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Are Sterling basses good?

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I haven't played one; I've read that they don't hold up to the "real thing" (and how could they, for the price), but they're fine for what they are. There are lots of good-quality, affordable import basses available now. What's your budget? What draws you to the Sterling in particular?

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4 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I haven't played one; I've read that they don't hold up to the "real thing" (and how could they, for the price), but they're fine for what they are. There are lots of good-quality, affordable import basses available now. What's your budget? What draws you to the Sterling in particular?

What draws me to it is that it’s cheap and that it’s a brand I’ve heard of before. I’ve found cheaper basses around $100-$200, but those are brands that I’ve never heard of. 

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6 minutes ago, MetalheadFromBama said:

What draws me to it is that it’s cheap and that it’s a brand I’ve heard of before. I’ve found cheaper basses around $100-$200, but those are brands that I’ve never heard of. 

I'm sure it would be fine. I assume you're talking about the SBMM SUB Ray5? There are definitely other options but I don't know that any of them would be better for you at that price point. I haven't read about any specific complaints with that model. I'm a big fan of Ibanez but apparently their entry level 5 string ships with a particularly bad-sounding preamp these days. Yamaha is another solid brand at any price point. But if the SBMM speaks to you, go for it. Fresh strings and a good setup will make a big difference. Get it from a place with a good return policy in case you run into any quality control issues.

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