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    Verify authentic Stingray 5 Pre-amp & Pickup

    I bought a used USA Musician Stingray 5 H, it is a 2013/2014 version.

    I opened up the pre-amp and the code ''MC053W'' is written on the pre-amp. When this code is googled, it says the pre-amp is for a MusicMan Sterling?

    The pickup is also described as an Alnico pickup.

    Can someone verify if both the pre-amp and pickup is a proper full on fat USA Stingray 5 spec.

    Cheers!

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    Alnico pickup is correct for that year. No idea about the pre-amp

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    That's definitely an alnico pickup. A ceramic pickup would have a bar magnet in the bottom. Neodymium pickups have a little magnet on the bottom of each pole piece, if I recall.

    The preamps for the Stingray and Sterling are pretty much the same, except maybe for the capacitor values. I don't see why they would make a different PCB.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple fretboard / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood Fretboard/ 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Signature Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    When I just googled it, SBMM came up. No mention of E.B.
    MC053W'' - Google Search

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    Best thing to do would be to ask customer service.

    The date on the preamp is correct for the bass though. When did Sterling by Music Man start?
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple fretboard / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood Fretboard/ 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Signature Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umskii View Post
    I bought a used USA Musician Stingray 5 H, it is a 2013/2014 version.

    I opened up the pre-amp and the code ''MC053W'' is written on the pre-amp. When this code is googled, it says the pre-amp is for a MusicMan Sterling?

    The pickup is also described as an Alnico pickup.

    Can someone verify if both the pre-amp and pickup is a proper full on fat USA Stingray 5 spec.

    Cheers!

    Verify authentic Stingray 5 Pre-amp & Pickup-img_0229-jpg
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    Verify authentic Stingray 5 Pre-amp & Pickup-img_0232-jpg
    "MC053W" is an Ernie Ball Sting Ray 5 preamp board. However, the same board was used for the "Sterling by Music Man" instruments (not Ernie Ball). That's probably why "Sterling" came up in your Google search. Ernie Ball preamps are dated with round stickers attached to the rear of one of the pots (like yours). An Ernie Ball Sterling Bass preamp board would be designated "MC054W" and has a slightly different shape to your board.

    If you need to contact EB Customer Service their email is:

    musicman_customerservice@ernieball.com
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    Cheers for the info guys.

    I e-mailed musicman_customerservice@ernieball.com, just waiting for a reply.

    Anyone on the forums, up for opening there Stingray 5 to have a look at their pre-amp, if yes, is there any resemblance to my own pre-amp picture

    Interestingly enough there are only 2 or 3 pictures of the Stingray 5 pre-amp on the entire internet, and its the old version form the 90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umskii View Post
    .............
    Interestingly enough there are only 2 or 3 pictures
    of the Stingray 5 pre-amp on the entire internet, and
    its the old version form the 90's.
    "Interestingly", but hardly remarkable or sooprizing
    given that the internet has become primarily a place
    to advertise merchandise, and EBMM electronics are
    NOT marketplace fodder, in that EBMM will not retail
    them and the only source for a very rare instance of
    such items on ebay etc is to cannibalize a real EBMM
    instrument, a sad event that, happily, seldom occurs.

    Sooooo, the impetus to post pix of EBMM electronics
    is almost nonexistent. OTOH, seems to me I've seen
    more than a few such pix in this forum. Apparently
    the posts lack the necessary key words for searches
    by a search engine that is essentially designed as an
    aid to shopping for merchandise.

    Example: A person often mistaken for a certain TV
    celebrity, a quite oddly distinctive looking celeb, was
    used as our "model" for a Google Image Search. The
    search result was hundreds of hits, all of them trying
    to sell a "red and black hoody" cuz that was what our
    model was wearing ! IOW, show google a person and
    google will try to sell you his clothes.
    Last edited by Golem; 06-16-2018 at 02:50 PM.
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    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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    A guy in a red and black hoody is selling MM parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    A guy in a red and black hoody
    is selling MM parts?
    OK. I confess to being "our model" and to being
    inseparable from my occasionally-laundered red
    and black hoody. But ! I have never offered any
    MM parts for sale ... unless it were a completely
    assembled collection, a whole ready-to-play MM.

    And yes, I am peculiar looking, and sometimes
    mistaken for one of the wackos in that duck-call
    billionaire family. But, I do not make duck calls,
    and I expect to die working on my first billion $,
    prolly cuz I only work on it for a coupla minutes
    every third thursday in months not containing a
    letter "r" in their name. Kuh-pische ?
    Last edited by Golem; 06-20-2018 at 06:54 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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