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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Wow. Awesome bass.
What a beautiful sounding and aesthetically pleasing bass. The pickups and swamp ash body are ideal for percussive playing (slap) and the bass looks awesome. The wood grain is a big head turner. Made with quality parts.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Detail needs work
The fret work is the biggest fault ends are to sharp, other than that finish is good and sound is Stingray but the neck needs work .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. See all 8 customer reviews...
An AMAZING mid-level bass!!
By D. Fillion
Now when I say 'mid-level' I'm strictly talking price alone. This thing SCREAMS quality, I can't say enough good things about it..
But I'll try! In fact, by the time I'm done you might start to think my last name's either Sterling, Musicman, or own stock in the company haha.
The first thing I noticed about the Ray 34 is that it's a real eye catcher. The model comes in 5 different finishes as of 2014, the one I bought is the SBK (Stealth Black). It's vastly different than the regular black one as it has all black hardhare, tuning keys, and best of all a flat matte finish rather than the glossy one. It really looks like a friggin' stealth bomber or something. The best finish of them all IMO, but I wouldn't throw the white one out of bed either.
I can't describe how good this feels to play. The action was perfect, the neck smooth as butter, even the contours of the body are extremely comfortable whether you're standing or sitting down with it. One thing I should mention though is that it's a wee bit on the heavier side, especially if you're used to a lightweighter like an Ibanez Soundgear 300 or somesuch (another great bass in its own right).
The best way to describe the sound is that it's a cross between the soundtrack of hell and echo-y like you were in a cave or a toilet. Now this might sound terrible but I assure you it is NOT. Personally I set the EQ like so: Bass- normal, Mids- high, Treble- normal and get a killer tone that cuts through the mix of my songs. It's even got a bit of a growl to it that I love. Black like a demonspawn, and sounds like it too!
They came out with this bass as a mid-level option to your much more expensive Musicman Stingray bass and dare I say it I think they've succeeded a bit too much. Even going by many pro musician reviews the consensus we all seem to share is that the Ray 34 sounds almost exactly the same as the Stingray and goes for about $2000 less. In actual fact, the Ray 34's body is a lot more comfortable too whereas the Stingray's body's a big wooden slab with not a lot of contours to it. Same smooth neck, a 3 band EQ which can hold its own, same killer looks to boot.
You can get a bass like this normally for around $700, maybe a bit cheaper if it goes on sale. Guys, I can't stress this enough- as a bass player for over 20 years I can't give this thing a more glowing review. It's really that good.
You can see and hear mine in this video example: