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MUSICMANBASS.GLOBAL 

Formerly MUSICMANBASS.ORG

 

EB SABRE BASSES 

(1984-1991) & (2013-2015)


This is only a sample of serials to aid in dating an instrument. It is not a complete data base and may not be accurate. Serials are not necessarily in chronological order. Ernie Ball can date your instrument by contacting their customer service.


A NOTE ON EARLY ERNIE BALL INSTRUMENT SERIALS:

Ernie Ball aquired Music Man in 1984. Pre-EB Sabre bridges were used on some early EB Sabre Basses. Consequently, some 1984/1985 Sabres have "Cxxxxxx" serials. These are rare. In the main, Pre-EB Sting Ray bridges were also used on EB Sabres. Consequently, the "Cxxxxxx" serials for Sabres changed to “Bxxxxxx” serials. Examples exist up to 1988. Un-prefixed five digit serials also ran concurrently with the “Bxxxxxx” serials. Serial records commenced in c.1987 but only for the un-prefixed five digit serials. Consequently no official records exists for any “Cxxxxxx” nor “Bxxxxxx” serials nor for any un-prefixed five digit serial prior to c.1987.


The use of  "Cxxxxxx" and "Bxxxxxx" serials on both Pre-EB instruments and early EB Sabre Basses can cause confusion between each.  Although Pre-EB and EB Sabres both have contoured bodies (cutaway on rear of body for the waist), the Pre-EB Sabre has the string retainer located on the D & G strings and three dot markers past the 12th fret. The EB Sabre has the string retainer loocated on the A & D strings and four dot markers past the 12th fret.

 

SABRE BASS
(1984 - 1991)
 

