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*** SOLD *** 1981 Pre-EB STINGRAY

Pre-EB Stingray MusicMan Music Man original hardcase Pre EB Ernie Ball Pre Ernie Ball

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#1 Apothem

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:04 PM

Price or Trade Value : £1700

For sale is a 1981 Pre-EB Music Man STINGRAY in Natural, 100% original, with its original Music Man leather strap and hangtags. Comes in a modern Music Man standard hardcase. This doesn't need any presentation, it's iconic as it gets, in the classic Natural / black scratchplate configuration.

I just do not play much anymore and cannot justify leaving such a beauty in the corner. Typical pre-EB sound, much warmer and full bodied than later years' production, with that twang that made the Stingray so appreciated. Strings through body, chrome battery cover, non-epoxy preamp (that stopped in 1978-79)... all the pre-EB works.

I am the second owner, the previous one bought it new in 1981. We discussed pots dates, serial numbers... and he confirmed that he never modded it or got to replace absolutely anything, not even a screw (apart from the strings, of course). Currently set with a rather straight neck and low action (actually the lowest I have ever found on a pre-EB), and I've had no problem in tweaking the trussrod.

Excellent general condition for a bass that is nearly forty years old. The body and the neck show the occasional little ding/knock/swirl here and there, but to be honest I have noticed them only when inspecting the bass for the sale, never jumped to my eyes (or fingers) before. A couple of scuffs on the headstock's edge and a little tarnish on knobs and pickup polepieces. Bridge still nice and shiny. The fingerboard bears a little bit of mojo, with the very thin upper layer / lacquered tint showing a little chip on the top side around fret 15, and being slightly frayed on the lower side, all of which is well visible in the pics. Again: what you see is not a piece of fingerboard wood missing, the chip (or the frayed lower edge) it's only its very superficial laminated surface, only a few tenths of a millimeter thick and - like everything else mentioned - does not affect playability in any way, they're only cosmetic factors that can be easily rectified by a luthier, if so desired. There's a little fretwear on the first few frets, although plenty of life left in them. 4.7 kg / 10.5 lbs. The original Music Man leather straps has seen better days but still nice to have as part of the package, together with the original hangtags. The Music Man hardshell is the standard black current one, with latches and hinges in full working order.


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Thanks for looking.


Claz

Edited by Apothem, 18 October 2017 - 06:44 PM.


#2 Orbs

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:03 AM

Great price for such an awesome bass, GLWTS...

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:21 AM

Great bass . Had one just the same . Year as well . Bought from soundwave bass Romford . These are rare pre Ernie ball 4 plate through body stringing . Started bridge strung bridge not long after this . Think they were made by charvel after musicman went bust . Great build quality . Best pre Ernie ball stingray I've had , and have had a few . Best of luck for the sale . Won't be around long 👍

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:04 PM

 Orbs, on 16 September 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

Great price for such an awesome bass, GLWTS...

 andysg42, on 16 September 2017 - 10:21 AM, said:

Great bass . Had one just the same . Year as well . Bought from soundwave bass Romford . These are rare pre Ernie ball 4 plate through body stringing . Started bridge strung bridge not long after this . Think they were made by charvel after musicman went bust . Great build quality . Best pre Ernie ball stingray I've had , and have had a few . Best of luck for the sale . Won't be around long ��

Thanks guys. I've had a dozen 'Rays, from pre-EB to standard/current production to Classic, from every single decade from the seventies to today. The warmth of the pre-EBs has been lost, and although the Classic is warmer than a standard Stingray, it doesn't sound so thick and focused like the pre-EBs I have had and played. I still own 2 1989, and they are diffferent beasts, more aggressive and "in your face" than this, which is much more balanced. But nowadays I play so little that I prefer to let this go to someone who can really appreciate it.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:59 PM

It's weird how they differ so much. Tonight I used my 89 3 eq Ray,its very punchy with lots of mids. Has a very narrow neck,almost Sabre type neck. My favourite is a 77,it has it all. GLWTS that's a lovely Ray you have for sale!

#6 Apothem

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 09:54 AM

The 3-EQ is a different thing altogether. I had a '95 3-EQ, but with a chunky neck, and there is general consensus that the 3-band is not equal to the 2-band plus mids control. In other words: the 3-band and the 2-band, both with everything flat and on basses with same woods combos (and strings) have quite different voices. Definitely more mids in the 3-EQ, even with mids flat.

Cheers

Edited by Apothem, 17 September 2017 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 11:42 AM

Looks like a lovely bass. I nearly bought this earlier in the year but couldn't scrape together £1500. Can't scrape it together now, either!

#8 Apothem

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

View PostJebo1, on 17 September 2017 - 11:42 AM, said:

Looks like a lovely bass. I nearly bought this earlier in the year but couldn't scrape together £1500. Can't scrape it together now, either!


Thanks :)

Edited by Apothem, 27 September 2017 - 08:25 AM.


#9 drewk_ie

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 06:25 AM

Stunning bass, I too was contemplating making an offer last time round... GLWS

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 08:56 AM

View Postdrewk_ie, on 25 September 2017 - 06:25 AM, said:

Stunning bass, I too was contemplating making an offer last time round... GLWS

Thanks mate

Edited by Apothem, 27 September 2017 - 08:26 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 10:37 PM

Thats a beautiful bass! Wish I had the money... might be one someone would regret selling tho :)

#12 Apothem

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 10:53 AM

View Postian147, on 28 September 2017 - 10:37 PM, said:

Thats a beautiful bass! Wish I had the money... might be one someone would regret selling tho :)

Thanks mate. I already know it will be missed, but I have no time to use it, so somebody should. I am scaling down / thinning the herd.

Edited by Apothem, 29 September 2017 - 12:55 PM.


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:33 PM

I keep looking at this , always wanted a early stingray in this scheme
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#14 Apothem

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:04 PM

View Postlojo, on 29 September 2017 - 12:33 PM, said:

I keep looking at this , always wanted a early stingray in this scheme

"let the dream begin, let your darker side give in...." "let your fantasies unwind, in this darkness which you know you cannot fight..." LOL

There's no cure for GAS mate, you know? :P Tell me about it..... :ph34r:

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:37 PM

Still a stunning looking bass, deserves a free bump!

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:45 PM

View Postdrewk_ie, on 05 October 2017 - 09:37 PM, said:

Still a stunning looking bass, deserves a free bump!

... and it sounds great too :)

Thanks.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:35 PM

The grain on the body is phenomenal! Itís got to be the nicest figuring Iíve ever seen on a MM bass.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:42 PM

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#19 Apothem

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:30 PM

View PostQuatschmacher, on 07 October 2017 - 04:35 PM, said:

The grain on the body is phenomenal! It's got to be the nicest figuring I've ever seen on a MM bass.

Thanks for your words. The lacquer on the body has remained particularly clear still after all this time, and it allows the grain to come through in all its beauty.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:29 PM

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 05:16 PM

ON HOLD

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:37 PM

*** SOLD ***





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