Help identifying these three basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mathilde, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Mathilde


    Apr 9, 2019
    Hello, yes as you can see from the title, I need your help :)
    I am looking to buy a new bass and I have these three in mind, but the sellers do not know the exact models

    The blue/green and the pink are Samicks and the brown is a Washburn. Can you help identifying the exact model or at least the series? :)
    The blue/green Samick is, according to the seller, probably from the Artist series but I am not so sure

    The washburn:
    Screenshot - e43d7ea3380ac4d59423aa4560aa69e2 - Gyazo
    Screenshot - c235b65bcf5340faa8631187ba693ad4 - Gyazo

    The Samicks:
    Screenshot - 00b8d28171e430a5577b5716d6b9a448 - Gyazo
    Screenshot - 0076c7b6359dff015a3f722b3fc83521 - Gyazo

    The Washburn is listed at about 100$
    The blue Samick is around 275$ and the pink is 120$
  2. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    The blue one is an SAKB-6690, the pink one looks like an Artist series. Probably 20 to 25 years old at least. No idea about the Washburn other than it was built by Samick as well.
    I hope you can test them before purchase or at least have a solid return agreement in place if you can't.
    Good luck and welcome to TB :)
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  3. @Mathilde

    No idea about the Samicks but I think the Washburn is a Force 4. Saw one sold on Reverb a year or so back for $350.


    Have you any idea which Washburn is pictured in the links ?
  4. Mathilde


    Apr 9, 2019

    Thank you so much!
  5. Mathilde


    Apr 9, 2019
    Thank you!
  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    for a paltry $120 I'd be all over that pink Samick PJ
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  7. BTW the Washburn is Japanese so not built by Samick, they are a Korean company.
  8. Mathilde


    Apr 9, 2019
    Yea but the problem is that I do not know the specs and I would want to know them before I bought it :)
  9. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    What do you need to know?

    My second bass ever was a model similar to the pink Samick but with only one P-style pickup. It sounded good (not great) but it played very nicely with low action. For 120 bucks, you can hardly go wrong.
  10. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
    Samick built for everyone. At one point producing 50% of all guitars sold world-wide. Washburn production began in Korea in 1991 and moved to Indonesia a year later as Korean wages were rising and production of cheaper brands wasn't profitable. Indonesian Samicks under any brand name usually have an I in the serial# prefix.

    There won't be much to know.....34" scale, stamped or cast steel bridge, unbranded p/u's, maple or rosewood neck, alder/ash or plywood body.
    People didn't care about the specs, just the price for these and the factories mixed and matched parts depending on what was stacked in the warehouse.
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  11. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    i owned a 5 string version of the blue/green samick. it was stolen. it was a very nice bass for the price. reasonable pickups and active electronics. i believe it was volume, blend, bass, treble. 9v active.
  12. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
  13. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Correct...Force it has rosewood fretboard.

    Force 8 had maple fretboard. I should think he would be able to get it for $275-$300 nowadays. But...??
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019
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