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Offline Uber Soldat

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1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:48:05 AM »
Hi All.

Was asked by MEKer to join here from Talkbass.

I have what seems to be an 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.

Serial number is 821264. I have yet to see another in South Africa and heard they are somewhat rare.

Have had this bass since 1999 and cannot bring myself to sell it.

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Offline wrmurphy

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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 01:43:36 PM »
I am not a bass player, I don't know anything about them, but welcome to the forum. I'm sure somebody will in this forum will be along to answer your questions. The holidays have been kind of slow. Have a Merry Christmas. murph
 

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 02:54:09 PM »
An interesting beast!

First thought: the headstock. The shape & the trussrod cover scream "Hi, I'm a Wing!!" ;D though the asymmetric body differs mightily. Someone told me it might be a crossover late Scavenger (1979-1981?) IFF it's a bolt-on neck. (That would apparenly make it a Yamaki build rather than Matsumoku.)

The body shape & pickup layout are different from anything I can spot before OR after 1982.

Active circuitry, right? What does the toggle switch do?
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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2014, 11:26:37 PM »
I am a member in Talk-bass Washburn Club and there are 3 - 4 people i go to when I need info on Vintage Washburn basses... MEKer, SP_EB4L, Randy (currently unavailable), iriegnome.  I see you also posted in Talk-bass...  If you have any questions.  Ask them gurus of Washburn.  ;D
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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 08:56:30 PM »
Iriegnome, won the fretless B40 EQ red with OHSC.
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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
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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 09:07:49 PM »
Hi Tony Raven---Uber SOldat does indeed have an SB-40EQ. They were made ONLY in 1982. They were the follow-on to the 1981 SB-40. The 3 pot/1 toggle/1 mini-switch circuitry started in the Wing Series SB-40 in 1981, into the Wing Series SB-40EQ in 1982 and followed into the now-Force-series B40EQ/EQW and Force 40 basses until 1984. The original WING  B-40's had the Vulture II circuitry of 4 pot/1 toggle.

There are no differences in the circuitry between ALL of those basses. I personally own two 1981 SB-40's, a 1982 SB-40EQ,  a 1983 Force 40 and a 1984 Force 40 BBR and have a copy of the original B-40EQ schematic. Had an electrical engineer, Pete Wickham (who also does guitars) physically check it all out (and replaced a pot on my SB-40EQ) and he confirmed the electronics.

Interestingly enough, the only difference between the SB-40 and SB-40EQ is on the 40 the cavity covers are plain brushed aluminum and on the SB-40EQ the cavity covers are blackened aluminum.
 

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Re: 1982 Washburn SB-40EQ.
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 02:11:05 PM »
Hi Tony Raven---Uber SOldat does indeed have an SB-40EQ. They were made ONLY in 1982. They were the follow-on to the 1981 SB-40. The 3 pot/1 toggle/1 mini-switch circuitry started in the Wing Series SB-40 in 1981, into the Wing Series SB-40EQ in 1982 and followed into the now-Force-series B40EQ/EQW and Force 40 basses until 1984. The original WING  B-40's had the Vulture II circuitry of 4 pot/1 toggle.

There are no differences in the circuitry between ALL of those basses. I personally own two 1981 SB-40's, a 1982 SB-40EQ,  a 1983 Force 40 and a 1984 Force 40 BBR and have a copy of the original B-40EQ schematic. Had an electrical engineer, Pete Wickham (who also does guitars) physically check it all out (and replaced a pot on my SB-40EQ) and he confirmed the electronics.

Interestingly enough, the only difference between the SB-40 and SB-40EQ is on the 40 the cavity covers are plain brushed aluminum and on the SB-40EQ the cavity covers are blackened aluminum.

I'm on the lookout for an electric bass but doesn't wan't to spend a fortune to get a decent bass. I have the chance to buy a 1981 B-40 pretty cheap and just wonder if they are any good? I have a Washburn HB35 guitar from 83 and that one is great. I think they would match each other really nice.

Kind Regards Emil