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Thanks. I was under the mistaken impression that you were no longer trading (I'm very pleased that I was wrong!) and made a total mess of listing it on eBay, partly due to a bout of intense greed combined with manflu. Very pleased to be keeping the guitar and I appreciate your response.
MM has a faultless memory. Mine is MMB004-2008. It is brass bodied, 12 fret TTB and with a bound fretboard on a matt black painted neck. I stripped mine like andys and melp. Search the forum for melp's guitar- it's worth the effort.
I am puzzled as to how a 2008 stamped guitar is actually a 2009 example? MM guitars always seem to sell out rapidly. I purchased my 2008 from Forum user "hansi" (John?) very soon after I joined in 2008 and it has a bound fretboard too. I think the best way to look at it us that all of the first batch had idiosyncratic features that very soon thereafter became standardised. I have played another ("second") MM and it needed the kind of attention that was beyond my limited capabilities, so I have "no plans" to part with mine. Even with "dead" strings it sounds superb. We all owe it to MM here!
Post by Michael Messer on Dec 29, 2017 21:45:40 GMT
Your guitar is not really a BLUES, it is a LIGHTNING that was painted, not nickel-plated, and then had MM LIGHTNING stamped into the headstock. That is why it has a bound fretboard. Back then, only LIGHTNINGs had bound fretboards. I can only imagine that the manufacturers were short of a guitar to make up an order of MM BLUES for me, so they took a LIGHTNING, painted it and stamped MM BLUES into the headstock. There is really no other explanation that I can come up with.
The reason I am fairly sure that the 14 fret MM BLUES is a 2009 model, is because we didn’t start the 14 fret MMB until 2009. There was only one shipment of MM guitars in 2008, it arrived in July and consisted of 24 x 12 fret MM BLUES and 24 x MM LIGHTNING guitars.
Now I have to eat my words and apologise for saying that the 14 fret MM BLUES is a 2009 guitar that was stamped with the wrong date. Stevie got me thinking, so I have been trawling through old emails from 2008 and 2009. I have not found any reference to this guitar in emails, but I have found a couple of photos of this guitar from…..guess when…..September 2008!!! Looking at the photos, it appears not to be a tapered body and I have never been interested in aged finish bodies, so it is definitely not any kind of prototype MM guitar. It could have been sent with a Busker Guitars order as something the factory wanted me to see. I can see it's also got those terrible tuners that we started out using and having to replace with Stumac Golden Age restoration Tuners.
I am afraid I am stumped on this one. The serial number 0006 08 is not right because 0006 08 is a 12 fret MM BLUES. Hmmmm….. if I can’t work it out, goodness knows what future historians will make of it!
All this confusion serves to give more authenticity to MM Guitars Michael. Perhaps in eighty years time enthusiasts will be attempting to explain idiosyncracies with your guitars regarding serial nos. and chronology the way people are doing today with vintage Nationals.
'I can only imagine that the manufacturers were short of a guitar to make up an order of MM BLUES for me, so they took a LIGHTNING, painted it and stamped MM BLUES into the headstock'. Wonderful!