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 Post subject: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 25th, 2023, 8:46 am 
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Made in March 1980 during the only period I am aware of pre-Ernie Ball production runs of lefty basses. (Every lefty Stingray and Sabre bass I've seen is dated during a 2 week production run between end of February-mid-March). Surprisingly, I've seen way more lefty Sabres than Stingrays, so this one's super rare. I'm not sure about the case, but early MMs I've seen came with a hardshell plastic form fitted shaped case, so if anyone knows when they switched to a standard case I'd be curious. Not a terrible price either, though it has seen some heavy action over the years:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/276189006558?h ... R5a6jPKAYw


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 25th, 2023, 9:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 25th, 2023, 12:21 pm 
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Watch out, the whole electronics were re-assembled from old parts and are not the original ones. I was several times in contact with the seller. He parted the electronics out to use it for a righty.Shar,e as this is a supercool Bass


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 25th, 2023, 5:07 pm 
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In 1980, I was getting my first real bass, I wanted a Ric (McCartney, Wakeman, Geddy ect) however my bass teacher said Ric's are great but these new Music Man's were great basses and only $350 bucks when Ric's were $500. I got he Ric, still have it and love it for being a Ric but these 1980 Music Man's were always on the missed it by that much list.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 26th, 2023, 11:04 am 
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I looked for one for ages, missed the sunburst one when it was sold 3 years ago, didn’t buy it from the banjo warehouse shop as he changed the electronics and thought I will never find one ….. and then last month


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 26th, 2023, 2:19 pm 
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Bootsy wrote:
I looked for one for ages, missed the sunburst one when it was sold 3 years ago, didn’t buy it from the banjo warehouse shop as he changed the electronics and thought I will never find one ….. and then last month


Yowza! :o That looks amazing. I've never seen one in vintage white before. Congrats on your find!


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Pre-EB Music Man Stingray
PostPosted: November 27th, 2023, 9:52 am 
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I like your's. It was worth the wait!


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