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SOLD 1986 Honeyburst Musicman Stingray-tons of checking-lots of mojo

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by A-Step-Towards, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. Price:
    This is a 1986 stingray, pocket reads June 1986. Many will say this era cranked out some of the best rays and I would agree.This ray has a rarer glossy-ish neck, its not a heavy gloss like the classics but its not a raw oiled wood like the newer rays. If you are familar with how Japan Fenders finish their necks Id say its a bit like that.The other cool features of this ray is the mute bridge which has all attached mutes still on it and functions perfect.

    The frets are great essentially perfect weird with the body wear but they are, they have a tiny bit of markings but they are very clean, as are the electronics-no issues there. Everything is original to the bass with a few exceptions, The E string tuning machine it is identical to the others just newer from 1998, the original broke and was replaced with this. Its a little newer and shinier but works just fine, again the same tuning machine so same gear ratio, no extra holes needed. The strap pins arent original.

    All chrome is in good shape, the tuners however are a bit tarnished.

    Lets get into the finish....the body is worn. Whats really weird is the neck overall is in very good shape. The body finish however is very worn. It has a TON of finishing checking, which is all the little crackles you see in the paint. It also has chips, dings, scratches, worn through spots. The body if I didn't show it in the photos is WORN. The neck fared much better which makes me think either the body finish was more fragile or the bass was someones main player and a heavy gigger but they kept it well working. The set up, electronics, strings are all great, it could head to a gig today. Its defiantly not a abused bass, just a well played in one.

    If you have a bad back the seller on this one is the 8 pound 12 ounce weight, not common.

    $1179 Shipped CONUS-no trades unless you have a player rick you will swap straight
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  4. RedJag


    Mar 2, 2016
    OMG I picked the wrong week to be broke
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  5. Ballin'bass


    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    Jeeezus... drool
  6. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    All those cracks in the poly- is any of it through to the actual finish/paint?
  7. StevieM


    May 10, 2016
    Logan, WV
    Wow. I'm NEVER, EVER in the market for a 4-string. But, if I was, this would be IT. Lovely, lovely bass you have there, sir.
  8. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    It technically a 1987, as that's when the 3 band EQ was released.

    The cracks on the finish look typical of that unfortunate period when EBMM were supplying hard shell cases, using a glue that caused a chemical reaction in the lacquer on the body (but not the neck).

    That's a ruddy nice bass (I have a translucent red 2 band from 1987 - I really should put the clear scratchplate back on it at some point).

    I'd love another one, in this colour.
  9. StevieM


    May 10, 2016
    Logan, WV

    I have a friend that owns one in see-thru red that you mentioned, w/the clear pickguard from this era. Awesome sounding basses.
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  10. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Sorry to hijack OP, but I've never heard that about the finish on these. Here's my '87, and it still lives in the original case.
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  11. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    By the way OP, I really like the finish on your RAY. It don't hurt that it's under 9lbs either. GLWTS.
  12. JKoehler


    Jan 31, 2008
    Snoqualmie, Wa.
    I had a fretless version of your bass, same time built, same color finish and lots of checking and chipping. It was also around 8lbs.
  13. toomanyslurpees


    Jan 21, 2009
    I have a trans-red 85 SR4 with practically identical finish checking... Also the lightest of my 4 SR4s... Great basses, the necks are less chunky then later Stingrays for those who prefer that.
  14. Dickie

    Dickie It's such a fine line between stupid and clever. Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Central VA.
    Wow, memories. I had a ‘86 stingray in the exact same finish but mine had rosewood neck. My first good bass, I won my high school battle of the bands with that Stingray. Mine had a bit of the finish checking as well. Great bass.

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