Great score and yes, the white PU looks just right.
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  13. smarthound


    Mar 15, 2020
    Handsome beast there! :drool:

    I'd probably paint the pickup cover to match the body to make it stealth...
  14. CryingBass

    CryingBass Sowing the Seeds of Uncertainty Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    The neck looks sweet too. Nice score.
  15. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    This is one of the only sub $1K basses I'm GASsing for. Looks great!
    What's the weight? (Not to be cliche) Another TB member posted the same model the other day and said it was 11.4lbs (if I remember correctly)
  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    wow! really nice looks --- and it's gotta be killer --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  17. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beautiful! That's a ceruse finish (pronounced sair-oo-zay.) George Fulantetto at F-Bass has been doing this technique for decades. It's quite striking.

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  18. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Sweet :thumbsup:

    I recently got a Ray35 with an alnico pickup and I've been really impressed with the tone. Mine is only 9.5 lbs (mahogany body) but from what I've seen out there that isn't typical and finding 12-13 lb examples is not uncommon, especially in the 5 string version.

    Congrats on a killer find, I dig the white PU :D
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  19. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Some of the Ray 34s have incredible finishes...that is definitely one of them.
    Every bit as nice as some of the Musicman BFR Basses.
    Truth is, yours looks twice as nice with the white pickup.
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  20. Mildew Jones

    Mildew Jones

    Dec 18, 2014
    Beautiful! Love the ceruse thang, the white pickup is perfect imho, the roasted neck, wow...enjoy!
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