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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Re: Washburn force 4, origin?
« Last post by Tony Raven on February 14, 2018, 08:47:40 PM »
a unique serial number.
Well, "unique" as in "the only time that number would be used by the company"? or as in "the only time that number would be used, ever, in the history of the nation of Japan"?

Bad enough if the ff the former: a six-digit number scheme means that the company would never be able to manufacture more than a million instruments -- 000000 through 999999. Seeing as Lyon & Healy claimed in 1892 to produce 100,000+ instruments annually, it seems unlikely a modern mass-manufacture company would tie themselves down to a mere million for all eternity. :o

FWIW, my trusty Univox (bought new in 1974) is numbered 1005945 -- clearly THEY were thinking ahead. ;D
General Discussion / Re: Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« Last post by Tony Raven on February 14, 2018, 08:29:56 PM »
Though I'll enjoy solid info, I'm a little iffy about Washburn's use of the word "limited" (much as for"Pro"). For instance, what I've called the "D9_LTD" acoustics -- from at least D92 through D98 -- that appear to have serial numbers that put the runs like 1,000 or so.

Without a serial number, how does Washburn register a warranty? At the very least, it seems like slipshod accounting.
Bantam Basses / Re: Washburn XB-102
« Last post by Tony Raven on February 14, 2018, 08:22:46 PM »
Nice!! I noticed similar design changes for other companies in the same era (like SLM's Austin lines), particularly as they went from Korea to Indonesia & China.
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« Last post by ship of fools on February 14, 2018, 06:23:53 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« Last post by ship of fools on February 11, 2018, 02:05:40 PM »
not even close Tony what should have given it away was the fact that it was a limited run and they never put serial numbers on limited runs all the time looks like my headstock emblem with the same fret markers but different body heck for all its worth could very well be a sample model so as all limited edition they only made a few mine was a run of a 125
Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: XB900 repair question
« Last post by Tony Raven on February 11, 2018, 01:20:33 PM »
It's possible that the knucklehead who took yours out also damaged the pickup leads.

Years back, I would've recommended that you pull the circuit from an XB-400. Weirdly, a used 400 is now generally priced at the same price-point as a USA-made 900.

If you get lucky (on eBay or Reverb), someone may have pulled a harness to upgrade.

There are alternatives that're surprisingly cheap. Here's an Amazon listing for a Belcat two-band harness --
Only $15... but notice that many of the reviews say theirs has an unbearable hiss. That might be to the ineptitude of some home modders... or you might have to install three or more until you get a good one.

If you scroll down that page, you'll note that there are other similar harnesses, for about the same price. Here's a three-band -

I've always been pleased with the tone of the XB-400, & I won't promise that a Belcat will be so good. But it'll at least move you foreward. An alternative might be to simply wire it passive.
General Discussion / Re: Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« Last post by Tony Raven on February 11, 2018, 12:59:41 PM »
I think it's MUCH more amusing that a "2004" guitar has a label that says 1883-2008. 8)

Sometimes, guitars aren't tagged until they're ready to ship. Not all shipped guitars get tagged at the factory. Not all tags stick.

My guess: someone (whether the Red China factory or the stateside distribution hub) was getting down to the last few of these. They stamped the model number, but the serial-number stamper wasn't handy. No big thing.

Alternately: the tag was lost in transit. The dealer asked for a tag, Washburn sent it, maybe asking that the dealer hand-write the number, but that didn't get done.
Bantam Basses / Washburn XB-102
« Last post by bigcity2 on February 11, 2018, 11:54:42 AM »
Any info on this model?
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