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3bolt79

Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
14,870
Oregon
Well, I actually got this a couple of weeks ago. I let it acclimate for a week or two, and then earlier this evening, I did a level and crown, hand polishing with 800, 100, 1500, 2000, and 5000 grit sand papers, with a radius block up to 1000 grit. Then, I used the rest of the lighter grades on my finger tip.

Following that, I used a felt wheel with an abrasive In it, and followed with a lighter compound on a felt wheel on my Dremel. I put the original strings back on and adjusted the action at the 17th fret to 7, 6,6 and 5 and 1/2 64ths. No buzzes.

I will let it set for another couple of days with the round wounds on it, and then put on my favorite flats, and drop the action a little bit, and recheck the relief. I really like LaBella flats as they are smooth as glas, just like the frets are now. I’m in no hurry.
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So far I have tightened every screw and nut as they were all a little loose, including the neck screws. You can see a dog hair here and there as my dog Abby came over for pets.

This is the Sterling Ray 4. $349.00 new. And it sounds just as good as the MusicMan that I used to have. Ceramic pup vs Alnico on the MIA version. But active pup nonetheless. I can’t hear the difference.
 

HSH Classic Vibe

Strat-Talker
May 29, 2022
347
Republic of Squierland
Well, I actually got this a couple of weeks ago. I let it acclimate for a week or two, and then earlier this evening, I did a level and crown, hand polishing with 800, 100, 1500, 2000, and 5000 grit sand papers, with a radius block up to 1000 grit. Then, I used the rest of the lighter grades on my finger tip.

Following that, I used a felt wheel with an abrasive In it, and followed with a lighter compound on a felt wheel on my Dremel. I put the original strings back on and adjusted the action at the 17th fret to 7, 6,6 and 5 and 1/2 64ths. No buzzes.

I will let it set for another couple of days with the round wounds on it, and then put on my favorite flats, and drop the action a little bit, and recheck the relief. I really like LaBella flats as they are smooth as glas, just like the frets are now. I’m in no hurry.
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So far I have tightened every screw and nut as they were all a little loose, including the neck screws. You can see a dog hair here and there as my dog Abby came over for pets.

This is the Sterling Ray 4. $349.00 new. And it sounds just as good as the MusicMan that I used to have. Ceramic pup vs Alnico on the MIA version. But active pup nonetheless. I can’t hear the difference.
Some of the best guitars and basses in the world have ceramic-magnet pickups. Some artists prefer them. Nothing wrong with those. Congrats!
 

Theron

Strat-O-Master
Nov 16, 2017
551
Indiana
Killer basses...probably some of the most bang...or thump for your buck!

I think my next one with be a Sterling Short-Scale Stingray
 

Stratafied

Dr. Stratster
Oct 29, 2019
13,795
North of South
Well, I actually got this a couple of weeks ago. I let it acclimate for a week or two, and then earlier this evening, I did a level and crown, hand polishing with 800, 100, 1500, 2000, and 5000 grit sand papers, with a radius block up to 1000 grit. Then, I used the rest of the lighter grades on my finger tip.

Following that, I used a felt wheel with an abrasive In it, and followed with a lighter compound on a felt wheel on my Dremel. I put the original strings back on and adjusted the action at the 17th fret to 7, 6,6 and 5 and 1/2 64ths. No buzzes.

I will let it set for another couple of days with the round wounds on it, and then put on my favorite flats, and drop the action a little bit, and recheck the relief. I really like LaBella flats as they are smooth as glas, just like the frets are now. I’m in no hurry.
View attachment 582390 View attachment 582391

So far I have tightened every screw and nut as they were all a little loose, including the neck screws. You can see a dog hair here and there as my dog Abby came over for pets.

This is the Sterling Ray 4. $349.00 new. And it sounds just as good as the MusicMan that I used to have. Ceramic pup vs Alnico on the MIA version. But active pup nonetheless. I can’t hear the difference.
Nice!
 

simoncroft

Still playing. Still learning!
Silver Member
May 30, 2013
19,667
SE England
I've noticed some great bass players on YT playing Sterlings, so I get the impression the quality is really good. Nice to hear your input on that.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
 


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