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    EBMM Stingray - Early Nineties Case Question

    Hi all

    I was recently fortunate enough to pick up a lovely 1992 Stingray 4H. The seller didn't claim that the hardshell case it came with was original but on close inspection it looks to me like it is.

    It's smooth sided (i.e. no logo) and shorter than the usual moulded Stingray cases. It appears to be for right-handed models only and the giveaway to me is that the internal moulding is notched out for the G string tuner to the underside of the headstock.

    Could anyone confirm whether these were issued by EB around that time?

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    Hi all

    I was recently fortunate enough to pick up a lovely 1992 Stingray 4H. The seller didn't claim that the hardshell case it came with was original but on close inspection it looks to me like it is.

    It's smooth sided (i.e. no logo) and shorter than the usual moulded Stingray cases. It appears to be for right-handed models only and the giveaway to me is that the internal moulding is notched out for the G string tuner to the underside of the headstock.

    Could anyone confirm whether these were issued by EB around that time?

    Many thanks
    Here is a pic from my 1996 Case. Black, a bit smaller than an F one, with silver lining. Afair my 1992 looked the same:EBMM Stingray - Early Nineties Case Question-9img_0029-jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Here is a pic from my 1996 Case. Black, a bit smaller than an F one, with silver lining. Afair my 1992 looked the same:EBMM Stingray - Early Nineties Case Question-9img_0029-jpg
    Thanks for your reply.

    This is part of my confusion in trying to find what was used and when. Some basses had moulded cases and some had the G&G type like your pic. I’ve had lots of ‘rays but the earliest one before this was a ‘99 and that too had a G&G case. However, many older than that were evidently supplied with moulded cases.

    So what I’m basically asking is was this type of case one of the types used in the early nineties
    Last edited by DeeDee; 09-16-2020 at 04:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    So what I’m basically asking is was this type of case one of the types used in the early nineties.
    I don't think they were that early. I recently went through a stack of pics and they seem to start somewhere around 1999-2000.

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    The case in the pictures looks like an old SKB case, the earliest I have was bought by me in 1993, so they were around then. But, on the SKB site they mention "SKB has been creating guitar cases for Ernie Ball for over 15 years. " so I don't think that case is an original Musicman Case. But it can definitely be era correct
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    Many thanks for your responses guys, much appreciated.

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    It seems some of the early 90s Musicman basses sold in the UK did not ship to the UK with cases - similar for some of the pre EB basses although there are some with standard cases for the era and also the tear drop version - the pre EB one I bought new wasn't sold with a case - I already had a case which I used with it and I know some people bought flight cases for theirs.

    I have a 93 EBMM Stingray fretless which is in its original Levis Ernie Ball Musicman badged luxury gig bag. I bought a similar EBMM gig bag for my 93 blueburst also as I didn't like the case it came with.

    These gig bags are used regularly to transport whichever bass or basses I'm using for a gig or rehearsal - I haven't taken a bass out in a hard case for years as they're great at damaging the inside of your car!! Gone are my days of having to stow one in a group van!!
    Last edited by drTStingray; 09-18-2020 at 06:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    It seems some of the early 90s Musicman basses sold in the UK did not ship to the UK with cases - similar for some of the pre EB basses although there are some with standard cases for the era and also the tear drop version - the pre EB one I bought new wasn't sold with a case - I already had a case which I used with it and I know some people bought flight cases for theirs.

    I have a 93 EBMM Stingray fretless which is in its original Levis Ernie Ball Musicman badged luxury gig bag. I bought a similar EBMM gig bag for my 93 blueburst also as I didn't like the case it came with.

    These gig bags are used regularly to transport whichever bass or basses I'm using for a gig or rehearsal - I haven't taken a bass out in a hard case for years as they're great at damaging the inside of your car!! Gone are my days of having to stow one in a group van!!
    Thanks. Yes it appears there are a few older Stingrays about that have since been treated to a new EBMM case. Like you I always use gig bags, but I do also like to have original cases wherever possible for storing the basses at home.

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