1983 Musicman Stingray Bass

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During 1983 the string through body grommets were discontinued. This caused the strings to be fastened directly to the bridge.

Other 1983 Stingray characteristics: "Pre Ernie" logo with gold lettering, 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, four bolt neckplate including the Musicman logo and "MADE IN USA", usually a date ink stamp on neck butt, date ink stamp in body neck pocket, black, white or clear 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 three screws to secure it onto the body, bridge including serial number and engraved "Musicman" name, black or grey foam string mutes, 2 screw chrome battery cover on body back, optional custom color finishes, black plastic teardrop case with beige interior or white/brown case with orange interior.

Serial numbers were somewhat non-sequential. Some examples of 1983 Stingray serial numbers are:

B01453x June 1983
B02144x November 1983
B02178x February 1983
B02195x March 1983