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Offline 1979sunburstbass

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1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:48:35 PM »
Hi All,

My father in law who toured for half of his life, sadly passed away recently and had this gem hidden away in a cupboard, hardly used.

I know from the serial number - 792178 - that it's a 1979 Washburn Bass - Sunburst ... I am not sure if it is a scavenger or a Vulture or something else? 

also I am looking to sell to get as much money for my wife and her two sisters ... don't want to get ripped off...
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Re: Help with Bass?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 08:50:55 PM »





Offline Adsixnine

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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 11:44:59 PM »
I love it.  ;)

Offline 1979sunburstbass

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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2018, 08:30:30 PM »
Does anyone know the exact name and a rough value? Thanks for your time

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 09:16:06 PM »
There was a guy from Belgium here back around 2008 (before I signed up) with the handle G3H. He loved the Wing models, & created a website dedicated to them --
http://www.g3h.be/wings/

The Scavenger was the bass sub-line of the Wing Series. It was shorter-lived. The G3H site has only one page, without photos, & mentions only the lower-end bolt-neck versions --
http://www.g3h.be/wings/scavenger.htm

As I've regularly discussed, what it's "worth" depends on too many variables to give you a reliable number. Some Washburn models have achieved near-cult status, but most are undervalued on the market. Your bass is beautiful, & my poor guess is that the multi-piece neck marks it as both higher-end & made-in-Japan. If I owned it, I'd consider it worth $1,000... but to sell it, I'd consider myself fortunate to get half that, & likely after having it listed for a year or two.
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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 02:32:38 AM »
Looks like a Vulture Bass to me, check it out.   http://www.g3h.be/wings/

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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:23:22 PM »
Oh, right!! I forgot about the Vultures.

The G3H site says the early (1978-1979) version had "brass (cilinder shaped) saddles," the trussrod & control-cavity covers were plastic, & a top-mounted jack, while the "B" version (1979-1981) had "brass (normal shaped) saddles," wood covers, & side-mount jack.

The only problem is that the tobacco sunburst was with the first model, & G3H seems to say the second model was only available in transparent brown. Other than that, I'd say what we're seeing is a Model B.
http://www.g3h.be/wings/vultureB.htm
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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2018, 12:43:32 PM »
Thanks for your responses everyone.

So we are thinking 1979 Vulture Model B

it's so beautiful and and immaculate condition.  Tempted to learn myself . :)

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Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2018, 01:06:52 PM »