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binder1

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« on: February 05, 2011, 02:17:10 AM »
Any comments or experience with any of these models?  Anyone?

Offline bassplyr5150

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 03:00:55 PM »
I just bought a 200.  Someone put a Carvin J pup in and a pickup switch (Did it have one before??), and there's some light body damage because someone left it on a guitar stand too long and the foam bonded to the body.

What do you want to know?
 

Offline Tony Raven

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011, 11:20:40 PM »
It's tough for me to compare the models directly. I like the sound of the soapbars on the 400. The 100 is a lower-end model, with fewer frets, passive system, & Fenderish heel. The fretwork on my main 400 is VERY accurate & I get good tone all the way up even on the E. There are some odd resonances at around fret 9, with notes that'll sing forever next to notes that are a bit dubby, but I'm used to that with slim necks -- think Gibson EB-2 -- but YMMV; I may just get a Boss LMB-3 to even it out.

The biggest downer: those great-looking transparent finishes. My 500 is chipped all to heck, & the clearcoat seems to be a little fragile. The 400 is natural, what looks like a thin poly clearcoat; this stands up to a fair bit of abuse, doesn't chip, hides scars really well, & will be simple to refinish if I go that route.

There also tends to be some warping of the cavity covers. I may get around to cutting wood covers.

I also like the cast bridgeplate, rather than the Fender-style bent steel on the 100/102.

While great basses, if I lost one of these & had to find a replacement, I'd reach up to a Force -- slightly wider head, but otherwise identical to the 400/500 form except with that beautiful thru-neck & body lamination.
M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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Offline Tony Raven

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 10:40:46 PM »
I should add...

The XB-120/125 are essentially variants on the 400/500, with actives & the asymmetric heel, the XB-200 is an improved 100, & the 900 looks like a top-end 100 (square heel, passives, 24 frets).

This numbering system will drive me insane....
M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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binder1

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 03:13:17 AM »
Thanks for the information Tony.  Sounds like you have a lot of experience with the XB series.  I bought a used XB-400 about a year ago and I really like the way mine plays and sounds.  I've got about $150.00 in mine and it came with a HSC.
I had to replace a cracked pot nut on mine, when I bought it. (All Parts sells steel replacement metrics that fit all imported Washburn bass pots)
A good cleaning and a fresh set of strings, and my XB-400 looks and plays like new.[:)]

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 10:18:51 PM »
Yeah, that seems to be about typical for both price & condition. Which is a shame, as the 400/500 seem to be great working instruments. My guess is they suffer from being off-brand basses.

The worst I can say is that I've heard the preamp can break down if the bass gets bounced around a lot. Well, yeah -- it'll never be as bulletproof as (say) a stock P-bass. My 500's board-mounted pot is stuck solid so needs some surgery. I thought I'd hate having to pull screws to replace the battery, but (with other basses) I've snagged the snap-off cover on my belt a few times, so maybe Washburn did the right thing here.
M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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