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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Freight Train, Apr 4, 2020.

  1. Freight Train

    Freight Train Earth-based Alternative Scientist, Sex Researcher

    Feb 25, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    In 1977 I was in L.A. for a recording seminar and met a guy there who worked at the new MusicMan factory. He took me to the factory one day, where I got to meet Leo, and I saw this beautiful bass coming down the assembly line, and said, "Put my name on that and send it to me.". The guy working on it said, "You're getting the first natural finish with maple fretboard off the line.". It was serial #B002359, which I believe makes it bass #59 out of the factory. It was such an exceptional bass, active pickups, and oddly guitar-sized fretwire. Not sure if that was common with Stingrays, but that's what this one had. Gave it very much a fretless vibe. The bass was stolen from me in 1989/90 here in Dallas, and it broke my heart. I was just wondering where it wound up. Or if someone will admit they have it, where they got it. Of course I'm sure the statute of limitations is way passed so no worries about legal action. I have no intention of that anyway. Just wondering if it found a good home with a good player.
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  2. Craig T Vector

    Craig T Vector Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Liberty Hill, TX
    I hope you find it.
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    My my, $350 for the bass and $160 for the case! I don’t think hardshell cases are much more than that now. That was a long time ago! Good luck with the search!
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2020
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  4. tkonbass

    tkonbass I'm just one of the out-of-focus guys. Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Mobile, Alabama, USA
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Beautiful! Well it was not the first natural with maple board. Many were made before that during 76 and early 77. Serial #'s began at B001000 and went from there.

    (Some) preEB Musicman listed here.
    - Serials Pre-EB Sting Ray
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2020
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I just noticed he said Anvil, they are premium.
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  9. They might be premium,I've never heard of them so I can't say if it's true or not.

    The outfit I mentioned on the other hand have been supplying cases for 30 years. Bands use them when touring,Formula One race teams use them as do TV and movie companies.
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  10. Dang, I was hoping this post would have a happy ending. “Long lost bass reunited with original owner....”
  11. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    I had some Anvil cases in the 90s....Man, They were HEAVY!...But indestructable
  12. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    @Freight Train I do hope you find your bass....and it would be beautiful if you were reunited.
    Please keep us posted
  13. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Wow, I must be old... Ya never heard of Anvil flight cases. It wasn't a hardshell case. It was a case for actually sending a bass as luggage on an airline. Big, heavy, rugged, and up to the challenge of luggage handlers.

    Of course this was over 40 years ago. I think my son still has my Anvil briefcase. Those things were ubiquitous in the '70s and '80s.
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  14. kentiki


    May 14, 2008
    For someone that was around when MusicMan started I have to say.
    Natural body with a maple fb IS the Stingray.
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  15. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    still available

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  16. Age has got zip to do with it.

    You need flightcases to humph and protect your gear touring the UK,you buy cases built in the UK. No point in transporting stuff when it's available locally. Peavey would send over parts and their plant in Corby would machine ply then knock up the enclosures for the European market.
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  17. "hey guys, my bass was stolen..."

    "wait, what case was it in?"

    "that's an awsome case"

    "they's soo hevey tho"

    "stangrayes all maple ash, fuul"

    "undestuctabull, bestest cayces eva"


    seriously sorry for you loss, I understand the need to learn it's fate. hope you find the answers.
  18. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    I had a Anvil case that came with a early 80’s Jazz Bass I bought in the late 80’s.
    I sold the bass w/o the case a few years later. Fast forward a few more years and I had a 65 Jazz Bass, CAR, matching headstock, dots, no binding, lolly pop tuners...I didn’t have an original case for it; I was making a deal to sell it to a dealer at a guitar show, and had it in the Anvil case. They guy wanted the bass, but didn’t want the case and I wouldn’t sell it w/o that big heavy case...I held my ground and unloaded them both.
  19. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    What a derail lol.
  20. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    Wow, for $350 I'd say you are the one who stole it!

    (I kid)

    I paid $1050 for my StingRay 5 in 1992. It was My First New Bass and I saved up for it. There's nothing like it.

    I hope you see your bass again or at least find out what happened to it. But the good news is that there are a lot of them out there if you are feeling the need, maybe get another one?

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