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NBD 1983 Pre EB Stingray.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by armybass, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Traded away my last modern Ric as I am trying to move towards older instruments in my bass collection. 1983 would in no way be listed as a banner year for Stingrays but this one is my favorite color combo and all original down to the case. It sounds articulate and crystal clear and is in phenomenal condition for a 30 year old bass.
  2. Bass1965


    May 3, 2012
    Richmond, VA
    Wow! That is a beautiful bass.
  3. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Beautiful! Why would you knock '83 for a Ray? The company was in trouble at the time, but the basses, IME, were as fine as any they've made. You got yourself a great bass there - enjoy!
  4. ncapone


    Nov 17, 2010
  5. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Thanks. Not putting the bass down just know that was not there best era for production or quality control. But I have taken it apart and it all seems original and aside from needing a mild fret dressing she is a sweet player too.
  6. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Why the move towards older basses?
  7. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Nice avatar by the way....from a bass player born and raised on the Best Bank of the Mississippi.....

    No really...

    Because I am older now (43) and want to leave some cool basses to my bass playing son. And some of them are still reasonably affordable.... not sure if that will always be.
  8. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    That's in fantastic shape... looks almost new!

    I cry when I see these... had to sell my 78 Ray... it was a beater but I loved it.
  9. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Thank you.

    I was just curious. That's a cool idea!
  10. I don't want a new one, either. I've wanted one of these string-thru Stingrays since I first messed with one 20 years ago. Never had the cash and these tend to be as rare as hen's teeth around me. Good catch!
  11. I have 84 Stingray same colour -same condition.
    The neck is simply awesome on it, it's more Fender P bass like than Jazz bass like.
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Don't make excuses because your SR isn't from the '70's. I gigged a couple of early '80's SRs in the late '80's and they were and are still killer.

    BTW, in the late '80's, pre-EB SRs were everywhere for $300-350. Aaaagggghhhh!!!! Should have kept all of mine!
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Awesome StingRay! All of those preEB's I really love. The one specific thing I especially love about the 81-83, is the necks; they're slimmer than the earlier ones, and a smoother finish.
  14. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Yes indeed. I absolutely love the neck on this bass.
  15. Templar

    Templar SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Actually '83 was a great year for the Stingray. Grover Jackson was building them at that time. Fit, finish, and playability was at an all time high. I wish I'd kept mine. :meh:
  16. Nice bass mate. 1983 is my birth year - I'd love to pick up a nice '83 Stingray one day.