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Offline iriegnome

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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2010, 09:57:18 AM »
I do believe that the bass in question is the Vulture. I think it actually has something to do with the front pickup configuration. See how it is in the middle position instead of the neck position. Moving into the SB-40/Vulture II's the front pup is right at the neck position. I also think that the bridge is wrong for a Vulture II and the tuners are definately not Vulture II/SB-40 tuners.
 

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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2010, 04:28:22 AM »
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Originally posted by iriegnome

I do believe that the bass in question is the Vulture. I think it actually has something to do with the front pickup configuration. See how it is in the middle position instead of the neck position. Moving into the SB-40/Vulture II's the front pup is right at the neck position. I also think that the bridge is wrong for a Vulture II and the tuners are definately not Vulture II/SB-40 tuners.

 

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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2010, 05:15:00 AM »
Can anyone help?
I have this bass guitar which i think is a Washburn Vulture. I bought it from a car boot sale as a going concern as it was (and still is) stripped down, masked off and ready to be refinished. Can anyone tell me is it is a Vulture? What it might be worth and if anyone would like to make me an offer for it as im thinking of selling it.
I have attached some pics below.
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Greg
 

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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2010, 12:34:18 PM »
I think this is the post you e-mailed me about on MySpace. Anyway, there are a couple of things going on with your bass. Firstly, the tuners are Vulture and the body style is a Vulture as well. With the P-pup mounted in the middle position, it really is still leaning towards that Vulture bass. please check out www.talkbass.com and find the washburn owners club under the basses forum. You could probably get more help there!
 

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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2010, 12:36:56 PM »
As far as the value, I just bought my SB-40 for $300 in perfect condition with the original case. As for your bass, it is rough to say the least. Refinishing it will be the first step, but there seems to be cracks in the headstock leading from the truss cover and I would have to wonder if the truss rod works? It would appear (yes I am often wrong) that the truss was overtightened and it started to crack the headstock.
 

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Re: The Washburn Vulture II Bass
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2012, 10:29:00 PM »
Do you want to sell it?

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Re: The Washburn Vulture II Bass
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2013, 08:40:36 PM »
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Re: The Washburn Vulture II Bass
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2013, 09:19:50 PM »
1. OK, It is NOT a Scavenger. Scavengers had only a single split-P . They did have the jack on the front. ANd a plate with the serial number and word "Scavenger"on the back heel.  If anyone has one without the plate/SN/Name  I'd like to know and add a picture to my collection. Also, just so you know, Washburn often DID NOT put a serial number or a name on their instruments (or even the wrong name sometimes)---factory mistakes in QC, but that is all it is.  You can always tell what is what by the electrical package in 99% of the cases.

2.The Vulture I has one pick-up, 2 knobs and jack on the side.

3.The Vulture II has 2 pups, jack on the side EXCEPT for this one! And I have pictures of several Vulture II's!  So this one is intriguing as all get out. I think the year of production may be the difference for the change.  But it IS a Vulture II and I'd like to know the SN and hence the year!
Also note the darker wood line in the middle of the front---typical Vulture II as well.  If your SN is 1978'ish I would even suspect your Vulture as being a Daion proto-type made for Washburn---but not sure.  Remember there is some evidence Daion made some early models for Washburn and the headstock would say Washburn also and they were then in fact sold as a Washburn---which in effect they were for all purposes.. What is the material of the truss rod cover?

The "classic hollow-body" shape used for Scavengers and Vultures changed to the more regular (standard Fender Precision shape) B-40 in 1980 although the Scav and Vulture continued production, from what I can find out, to at least 1982 and maybe :-\ '83.  Some source called PGB198 posted a picture of an early "proto" production SB-40 and called it a 1981 Vulture II.   >:(  Of course that is as wrong as can be!   But in the first place, they (SB-40) came out with the initial 1981 model  WITH THE TRUSS ROD COVER SAYING "SB-40" right from the start. They never sold an SB-40 without its model designated on the truss rod cover as they did with the B-40 and Vultures.  That is a common error in mixing up a Vulture with an SB-40----boy I'd like to know how THAT happened as I have been with SB-40s from the beginning of them.

I have collected data and photos for over 20 years on this---tough task. I am now going to see if I can pull documents from the Library of Congress patent office. Too many mysteries since Washburn threw out all records prior to 1988.   BTW---that taken-apart trashed Bass a few posts above (I hope its able to be saved) appears to be a modded B-40.  Washburn NEVER made a bass with 2 mini-switches like that back then. It is a typical B-40 4 knob/1 big switch layout.
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Re: The Washburn Vulture II Bass
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2013, 03:04:32 AM »
Hi MEKer, what are the definative features of a Daion made Vulture compared with a Matsumoku Made Vulture. Are there any features that categorically classify one manufacturer from the other.I have a Vulture model B 1979 (2 Pickups), however I'm a little confused when determining which company made the bass.
 

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Re: The Washburn Vulture II Bass
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2013, 06:01:10 PM »
Model B?  Why is it a "B"?  Please post picture!  May be another piece of history regained! The Daion difference sometimes is noticed in the headstock, with the top of it a bit different. and slanted a bit downward to one side.  Close comparative look-see between a late model  and a younger model  is the only way to tell---maybe! Sometimes you just cannot. SN might be of help. 

Also, in Japan the Vulture II was sold in ads as "SB-50" with the color of it after the number.  E.G. SB-50CS----which ireignome pointed out is no doubt "Cherry Sunburst)
Also note reference to SB-40's at left bottom.  The search for history takes strange turns and makes MORE WORK, dang it!  AGAIN--DANG THAT VULTURE IS A BEAUTY!! AND THAT YAMMIE TO THE LEFT IS A REAL SWINGER TOO.  I WANT THEM BOTH. :'(

Now is that not weird! 
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