Dating a Music Man

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harveym, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. harveym


    Nov 16, 2003
    Can anyone out there date my Music Man. It's a pre-ernie with a serial number on the back of B008335


    Mark Harvey, London, UK
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    If your MM was a bongo I'd date it in a heartbeat. I'd take it for a nice vegetarian dinner and a broadway show if it wanted. I'd even be respectful if it didn't want to sleep with me the first nite.
  3. Sounds like a 78.
  4. rockindoc

    rockindoc Daily Lama

    Jan 26, 2002
    Bonham, Tx
    My sister once dated a music man.
  5. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    I believe it will be hard to date this bass, because of what I read in the Ernie Ball Music Man FAQ :

    Q: I have a pre-EB StingRay. I would like to know the approximate date of manufacture of this bass.

    A: When Ernie Ball acquired Music Man in 1984, the serial number information was not obtained. We have no records of instruments built before 1984.
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    as journey said...

    "dating a music man ain't always what's it's supposed to be..."
  7. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    i don't butter my toast on that side if you know what i mean

    :D :D :D

  8. ChenNuts44


    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA

    B008003..Neck date...11 Aug 1978. Natural.
    B008186..Neck 24 Oct 1978. Body 27 Sep 1978. Natural with Maple.
    B008407..neck date...3 dec 1979. Natural/Maple. Black pg.
    B008868..Nov/Nov 1978. Sunburst with maple.
    B009076. Owner believes it could be 1978. Natural with Maple. Black pg and PUP. Serial on neck plate. No "MM" logo on bridge tail.
    B009417..Owner claims 1977???? (Ebay Item). Walnut.
    B009932..1978. Natural with Maple. Black pg and PUP.
    B010010..Neck Jan 1979. Body Jan 1979. Black. Black pg. Black PUP.
    B010230..Neck July 1978. Body May 1978. White. Tort pg. Black PUP.
    B010500..1978. Sunburst with Maple. Black pg. Black PUP. NOTE "MM" Logo stamped on tail of Bridge. Serial located on Bridge. Perhaps a very late 1978 as generally accepted "MM" stamp and serial moved to bridge in 1979.
    B010612..Jan 79. Natural with Maple. Black pg.

    Probably a '78 ;)
  9. If you take the neck off you can check in the body cavity.
  10. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    what Masamax said is correct, check the body and neck dates in the joint. from the serial number it sounds like a 78.

    keep groooovin'