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Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (Guzzitd63) » Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:22 am

Someone over at "the other forum" posted this pic and was wondering who (or what) the mysterious "ML" is:
ML97.jpeg

I've often wondered the same. Here's mine:
ML.jpg

Mine is date coded to April of 1998.
He says his is a 1997.
If "ML" is a person, I wanna buy them a beer. :D
Does anyone have any insight?
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (lumgimfong) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:57 am

“Meet a Luthier”
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (Guzzitd63) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:18 am

lumgimfong wrote:“Meet a Luthier”


haha.
I like it.

*edit* I really am hoping someone knows who this person is.
I don't imagine RIC has the employee turnover like a local convenience store.
However, it has been 20 years.
Maybe someone somewhere will know.
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (jps) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:43 am

Probably, Maria Lopez.

Or, perhaps, Merrill Lynch. :mrgreen:
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (maxwell) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:25 am

Is the “ML” written on tape? What color is the dot under it? :wink:
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (jps) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:48 am

maxwell wrote:Is the “ML” written on tape?

Nope. Tape may have been placed over it to protect the writing during the finishing process, however.
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (Guzzitd63) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:33 pm

maxwell wrote:Is the “ML” written on tape?


Hi Maxwell. Yes, "ML" is written on Plain Ol Brown Masking Tape on mine (the Turquoise one).
The other bass (Fireglo) is in Australia. He gave me permission to post his pic here after he asked the question on TB.
It sure looks like it's written on masking tape as well.

jps wrote: Nope.

How do you know this?
Do you have a "ML" bass as well?
PIcs to post?
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (maxwell) » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:56 pm

My "winking eye" --- :wink: --- and my "dot" reference was intended to be an oblique reference to a lengthy discussion here a couple of years ago about guitar identification. It was really intended for jps, so don't booger up your guitar on my question/suggestion!

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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (lumgimfong) » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:30 am

My ‘16 4003 FG has nothing in the trod cavity but nice paint. No initials.
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (Guzzitd63) » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:16 am

maxwell wrote:... so don't booger up your guitar on my question/suggestion!


Yeah, no worries. That's not gunna happen. There's no "dot" under there.
There's no "dot" nor initials (nor masking tape) on my Mapleglo either.
The link was a fine read ... well, I read it. Thank you.
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Re: Under TRC Factory Notes.

Postby (marcinkus) » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:29 am

My '98 4003 is "ML" marked, too.
Maybe Mary Long? 8)
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