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So i tried out the new Sterling by Music Man S.U.B SB4 at GC.........

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by line6bassist, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. all i can say is WOW!!! And this is coming from a original owner of a 94 sterling. The SB4 had that same old middy growly tone that just cuts thru. The feel of the neck felt like the same Tung oil feel of my 94 so that was a huge plus. The only gripe i have is i really wish it came with more color options and had the selector with the three band Eq but i think for $249 street i'm asking too much :). Im definately will be getting one soon.


    I must admit that i am so please and thankful with companies like Musicman, Squier and Cort (just to name a few) for producing extraordinary budget basses of late. Now i just cant wait when Sadowsky or Fodera jumps on board and built a $299 product..maybe? :ninja:...lol jk ... in my dreams :D

    Cheers TB'ers!! :bassist:
  2. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I'm glad to hear these getting good reviews. the walnut stain ray 4 has a really classy look. Its a color option I wish they offered for the US stingray classics.
  3. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    I've had mine a week and it's a great bass :bassist:



  4. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    So, I'm not the only one who felt like these things were truly excellent, eh? :hyper: I MUST HAVE that walnut satin. It just begs my hands to play it. So, until Squier makes a Precision body/jazz neck bass with 2 precision pickups (one in "standard" p position, one right on the bridge), this is my "dream budget" bass.
  5. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    Only one thing that lets meh down.....no maple fretboard on the walnut Ray :(
  6. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    Buy two... the black n maple & the walnut n' rosewood... swap the necks and sell the offspring :bassist:
  7. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    Dude. That's ****ing brilliant!
  8. would love to add a Audere pre to mine as soon as i get one of course :D ...with an audere and the price of the bass right around $400 bucks i would have a serious working man's bass with tone for days....WOW!!! :hyper::hyper:
  9. Jookbox

    Jookbox Registered Drummer

    Mar 16, 2006
    I ordered the Walnut Satin as my very first bass. Can't wait to get it next week. I'll take pics.
  10. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    You won't be disappoint.
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Is there a Stingray version of this?
  12. majortoby


    Jul 2, 2009
    Tampa, Fl USA
    The Ray4/5 is the Stingray version. :) However, BOTH have the same neck with the 38mm nut. Deal breaker for some, seals the deal for me :D
  13. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Have seen a recent flood of them on show room floors.

    That's freaking giving them away for $250....I would think that it barely cover production and transportation costs? Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it??

    I like my '99 made in Cali.
  14. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I played one as well. It's the most impressive bass ive played that's under $400. They definitely blow squier out of the water.

  15. hmmmm..yeah i really dont understand either :ninja:..does anyone happen to know what the body wood is made of??
  16. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    "solid hardwood"
  17. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    What's that you say? A Ray with a Sterling neck? Bleh! Tho whole reason I love Rays is because their big spacing gives you more room to work with, I feel a little cramped on jazz style necks. Oh well, I'll check em out at GC and see if I like em.

    Wowzerz, you really think huh? In that case I'll have to give them a try. I take it they're leagues ahead of the old SUBs and the OLPs?
  18. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    The original SUB series basses were 100% made in the USA and are in a different league than the newly released import series SUB line.

    I've owned both and the hardware/electronics on original USA SUB line is much higher quality than the new SUB line.

    That being said, I really like my new SUB SB4. It sounds great and is super light and a ton of fun to play :bassist:

    Check out my pics of the new SUB preamp and pickup here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/sb...re-confusing-847416/index11.html#post13221902
  19. Anyone know how similar these and the older USA ones sound?