THIS ENTRY IS ON THE MB-8 MODEL FROM THE MERCURY SERIES
I'm a newbie to this forum and also to Washburn instruments since they are a bit difficult to get hold of over here in Germany. However, not even a week ago I obtained a used Washburn Bass which I am very happy about and on which I'd like to find out more using this forum.
The instrument is from the Mercury Series, model number MB-8. It has the following serial number: 9302112. Technical specifications are as follows: golden machine heads, potentiometer knobs and massive bridge all made by Washburn, transparent black finish, passive Status soapbar humbucking pickups + 2-Band active circuitry by the same manufacturer.
1) I suspect that this was the default setup at the time this bass was released. Is that correct?
2) The bass was released in 1993. How many items were in this series and how long was it in production? I've heard that this was the final Wasburn designed series of bass guitars featuring Status electronics and pickups.
3) Does anybody know WHERE this series was actually produced. My instrument bears no indication (Made in Korea or so) of this. Not even inside the electronics compartment. I suspect the original lacquer was taken off the neck and they kept nothing but the serial number and the colour chart marker.
4) The body wood could be maple, but since mine has a transparent black finish I can hardly verify this. Moreover, neither does the bass sound too harsh towards the treble range nor does it weigh too much - both is often associated with maple.
5) The headstock angle and glued-on construction is a little problematic when it comes to finding a suitable hardcase. Did this series originally come out with its own cases? If so, is there any chance of still obtaining one?
6) The bass is still in very good shape. Apart from a few minor scratches on the surface and patina on the golden hardware this bass does not look like being 14 years old. I'm just curious: How much would you approximately rate this instrument? As far as I know the prices for these instruments when they came out were somewhere in the well-equipped workhorse range, i.e. $700-$800.
Thanks for reading this and for your input.