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KXH

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I've been a proud Musicman stingray user since the mid 2000's. I think I owned every bass there was but deep down I always wanted a Stingray.
After I bought my first stingray I never looked back. I stuck with it but I did switch colors here and there.
The main reasons I bought a stingray was because the sound is so distinctive.

All my favorite bassists were playing stingrays so it was an obvious choice.
Fast-forward 17 years and my stingrays have never let me down.


I must say the only time I was mesmerized again, was when I saw cutlass stingray for the first time.
It sounded and looked incredible and I really wanted a graphite neck!


Recently I was also leaning towards the EGC acrylic guitars and basses.
Something about a clear bass just looks awesome to me.

And an idea started brewing: I was going to build my own see through Stingray without the use of wood.

- I found an original bridge fairly cheap on eBay
- I found the status neck for half off at a local shop. It was only used for three weeks and the previous owner did not like the look
- The electronics are custom made by an engineer
- The body is made by a friend by CNC
- The acrylic material was sourced from a Dutch laboratory
- The testbody is made from scraps

I went for a fully clear look at first but due to an issue with the grounding I matted it out.
I think I like that "frosty" look more and the black tube isn't visible that much anymore.

The best case scenario is that I sell the bridge and replace it with one with mutes.
I like those 90's bridges A LOT and tit would cover a lot of the tubding.

It's not finished yet, because I can't find a 6 bolt neckplate but you'll get the idea.
Hope you all like it.


PS: if anyone can help with an official neckplate and bridge with mutes, I gladly take that off your hands.





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danny-79

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You will be hard pushed to find a genuine 6 bolt neck plate as they have the serial number on them. They do occasionally pop up on ebay when something has been butchered but finding a new one , don’t know sorry. but good luck with the build it’s looking good
 

74hc

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The neck plate on my EBMM Sterling has the company's logo and the serial number. If you were to put that on something other than a genuine Music Man bass, that would be fraud. Akin to putting someone else's bank routing numbers on your personal check.
 

dave1812

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I‘m not an expert on acrylic materials, but I‘d just countersink the Holes for the Neckscrews and attach the Neck without a Plate, might even look cleaner and i don‘t think it‘s gonna be a big issue with acrylic
 

KXH

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The neck plate on my EBMM Sterling has the company's logo and the serial number. If you were to put that on something other than a genuine Music Man bass, that would be fraud. Akin to putting someone else's bank routing numbers on your personal check.
I was talking about the sizing mostly, and maybe a neckplate with the logo.
I absolutely don't need a serial since it's not an "official" build, which is pretty obvious ;-) .

I was also in contact with Musicman (in Europe) and firtunately they did seem to like the build.
 

kevins

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Feb 13, 2005
Messages
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I've been a proud Musicman stingray user since the mid 2000's. I think I owned every bass there was but deep down I always wanted a Stingray.
After I bought my first stingray I never looked back. I stuck with it but I did switch colors here and there.
The main reasons I bought a stingray was because the sound is so distinctive.

All my favorite bassists were playing stingrays so it was an obvious choice.
Fast-forward 17 years and my stingrays have never let me down.


I must say the only time I was mesmerized again, was when I saw cutlass stingray for the first time.
It sounded and looked incredible and I really wanted a graphite neck!


Recently I was also leaning towards the EGC acrylic guitars and basses.
Something about a clear bass just looks awesome to me.

And an idea started brewing: I was going to build my own see through Stingray without the use of wood.

- I found an original bridge fairly cheap on eBay
- I found the status neck for half off at a local shop. It was only used for three weeks and the previous owner did not like the look
- The electronics are custom made by an engineer
- The body is made by a friend by CNC
- The acrylic material was sourced from a Dutch laboratory
- The testbody is made from scraps

I went for a fully clear look at first but due to an issue with the grounding I matted it out.
I think I like that "frosty" look more and the black tube isn't visible that much anymore.

The best case scenario is that I sell the bridge and replace it with one with mutes.
I like those 90's bridges A LOT and tit would cover a lot of the tubding.

It's not finished yet, because I can't find a 6 bolt neckplate but you'll get the idea.
Hope you all like it.


PS: if anyone can help with an official neckplate and bridge with mutes, I gladly take that off your hands.





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getting a bridge with mutes is gonna be hard! banjowarehouse has bridges every now and then but those are pulled usually from pre-eb stingrays and have pre-eb stingray serials on them, so they're going to be very valuable to someone trying to restore a pre-eb bass. However if its your own build honestly you can just mount the mute kit that musicman sells directly above the bridge and it will be in the same position as the bridge with the mutes, they sell the plate, screws and mutes together and you can really just drill them in and stick em on there
 
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