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Thread: Is this an original fingerboard on this '87 Stingray?

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    It does look good in those new pics. The original board with added partial markers seems most likely then. They've done a nice job on those lines.

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    Looks legit. Look at this example: the markers are at the joint of the fretboard, just like the one you have posted. It ALSO has a very nice birdseye neck.

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    Honestly I would say go for it if you like it. I am satisfied with what has been posted here that it isn't a replaced fretboard. Seriously that's a very expensive job to do right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Looks legit. Look at this example: the markers are at the joint of the fretboard, just like the one you have posted. It ALSO has a very nice birdseye neck.

    Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 4 Fretless Bass 1997 | | Reverb
    What makes you say that? I can't see the exact position of the side dots on the photos in your link.

    Anyway, on a 1997 they should be entirely within the rosewood and not at the joint. It changed in 1990 with the introduction of the 6-bolt necks.

    drTStingray, can you confirm for your 1993?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    What makes you say that? I can't see the exact position of the side dots on the photos in your link.

    Anyway, on a 1997 they should be entirely within the rosewood and not at the joint. It changed in 1990 with the introduction of the 6-bolt necks.

    drTStingray, can you confirm for your 1993?
    Hi guys, offset towards the edge of the maple part of the neck on mine - i.e. small gap from the neck.
    Last edited by drTStingray; 09-26-2020 at 02:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    Hi guys, offset towards the edge of the maple part of the neck on mine - i.e. small gap from the neck.
    Thanks, drT!

    So the side dots are entirely inside the rosewood (or pao ferro) on yours, albeit closer to the maple than to the top of the fingerboard, is that correct? (Sorry, I haven't seen that many fretless basses!)

    Do you have a pic?

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    HiddeR, you say the price is too high if it’s not the original FB. No offense intended but that sounds somewhat like a collector value mindset. If the quality is equal to original, though not historically original, the only reason to walk away from a great find such as that bass would be if the price seriously outrageous, reeeeally unreasonable.

    If it’s priced on the high end of UK market value, that is well within reason if this ax verrrry much wants to follow you home.

    I was very lucky last year to pay a bit below market for an ‘89 3-band maple board FL that has the typical irregular looking black filler where the frets used to be. The cosmetics saved me a few hundred $$ ... the body finish is rather worn as well. There’s no way to really hide fret removal, but this conversion is verrrry professionally done despite that cosmetic fact of life. So if it had been priced a bit high instead of a bit low, I’d now be just as much in love with it.

    A bass that you MUST have is worth any semi-reasonable price. Have you heard that ax yet, or just seen pictures ... I know if you heard my ‘89 you’d be asking “What will it cost me ?!?”. My only possible answer is “You’ll have to ask my widow !!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by liverbird View Post
    Thanks, drT!

    So the side dots are entirely inside the rosewood (or pao ferro) on yours, albeit closer to the maple than to the top of the fingerboard, is that correct? (Sorry, I haven't seen that many fretless basses!)

    Do you have a pic?
    HI guys, pics showing neck dots on my 93 SR4 fretless
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  8. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    HI guys, pics showing neck dots on my 93 SR4 fretless
    As expected. Great, thanks for the pics, drT!

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    87 SR5 proto Peach
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    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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