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Offline marc_zande

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« on: April 15, 2007, 06:15:44 AM »
I have just finished replying to another member about the B10 and I got to thinking, are there many of you out there who own the B10 series Washburn bass?

I have owned mine since about 1988 and I love this bass... wouldn't swap it for anything! I'm not gigging any more (well, not for a while anyway) but still play my B10 (and the crappy Aria Pro II guitar I recently bought) to do some home recording with my Mac.

I am also searching for a Washburn guitar from the same era... or a cheap Fender Jaguar [:D]

So, B10 owners, 'fess up now!
 

Offline marc_zande

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 06:38:55 PM »
obviously none then?
 

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2007, 12:53:20 AM »
For what it's worth, here's my (rather grubby) B10...

http://datrally.net/gear/washburn.jpg
« Last Edit: April 30, 2007, 12:53:49 AM by marc_zande »
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2007, 02:20:25 PM »
Hello marc_zande,
just found your entry on the B10. I'm sorry I don't own one yet but I was just offered a 1990-produced Force ABT B10. I wonder if you could help with the specs, please? All I know of so far is that is has Washburn hardware and passive SingleCoil PU's also by Washburn. What I'm uncertain about is the body wood, the potentiometers, what ABT stands for (since there where also these legendary 'Bubinga Force ABT' basses by Washburn just around the early 1990s??) and a general idea of the sound. Could you explain on those, please? As for the potentiometers: I've heard that the bass was switchable between active and passive mode, that'S all I know. Thank you ever so much!
 

Offline nrich

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 03:29:30 PM »
i have a mint con. b-10 1980. i love it. sorry no picture
 

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007, 07:08:47 AM »
Damn it! I am so sorry that I missed this reply from crimhead!

1) No idea at all about the timber used. I'm guessing basswood. They were a budget bass (from what I can figure). Mind you, it is a very light bass and yet has great sustain.

2) I have no idea about the pots either and am amazed (and very happy) that mine are still ok.

3) ABT = Active Bass Technology.

The sound?... I LOVE IT! I use Dean Markley Blue Steels 45 ~ 100 and it has awesome punch and ear-splitting brightness when you want it.

Yes, the Tone pot doubles as the active/passoive switch. Push in to engage, pull out to switch off.


nrich... good to see another one surface ;)
 

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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2007, 05:35:15 AM »
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Originally posted by marc_zande

obviously none then?

I've got a B-10 too and I've used it for gigging over the last fifteen or so years. It's still a reliable workhorse and I think it's every bit as punchy as many of the modern basses. I bought it second hand and the serial number is 8001830, which, if I'm correct, means that it was made in 1980!
 

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Offline lewink

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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009, 11:50:19 PM »
I know I'M LATE TO THE Party, I have one, like the neck alot.
 

Offline redcomet117

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2009, 11:10:29 PM »
i have a blue 1988 B-10 that i got from my friend.
with a little work i got it working like new again and i love how it plays
 

Offline marc_zande

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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2010, 06:10:57 AM »
Never too late to the party... nearly three years later and my B10 is still my favourite. Since these posts, I have purchased a couple of basses, one being a Greg Bennet and the other a very sad Yamaha RBX200 like the one I used as the backup to the Washburn when I used to gig. It was stolen form a gig in 1992 and never recovered. The one I picked up on eBay was stuffed but for $40AU, it seemed a good first restoration project. I'm pretty happy with the outcome: http://dairally.net/gear/rbx_restoration/

And I did get that Fender Jaguar by the way ;)

Long live the B10!
 

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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2010, 01:19:23 PM »
Hey, just come across this forum while trying to find out about my B10 - sounds like it must be a 1984 model as the seriel number ends in 4. Just about completed rewiring it, and getting it ready to play after a long break - previous potentiometers were shot. Good to know there are other B10s out there.
 

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2010, 07:25:25 PM »
Another B-10 bass arrives at the party: S/N 9030261. They were using the last digit of year is first digit of S/N convention around that time, so the leading 9 makes it a 1989. Those of you who have a leading 8 have 1988 models.

Mine has a black body with the same switch and pot configuration as others have described. The neck is natural. Country of origin is not stamped anywhere. It says CHICAGO SERIES in pretty small print after the Washburn logo.

FWIW, here's a guy playing what looks like the same bass but with a natural body: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4V5jfdpwkg

I'll post more when/if I find out more. Cheers! ~Brian

PS: I have confirmed by exchanging email with the author that the bass on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4V5jfdpwkg is an ABT force B10. He cannot emphasize how good this bass is, neck is superslim and active part really powerful, sustains forever. He sure does play it well!
« Last Edit: December 24, 2010, 09:23:14 PM by Brian Hill »
 

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2010, 10:54:08 PM »
OK, here is some more info:

The B-10 is on the 1988 pricelist in four colors (B=Black, WH=White, R=Red and CBL=Cobalt Blue) for $429.00.

On the 1989 pricelist, it is there again, but only in one color (TS=Tobacco Sunburst) for $449.90.

The 1988 and 1989 pricelists had left-handed B-10-LH models for $499.00 and $539.90, respectively.

In the 1990 pricelist, the B-10s no longer appear, but they started specifying the woods in the pricelist, and basses in the B-10 price range had alder bodies, maple necks and rosewood fingerboards.

Here is a page with links to the above pricelists: http://www.washburn.com/about-us/customer-service/washburn-guitar-archives.html

On that page, be sure to read the double-asterisk footnote about the serial numbers, since it applies to the B-10s.

Finally, here is a 1984 pricelist page: http://www.matsumoku.org/models/washburn/catalogs/84_pl/84_pl_pg3_web.jpg.html

and a 1985 catalog page: http://www.matsumoku.org/models/washburn/catalogs/1985/pg4.html

In these, the B-10s do not yet appear. ~Brian
« Last Edit: November 22, 2010, 09:51:09 AM by Brian Hill »
 

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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2011, 04:24:10 AM »
I have a black B-10 and have gigged with it for years, having bought it second hand in the early 90s.  It's had some repairs over the years as you'd expect.   Th fretboard was glued back down, the frets re-done etc etc, but I have 3 flaws now that means I may have to consider a new neck.

There is a crack in the headstock, and the truss rod has finally seized, and the nut at the top of the neck has broken away where the G-String applies pressure (my bass has the black pointy headstock).

The bass however is awesome.   The sound has to date been unmatched for me.   I have had several basses over the years, but they were always consigned to 'spares' as nothing has delivered a sound that matches the ABT sound.

Anyone know if and where I can get a replacement neck ?