washburn basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by terms bassist, Aug 10, 2001.

  1. Great, can't play without one?

    11 vote(s)
  2. Good, but wouldn't replace it if it were stolen?

    21 vote(s)
  3. wouldn't touch it with a 60 foot pole?

    10 vote(s)
  1. terms bassist

    terms bassist Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Queensland Australia
    hey I just bought myself a washburn XB500 bass for $1075 Australian, active pickups, fast thin neck, light well balanced body. I think it's great, what does everyone else think of Washburn basses and does anybody have one and do they like it?.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I had an XB-400 & XB-500 & I think that they're GREAT basses for the money. The only reason I sold them was because of my compulsive disorder that forces me to buy new gear once a week. :D :p

    I actually traded the 400 for the 500 & I used the 500 for a while & then traded for God knows what. :)

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  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    What about the washburn model licensed by Status? Is that any good?
  4. Zoot H Rollo

    Zoot H Rollo

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    i like the styling of the washburn electrics more so than yamaha, ibanez, dean, etc...

  5. madsky

    madsky Guest

    Apr 21, 2001
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Yo yo ... in my opinion the WASHBURN is so ... rock style ... don't know how to explain :rolleyes: in most ways it is similar to Yamahas ... but hey ... i have a weird habit of not liking anything with "Washburn" in it ... the name sounds bad :eek: ^^ but i'm sure you would enjoy your Washburn ... [since i am broke and without a bass except a currently broken and unfixed Aria Pro II Avante]

    i want StingRay !!! :(
  6. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I am playing a G.W. Lyon Washburn and I LOVE it.

    Of course you need to know that it's the only electric bass I've ever owned.

    After years on the DB I decided to see what I've been missing.

    Kind of a funny story, but I let a very good friend who owns a large music store make my selection for me. I walked in the store and told him I wanted to buy an electric bass. He asked what kind and I said "I have no idea". He pulled the Washburn down off the wall and said take it home and try it. I did and I still have it.

    I think he gave me a good deal. $125.00 with a new set of flatwound strings and a gig bag.

    I think he really expected me to bring it back anyway but I fell in love with it.

    If I ever try some really high quality basses I probably will change my mind but I'll never get rid of my Washburn.

  7. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm...

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    I own a Washburn xb500 bass. It´s a pretty good bass for the price. I´ve owned it for 5-6yrs now, and it has never let me down.
    I am never going to sell or trade it...I just wanna aquire gear.
  8. i got the XB100, and i'm VERY glad i got it instead of a squier or a cheap yamaha. it's just a much better, more solid bass.
  9. 7

    7 Guest

    Dec 23, 2000
    ive got a washburn bantam headless 4 string from the 80's and its a really great bass (i think its the same kind sting used to play sometimes back in the police days) but i play in a metal band with it and i really like it with the two passive hum p/u's give it a good thick sound to it, plus it makes a great travle bass due to the steinberger design to it but if it were stolen or somthing i wouldnt replace it with another cuz its a real bitch to changes the strings on it and i dont know where i can get another one cuz i got mine form a used instrument store in flordia and i live in IL
  10. Good for the price.
  11. Sorry guys, I totally disagree. I have had a XB500 and 600, and I did'nt like them. My complaints were:
    active preamp is rubbish, the treble is hissy and the bass is wooly,
    strings too close together on the six,
    every Washburn I've ever seen has had a hump in the fingerboard at the first three frets, meaning the trussrod cannot create a nice even relief.The only way to rectify it is to remove the frets and plane down the fingerboard.
  12. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Then I want to change my vote. If you didn't like your Washburns there must be something wrong with mine too. :)

    I haven't found any wool on mine but I'll check it closer. :)

    What you are describing about the first three frets being high is sometimes called a ski jump. I've seen it on several Fenders but so far there's not a sign of it on my Washburn.

    What you describe about the active pups is pretty much the case with all of the low end basses. Mine, of course has passive pups so I can't speak for actives. I'm sure none of us are trying to say our Washburns are the equivelant of a high dollar bass but for the price, mine is a darn good instrument. Sets up perfectly and intonates from one end of the neck to the other very well. Stays in tune and changes very little seasonally. Definitely better workmanship than any of the low end Fenders.

    The only fault that I've found with mine is the volume control. I'm almost certain that the factory pot is a linear taper rather than a log taper. It works o.k. but the usable range of the control is bunched up in the first third of rotation.

    I don't mind investing five bucks and fifteen minutes to change it though. That is if I ever get around to it.

    As a starter bass, I recommend Washburn very highly.

    A darn good instrument for the price, in my opinion.

  13. I think they are ok. I tried one in my local shop, but I didnt really like the neck.
  14. To pkr2; I'm not rubbishing anything, just relating my experience. I am the floor manager in a large musical instrument shop, and unfortunately Washburn is one of the brands we wont touch, due to the large number of complaints associated with it, Warwick is another.
    Interestingly, older Washburns were much better, the neck problem began when they started making the necks with an glued joint under the first or second fret. Also, I have played a couple of USA built ones, and did'nt like them either, despite the fact that they're supposed to be hand made by a top guitar builder, I forget, but I think it was the guy who built Jacksons, or someone similar.
  15. terms bassist

    terms bassist Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Queensland Australia
    well I know you all are saying that the biggest problem is the skiny neck's and the smaller spacing between strings. well that's what I like the most about it, this is probably because I learnt to play on an Ibanez SR405 which has pretty much the exact same neck, so I feel at home with it. and the pick ups are really warm I didn't notice any of the stuff that has been said on here about it. probably because this is the newist model of the xb500 not the older ones from the early 90's so it has definetly improved I think
  16. Requiem


    Feb 26, 2000
    Costa Rica
    Well I own a Washburn Xl-100 and I must say It has been a beautifull expierience to play such a great instrument. I know it's town may not be to rich or too "howl" and rich but it has a very strong punch and a very "hungry" slap sensation...

    Well it awas my first bass, her name is Lucy and I would never change it for another....

    I may be overreacting, butyou never forget your first love, our first teachers....


    Bassically Yours
  17. Had a XB500, bought it for a hell of a deal. But I never really fell in love with the hissy soulless thing. Good solid bass, but could really stand a better electronics package. Plus the body shape is a bit off, doesn't lay against the body to well...
  18. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I knew you weren't, Marty. The first paragraph of my post was made with tongue in cheek.

    Actually there are a couple of points that you make that I wasn't even aware of.

    About the glued joint:, are you talking about a joint at the nut end or the bridge end? I can't find one on mine and I'm wondering if that's something to look for if one is considering a particular Washburn.

    Tnx for the info.

    I suppose the best policy is still "try before you buy", no matter what brand you're considering.
  19. JPAmorim


    Jul 17, 2001
    Rio de Janeiro
    I used to have a XB 500:
    1) Irregular neck finish
    2) Muddy B string
    3) doesn´t look good

    I wouldn´t buy one


  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    pkr2, I think that Marty is referring to what some people call a scarf joint.

    It is where the headstock and first inch or so of the neck is made of one piece of wood, and the rest of the neck is a second piece of wood, glued together between the nut and the 3rd fret.

    This is a common practice on low priced instruments with an angled back headstock. Supposedly the glue joint is stronger than the wood, so it would never separate there.

    The problem is that I have seen a couple of guitars and one bass that broke at that joint.

    Most Washburns(guitars and basses) are constructed this way, and so is the Cort Curbow series.