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    EBMM Reflex 5 HSS Rosewood neck-top

    Greetings all! Iíve been lurking here for some time and I decided Iíd finally make a post in the form of a question.

    I recently acquired this Reflex 5 from a seller on Reverb. The bass is GREAT! It is not my first EBMM Bass, but it lived up to my expectations in every way.

    I guess Iím asking if anyone can tell me when these were in production and if thereís any info available regarding set up specs?

    Also, I love the way it looks but I think black hardware would be excellent! Any thoughts on how to go about making that change?

    Iíll try and throw a photo in but Iím not too tech savvy
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    Last edited by KentuckyKid; 10-25-2019 at 08:18 PM.

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    The Reflex Basses (4 and 5 string) were introduced in June 2010. Pickup options were H, HH and HSS. Colours: Black, White, Vintage Sunburst and Vintage Gold. All had matching Headstocks. No more orders were taken after 31 Oct 2015.

    I'm pretty sure (some one else may be able to verify) that the Reflex was inspired by the 25 Anniversary Bass introduced the previous year in Jan 2009 and last order taken in Oct 2009. These were finished in "Venetian Red".

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    Thanks, Rod Trussbroken, that narrows down the mileage on this bass. Iím assuming that rosewood neck and top were regular options offered in addition to the colors you listed and that they were probably not too popular. I have only seen a pic or two of others in this config.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentuckyKid View Post
    Iím assuming that rosewood neck and top were regular options offered in addition to the colors you listed and that they were probably not too popular.
    I think they were not regular options. If i recall correctly, the option for the all-rosewood neck and rosewood top were only offered in 2014, during the "Return of the Rosewood" limited run. I've got one of those (single H, rather than HSS... wanna trade?), and its build date is 4/08/2014.

    By the way, you can input your serial number here: Serial Number Database | Ernie Ball Music Man
    to find your build date.
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    90 SR 5 H fretted* trans red (orig. lined fl)
    07 SR 5 HH Dargie I
    07 SR 5 Hp fl black/whi
    08 SR 4 HH BFR Redwood
    09 SR 5 H Dargie II
    09 25th Anniversary 5 HSS
    09 Reflex 5 Rosewood
    10 Reflex 5 Lamborghini orange burst
    04 Bongo 5 HHp Sapphire
    06 Bongo 5 Hp Egyptian smoke
    14 Bongo 5 HSp fl Cardinal red sparkle
    17 Bongo 6 HS fl Starry Night, roasted
    12 Sterling 5 HS PDN honeyburst
    14 Sterling 5 HH Pacific blue-burst
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    72 EB Earthwood guitar

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    The standard Reflex basses offered optional Rosewood or Maple fretboards.

    The all-rosewood necks & tops were offered on all instruments (except the Armada and Game Changer instruments) for 1 month in November 2013 and built 2014..

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    Thank you both for the info. Do either of you have any experience changing hardware on EBMM basses? I’d like to get black hardware, but the tuning keys are different on the Reflex. I think the bridge is “borrowed” from the Bongo so I should be able to order a black one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Murphy View Post
    I think they were not regular options. If i recall correctly, the option for the all-rosewood neck and rosewood top were only offered in 2014, during the "Return of the Rosewood" limited run. I've got one of those (single H, rather than HSS... wanna trade?), and its build date is 4/08/2014.

    By the way, you can input your serial number here: Serial Number Database | Ernie Ball Music Man
    to find your build date.
    Thank you! I searched the SN and it was made in 2014. I love the HSS config so i couldnít bring myself to let it go.

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    If I remember right when this was introduced, they were offering the Axis with the rosewood neck and top. Someone from the forum asked about a rose wood top for the Reflex and Dargin said yes. Very rare bird you have there, can’t be to many of those around. JOSH

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    CLASSIC STINGRAY White (MHS)
    CAPRICE Natural
    Former owner of...
    BONGO - 4HH (Rolls Burgandy), 4Hp ("Small EQ"/Medallion Gold), 4H (Ice Blue), 5HSp (White), 4H (Black Sugar), 4H (PDN Honey Burst), 4H (PDN Tobacco Burst)
    STINGRAY - 4H (30TH), 4H (Dargie Delight), 4H (VSB/BFR RW Neck), 5H (08 LE)
    STERLING - 4HH (Dargie Delight), 4H (Stealth), 4HS (Natural)
    25TH - 5HH (Venetian Red)
    BIG AL - 4SSS (Olive Gold)

    Musicman Cutlass/Caprice Bass Club on Facebook.

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    Never had the pleasure to see one up close but that looks amazing!

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    Such a beauty, congrats!
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    Awesome score!

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