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    Marty Bell Refinished a StingRay for Me

    For pics just go down, otherwise an overly long story follows.

    Earlier this year I had never played an EBMM. Then I was at Chicago Music Exchange and was blown away by a StingRay RS they had on the rack. It played amazing and I knew I needed one.

    When I got home from Chicago someone had put up a Charcoal Gray EBMM StingRay (not RS) on Craigslist for an amount I couldn't pass up. I snagged it and started using it in my tribute band, and it ended up playing way better for me for that band than my Gibson SGs. The only problem was the tort pickguard for me, so I changed it out to parchment and it's a sexy machine now.

    I use two guitars at shows for this band because of standard/half step tuning changes. I was struggling a little because I do vocals and don't look at the fretboard much to know where I was between the StingRay and an SG (neck profile, scale length). So I just figured I needed another StingRay.

    I was looking at a new RS Dropped Copper, but the color wasn't quite there for me and I didn't want another Charcoal one. I liked some of the models that have maple fretboards, but even roasted maple doesn't do it for me like rosewood. So I wasn't 100% happy with my options on that front.

    Then one day I happened to look on Guitar Center's website, and there was a used black StingRay in Dallas. It was priced like most other ones were of this type, but I noticed it still had the plastic on the pickguard and even the barcodes were still on the back. Nobody had messed with this thing, so there was a really good chance it was going to be like new. It was; someone clearly just kept it in a case for a couple years because the fretboard was dry from the dry packs that were still in there. Everything was still in a sealed envelope. So I scooped it up even though the color wasn't doing it for me.

    I've always had a thing for getting an orange guitar. So I just had Marty Bell make my black guitar an orange one. I use a parchment pickguard again; black looked okay but I think I really like that contrast. Now I have two guitars that play the same for that band.

    Marty told me it would take 3-4 weeks turnaround; it was back at my house nine days after shipping it out.

    I've had this back together for a few weeks and haven't had time to take a couple pics until now; it's kind of funny they popped out the orange BFR StingRay. It's sweet but there's a little too much sparkle in the finish. If it hadn't of been sparkly I probably would have disappointed that I went this route. But I'm not.





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    Sweet!

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    I'm not an orange guitar guy, but that looks really nice! Just enough sparkle...
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    Looks great!
    Starry Night LIII HH
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    Great color choice! Congrats!
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    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
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    Agreed.... I'd rock that!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Nice job and congrats Marty does some great work from what I've seen!!!

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [NOS Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR with the 12th fret logo]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!! @ 6:00"

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    Thanks everyone for the well wishes.

    After seeing his work and his effectiveness on getting it done, it's pretty obvious why people talk so highly about him.

    Also, completely stripping this down was way easier than a regular guitar since I have decent soldering equipment. I was able to pop all the connections really fast off the PCB, pull everything out, then resolder everything really fast. Getting a clean solder work on a bunch of loose components and wires on typical guitars is a pain sometimes.

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    Marty is DA maaaan!

    When Christmas holiday is over, when postal traffic slows a bit, I'll send him a second guitar (AL HH candy apple red) to be repainted in sparkle pink! Can hardly wait.
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
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    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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    ""to be repainted in sparkle pink! ""
    Outstanding!!!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Jason View Post
    Marty is DA maaaan!

    When Christmas holiday is over, when postal traffic slows a bit, I'll send him a second guitar (AL HH candy apple red) to be repainted in sparkle pink! Can hardly wait.
    NICE MAN!!! Can't wait to see that one!!!!

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [NOS Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR with the 12th fret logo]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!! @ 6:00"

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    Dig the color. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great story! Fabulous choice of color! GC has surprised me over the years with their used/nos inventory
    1986 Music Man 1st Production(Ash
    Body/Maple Neck/Rosewood
    Board (Serial#86034)

    1991 Silhouette(Natural Ash/Maple
    Neck/T-shell/LaceSensorGolds)

    2009 AxisSS MM90Vintage Sunburst
    2018 Warmoth Tele (Swap Ash/Purple
    Quilt Top/Rosewood Neck/Ebony
    board)

    2012 Gibson Midtown P90(Heritage Cherry Sunburst)
    2016 Gibson LP Traditional(Honey Burst)

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    Great story! Love the colour!
    "If you bend a string and you don't make a face; it's like eating food without tasting it." - Paul Gilbert

    black sugar Albert Lee SSS - piezo
    25th Anniversary
    Dargie Delight 1 Silhouette HSH

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    That looks dynamite!!!!!
    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.

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