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98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 Black MiK S/N: 98100159
« on: May 25, 2014, 02:17:56 AM »
I just got this used Bantam XB-500 5-string bass last week, missing trus rod cover (easy fix - buy replacement trus rod cover thru eBAY)
finally finished cleaning her, but still need to buy some teflon washer for the (2) tuners.

98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 5-string active bass specs:
- Offset double cutaway asymmetrical 4pc alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck
- 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay
- 3/2 per side Grover style tuners
- Fixed Chrome High Mass Bridge and Chrome Tuners
- Two Washburn humbucker (Washburn 951 / Washburn 953) pickups
- Four knobs Active Electronics (2 band EQ, 1 Volume, 1 Blend)
- Scale length: 34

Pictures or it never happened.

front


back


front2


back2


closeup


serial number 98100159


replacement trus rod cover
« Last Edit: May 26, 2014, 11:39:08 PM by psp742 »
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Re: 98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 Black MiK S/N: 98100159
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014, 01:07:53 PM »
That's one good-looking instrument!   8)
My Washburns -

A-5, Black
A-5, Yellow
A-10, Black Translucent
A-10, Red Translucent
A-10, Green Translucent
A-20 Reissue, Honey Burst
HB-30, Tobacco Sunburst
HB-30DL
HB-32DM
HB-35, Natural
HB-45WHK
J-6S, Natural
T-14 Taurus Bass

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Re: 98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 Black MiK S/N: 98100159
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 03:45:07 AM »
Yep, just a great all-around bass. Those big ol' soapbars & some amazing electronics. I have basses that practically demand a certain playing style to take proper advantage of their unique tone -- the XB400/500 somehow seem to work with just about anything. And the value has been creeping up since the model was discontinued: mine cost ~$150, but now a trans color (in good shape) can fetch $300-$400.
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: 98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 Black MiK S/N: 98100159
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 10:04:22 AM »
the original generic 5-string bass  bridge is bent as seen in picture.

two cards can be wedge under.


upgraded the bridge with a drop in generic high mass bridge
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
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst

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Re: 98' Washburn Bantam XB-500 Black MiK S/N: 98100159
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 07:02:43 PM »
thanks C-Ram, Tony Raven...  it actually sounds nice...  still using the string that it came with.

NOTE:  i was informed by SP_EB4L, co-member of 'Washburn Club' in Talk-bass, that the 5-string bridge i installed is similar to the bridge of Washburn Mercury MB-5 5-string bass.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2014, 01:22:30 PM by psp742 »
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
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst