The modern StingRay5 body design was an instant hit when released 30 years ago in 1987, instantly becoming the industry standard for extended range bassists worldwide. The Ray35QM pays tribute to that iconic Music Man StingRay 5 bass design in look, feel and powerful, punchy sound. The Ray35QM bass features a select, even grained African Mahogany body, offering a rich, round sound for a deep bottom end, pronounced mids, and clear voiced highs. The top of the bass is adorned with rich, highly figured Quilted Maple, which shows off the Neptune Blue finish beautifully. The visually stunning craftsmanship imparts a stunning beauty that shows its lineage in the highly sought-after Ball Family Reserve instruments.
The electronics are feature packed, and include a 3-position pickup selector that allows the player to choose from: Series, Parallel, and Series with Filter. The triumvirate of the AlNiCo magnet in the Music Man designed humbucker, the tones from the Music Man designed 3-band preamp and 3 position pickup selector truly capture that StingRay Sound, and showcase the incredible versatility of the Ray35QM.
Ray35QM’s Sterling by Music Man bass bridge is modeled after the heavy-duty Music Man design, and features 5 fully adjustable and intonatable steel barrel saddles for fantastic tone. Similarly, the tuning keys on the 4+1 trademark design headstock are also of rugged, 20:1 ratio, heavy duty design. Whether at home or on the road, all of the hardware will give the player years of trouble free, accurate playability. Manufactured in Korea by Master Craftsmen, the Ray35QM in Neptune Blue is truly a benchmark instrument for the Sterling By Music Man line.