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Offline VNTim

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XB400 electronics question
« on: May 03, 2013, 02:17:13 PM »
My xb400 was a gift from my parents . I got it brand new in 95 or 96, the serial # is S5112488 so I figure it was built in 1995. I believe it got hit by a fire hose in 05 when my apartment burned down, all my amps were trashed so the guitars went into storage. Dug it out yesterday, new battery and plays amazing even though the strings are a little rusty. 

Anyway, just curious on wood types, maybe what the rest of the serial# means. Also mine has 4 knobs, and I've seen pictures of different xb400s with 3 knobs and a toggle. Curious if that was factory or something hooked up later. I can't wait to get this back from the guitar shop and start playing again

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: XB400 electronics question
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 10:57:20 PM »
I've spotted that switch on photos of an XB-400 & an XB-600. All I can figure is that, as a cost-saving measure, the "blender" pot was replaced by a Gibson-type 3-way. I have three 400s & a 500, all with a blender knob.

(If I were to go back in time & have a Custom Shop XB made for me, I'd just have the neck pickup anyway. With that EQ, I get all the tone I need.)

(But IMO the knob is better than the switch, because it's MUCH harder to knock out of position while playing.)
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Re: XB400 electronics question
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 07:00:37 PM »
VNTim, welcome to the forum.  btw, what color is your XB-400?  I got mine used for $132 with some paint nicks here and there... (i touched them up to barely noticeable)  S/N: S6053895

here is a full body photo -

close up of the body and bridge -

i don't know why it became orange color in the photo, actually it is much lighter more like trans butterscotch.

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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
04 WG587 MR
X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
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Re: XB400 electronics question
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 07:42:46 AM »
Mine is  trans red. I would post a pic but I have no clue how to even begin that. Currently looking for a 5 string, constantly trying to grow the collection