EB MM Stingray 5 Birdseye Maple Neck Era

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


  1. BrokeDownSouth

    BrokeDownSouth Supporting Member

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    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.

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  2. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

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    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

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    My '93 and '94 both had/have Birdseye necks
  4. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Both my 98' and 99' SR4's have birdseye maple necks.
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  6. BrokeDownSouth

    BrokeDownSouth Supporting Member

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    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

    nivagues

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    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

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    '93 SR5 with a bird's eye maple neck. '98, mostly without.
  9. BrokeDownSouth

    BrokeDownSouth Supporting Member

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    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

    godsey

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    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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