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How to "Date" a StingRay?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mike_v_s, Apr 24, 2006.


  1. I came across a Stingray that the store claims was built in 1979. The body has been repainted with an oh-so-tasteful naked lady that can't be fully hidden with the pickguard. Everything else seems solid with the usual wear. The price seems kinda low (~800 before haggling). Is there a way to verify the date of manufacture, short of removing the neck? I thought I remembered that the body contours were different on older models...am I nuts? Would I be better off buying a newer model for the same price? Thanks in advance.

    Mike
     
  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    I tried to date a stingray once, but the input was a little small. :D

    The repaint would be a big turnoff for me. I think I'd go with a newer model.
     
  3. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Arkansas
    Is she hot? :) (the girl)
     
  4. vic_6

    vic_6

    Dec 19, 2004
    Manila, Philippines
    well, pre EB's have the string tree between the D & G strings while the EB's have it between the A & D. yeah the preEB's also have a slab body. meaning no contours. if it's a '79 well, i think the string could go through either the body or bridge as i believe that that way a transition period.

    also: check out this site. very helpful.
    http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/TOWN8019/
     
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Serial numbers will get you close, check out the musicman forum over at the dudepit ( www.thedudepit.com ). There is an awesome serial number registry over there that will get you right close.

    The earliest models had a 3 bolt neck, and string through body. That may, or may not have those features for a 79. I'd think the serial would be B00, or B01 for that year, check that registry to be sure. Price aint bad for a refin either, much cheaper should be a heck of a good deal.
     
  6. vic_6

    vic_6

    Dec 19, 2004
    Manila, Philippines
    the link i gave was to the serial number registry of gav (Rod Trussbroken).

    i forgot about the 3 bolt. that shoudl definitely be there. '80 was the transition period to the 4 bolts.
    yeah i agree with the good price on it for a refin.
     
  7. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    And whatever you do, when you are out with your Stingray, don't let her catch you looking at another bass! ;)
     
  8. Thanks guys.

    Mike
     

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