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which pre ernie ball stingray?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by olddog, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. olddog


    May 15, 2011
    Am interested in adding a vintage stingray to the collection, any info on a good year model would be helpful....
  2. '76 - '78 would be the best. B00 model (serial number on neck plate B00XXXX). Epoxy pre-amp. I have an all natural one. I would love to get an Inca Silver one.
  3. olddog


    May 15, 2011
    I found a 76 with radio knobs, and a 77 black ray, I was just curious if there was any physical differences.
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    To be honest, I thought when Ernie Ball took over they improved the Stingray immensely, especially wrt the feel & construction quality of the necks. The only pre-ErnieBall Stingray that would float my boat is one of the graphite-necked models.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I had a '77 that was a stellar bass. One of the best sounding basses I have owned(it weighed a TON though). I really do think that the new Classic series from Musicman combine the best aspects of the old models and new(6 bolt neck, 2 band pre with bridge mutes). I can understand wanting a vintage bass though. If you are dead set on one I agree with the above. Look for a '76-78 BOO serial number.
  6. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I love all the preEB era's. The necks on the 81-83 Grover Jackson finished era are killer, most comfortable slim feeling. But the 76-78 with the early long-pole pickup seem fatter on the bottom.

    In a collector sense, the BOO serials seem to gain the most collector attention. If you can find those in custom colors you're golden.
    But I consider them all good. You just have to watch out, during '83 a batch of bum necks were shipped with non-functioning truss rods.

    Lots of great info:
    Home - Musicmanbass.org, Music Man, Musicman, Music Man Bass, Musicman Bass, Music Man Guitar
  7. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    I haven't played very many pre-EB Rays, but I own a '78 and I LOVE it.

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