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All material from Webmaster's older site has been uploaded to Webmaster's new GLOBAL site which
is continually updated.
Website content is current as at 15 Aug 2022.
Website index also appears at foot of each page.
Re: Pre-EB Serial Numbers:
Pre-EB instruments serials were not allocated in strict chronological order but in a broad sense they are generally chronological. Unfortunately, official records do not exist. The serial number information on this site is not exhaustive and may not be accurate. It has been provided by instrument owners and/or gathered from other sources. The lists should give fair indication of the age of an instrument.
Headstock logos, bridges, neck plates and electronics will also give an indication of age of an instrument. The content of each has been amassed by reviewing large volumes of pictorial material and information gathered from other sources.
Note that when Music Man updated the appointments of instruments, the parts being superceded were still used concurrently until depleted.
Instruments are normally dated. Dates are located on the neck heel and/or in the neck pocket on the body.
However the neck has to be removed to view them. In very rare cases neither the neck nor body will be dated.
Needed: Pre-EB catalogues and advertising material.
Re: Ernie Ball Serial Numbers:
The lists I have are meant as a "Ready-Reckoner" for a rough idea of date. They are NOT a complete data base. Note that Ernie Ball serials are not necessarily in chronological order.
Ernie Ball has its own data base for their instruments which are made in USA. As of 21 May 2019 the date of an Ernie Ball Music Man instrument (Bass or Guitar) can be obtained by going to the link directly below. Early Ernie Ball Basses using the older Pre-EB "B" prefixed serials are not recorded on this Ernie Ball data base link. However, these older serials are covered in the "Serials EB Sting Ray 4" page (see index above). Nor do Sterling By Music Man serials appear on the Ernie Ball Serial Number Finder. A link is provided further below for these serials.
ERNIE BALL SERIAL NUMBER FINDER
Re: Sterling By Music Man Serial Numbers:
Musicmanbass.global & Contact 1978 Hangtag
Manual Serials Pre-EB Sting
Ray Serials EB Sting Ray 4 Serials Pre-EB Cutlass 1 & 11
Serials Pre-EB Sabre Serials EB Sabre Serials Sting Ray 5 Serials Sterling Serials American SUB SR4 PUPs and Preamps Pre-EB & EB (Part 1)
SR4 PUPs and Preamps Pre-EB & EB (Part 2) Bridges Pre-EB & EB Neck Plates Pre-EB & EB
Headstock Logos (Part 1) Headstock Logos (Part 2) Bass Collecftions No.1
Bass Collections No.2