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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaymonJ11, Feb 28, 2011.
Ray34: contoured body, wide (43mm) nut, 3-band EQ
Ray34CA: Slab body, slim (38mm) nut, 2-band EQ
Plus, the Ray34CA has a tinted gloss neck (but not on the new 24/5CA) and the standard Ray34 a clear satin neck. I believe the last year for the CAs was 2016 model year. I know from an old thread that the Ray34CA existed in 2011.
Saw a 2013/2014 Ray34CA,tobacco burst,maple fret board for sale,was thinking about making an offer. Tempting,but trying to hold off?
How do Ray5 (SUB) and Ray25 (classic) compare? Do they have the same electronics (2 band eq and ceramic pups)? Do they only differ in looks, wood, hardware and number of frets?
Also, how do the new SUBs sound compared to the old ones? I've read that they've sorted the whole hot output problem out. I'm kind of thinking of grabbing my first five stringer, and that minty green SUB looks appealing to me.
Well as I understand it from SBMM staff when I was at NAMM, both the SUB Ray5 and Ray25 have the same pups. I believe the pre-amp is the same too, but don't remember for sure. However, both the pups and pre-amps in the SUB line are new and were changed to fix the hot output issues. And I'm with you on the mint green SUB Ray5, really my favorite color of the line after the old Koa Ray35.
Just talked to John,at Sterling by Music Man,in Fullerton,CA. According to serial number that I gave him,it was made in April 2016,one of the last Ray34CA's.
Just decided to buy another Ray34CA,Tobacco burst,with maple fret board,actually less than what I had to give for the vintage cream one I just got couple weeks ago. Buyer was real firm on asking price. Should be here sometime next week.
Here are two,or three of previous owners pictures,if you click on them.
I can't see anything. Bad link? Maybe its on my end.
Ok,sorry,I will post some more pictures,once it gets here. It was actually located in Bethpage, New York.
While this could go out on it's own, I'll ask here since I'll be using it with my Ray34. Anyone try foam mutes with your SBMM Stingray? What did you think?
Hi sterling fans!
I have a Ray5 that I like but it has pretty bad neck dive. I was thinking of getting a Ray35 instead. How is the neck dive on the Ray35 in you all's experience?
I don’t think you’d notice much difference. Save yourself some money and get a good suede-backed strap instead.
This 5 string Ray has a nice twang ;it is much brighter than my Warwick 5.
The neck dive might not change much between the Ray5 and Ray35, although an Ash or mahogany body will probably be heavier than the basswood of the Ray5, which will help. If you go for a new Ray35 with roasted neck it will improve somewhat. But in every other respect, the jump from Ray5 to Ray35 will be many orders of magnitude.
My SBMM Ray35ca didn't come with them and not sure what strings
the SLO facility put on it but the Alnico pu has a controllable
growl and otherwise nice lo mid tone which sounds perfect "in the mix".
I wouldn't want mutes on mine but a thin foam strip front of the saddles
would let you experiment w string windings and gauges.
Related thread: (?)
Difference between Sterling Ray5, Ray25 and Ray35?
Interesting. Seems like there are different versions. My Sub Ray5 is made in Indonesia, not China as that thread claims. Also I compared it to a regular Stingray (not the new special) and the necks were very similar. The sub felt slightly rounder but marginally
My Sub Ray5 is newer though so I'm guessing they changed country of manufacture amongst other things over the years
Common misconception on the SBMM line. Some SUB models, based on color, are made in China, some in Indonesia and it's been that way for many years. The 34/35s are made in Indonesia, though the Koa 34/35s only were made in Korea, till that plant closed down. I don't know for certain on the 24/25s, but believe they are all built in Indonesia.