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SOLD FS: Washburn Bantam Headless MIJ porn by Matsumoku!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by rogerbmiller, Jul 30, 2012.


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  1. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    Howdy TBers. I am with some reluctance selling my Japanese Washburn Bantam headless bass in a beautiful satin red finish. This was made circa 1984 in the legendary Matsumoku factory.

    A quick history on this bass. Shortly after Steinbergers were introduced they became a highly the envy of many players and represented the pinnacle of innovation. Many overseas producers rushed to "copy" or mimic the design and produce lower cost alternatives. Steinberger ultimately decided not to fight 'em but rather to join 'em and started to license legitimate copies by overseas producers who could provide low budget Steinberger-inspired instruments.

    However, before Steinberger started licensing its axes, there were many interesting unlicensed "copies" of the bass that were produced. I put "copies" in quotations because many of these basses were actually entirely different in design despite the fact that they were infringing on patents (ask Apple or Samsung about that!). Among these early "copies" were the now often sought Ibanez Axestar, the Yamaha BX series, and of course, the Washburn Bantam as I have listed here.

    Now on to this bass you are here to look at.

    The Bantam features two high output OEM hum bucking pickups. Controls are traditional VVT. Lots of sound and variety.

    The bass uses regular bass strings, not the double ball end string. This is a huge plus. The ball end is anchored into the bridge which has Steinberger inspired tuners though the bridge is not an exact copy of the Steinie design. This is also a plus-- Steinberger owners know that the Steinberger bridge sometimes gets sticky and can hard to adjust without some tweaking. This Bantam bridge is as smooth as butter. At the "headstock" end of the bass, the string ends are clamped down by a capo-type unit that holds them firmly into place behind the zero fret, obviating the need for a double ball end to fasten the string securely to the end.

    Lastly, in keeping with the Matsumoku tradition of of quality craftsmanship above that of its peers, this bass features either a neck through or set neck construction (I honestly can't tell which, but check out the pics-- its pretty cool whatever it is!). The bass also features a high-end locking input jack to help prevent the occasional unplugging midway through a gig.

    For kicks, you can view the original catalogs for these instruments here:

    http://matsumoku.org/models/washburn/catalogs/bantam.html

    As you will see in the pics below, this bass is in very good shape for an old Steinie knockoff. Most that you find these days are chewed up but this one is quite clean. It does have a few light dings and a few through the thin finish (like Steinberger did, the went light on the finish to keep weight down), but almost all of the dings are on the back side of the instrument body and neck where your audience will never see them.

    As for price, I am asking $SOLD OBO shipped CONUS. As of right now I do not have a case or bag to ship this in but should that change I will absolutely throw one in. Since this bass is pretty small, I would consider international sales but please PM me first as we will have to agree upon a revised price to account for the additional shipping expense to send overseas.

    No trades for now please, unless you think you have something equally cool or have a trade value offer I cannot refuse. Otherwise, I just need the extra space this bass is taking up!!!

    Ok, enough about the business stuff. Enjoy the pics below and PM if you have any questions.

    Thanks.

    RBM

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  2. anthonybass

    anthonybass

    Jun 3, 2010
    250. shipped? tony 516 650 8276
     
  3. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    SOLD!
     

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