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Offline JellinWellen

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New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« on: February 14, 2016, 01:34:50 PM »
I ordered a Washburn xb-900 from GCs used site (I called the store about the other natural colored one and was told the truss rod is broken, for anyone who is wondering why I didn't just buy that one). It looks to be in good shape but it appears like it could've been modded.

The knobs are different, and the guy said it was passive and if you look at the pics has a selector switch where the knob usually is. The guy opened it up and swore up and down that it wasn't modded (But then again it is a GC employee).

I can't find any info about a model like this, is it possible the previous owner yanked out the pre and is running it passive? I wouldn't think the Bartolinis would work like that.

Only paid $415 after tax and shipping so I'm not in it for too much. I'll post the pics the employee sent me in a little while.

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Pictures that were sent to me
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Offline JellinWellen

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Re: New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 05:38:28 PM »
I'll post a picture of the SN when it gets here in a few days. From what I understand these bartolini soapbars may just be passive and paired with an active washburn preamp.

Take a look at these passive pickups on the bartolini website:

http://www.bartolini.net/product/w4cbc-t/
http://www.bartolini.net/product/w4cbc-b/


I'll open it up too when I get it.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2016, 05:40:50 PM by JellinWellen »

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 02:16:41 PM »
The first-run Bantams had variances. My XB-400 is certainly active, but I've also seen early versions for sale with a passive J config.

You're confusing "active electronics" with "active pickups." I've encountered no-battery Bartolini setups plenty of times.

I've never seen a battery-powered Washburn that doesn't have a separate battery cover on back. If there's no battery compartment, there likely was never a battery.
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Re: New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 02:25:37 PM »

You're confusing "active electronics" with "active pickups." I've encountered no-battery Bartolini setups plenty of times.

I've never seen a battery-powered Washburn that doesn't have a separate battery cover on back. If there's no battery compartment, there likely was never a battery.

All the XB-900 control cavity pictures I see have the battery housed inside that cavity. (I'll put a picture of a standard xb900 cavity) But yeah I see what you mean about the pickups, that's what I was talking about in my other post. I figured these are just passive bart soapbars and if there was a pre at one point it was an onboard pre + passive pickups.

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Re: New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 11:05:35 PM »
I guess one thing I should've asked is how is the general quality on these? I've owned US and Mexican Fenders, Chinese Ibanezes, my last bass was a Ric 4003 (honestly was not all that impressed).

I heard these basses retailed new for 3x what I paid, what gives?

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Re: New Washburn on the way, was it modded?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 11:44:05 PM »
I presently have two XB-400 & an XB-500, & the quality of these (MIK) is quite high; retail was $849/$899. However, there's just no demand for ANY Bantam basses, so if I were to sell, I'd consider myself fortunate to get even half of book value, which is like $450. Bad for sellers, great for buyers. ;)

Here's a P/J XB900 languishing at $399.
https://reverb.com/item/1310783-1998-washburn-usa-custom-shop-xb-900-matte-yellow

This one's been around almost as long at $359.
https://reverb.com/item/1428107-washburn-xb-900-made-in-usa-custom-shop

At the moment, there's four XB-900... with four different pickup configurations.
https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=washburn+xb-900
Pickups by three manufacturers, at least two bridge vendors.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2016, 11:45:47 PM by Tony Raven »
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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