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Washburn has announced the new, improved RB Series basses. Based on the popular Rock Bass series, the new RB2002 (four string), 2502 (five-string) and 2602 (six-string) offer a host of improvements. First, a J-style pickup was added to the neck position to couple with the bridge humbucker, giving the player more tonal options. A blend control was added, instead of a switch, to allow players to dial in the exact balance between the two pickups. A master volume, treble and bass knob round out the control section.
The new RB Series also features the revolutionary Hammerhead Brass Tone Bloc. This is a solid brass plate installed in the headstock, dramatically increasing the instruments sustain. The bass also incorporates the Buzz Feiten tuning system; a tempered tuning system for stringed instruments which provides perfect intonation at all points on the fretboard. Aside from these new features, the new RB Series maintains the same standards of high quality started by the original RB Series. The ergonomically contoured body is still made of ash or maple (depending on finish) with a two-piece maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The brushed chrome Grovers and graphite nut maintain tuning stability and the brushed chrome hardware and metallic pickguard give the bass a modern look. List price is $899.90 for the 2002, $999.90 for the 2502 and $1,199.90 for the 2602. A hardshell case is available for $149.90.
For more information, visit their web site at www.washburn.com