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Pre-EB Musicman Stingrays?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by iplaybasstexas, Mar 10, 2009.


  1. iplaybasstexas

    iplaybasstexas

    Apr 5, 2008
    DFW
    are there any differences between a Pre-EB and EBMM stingray?

    the bass in question is an 80's pre-eb....its five string, rosewood neck. great condition.

    about how much would one of these be worth also?
     
  2. Can't give you a price.

    But, there were a number of differences.

    The bridge was different (older ones had mutes)
    The preamps were different
    The pickups were different (IIRC)

    IIRC the earlier ones were also slab bodied instead of having the contours of more recent ones.
     
  3. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    no such thing as a pre-EB fiver - the Stingray 5 was first introduced in the late 80's I believe, well after EB purchased the company.

    in my opinion, the pre-EB basses are hit or miss and the EB basses are consistently wonderful.
     
  4. iplaybasstexas

    iplaybasstexas

    Apr 5, 2008
    DFW
    mental octo, are you sure?
     
  5. iplaybasstexas

    iplaybasstexas

    Apr 5, 2008
    DFW
    heres the cell pics i got sent.
     

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  6. JFace

    JFace

    Apr 17, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    The singer of my band said his friend was selling a vintage Stingray for $5,000. I told him that was ridiculous. Little did I know he was talking about the car, not the bass.
     
  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    The StingRay 5 was introduced in 1987 and the company was purchased by Ernie Ball on March 7, 1984.
     
  8. iplaybasstexas

    iplaybasstexas

    Apr 5, 2008
    DFW
    so what is this bass? :(
     
  9. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    positively positive

    i'm not sure what that is in those pictures, but that is most definitely not an Ernie Ball production bass.
     
  10. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Post the serial number here and you'll get accurate info.
     
  11. Jared92

    Jared92

    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    prototype?
     
  12. I have never seen a Stingray 5 with that pickguard.
     
  13. Yeah, I want to know what the hell that thing is, too. Stingray 5s don't have that body type...
     
  14. Jared92

    Jared92

    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairfax VA
    I wish they all looked like that.
     
  15. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Same here.... this is interesting....
     
  16. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Ellenwood,Ga.
    Definitely not an Ernie Ball product.
     
  17. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    The script "Stingray Bass" on the headstock looks a little funky as well.... :eyebrow:
     
  18. Plus I think those pole pieces are correctly aligned.

    Clearly a fake.
     
  19. iplaybasstexas

    iplaybasstexas

    Apr 5, 2008
    DFW
    where are the serial numbers?
     
  20. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Get photos of the back of the bass body, headstock, and if possible have the neck removed.

    This clearly looks like a fake.
     

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