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« on: July 22, 2005, 08:03:24 PM »
Help, just bought an older model, I think, Lyon Washburn Bass that my husband said he thinks looks like a copy of a Fender Jazz bass.  It has a seriel number, Brown sunburst finish, weighs a LOT, very solid, string adjusters are on one side and has three nobs on the bottom of face to adjust it with.  If anyone can shed some light on this for me PLEASE do.  I am a beginner and want to find the info on it.  [:I]  If need be I can take photos of it via my web cam if it will help in this endeavor.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2005, 01:39:52 PM »
Hi,aht52,or
Howdy from...Croatia[:D]
From your description,it might be a copy of a Fender Jazz bass.The three controls (buttons) are Volume-Volume-Tone,meaning that each pick-up (the neck one and the bridge one) has an independent volume control.This means that you can blend both pickups' signals from both full to only one and anything inbetween...you have almost infinite tonal possibilities by the expense of 5-10 minutes tweaking.
The third button,Tone,placed closest to the output jack,acts like a hi-cut filter,meaning that if rotated fully clockwise,you get the unaltered PUs' signal.If you dial it counterclockwise,you'll hear that your high part of the tonal spectrum mutes,leaving only the lowest part of the spectrum.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2005, 08:50:25 AM »
Hello Croatia, thank you for the info on it, and now I have another question.  The only number on the Bass is this: 7080087.  In my research yesterday I found it is a Lyon Series Washburn Bass and that is about all I could find on it.  Besides the little, and I mean little, info on the serial number stateing that the first two numbers meaning the year it was made.  Do you have any idea if this is true?  If so then it is 35 years old.  We were also told last night Washburn started in or about 1970.  My husband paid $75 for it in a little country store.  From the info gathered so far I think we did get a good buy.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2005, 01:48:26 AM »
Hi Dolly,
Sorry for the delayed reply!
I'm not a Washburn Serial Numbers' expert,but,following the common logic,yes,you might got a vintage instrument,no matter if it's made in 1970,1980 or 1987 (as the engraved SN should indicate).
All I can say is that in the 70's there were alot of brands wich mass-produced imitations of well-known guitars and basses,such as Fender and Gibson.Some of these imitations were bad,some fair,and most of them were misused...but what counts in your case is the fact that you own a vintage bass whose woodenry is old (read good-sounding).If the instrument is in fair shape (no dents in the back of the neck,no major flaws on the body,no excessive fretwear,etc),I'd let it AS-IS (no modification made by amateurs) and play it consequently.There's a big chance to get a specific vintage tone from this axe (round,maybe boomy,with thump) BUT,if you don't like it,don't hack it in search for a more modern,hi-fi tone....rather,sell it further and buy a cheap,modern bass (see eBay...it's a load of them outside there).
If,instead,you DO like it,get it inspected by a fair luthier and eventually,for a small ammount,tell him to make it more playable (he'll know what that means...adjustment of the truss rod,lower action,maybe a fret levelling job).
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005, 02:01:57 AM »
Here's some user comments':
http://www.harmony-central.com/Bass/Data4/Washburn/LB_60_Lyon-1.html


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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2005, 05:51:56 PM »
thank you so much for your information.  I have no intentions of selling it or messing with it to change anything.  We did plug it into a bass amp and it sounds great with a deep sound and the person that played it said it was a Gem of a Bass.  [:D] now all I have to do is learn how to play it myself.  My husband has ordered me a bass amp and I can't wait for it to show up.  I have a person that is going to teach me to play it.  Now I know I am a very happy camper with this investment.  Thanks so much.
Dolly
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