1981 Musicman Stingray Bass

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In 1981 the neckplate became a four bolt and no longer included a Tilt Adjust. The plate still included the Musicman logo but now also included "MADE IN USA". In 1981 three phillips head screws were added to the bridge to secure it onto the body.

Other 1981 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 or maple neck with rosewood fretboard, black dot or pearloid dot fret markers, date ink stamp on neck butt, date ink stamp in body neck pocket, black/white/black oval pickguard, 8 pole humbucker pickup, 3 knurled chrome knobs and input jack on chrome controls plate, CTS potentiometers, non epoxy covered preamp, chrome 4 saddle bridge including grey foam string mutes, serial number and engraved "Musicman" name, 2 screw chrome battery cover on body back, string through grommets on body back, Sunburst, Natural, Black or White standard order finishes, black plastic teardrop case with beige interior or black Tolex case with orange interior.

Serial numbers were somewhat non-sequential. An example of a 1981 Stingray serial number is:

B01379x January 1981