1991 Sabre Fretless 32017. "Evil Ernie Ball" (See below).

C005830...Very early 1985 EB Sabre. Blue with Maple. White pg. Soapbar PUPs. 2 band EQ with slide switching. Old Pre-EB head stock logo with no mention of Ernie Ball. String retainer located on A and D strings. Pre-EB horse-shoe style bridge.
C005856...Neck 28 Feb 1985. Body 26 July 1984. Natural with Maple. Clear pg. Soapbar PUPs. 2 band EQ with slide switching. Old Pre-EB head stock logo with no mention of Ernie Ball. String retainer located on A and D strings. Pre-EB horse-shoe style bridge.
B022460...Circa 1985. Natural with Maple. Black pg. Soapbar PUPs. 2 band EQ with slide switching. Old Pre-EB head stock logo with no mention of Ernie Ball. String retainer located on A and D strings. Pre-EB horse-shoe style bridge.
B02284x...1985. Red with Sting Ray Rosewood neck. Clear pg. Old Pre-EB Sting Ray head stock logo with no mention of Ernie Ball. Encircled "R" after "Music Man". String retainer located on A and D strings. PUPs with non-exposed pole pieces. 3 Band EQ with toggle switches instead of slide switch. Toggle switch closest to neck selects front PUP, both PUPs and bridge PUP. Remaining 2 switches select "series-single-parallel".
B022891...Neck 10 Sept 1985. Body 3 Oct 1985. Trans Red. Maple Neck. Clear pg. 4 Bolt Neck. Trans Logo...Old MM Logo with EB above it. Pre-EB muted bridge. Only "MM" appears on neck plate...no reference to EB...most likely a Pre-EB plate. Ernie Ball confirms that spare Pre-EB bridges were utilized after their purchase of MM.
B022909...Owner says 1984???
B022980...Neck 7 Jul 1988. Body 26 Aug 1988. Cherry Burst with Rosewood. Decal on rear of headstock. Headstock logo has MM in hard black. "R" in lower position after EB. "R" in lower position after MM. "R" appears under "Sabre". Little man on left has raised head. Clear pg. 4 Bolt neck with MM logo ("Made in USA" deleted. Only appears on Pre-EB 4 bolt neck plates). Bullet truss nut. Soapbar PUPs.
B023479...Neck 27 Feb 1986. Body 20 Aug 1985. Sunburst (fore-runner to Honeyburst) with Rosewood. White Pearl pg.
B023590...Neck 8 Aug 1985. Body 19 June 1985. Described as Trans Green (appears Trans Teal) with Maple. White pg. Sealed PUPs. No rear decal on headstock.
B023594...Guestimation 1985. Sunburst (now called Honeyburst) with Maple. White pg. Trans logo. No rear decal.
B023608...Bought used 1989. Blue with Maple. Clear pg.
B023725...Guestimation 1985 as the 4 bolt neck plate has "Made In USA" (a Pre-EB Neck plate used on some early EB Basses). "Made In USA" was deleted on EB plates. Trans Red with Maple. Black pg. Older headstock logo with no rear decal. 2EQ with lever switching and soapbar PUPs.
B025742...Neck 18 or 28 May 1987. Body 20 May 1987.
B027040...Late 80's.
B027145...Neck 8 June 1988. Body 18 May 1988. 2 EQ Pre-amp dated 12 Nov 1987. Trans Red with figured Maple. New solid Black headstock logo. Decal on rear of neck ("Made in San Luis Obispo").
B027245...1988. Blueburst with Rosewood. Original Clear pg replaced with Abalone pg. Ash body. 4 Bolt neck. 3 band EQ with 5 way switching. Decal on rear of headstock.
B027311...Circa 1988. Red with Maple. Clear pg. Solid Black headstock logo. 3EQ.
B027580...Circa 1988. Trans Red with Rosewood. Black pg. New solid Black headstock logo and rear decal.
B027825...Circa 1988. Natural with Rosewood. Black pg. 2 Band EQ with slide switching. Small diameter mute thumb screws. 4 bolt neck. New solid Black headstock logo.
B027876...Circa 1988. Trans Blue. Clear pg. Fitted with non-original Cutlass 11 graphite neck. Contoured body. 4 bolt neck. Soapbar PUPs. 2 band EQ. Slide switch electronics. Old stock Pre-EB Sting Ray bridge. Smaller diameter thumb screws.
25218...Neck 24 Sept 1986. Body 8 Jan 1987. Trans Red with Maple. Clear pg. 2EQ. Lever switch and Soap Bar PUPs. No rear decal on headstock.
25221...Neck 11 Sept 1986. Body 6 Jan 1987. Trans Teal with Rosewood 2EQ. No rear decal.
25232...4 March 1987. Neck 10 Sept 1986. Body 8 Jan 1987. Bronze with Rosewood. White pg. 2EQ. Trans logo. No rear decal. 4 bolt neck. 7/16" thumb screws. Finish is not recorded on the EB data base.
25913...Neck 21 July 1987. Body 29 July 1987. Black with Maple. Black pg. Trans headstock logo. 2EQ.
26050...DOB 16 Sept 1988. Black. Hollow string saddles.
26089...8 Sept 1988. Neck dated late July. Body stamped and penciled Aug 1988. Neck pocket stamped "NAT" (Natural).
26250...15 Aug 1988. Natural with Maple. Black pg. Solid Black headstock logo. Decal on rear of headstock.
26372...Body 7 June 1988. White with Rosewood. Black pg. 4 bolt neck. Originally 2 Band EQ pre-amp but converted to 3 Band EQ. New smaller diameter thumb screws on bridge. New solid Black headstock logo. Decal on rear of headstock.
26935...3 Mar 1989. Natural with Birdseye Maple. 2EQ.
28160...Owner says early to mid 80's. (Not on EB Data Base). Trans Red with Maple. White pg.
28399...Neck 15 March 1989. Body 14 March 1989. Black with Rosewood. 3EQ. 4 Bolt neck. Green cotton candy case.
28909...Owner says 1989. Natural with Maple. Black pg. Pre-Flea bridge. Solid Black headstock logo. 4 bolt neck.
29079...Late 80's. (Not on EB Data Base). Natural. Black pg.
29xxx...Year 1989. Red with Rosewood. White pg.
29411...June 1990. Transparent blue/teal.
29555...3 July 1990. Natural with Rosewood. Black pg. 2 Band EQ. 4 bolt neck. Smaller diameter mute thumb screws.
29756...1989. (Not on EB Data Base). Trans Red with Rosewood. Alder body. White pg. 3 Band EQ with 5 way switching.
32017...7 June 1991. Natural. Fretless. Black pg. 2 Band EQ. 6 bolt neck.
32479...30 May 1991. Black with Rosewood. Black pg. 3 band EQ. 4 bolt neck.
32538...Pre-amp dated 17 Sept 1990. Black with Maple. Black pg. 3 band EQ. 4 bolt neck.
32586...DOB 14 June 1991. Black with Rosewood. Black pg. Skunk stripe on neck rear. Matal battery cover. Trans logo. 4 Bolt neck. Serial on bridge. (European owner).
32881...06/91. Natural with Maple. White Pearl pg. Soapbar PUPS. 2 Band EQ with slide switch. 6 bolt neck.
32908...1991. Trans Red with Maple. Black pg. 3EQ. 4 bolt neck. Encircled "R" at the end of "Sabre" logo and not underneath.
32979...Neck 16 May 1991 (with "EB" depressed in wood). Body 2 May 1991. 6 bolt neck (capstan wheel truss nut).

SABRE NO DATE INFO.

250xx...Trans Red with Rosewood. Non-original Blue Pearl pg. 4 bolt neck. 2 band EQ. Trans logo.
258xx...Black with Maple. Black pg. 2 Band EQ with 5 way selector switch. Pre-Flea bridge. Trans logo. No decal on rear of headstock.
25839...White with Rosewood. 4 bolt neck.
26132...Not on EB Data Base. Trans Orange/Brown Burst with Rosewood. Owner believes to be signed by James Burton. Has non-original clear pg.
26959...Not on EB Data Base. Natural with Maple. Black pg. Hollow bridge saddles. 5 way selector switch.
28221...Trans Blue with Maple. Black pg. 2 band EQ with slide switching. 4 bolt neck. No decal on rear of headstock.
29043...No other info.
31672...Not on EB Data Base. Blueburst with Maple.


CLASSIC COLLECTION SABRE BASS
(2013 - 2015)
 

Serials to follow.