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The classic combination of Swamp ash, maple neck and MusicMan designed humbucking pickup and active 3 band preamp makes for a powerful bass that excels across all genres of music.
Features: Swamp Ash Body Maple Neck Maple Fretboard 21 Frets Matching Headstock 1x Music Man Designed Humbucking Pickup Music Man Designed 3 band Active Preamp Music Man Designed Bridge w/ Stainless Steel Saddles Long Scale Nut width 43 mm Finish: Honey Burst Pickguard: Black incl. Gigbag
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Ive had this bass for almost a year now. It is a very well crafted instrument. I have not found a single bad note on the bass. I also played on an identical Music-man Stingray (the bass which this model is based on) and found that I liked the sound of the Ray 34 better, because of its more "woody" tone. This is probably due to the fact that the pick-up of the Ray 34 is less strong. I see that as an advantage.
The neck profile is fender precision-like. Very comfortable to play and easy to get used too. The maple fingerboard resonates well with the strings, as does the swamp-ash body.
Though the preamp gives you ways to shape your tone, in my opinion the bass still lacks versatility, because the bass only one pick up.
The arrange of sounds simply isnt as great as for instance a Musicman Sterling or Bongo with two pick-ups to experiment with.
To conclude: A very nice cheaper version of the Popular Musicman Stingray. In my taste its still a bit pricey, but nevertheless a great option if you really want to go for a stingray bass.
Every month we are giving away a shopping voucher among all submitted reviewers worth 500 EURO!
Congratulations to the winner of April: Dominique Huart, Wavre (BE)
The winner from the previous month (March): Roland Gutschick, Neustetten (DE)
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