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Musicman rare Serial Number ???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kelu, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
  2. Maybe a Musicman expert could tell you differently, but my impression from that list is that the only thing really "rare" or "different" about your bass is the serial number--it just doesn't correspond to Ernie Ball's normal scheme. The bass itself is not any differernt, so it's not a "B series" vs. "classic series" kind of thing, just a fluke in their assignment of serial numbers.

  3. Yeah, it looks like this is just a list of the pre-Ernie Ball serial numbers. The B series seem pretty early. Nothing particularly rare. Why don't you pm TB member the Dude (Steve Barr) who operates the dudepit board the list is posted on, and he might enlighten you more.

  4. "B" serial numbers were used on the pre-EB's, but also on a handful of much later EB basses (according to that page). Since he has a Sterling, it's clearly not pre-EB.

  5. Doh!! I should read more carefully.....:meh:
  6. :) I kept thinking "There are no Sterlings with B sn's" myself--had to read way down through that serial number page to see the notes about them.

  7. "B03177...05/96. EB advise that their "B" serials are "Very Rare". (Note: only five digits follow the "B"). Blue with Rosewood. FRETLESS. Black pg.
    B03380...Jun 1996. ("B"
    serials "very rare")."

    I've never heard of a B serial # Sterling. My best guess is that there aren't many out there that start with a B. Other than that they're nothing special options-wise.

    Usually people refer to very early Musicmans as "B00" basses. That denotes that it would be one of the first 999 produced.