Dating music man stingray
The preamps used the then burgeoning solid state "op-amp" integrated circuits embodying traditional Fender preamp time constants and architecture, while the power amps typically featured a Cathode Driven Tube power amp stage, much as were used in the radio broadcast industry in AM Transmitters.
There were a few models with a tube phase splitter in them, but for the most part Music Man amplifiers used the faster responding common Grid, Cathode Coupled drive from a solid state front end that players characterized as "loud as hell". 15 of the 28 pages from 1976 catalogue were dedicated to amplification.
Fender made the guitars and basses, while Walker's company made the amplifiers and sold accessories.
The instruments were made at CLF, and shipped to Music Man's warehouse, where each instrument was inspected and tested.
I often asked Tommy why he didn't sue over the suspect necks and he replied "My daddy didn't raise me like that".
It has been said that Music Man attempted to force Leo Fender into selling the CLF factory, and when he refused ~ Music Man began cutting orders trying to drive Leo into financial despair.
In November 1979, Leo had enough of Music Man's pressure and the ties were cut.
Tom Walker was also having extreme problems with his relationship with Forrest White.
The 1976 catalogue shows the first offerings; A two pickup guitar called the "Sting Ray 1" and the Sting Ray Bass.
At one point, Tommy is said to have chased Forrest out of the building telling him to never return. Sterling Ball makes no mention of the dates these incidents occurred but many place the date of the 'neck incident' in late 1982.
So how were the instruments made during the two years between the G&L start up and the final CLF blow out?
These instruments were designed by Leo Fender and Forrest White. Tom Walker played a large part in the design of the bass preamp.
They were the first production guitar and basses to use active electronics which could boost levels in selected frequency bands, whereas traditional electronics could only reduce the levels.