1978 Musicman Stingray Bass

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By November non-black epoxy covered preamps began to appear along with the black epoxy covered ones. In December the serial number moved from the 3 bolt neckplate to the bridge.

Other 1978 Stingray characteristics: "Pre Ernie" logo with gold lettering and ® mark, hex truss rod adjust at headstock, phillips screw tuners engraved with "Musicman" name and logo, solid maple neck with skunk stripe, black dot fret markers, date ink stamp on neck butt, date ink stamp in body neck pocket, Tilt Adjust, black/white/black oval pickguard, 8 pole humbucker pickup, 3 knurled chrome knobs (volume, eq, eq) and input jack on chrome controls plate, CTS potentiometers, chrome 4 saddle bridge including black rubber string mutes and engraved "Musicman Pat Pend", 2 screw chrome battery cover on body back, string through grommets on body back, Sunburst, Natural, Black or Mocha standard order finishes, black Tolex case with orange or occasionally blue interior, or black plastic teardrop case with beige interior.

Serial numbers were somewhat non-sequential. Some examples of 1978 Stingray serial numbers are:

B00432x January 1978
B00574x January 1978
B00659x February 1978
B00771x August 1978
B00826x November 1978
B00845x November 1978
B0086xx October 1978
B00921x November 1978
B00947x November 1978
B00987x November 1978
B00994x November 1978
B0113xx December 1978