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    The universe unfolds as it should (early Stingray 5 content)

    So a couple weeks ago I picked up two very nice Music Man Basses - a Stingray 4 2-banded and a cool medallion gold Sterling. The Stingray ended up being cool but not cool - yes it was a 2 band and trans orange, but shortly after I posted my NBD thread I found out that the 2 band was an aftermarket mod, and the bass still had the side of body hole for eve jack. Argh! Still have to decide what to do about that one - bass still sounds great though so I’ll probably wait to find a OEM 3 band setup and swap it back in at some point.

    The Sterling was a lot of fun, but I kept having this nagging “I want a 5 String in the house” feeling. Then seemingly out of nowhere a very early Stingray 5 appeared. Extremely low serial (2 digit), looked like it had been taken care of but *played*. Looking it up in the serial thread it came back with a completion date in July 1988, which makes it a very early example in the first few months of production. Seller was looking for a 4 banger, and I decided to take a shot. Long story short we worked out a deal and the Stingray came home with me. One of my longest serving and favorite basses was an early 2000’s Stingray 5 with the ceramic pickup. Wasn’t sure what to expect of this one but i am definitely a fan or the original alnico pickup and pre amp voicing. The bass has some real wear, including a chunk of the back that apparently was grafted on after a particularly nasty fall. According to the guy I got it from, he had bought it from the second owner, with the original owner being a touring bassist in a country band. Wondering if it’s that players initials (HB) that were carved by the bridge?

    So I’m a very happy camper. My world feels much more balanced with a Stingray 5 back in the house, and it’s just a killer bass that I’m thinking the honeymoon is going to linger for a while.

    Enough talk - I know pics are the reason you’re here...
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    Last edited by Tom F; 11-04-2017 at 04:24 PM.

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    More pics...

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    Congrats! I love the wood grain.

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    Wow. Never saw a lower serialnumber.
    6 bolts was introduced with the SR5, no logo plate, everything is perfect.
    My sabre got a similar hit at the backside back then.
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    Killer SR5, owned a red one from the same year. Loved the neck and the tone. Should of kept it, hang onto yours!

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    Nice one! I would have snagged that, too.

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    Man... not generally a fan of natural but that is a beaut. Nicely snagged.
    20th Anniversary SR5 HH "California Sunset" born 5/10/2007
    SR H "Redwood" born 8/6/2008
    SR5 HS "Dargie Delight" born 2/28/2007
    SR5 Classic "Vintage White" born 5/17/2010
    SUB5 "Graphite" born 4/1/2005
    SR5 H LF "Black" born 4/1/2003
    SR H "Orange Firemist" born 1/28/2009
    SUB1 H "Graphite" born 1/27/2005
    GK Fusion 550 & Neo 212 II
    GK MB150E & MBX
    GK MB112 II & 112MBP

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    Great bass, nicely done. I miss my 88 SR5 too...
    Buncha Rays and Bongos

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    Thanks everybody! I have a history of not holding onto things for long, but as I’ve gotten older and my situation has stabilized, I’ve been able to hold onto a few basses, even as I try other ones out. This one bonded instantly, and is definitely a keeper. Love the age/history, love the tone, love the neck and the way it feels, and I really dig the look. This seems like the kind of bass that has lived long enough to have some awesome stories to tell.

    Let me put it this way - if any of you see my trying to sell it, either smack me upside the figurative head or buy it! No, to plot my path to a Big Al (or maybe a bongo)...

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    Very nice!!!

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    My dream bass.....

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    Very nice! Loving the early ones... This one looks like it's been played a lot, surely a good sign! What's the weight?

    86 Sabre Nat
    87 TR
    87 Sun
    87 SR5 proto Peach
    88 Peach
    88 Sabre Peach
    88 Sabre Sun
    89 Blub
    89 SR5 Peach
    89 Sun
    89 SR5 TR
    90 Blub
    90 V Sun
    90 TR
    90 SR5 TR
    92 Sun
    92 V Sun
    94 Sterl Sun
    98 Sher G MHS
    00 SR5 Mtl Flake G MHS
    02 Gun Silv MHS
    03 SR5 Wh
    07 TR
    09 25th 5 HSS
    09 Class Surf G
    09 Class Fiesta Red MHS
    10 Class SR5 Blk x2
    16 Big Al 5 SSS Vint Tob PDN MHS
    17 Old Sm Choc B x2
    17 30th SR5 RW
    17 30th SR5 M
    18 SR5S Vint Tob
    18 SR5S Aqua Sp

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    Quote Originally Posted by armybass View Post
    My dream bass.....
    Scott - you can have dibs if I ever lose my mind. This one is as good as any of the great basses you and I have swapped over the years.

    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    Very nice! Loving the early ones... This one looks like it's been played a lot, surely a good sign! What's the weight?
    Not a lightweight at 10.5 lbs, but manageable since the balance is pretty spot on, especially with a wide strap.

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