Where to find Vintage MM Stingray

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shadowen, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. shadowen


    Jul 29, 2007
    New England
    I tried searching with no real luck, I'm looking for somewhere (aside from ebay; website or physical location) to purchase a Vintage Musicman Stingray from. Most sites I've found on my own don't really carry any older Musicman basses.

    (I'm thinking White or an off-white, rosewood fretboard, natural headstock, black pickguard).

    I will say I like the newer EBMM Stingrays, but I also like the idea of an original MM Stingray from the late 70's. I guess I'm also still tossing back and forth which to go for; new vs. old... (price being no issue, within reason).
  2. azmati


    Nov 20, 2006
    Fredericksburg, VA
  3. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Pre-EB MM basses had some interesting QC issues. Me, I'd rather have a new one (or, at least, post-Leo). I'm not even sure MM made a bass with the features I would want until the last few years.
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    +1 And the 5 string Rick. And a '60 Jazz. And...
  5. shadowen


    Jul 29, 2007
    New England
    Thanks for the link. ^_^

    I hate shopping the vintage market, it always seems difficult for me to find exactly what I'm looking for. I suppose I may end up just going for a new EBMM Stingray. I wish they still used the old style bridges with the adjustable mutes, but that's no deal breaker.
  6. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Try posting your request over at the Ernie Ball Forum.
    They have a few regulars that buy and sell old Rays.
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma

    White ones are very hard to find (have a white '78). Rosewood boards are even harder to find since most were maple, and I can't remember if I've ever seen a white w/rosewood preEB StingRay (that wasn't fretless). So if you're looking for a preEB, you'll probaly have to settle with some colors you like since they're just not laying around in stores.

    There's a vintage shop a few miles away from me in Tacoma call Guitar Maniacs. Last time I was there he had two of them from about '79/'80, one was natural, the other sunburst, both maple boards. He has a webpage, but doesn't list inventory on it, you have to call.
  8. shadowen


    Jul 29, 2007
    New England
    Huh, didn't realize that particular combination would be that rare. I'll keep hunting for a while longer, don't need to buy tomorrow or anything.
  9. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    You can order a new one with a 2 band EQ instead of the three. Its supposed to be identical to the originals.