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: