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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jerry J, Sep 10, 2001.
How do you know or rather how can you tell if a Sting Ray is pre- or post- Ernie?
That's an easily answered question.
A pre-Ernie Ball Music Man
won't say "Ernie Ball" on the headstock.
This is the only way to tell the difference?
The pre-80s 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 EBs there was very little difference. A friend had an 87 and the pre-amp looked identical to mine.
Also all pre EBs StingRay's were two EQ, but then so are a lot of EBs.
As CrawlingEye says, the easiest way to tell is a quick glance at the headstock, providing it hasnt been tampered with.
Here's a pic of my '82 headstock.
Here's a picture of my Sterling's headstock also to that, so you can see what the two look like. My Sterling's brand new... '01...
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!
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.
All PRE-ERNIE BALL are two band!You misunderstood!
I apologize. It's the way you seemed to be saying it.
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.
Best way to tell, if you are looking from afar ,is that the pre-Ernie Ball has one less dot near the pickups.
Do you realize you're answering a question that was asked 14 years ago?
How it that wrong or invalid ? please explain....
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.
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