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EB MM Stingray 5 Birdseye Maple Neck Era

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrokeDownSouth, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. I previously posted a question about the approximate dates that Ernie Ball switched from using a metal battery door to the plastic flip out boxes. I got some good feedback on that, so now I'm wondering the approximate dates that EB began / stopped putting the birdseye maple necks on the 'Ray's. Stingray 5's are of particular interest for me.

  2. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

    My old 1991 EBMM SR5 *did* have both the metal battery door and a birdseye maple neck.

    My 1996 EBMM Sterling has a plastic battery box and a flamed maple neck (no birdseye to be seen).
  3. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    My '93 and '94 both had/have Birdseye necks
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Both my 98' and 99' SR4's have birdseye maple necks.
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  6. I wonder if they gradually introduced/quit using Birdseye on different models. Anyways, Looks like it was used throughout the 90s so far.
  7. nivagues


    Jan 18, 2002
    Generally, the early EB Rays mainly had figured maple necks. Around circa 1990 wood workers (furniture makers etc) experienced a shortage of exotic woods (for whatever reason) and resorted to figured maples which made supplies less plentyful/more expensive. You could still find figured maple necks but it was luck of the draw as to what the instrument came with.
  8. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    '93 SR5 with a bird's eye maple neck. '98, mostly without.
  9. All the new std. stingray 5's I've looked at recently have straight grain very light maple necks. The 'classic' models have figured necks.... Wish I could nail a time frame down.
  10. godsey


    Mar 26, 2007
    East Tn.
    Low end bass .com has a sr5 natural and beatiful birdseye.go to the used bass section and you will see it .its 1199

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