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    Help with possible S.U.B. serial number identification?

    EDIT:
    An S.U.B. Ray5-BK/M is being sold as a Sterling Stingray (sic!) - with wrong headstock decals probably having been applied by (previous?) owner.

    The neckplate reportedly states: sterling 8038536
    Is that consistent with an S.U.B.? Or?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by BassTractor; 09-08-2016 at 05:29 AM.
    "Bongo low end is the artillery created for bass players to regain the territory that is rightfully theirs." - D. Gimpel

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    '07 Bongo 4-HH Dargie Delight, Logan green
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    '14 StingRay 4-H, neptune blue

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    Post some pics, that will help.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBMM View Post
    Post some pics, that will help.
    Thanks, Brian.
    I should probably have worded this differently.
    You see, what one sees is really exactly just an S.U.B. Ray5-BK/M with wrong decals on the headstock. If I posted a pic, people would say that it's an S.U.B. Ray5-BK/M with wrong decals, which I already know. I don't wanna go there.

    I'm only after confirmation whether the reported serial number is consistent with that - - the point being that one owner may have exchanged the neck plate as well as the decals, but as I said, I should probably have worded my OP differently.


    The context is that this seller tries to sell this as a "Music Man Sterling Stingray custom". His "custom" in reality means someone changed the scratchplate and decals. He may be unaware or aware.
    I want to report the ad to eBay, but the seller has worded in such a way that eBay might accept it if they are unaware of the exact implications.


    I originally opted for the serial numbers thread, but that does not give details about the Sterling ones. I then tried the Sterling by Music Man website, but have not yet received a reply from them.
    "Bongo low end is the artillery created for bass players to regain the territory that is rightfully theirs." - D. Gimpel

    '95 StingRay 5-H fretless, black
    '05 Bongo 4-HH, sapphire black
    '07 Bongo 4-HH Dargie Delight, Logan green
    '09 Bongo 4-HS Dargie Delight II, caramel apple delight
    '14 StingRay 4-H, neptune blue

    Ashdown, Beta Aivin, Genz Benz, Orange.

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    Understood. I'd still like to see pictures to see exactly what is up with headstock/logos/etc.

    If that first numeral is actually the letter "B", then it is indeed a SUB Series produced by us at Praxis.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for that.
    It was only when seeing your latest reply that I became aware you're involved with SbMM. In that case let me just give you the link to the fishy sales ad, so you can see every little detail:

    Ernie ball sterling music man 5 string bass | eBay

    best,
    bert
    "Bongo low end is the artillery created for bass players to regain the territory that is rightfully theirs." - D. Gimpel

    '95 StingRay 5-H fretless, black
    '05 Bongo 4-HH, sapphire black
    '07 Bongo 4-HH Dargie Delight, Logan green
    '09 Bongo 4-HS Dargie Delight II, caramel apple delight
    '14 StingRay 4-H, neptune blue

    Ashdown, Beta Aivin, Genz Benz, Orange.

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    It appears to be a counterfeit. I've seen a similar one a few years ago that was on eBay in the EU and it was tagged appropriately as a fake.
    Brian Martin
    Former VP, Praxis Musical, 2012 - Jan 2018
    Product Guru All Things SBMM
    Brian.Xavier.Martin@gmail.com

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