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Offline mn

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XB400/500/600 - mods - electronics: preamp, pickups.
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:38:56 PM »
Hi!
I own XB500 Bantam Bass (secs below) since 1994. It is very good bass, good wood, sounds great even unplugged. Even my bass instructor wanted to buy my XB500 from me several years ago... She is 20 yo and right now I am considering preamp upgrade but I do not have any experience with guitar modifications.

I would like to kindly ask all Bantam XB400/500/600 owners who modified their axes to share their success stories with us...
- what preamps works with this basses?
- what pickups to consider and why?
- what other improvements to consider?

Thanks for help ;) Mike

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Bantam Bass: Washburn XB500-NM (1994), Made in Korea, SN: S4073830.
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Specifications (same as XB400/XB600, except pickups and bridge):
- book matched, figure ash top
- comfort contoured, solid alder body
- natural material finish
- shallow heel
- 24 jumbo, nickel silver frets
- 20:1 die cast tuners / polished chrome hardware
- natural finish, maple neck / angled headstock
- rosewood fingerboard / offset, dot fret markers
- active electronics (9V battery) / 3-way pickup selector switch
- volume and tone controls
- custom 5-string bridge
- 2 J-style 5-string pickups
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Re: XB400/500/600 - mods - electronics: preamp, pickups.
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 08:45:48 PM »
hello mn,

just wondering, if your XB-500 sounds perfect and even your music teacher is interested in her..  then it means she has beautiful tone.  If you change something that is working right...  you may end up with something different and even if you try to reinstall the original pickups and preamp, something may go wrong and ruin the tone that made her a beautiful player.
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Re: XB400/500/600 - mods - electronics: preamp, pickups.
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 04:34:06 AM »
Hello,

I'm considering to buy the exact same bass which seems to have a very noisy preamp.
So I have the same question...

Luc

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Re: XB400/500/600 - mods - electronics: preamp, pickups.
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 12:14:10 AM »
i think its dirty pots... that need some cleaning with contact cleaner.
88 Force ABT B-30 MR
90 Festival EA20B
94 Bantam XB600 BkFlam
96 Bantam XB400 Bttrsctch
97 Maverick BT-4 Tobaccobrst
98 Maverick BTM MR/DMB
98 Bantam XB-500 Bk
98 Maverick BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
05 Xseries X-33 Bk
05 Idol WI64 Bk
05 Idol WI36 Bk
14 WCG18CE Na
84 Wing T-bird Brwnbrst