Please help me evaluate this EBMM Sterling

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  1. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    I happened on this in a local GC. I’ve always liked Sterlings for their compact body.
    I started looking online and this one seems a bargain priced at the bottom of the scale for comparable examples and is in VGC to my eyes.
    Experts please weigh in. What’s the year of manufacture? What’s the current market value?
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  2. Pretty early judging by the Birdseye neck and inset neckplate. Mid 1990s at a guess
     
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  3. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Illinois
    As a seller I’d ask for 1k, as a buyer I’d try to pay 900. Ernie Ball’s forum has a section where they will date your Musicman and tell you where it was purchased from. Pretty cool!
     
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  4. ghostinthemach

    ghostinthemach Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Brea CA
    I’ve placed a deposit to hold it. The tagged price is $899.99. I guess my instincts were good, as I’m not knowledgeable in regard to Music Man. Thanks for weighing in.
     
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  5. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Illinois
    If you like the sound of Stingray 5, the Sterling is the best way to get that sound in a 4 string package. Series mode+ceramic pickup=bass heaven IMHO.

    Phenomenal necks on these basses as well.
     
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  6. svlilioukalani

    svlilioukalani Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    That's a great bass, and a very good price. To me the older ones sound better, and feel better. I have one vintage Sterling and one newer model. I like the older one the most. The one you are looking at is from the first years of production, mid 90's. You can get the actual date off the Music Man website. The wood on this neck is soooo fine.
     
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  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yup, the inset mounted neckplate says this in an early one, low-ish serial, probably a 94/95.
     
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  8. spufman

    spufman

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    Inset neck plate with small-plate bridge says ‘96-‘98 or so. Great basses, I have fretted and fretless ‘95s (with the muteless version of the big-plate bridge). Great figured woods in use back then.
     
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  9. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Sweet bass, and the price looks right.
     
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