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Early Models

Washburn's early basses were not split into series as easily as the guitars were. There are also fewer bass models than guitars. All the basses prior to 1990 are in this category, because of the overlap and overall lack of series designations. The very first Washburn bass was the Scavenger, which is based off of the Wings series guitars. The Stage Series (B5 and B20) basses came next that were based off of the Stage Series guitars. Circa 1983, the Force series (B4, B8, B40) basses debuted. These were more traditional instruments based on Fender's P-Bass. In the mid-1980s, some oddball instruments showed up including the headless B42 and Bantam Series (see Bantam series), and the B50 and B70 (four-point body, Japanese sun finish). By 1987, the bass line had become more generalized with the Advanced Bass Technology (ABT) Series as the only bass guitars (B2, B10, B15, B20, B30, and B32). The ABT series featured a harmonic neck joint that made the neck look about five frets longer than it really was, and Force ABT graphics on the face of the guitar.


Some models that were produced are not included in any catalogs that we have. Washburn produced a line of basses with the Stephen's Extended Cutaway. They were produced for a brief time and were never included in the catalog for SEC. The B80 was a solid body with the vivid finishes the guitar SEC models had. The B90 had a flame maple top. The B100 had a solid flame maple body. The headless English Status-style bass was reintroduced as the S60 and a Black Walnut version, the S70 (see Status Series). A five-string bass made its debut as the B105.
The ABT/B Series basses became the XS Series in the early 1990s.

 

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B2 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, single P-style pickup, two knobs, black hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B4 (FORCE SERIES)
- offset double cutaway P-style body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, white P-style pickguard, single P-style pickup, two knobs, chrome hardware, available in Black, Tobacco Sunburst, or White finish, mfg. mid 1980s. In the mid-1980s, EMG-style pickups replaced the traditional J- and P-style.
B5 (STAGE SERIES)  
- similar to the B20, except has a single P-style pickup, white pickguard, two knobs, and no binding, available in various finishes, mfg. early 1980s-mid 1980s. Circa 1985, an EMG-style pickup replaced the traditional P-style. A BBR model was also offered in the mid 1980s with Black finish, black hardware, and red binding/accents.
B8 (FORCE SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway P-style bound body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret maple fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, white P-style pickguard, single P-style pickup, two knobs, chrome hardware, available in Black, Blue, Tobacco Sunburst, or White finish, mfg. mid 1980s. A White model with black binding was available in the mid-1980s. A BBR model was also offered in the mid 1980s with Black finish, black hardware, and red binding/accents. It was about this time that EMG-style pickups replaced the traditional J- and P-style.
B10 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, two J-style pickups, four knobs, chrome hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B15 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, one J-style and one P-style EMG select pickups, active electronics, four knobs, black hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B20 (STAGE SERIES)  
- Firebird-style cutaway bound ash body, flame maple top, three-piece rock maple and rosewood neck-thru body, 22-fret ebony fingerboard with dot or target brass inlay, matching hockey stick-style headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, Washburn Sure Track bridge with STB, one J-Style and one P-style pickups, four knobs, three-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black or Sunburst finish, mfg. early 1980s-mid 1980s. The B20II was offered for a short time in the early 1980s with brass binding and inlays. In the mid-1980s, a White-finished version was released with black binding. It was about this time that EMG-style pickups replaced the traditional J- and P-style. A BBR model was also offered in the mid 1980s with Black finish, black hardware, and red binding/accents.
B20 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, two J-style EMG select pickups, Washburn Cruise Control active electronics, four knobs, black hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B30 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway body, figured top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, one J-style and one P-style Washburn reverse wound pickups, Washburn Cruise Control active electronics, four knobs, black hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B32 (ABT SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway ash body, figured top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fretless rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, black pointy headstock with four-on-one-side tuners, standard bridge, low impedance active pickup in the bridge, Washburn Cruise Control active electronics, three knobs, black hardware, available in various finishes, mfg. late 1980s.
B40 EQ (FORCE SERIES)  
- offset double cutaway P-style body, figured top, three-piece rock maple and rosewood neck-thru body, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, four-on-one-side tuners, Washburn Sure Track bridge with STB, one J-Style and one P-style pickups, three knobs, three-way switch, mini-switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Tobacco Sunburst, or White finish, mfg. 1983-mid 1980s. A White model with black binding was available in the mid-1980s. A BBR model was also offered in the mid 1980s with Black finish, black hardware, and red binding/accents. It was about this time that EMG-style pickups replaced the traditional J- and P-style.
B42  
- offset double cutaway body (similar to an English Status model), headless configuration, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, two EMG-style pickups, three knobs, three-way switch, black hardware, available in Black or Red finish, mfg. mid 1980s.
B50  
- four point-style body that looks like a cross between an Explorer and the Axe-style Ace Frehley model, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, matching hockey stick-style headstock, single EMG-style pickup, two knobs, chrome hardware, available in Japanese sun White with Red or White with Black finish, mfg. mid 1980s.
B70  
- similar to the B50, except has two EMG-style pickups, three knobs, and a rotary switch, mfg. mid 1980s.
SCAVENGER  
- symmetrical double cutaway mahogany body with an arched top, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, matching headstock with two-per-side tuners, precision die-cast bridge with STB, single split P-style pickup, two knobs, chrome hardware, available in Black or White finish, mfg. early 1980s.

 



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B80 Bass with the Stephen's extended cutaway

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