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    So I was gifted this MIJ thing and just got done cleaning it up and bringing it back up to snuff.

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    1988 Washburn B-10 Force ABT.

    So I have no idea how it works, but it's active with a push pull to make it passive. Also has a stereo jack. It's incredibly convenient and I'm loving how it sounds, I'm going from P to J to MM tones, going from punk to funk to metal to jazz with no effort.

    It had 32 year old strings on it when it was given to me, and what looked to be pretty much 0 fret wear so all I did was polish them. Aside from a couple minor dings and a handful of micro scratches that I could buff out, it seems to be like new. I'm not even getting static in the pots, it's like somebody bought it and just stuffed it in a closet for 30 years. I threw some stainless roundwounds on it and it sings, I was expecting it to be a dud or to sound like utter crap and it blew me away.

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    Re: NBD Active and Passive

    Nice! I love the slanted pickups.

    Got it setup nice and low? I like action you can wrestle with on a guitar, but on a bass like that the lower the better.
    "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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      Re: NBD Active and Passive

      Low as the bridge let it go, I expected it to buzz like hell but it doesn't.

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      • #4
        Re: NBD Active and Passive

        Nice! At first glance I thought that it was a Jackson. How's the difference between active and passive?

        Sent from my Alcatel_5044C using Tapatalk

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        • #5
          Re: NBD Active and Passive

          Originally posted by Demanic View Post
          Nice! At first glance I thought that it was a Jackson. How's the difference between active and passive?

          Sent from my Alcatel_5044C using Tapatalk
          When it's active the bass is clearer, louder, and more defined, mids have more growl, and the highs are crystal clear and sing.

          When it's passive it sounds a lot like a P/J but with a lot more balls.
          Last edited by StoRMiE; 02-15-2020, 04:38 PM.

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