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Musicman serial number.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jared92, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Jared92


    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    I need to find the year of my new to me Stingray. I've looked but can't find a serial finder anywhere for them.
  2. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    If it's an old one, say '78-'80, then the serial number is on the bridge. I think the 25th anniversary one might be that way, too.
  3. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Oh, a serial number finder......
  4. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    The serials for early mm stingrays are all over the place... I've tried to date mine and went to the mm 'guru' site..


    "Unfortunately, and as incredible as it may seem, records for Pre-EB instruments were never made. My website is to give a general idea of age of an instrument. To accurately date your Bass, the neck would have to be removed to observe the date stamps on both the neck heel and in the body pocket. This can be done by a luthier for a small fee. Other than that, the only advice I can give is to do a comparison with other serial numbers on my website list. But, as you can see, by comparing your serial with others on the list your Bass can have been made in either 1977 or 1978. In addition to not keeping a data base, Music Man made no attempt to keep serial numbers in strict chronological order. As neck plates (with engraved serial numbers) became low on the process line, the containers were merely topped up. As a result, earlier Basses could end up with a serial indicating a latter year."

    I'm sick of dismantling my basses for the sake of date accuracy. The serial on mine is on the neck plate (three hole, tilt).

    Post a piccy of your bass please.
  5. Jared92


    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    Its on layaway at guitar center right now. ( little more to pay off) Its definatly not 70's. It has a the number on the neckplate and the number is. E37353. Its graphite pearl with black guard. Thanks guys!
  6. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Post a piccy anyways... I love these.
  7. Jared92


    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    The stingray.

  8. Jared92


    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    And i meant like fender.com where you put in the number and it tells you date of your instrument.
  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

  10. mariano32a


    May 18, 2011
    Hi, I need to know what year is my musicman, someone could help me? , thank you very much - the serial number is E60259
  11. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    You need to post in a certain thread on the EBMM forum and you can get exact date or clarify any details on your bass like color/fretboard etc. They will get back to you within a day or two.
  12. HADGE


    Mar 1, 2011
    can anyone tell me the year my stingray was built the serial no is L03078 THANKS
  13. Also E85490?
  14. I'm looking to purchase this Pre-Ernie Ball Musicman Bass, but there are a few oddities with it, and I wanted to bounce these pics off somebody with more knowledge of these than I. The finish on the neck and body are slightly different. There is no Logo on the front or back of the headstock. Serial # B022468 is on the Bridge. 2695 is stamped on the back of the Headstock.

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  15. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid

    Jun 7, 2013
    The lack of headstock decal is the only odd thing about that bass. The neck and body finishes being different is common. The stamped serial number and old school tuners seem quite legit.

    Also it seems like that bass is under a grand. I would buy that if I were you and I'd buy an old Boss OC2 pedal. Get your 80's Pino Palladino grooves sharpened up!
  16. They told me they would take $720.00. I'm going to put a down payment on it tomorrow.
  17. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Well, lets start with the preEB details:
    The body looks in great shape and all there.
    preEB headstocks did not have any script or numbers on the back, those four digits arent factory.

    The fingerboard caps on preEB necks were thin round laminate, this bass looks to have had a thick slab ebony board added on, which would explain why the truss nut opening plastic liner is gone and so is the headstock decal, and you said the finish doesnt match.

    I had a B0226xx before, so seems to be 81/82.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017
  18. Here's another shot or two, showing the neck and fingerboard in more detail. So it appears that it may have a non-factory neck, but it still plays nice.

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  19. FenderOli


    Jun 6, 2014
    Is there a truss rod nut? Or at least a truss rod down in the hole?
    The fingerboard looks like is glued on. Looks like a nice player.