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Is this nice? (pre-EB MM Sabre)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Theodeus, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Theodeus


    Jan 18, 2004

    Is this a nice price for this bass? I'll trade my Yamaha BB605 and $629 in cash.

    It's a '79 (june) and all original, except for a refinish.
  2. Umm, yah.
  3. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    Great bass.
  4. Theodeus


    Jan 18, 2004
    Cool! =)
    Does anyone have the specs' for this bass?
  5. *drools on keyboard and passes out*

    Well, I would in a heartbeat provided its "the one"....
  6. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    what 5 posts and no Figjam, yet?

    That is a killer bass, that and the Cutlass are two of my favorite models of Pre EB MM's. Great find you have there!
  7. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Sabres are awesome!
  8. permagrin


    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    Curious, other than the neck pu how does the Sabre differ from a Stingray?

    I found a '78 Stingray last year, much more beat up and corroded than the one in your picture, it's become my favorite bass. That's a real nice looking bass, enjoy!
  9. Theodeus


    Jan 18, 2004
    And gimme those specs'! :smug:
  10. Theodeus


    Jan 18, 2004
    I know someone out there has 'em, or at least a little link! It would make my day!
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I agree with everyone else a BB605 and $629 is too good a deal to pass up! Get the that bass, it is a classic!:hyper:
  12. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
  13. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    I don't know how or if the pickups differ, but the bridge pickup on a Sabre is positioned closer to the bridge than a Stingray's. Also, the controls are different. I thought the necks were the same, but I've seen other people say otherwise...haven't played either in a few years.

  14. Theodeus


    Jan 18, 2004
    I borrowed this bass today from the guy I'll trade it with, to try it out a bit! Shure is sweeeetah! There's just two cons:

    The tuners are very hard to turn, probably poor lubrication after 27 years. Or could there be some other explenation like they're screwed (is that the correct term? :meh: ) to tight?

    The second is that the things that muffle the strings at the saddle are missing, but that's no biggie since i wouldn't use them anyway!

    So... Is it a definitive trade? (I even managed to drop the price an additional $70!)
  15. i would do it...i think Sabres are pretty cool...better than anything EBMM has come out with since imo
  16. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I have two '79 Sabres right now, and I just sold a '79 and an '80. In the 'bridge only' mode, you can get very close to a Stingray tone.

    On two of my Sabres, they've sounded great and strong with both pickups 'on'. On the other two, the 'E' string sounds sort of muffled in 'both on' mode. I've tried lowering the pickup, different strings, etc. but it just seems to be a feature of that bass. Strangely, on the '80 Sabre, some of the pots were incorrect when I got it - and it had the muffled E string. I replaced the pots with the correct ones (direct from Ernie Ball) and it became incredible sounding. Don't know what that means, but there ya go!

    These are great basses and they seem to have staged a comeback since the new dual-pickup Stingrays (and Sterlings and Stingray 5's) have come out.

    It sounds like you got a great deal!

    Here is the '80 Sabre I just sold


    The '79 I sold was Sunburst with maple board.

    The necks are pretty much the same as the Stingrays of the same era - and jazz width was an option, too. The body of the Sabres have contours, where the earliest Stingrays didn't.

    You can make the mute pads from a black thick mousepad. PM me for the dimensions.

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