How much did a Stingray cost in early 80s?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bunky, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Bunky


    Jul 12, 2011
    Just curious. :)
  2. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Dunno how much this helps, but my very first purchase on my very first credit card was a brand new MusicMan Stingray (3 band, sunburst w rosewood FB) in 1989 was $700. That’s apparently $1,447 in 2020 dollars.
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  3. Did some googling. In 1980 $950 USD and ¥225,000.
  4. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I remember them being 999 at my local GC in the early 2000s,
  5. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    As I recall I paid $560.00 in 1978, with case. Got out of college in 76 and was finally making some money and had time to play again. It was whiter ash but turned more yellow over the years.

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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yep, closer to @ac100X above. I think I spent about $600 including a case, about 1987? I know I spent $750 for a Sabre with 3EQ and hard case in 1988 because the receipt is still taped to the tool pocket door in the case!
    So depending on version, year over $500, mostly under $700.
  7. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I believe mine was about $900 back in 82' , that seemed like a lot of money back then.

    Many years later (early 2000's) I bought a SR5 for only $100 more.

    I am now contemplating a another SR, cant decide if I should go with the classic model or the new SR special.

    It would its something that peaks my interest about every twenty years or so
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  8. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I seem to recall retail in ‘87 for a 4 string StingRay was $895, and $995 for the 5 string.

    Amazing instruments, and an incredible value for the money. We sold a ton, especially the 5 strings.
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  9. Bunky


    Jul 12, 2011
    Thanks guys
  10. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    1979, I paid $520 new, Boulder CO from a place called "The Music Store"
  11. Dluxe

    Dluxe Guest

    Jan 9, 2011
    I bought a used '78 for $325 in 1982.