Ernie Ball Music Man instruments have a stellar reputation for build quality, sound and playability. But they’re also expensive, which means not everybody gets the chance to own one. Music Man knows this – hell, a lot of companies would kill for problems like “everybody wants to play our instrument” – so they’ve authorised Sterling By Music Man, a separate line of instruments licensed by Ernie Ball Music Man and built overseas by Praxis Musical.
The Ray34 bass is based on the classic Music Man StingRay bass, which was introduced in 1976. It’s built using the same materials and components and the same basic design. The spec sheet says the body is made of Lightweight Ash, but to be perfectly honest, the particular example on review was pretty heavy. Not uncomfortably so, but it was noticeable.