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Pre-Ernie Ball? how do you know?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jerry J, Sep 10, 2001.


  1. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    How do you know or rather how can you tell if a Sting Ray is pre- or post- Ernie?
     
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    That's an easily answered question.

    A pre-Ernie Ball Music Man
    won't say "Ernie Ball" on the headstock.

    :)
     
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  3. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    This is the only way to tell the difference? :confused:
     
  4. The pre-80’s models had 3-bolt necks. Also slab bodies, no contours, as on my Pre EB ’82 although it has a 4-bolt neck. Not sure exactly when they changed this.
    On the early EB’s there was very little difference. A friend had an ’87 and the pre-amp looked identical to mine.
    Also all pre EB’s StingRay's were two EQ, but then so are a lot of EB’s.

    As CrawlingEye says, the easiest way to tell is a quick glance at the headstock, providing it hasn’t been tampered with.
     
  5. Here's a pic of my '82 headstock.

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  6. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
  7. MrGump

    MrGump

    Apr 20, 2000
    3bolt neck.Strings thru body(except a few real late ones).Natural,Black,Burst,White,Silver,Walnut.A low impedence pre-amp.early pre ernies had the strings go exactly under the saddles to get thru the body,then the string holes were moved to the side,to get thru the body.All are 2 band.What is the serial number?
    I have had MANY over the years and can give you a reasonable answer.Or take off the neck and read the dates!
    There are alot of earlys with ernie ball replacement necks!
     
  8. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    What?! All are 2 band? Sterlings are ONLY made with 3 band EQ's!

    Stingray's also have the option for the 3 band EQ, which most people get.
     
  9. MrGump

    MrGump

    Apr 20, 2000
    All PRE-ERNIE BALL are two band!You misunderstood!
     
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I apologize. It's the way you seemed to be saying it.
     
  11. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    I have in my collection, a '78 Music man, ash body maple neck and fret board, string thru body, active electronic , 2 band pre amp, natural finish, black pickguard. A very nice one with a beautiful tone.

    I think the differences are:

    - The head stock letters says: Musicman Sting Ray
    - Mute pad on the bridge [ I do not know if the new one has too]
    - Triangle screwplate.
    - Tiltable neck.

    I have taken the active electronic because is a bit noisy and I made it passive and split the coil back and front and change the pots to Fenders pots with passive tone just like Fender Jazz and it sounds awesome.
     
  12. Charles hoar

    Charles hoar Guest

    Sep 6, 2015
    Best way to tell, if you are looking from afar ,is that the pre-Ernie Ball has one less dot near the pickups.
     
  13. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Do you realize you're answering a question that was asked 14 years ago?
     
  14. Charles hoar

    Charles hoar Guest

    Sep 6, 2015
    How it that wrong or invalid ? please explain....
     
  15. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I suppose you have a point. I find it interesting that you would search out a 14 year old post to add your contribution. Nothing wrong with that. It's just interesting.
     
  16. FenderOli

    FenderOli

    Jun 6, 2014
    Germany
    +1
     
  17. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US