1979 MUSICMAN STINGRAY BASS
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In 1979 the Stingray serial number was located on the 4 saddle bridge. The preamp was very rarely covered in black epoxy. The neck was available as a rosewood fretboard option with pearloid dot fret markers, as a solid maple neck with black dots or as a fretless option. During the year the string mutes changed from a black harder rubber material to a grey softer foam material.
Other 1979 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, date ink stamp on neck butt, date ink stamp in body neck pocket, 3 bolt neckplate with logo and 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, ground wire route underneath bridge, 2 screw chrome battery cover on body back, string through grommets on body back, body nail hole, Sunburst, Natural, Black, White or Mocha standard order finishes, black plastic teardrop case with beige interior or black Tolex case with orange interior.
Serial numbers were somewhat non-sequential. Some examples of 1979 Stingray serial numbers are: