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Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:05:39 AM »
Here is a general thumbnail sketch (without referencing all my research as that would be too long )of Washburn 1978-1985 "classic" productions (minus the Sarzo and Bantam basses and S-42 headless bass which will be included in a later list after some more research):

Washburn Basses from the magic years

1978: Wing series Scavenger, Vulture I

1979: Wing series Scavenger, Vulture I, Vulture II and proto-type B-40 with the Vulture II electrical package very possibly made by Daion in TX or Japan FOR Washburn (it is the only Wing series bass with the stripe insert in headstock and similar to Daion XX B and then came out for general sale in 1980 with the regular wing headstock until B-40 sales ended in 1983. I did a looong bit a research on that and am pretty well convinced of it, to include talking to a Daion (from the Texas factory started by those 2 brothers) endorsee from back then.

1980: B-40 Wing Series with the Vulture II electrical package, B-20 Stage basses begin along with the 8-string B-20-8 Stage bass (Scavenger,Vulture I and II still being sold).

1981: same models as 1980 along with the new SB-40

1982: the Wing series SB-40EQ replaces SB-40 but same as the '81 SB-40 (with the possible exception that the 40 had brushed aluminum cavity plates and the 40EQ did not as far as I can determine), the Wing series B-40, the Force-40- headstocked B-40EQW with SB-40 electrical package, the Force 40EQ, Force 8 and Force 4, the B-20's little brother B-5 Stage bass introduced (Scavenger,Vulture I and II still being sold)

1983: Wing series B-40, Force series B-40EQW, the regular Force 40 begins, Force 4's and 8's and B-20's/5's (Vulture I and II still being sold as well)

1984: Regular Force 40's, introducing B-20 Stage BBR and B-5 Stage BBR and Force 40 BBRs and Force 8 BBR (single pup)--BBR'd completely: body, neck and headstock --only in 1984. Last year for the B-40EQW. Vulture II still in production.

1985:Now we have the Force series B-40EQ, Force 4+8,  B-5 Stage bass and note the the only BBR is the Force 8 BBR which is NOT BBR'd on the maple fretboard neck--so its a partial BBR. NO more regular Force 40's or B-20's!(someone please show me a 1985 one and I'll change this, but do not believe so). Several guitars, however, were still BBR’d (HM models, Tour 24, some A series, Force 6)

If anyone ever comes across more info to change this, PLEASE let me know. There are still plenty of surprises in trying to unearth the lost history of this period's basses I am sure. I personally am at mekentinc@yahoo.com.  Also posted this in the Talkbass forum's BASSES in "The Official Washburn Club (redux)" thread on page 40.
 

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Re: Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 03:53:40 AM »
Thanks for the information Meker.  Your research is much appreciated. 

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Re: Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 04:50:38 AM »
GREAT information!!!! You rock my friend. Rock on!

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Re: Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2015, 02:19:56 PM »
I had a 1984 B5, white one and a red B20 I solld in july of 2015. I received $1180 for both of them. The gentelman said he would have paid a LOT more, (another $1000) because of the rarety of the instruments and the condition they were in. Both had the original case and both were in 9 out of 10 condition wise because they were never played. My brother bought them 2 months before he drowned in the Willamette river and I ended up with them but I don't play bass. I would love to post pics but I can't figure out how on here.
Just an update on prices around the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful Medford Oregon to be exact. Home of the best reefer around!

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Re: Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 06:37:08 AM »
I had a 1984 B5, white one and a red B20 I solld in july of 2015. I received $1180 from https://affmountain.com/my-wealthy-affiliate-review-and-results the Wealthy Affiliate program and both of them. The gentelman said he would have paid a LOT more, (another $1000) because of the rarety of the instruments and the condition they were in. Both had the original case and both were in 9 out of 10 condition wise because they were never played. My brother bought them 2 months before he drowned in the Willamette river and I ended up with them but I don't play bass. I would love to post pics but I can't figure out how on here.
Just an update on prices around the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful Medford Oregon to be exact. Home of the best reefer around!

I've found a white 1984 B5 for sale but the guy wants almost $3000 for it. This is way too much right?
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Re: Washburn Bass History 1978-1985 rollup
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2015, 02:21:59 AM »
Way to much!!! I sold mine for roughly $450 including shipping. I bought another on a trip to Beijing a month ago for $125 American. It doesn't have the original case but it does have a nice case. I work on a cruise ship and travel to the far east often. Not many of these B5' s left but I see a ton of B-20's. I usually see them for around $300 but every one I've ever seen in the Orient has major problems with condition. The necks split because of all the humidity. It deteriorates the one piece model's something fierce!