Brand Spotlight: Sterling By Music Man

The Sterling brand of instruments was designed by Music Man in order to deliver the high-quality guitars and basses the company is known for at a price point that nearly any player can afford. But don't think of these instruments as low-quality or beginner gear as Sterling guitars and basses offer everything a pro or amateur player needs and expects from a Music Man ax. From all solid tonewoods to active electronics, Sterling by Music Man instruments deliver the tone, build, and playability that players expect from a high-quality instrument. Take a look at a couple of our favorite pieces of gear from the Sterling by Music Man brand below -- the John Petrucci JP70 electric guitar and Ray4 and Ray5 electric basses.

 

Sterling John Petrucci JP70 7-String

The Sterlin JP70 is based on the Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci signature series JP7 and features many of the high-quality features of the original at a great price point. With matched special design ceramic magnet high-output pickups, 3-way pickup switching, die-cast locking tuning machines, a contoured forearm scoop, and a full floating modern tremolo 7-string bridge, the JP70 is a truly fully-featured ax. Available in both Translucent Purple and Translucent Green.

SBMM Locking Tuners - All John Petrucci Signature Series instruments feature high quality, die-cast, locking tuning machines for hassle-free, stable tuning.

John Petrucci First Fret Badge - All of the John Petrucci Signature Series instruments feature John’s “JP Shield” logo inlaid at the first fret.

Modern Trem Bridge - Accurate intonation, smooth operation, and excellent tuning stability highlight the premium SBMM designed Modern Trem Bridge featured on all John Petrucci Signature Series instruments.

 

S.U.B. Ray4 4-String Bass and S.U.B. Ray5 5-String Bass

The Sterling Ray4 and Ray5 electric basses bring the build, tone, and playability of the highly popular Music Man StingRay brand in a highly affordable package. With its contoured hardwood body and classic maple neck, it offers a superb sound and rich harmonics that are typically associated with more expensive instruments. The Sterling Ray4 and Ray5 also include onboard active 2 band preamp for unparalleled tonal control,  high-output humbuckers, and quality construction that you wouldn't expect from instruments at this price.

Great Tone Shaping Features - The Sterling S.U.B. Ray series of basses come equipped with an onboard active 2 band preamp, giving players amazing tone shaping controls. Features include controls for volume, bass, and treble, along with full cut & boost of bass & treble frequencies.

Quality Construction - Like all Sterling by Music Man instrument's, the Ray4 and Ray5 feature a superior design and construction, both of which are key to delivering a solid instrument that will last you years. All S.U.B. basses also feature a higj-quality 6 bolt neck joint that offers strength, stability and great tone transfer.

High Output Humbucking Pickups - The high output humbucking pickup equipped on Ray4 and Ray5 was created from the ground up for clarity and precise reproduction of the instrument's natural tone. From truly aggressive to smooth and mild, you'll find plenty of sounds available on these bad boys.

 

Final Thoughts ...

Whether you're looking for a second guitar to jam on or a high-quality workhorse that won't break the bank, Sterling by Music Man instruments are designed to deliver the best band for your buck. Great build quality, great features, great tone, and a great price -- there's no better bang for your buck around!