NBD - Washburn AB-20

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vmabus, Jan 19, 2014.


  1. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    I don't have the $$ for a Rob Allen, the eBay auctions for Carvin AC-50s went higher than I thought they should, and I really wanted something with a more 'upright' sound than I can get with my solid basses. I couldn't find much about this model, other than, "Yeah, I've got one and I like it." But the price was good and it came with a case.
    (really crummy picture...)
     

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  2. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    That's a nice looking bass - congrats! Maybe post some better pics?
     
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    Fretless! I'm envious.
     
  4. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    Will do - probly next week.
     
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  6. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    It came with a bridge saddle that had been lowered to the point that the G string no longer touched. A search for a replacement was fruitless. It occurred to me that some saddles are wood; a trip to the lumber yard turned up a small slab of dense maple (free). I managed to get a working saddle on my first try, and the sound is a little smoother and softer than the original plastic one. I like the sound, but will have to work to get used to the neck being thicker than my other basses.
     

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  7. RSBBass

    RSBBass

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    Nice! Upright basses have maple bridges so you may be on to something. I have tapewound strings on my acoustic bass guitar and while it is not the same as my upright bass it can come close to the sound if not the volume.
     
  8. Marko5657

    Marko5657 Supporting Member

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    Man, that is nice!
     
  9. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    I found out about this place in another thread:
    https://www.cookwoods.com/
    They have some bridge blanks that are pretty cheap, so I ordered some ebony and rosewood. It'll be interesting to hear the difference.
     
  10. bassteban

    bassteban

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    I have a red marbled one(the mid-80's called and said I could keep it:))- I defretted it, and also had to replace part of the bridge. I used purpleheart- didn't notice any tonal diff. Nice basses!
     
  11. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    Sweet! I like that finish, and the black one in the same style. The fretless (like mine) only came in sunburst, my least favorite...
     

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