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    Smile Need some support with a 1989 Stingray

    Hey guys,

    about ten years ago, I bought a gorgeos, all black, second hand 1989 stingray (model "GUITAR 5 HOLE NECK PLATE BLACK MATTE NO LOGO" according to the serial number lookup) and played it for three more years, until my wrists gave in (genetic issues, I don't think it was the basses fault :-P) and I first started to play way less regularly and finally stopped completely after a couple more months.

    Today, six years later, I was finally was able to make the hard decision to let go of that gorgeous beast as I feel that I will not be able to honor it appropriately anymore and I believe others should experience the same fun I had with it.

    The only problem is, that I have a hard time estimating how much I can still ask for it.
    On the one hand, it is pretty used, has it's dents and scratches and could use some service, on the other hand I believe it still sounds very nicely with that smooth roaring undertone and should be quickly up to speed after paying a little attention to servicing it.

    I saw everything in the range from 1000$ to 2000+$ and couldn't find a lot of information or references for that specific model.

    What do you guys think? From your experience, is this a rather common piece, something on the rarer side, or something in between?

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    That is a „Darth Vader“ bass. Rare - yes, sought after - I don‘t know.
    Last edited by Bert; 08-31-2020 at 02:52 AM. Reason: onyx black was the Sterling 150pcs run
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    That is a onix black or „Darth Vader“ bass. Rare - yes, sought after - I don‘t know.
    Nice, that's already a nice startingpoint. Also, good to know that people from Germany know it, as I am located in Munich, Germany :-)

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    I’ve never seen that finish before. It looks like an early version of what eventually evolved into the Stealth finish.
    It’s a lovely looking bass you have there, mute bridge etc.
    Sorry I can’t be more help regarding it’s value.

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    Approx 100 made.

    PS Also use Black plastic control plates
    Last edited by Rod Trussbroken; 08-31-2020 at 01:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
    Approx 100 made.

    PS Also use Black plastic control plates
    Plastic control plate ?
    Very interesting. I’ve not heard of that before

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    With this information, I was able to dig out some more info from the forum:

    "Darth Vader" Stingray?

    and

    Special run bass?

    and finally I also found a guy selling the same piece for 1100 somewhere in California.


    It's very interesting to know that only ~100 were made and that it's a rather curious object. Now it'll probably take me another six years again to be able to finally sell it

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    Yours looks 100% original. Keep it if you are not in a hurry.
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    Nice and rare. Does it have a black painted neck?

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    Bought an ‘89 about a year ago from Guitar Center. It was $900, fairly low $$, possibly because it was modified. I happen to verrrry highly value the mod, a really professional conversion to FL with hard glossy FB coating over a maple FB. So the neck looks new and the body looks old but not beaten up. Came with a case, intact except latches don’t latch.

    Mine is likely one of a kind but is quite unofficially a limited run. Just thought that an accurate description plus price paid might help you get an idea about the market value of yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    Nice and rare. Does it have a black painted neck?
    Yes, the bass is completely black.

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