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Offline Tony Raven

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Still loving the XB-400
« on: August 03, 2012, 09:42:43 PM »
Last month, I started bringing one of my "blonde" (natural) XB-400s to a weekly open-mike jam, through my Rumble 100. Totally kicked butt, & the amp stayed at less than 1/4 volume.

Couple weeks ago, I decided to bring the Behringer head instead, because I find it's easier to lug a head & a 1-12 cab than a 2-10 combo. Halfway through the night, I started to get some odd little transients through the cone, then some farty noises, & I was sure I'd somehow managed to blow a Celestion speaker at conversational volume.  :o  >:(

Got it home... but the amp checked out fine with my old Vox Panther (passive single-coil). Rattled the 1/4" a bit --- sure enough, a break somewhere in the cord; threw it into the FIX ME pile.

But with a new cord the Washie still sounded sickly. This axe has had a tough life, so I started worrying about some teensy problem with the circuit board.

Put in a new battery -- heaven. I was relieved.

From abject curiosity, I put the old 9-volt onto the meter to check amperage (voltage across a load).

And... zero. No, seriously, barely a flutter from the needle in the 500 microampere range -- if you stick the leads into a Jell-O mold you'll probably get a bigger charge!!

I've played a few other active systems that will crap out when the battery drops below 90%, & I've done a few between-set battery swaps in my time.

And there was the Washie, chugging along decently with a battery that literally had LESS than a 5% charge!!

Amazing. I cannot say enough good things about Washburn -- the Roland of guitars -- except that I wish they'd kept producing the XB-400 for the next century or so.
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Re: XB-400 serila number
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013, 12:21:21 AM »
This is a bit off topic, but do you happen to know how you work out the age of the bass using the serial numbers on the XB-400. I just bought a second hand one and I would like to know the age of it. The serial number is  S6021905. It would be a big help if you could.

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Re: XB-400 serila number
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 01:34:45 AM »
This is a bit off topic, but do you happen to know how you work out the age of the bass using the serial numbers on the XB-400. I just bought a second hand one and I would like to know the age of it. The serial number is  S6021905. It would be a big help if you could.

You use the first number or 2 in the serial. I'd say that one is a 96 and made in the Samick factory in Korea. It isn't, by any chance, the red one that finished yesterday on UK eBay is it?

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Re: Still loving the XB-400
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 02:37:14 AM »
It is red, but I got it from a porn shop at a great price. I am thinking of pulling the frets of it to make it a fretless. Do happen to know how much the particular one I have is worth? This may change my idea of changing it into a fretless if it is worth a bit of money

Thanks

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Still loving the XB-400
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 12:38:28 AM »
The 400 was made 1994-1999, with a final MSRP of $849. In VG shape, it's got a value of $300-$400. Howevr, the upper-end XB instruments aren't properly appreciated, so in reality they can be spotted for under $200. This is MUCH less true than two years ago, when I went on a spree & bought a handful for under $150 each (which included cases for two).

If you want to defret a bass, IMO you'd be better off with a fresh $120 Rogue... or just get the fretless LX200BF & save a lot of hassle. Or a Squier VM fretless Jazz for under $300 -- amazing slick Ebonol fingerboard. You could just sell the XB at a profit, then take some of that & get a solid off-brand bass from just about any seller.
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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Re: Still loving the XB-400
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2013, 07:54:52 PM »
Lachpark, i think you meant pawn shop...  they don't sell bass or music equipment in porn shops ..  (i guess i'm the only person who see it)  I have a XB400 Trans butterscotch finish S/N S6053895
Force 84 ABT B-30 MR
Festival 90 EA20B
Billy T 94 Bk
Bantam 96 XB400 Bttrsctch, 98 XB500 Bk, 94 XB600 BkFlam
Maverick  98 BTM MR/MB, 97 BT3 Rd, BT-4 Tobacobrst, 97 BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
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X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst

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Re: Still loving the XB-400
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2013, 09:16:21 PM »
I new what he meant, just not the answer.  Tom.  :)