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« on: December 24, 2007, 12:54:07 PM »
It CAME!!! I know, I know, you want pics!! I will get them to you soon, and a sofa shot with my other two washburn parlors. LOL......but here is the initial report. I have guitar #232 with Spruce top, and solid Koa B&S, model # R316 SWRK. This is not a toy guitar, it is a real guitar with a lot of sound!! Well set-up right out of the box, it even sounds good with the stock strings! (so I've left them on so far) The box is deeper than my R308, which may account for the LARGE sound. At first glimpse, you think you are actually holding a 100 year old guitar, complete with scratches, dents, fading, darkening and aging, but it is brand new. LOL. My first thought was,Well, I don't have to worry about scratching this one! I think I have put a few dings in it already. This distressing and aging finish is REALLY well done. Very realistic.  They did their homework on this one. It allows them to put a lighter finish on the guitar which may be partly responsible for the great sound. One thing that did take a little getting used to, is the chunky V neck, very true to the original. After a day of playing, I didn't even notice it. This is my first Koa guitar, and wouldn't you know it, they darkened and aged the back and sides so that you can't even see the koa's distinctive grain, however you get that woody koa sound, and that was what I was after. The Spuce top is well distressed and very thin. The sound is big, great sustain, even across the strings, and I found myself naturally playing folk and blues, with a lot of Beatles thrown in for good measure. I have played it against the Washburn R308, my 100 year old Washburn, and my friend's Larrivee P09 rosewood, and none of them can hold a candle to this guitar, even though it is right out of the box. After 3 days of playing, it is opening up nicely, and for some reason, the geometry of the guitar is encouraging me to use a light touch. Which is very good for me. All in all, this is a great little guitar. They are only making 250 of these with back and sides in Rosewood, and some other African wood species that I have never heard about. So if you are looking for a solid wood Washburn parlor, better get yours quick! Another hokey item the include is a certificate of authenticity, and a rather neat little reproduction of an old Washburn catalogue from turn of the century. Fun reading that old english word phrasing, and the unsophisticated marketing lingo of the time. Hope you are all having a great holiday, mine will be spent pickin' and grinnin'......
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2007, 12:59:39 PM »
Congrats!

Pics, pics, pics...[:p]

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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007, 01:02:28 PM »
Sounds great Wily, congrats!
 

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2007, 02:28:40 PM »
Congratulations Wily!  [:D]
And Merry Christmas. [:)]

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2007, 07:44:16 PM »
Rocket.....I ordered it through a local Washburn Dealer, gave me a pretty good price (better than the EBAY) so I jumped for it. Luckily, I got a good one. Thanks for the well wishes 1Cal, Pike, Strums....Have a great holiday!!!
 

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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2007, 07:51:17 PM »
Congrats wily, what a Christmas gift. Merry Christmas.
 

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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2007, 10:08:17 AM »
i think your post has almost convinced me to order, been watching one on ebay germany for a few days but was not sure if it might just be a beautiful wallhanger. (too expensive for that). but now you play it next to a vintage washburn and a larrivee parlor and still like it (even better) - that sounds good.

although i wonder about the koa. there is very little information about these on the web, none on the washburn website, but i could not find any information that there is a koa model.

best i have found is this: http://www.adirondackguitar.com/Parlor.pdf

and according to that the R 316 SWRK you have would be the Rosewood Model, the SWKK is specified as 'Trembesi' back and sides. no word of a KOA model. And to add more Confusion the german ebay dealer describes the SWKK as KOA probably a misunderstanding because of the KK in the name.

Can anybody clear this up? where is the information about a KOA model?

i just read your other thread, that ebay link you posted also shows the rosewood model and no word of koa there.

i am interested in this because i dont know if i should decide for the Rosewood or Trembesi (never heard of that before, theres a new oscar schmid uke using it) back and sides, so i hoped to read someones opinion here - cool would be someone who has heard both.
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2007, 11:50:50 AM »
thanks, of course i did a google search on trembesi, could not find any information about it as a tonewood.
 

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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2007, 12:18:44 PM »
Hey Bazooka Joe.....Here is what I know. I was TOLD that the Chicago distributor told the local store here that there are Koa models, which was ordered for me. Whether this guitar is Koa or Trembesi, I don't know. Mine is #232, so maybe at the end of the run they threw in some other tone woods. All I know is that it sounds GREAT and I am keeping it no matter what the wood is. Another thing I forgot to add is that the neck is 1 7/8 wide at the nut, so it is noticably wider than my usual 1 3/4, but works great for fingerstyling (like Beatle's Blackbird), and I got used to it rather quickly.  That link, Joe, that you put in was WAY more information than I got. The case here in the US is different than the one in your photo. The lettering is done in gold leaf, and has a different style font than the photo with the added words 125th Anniversary added in gold leaf, and the case is in solid black, not brown like the photo on the link you posted. Just as an aside.....it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to get recent and reliable specifications from the Washburn web site. Emails I have sent have gone unanswered. I just got this guitar on a whim, and lucked out. If I speculate, I would guess that the great sound comes from the very thin spruce top, the 12 frets to the neck (putting the bridge right in the sweet spot of the lower bout) and the thin weathered finish that doesn't have to be thick and glossy, and sound dampening, like a brand new looking guitar) The solid wood back and sides contribute somewhat probably, and I am still trying to figure out how to describe the sound. I have only owned rosewood or mahogany b&s guitars before, and there is a difference (to my ear) of the different tone woods. My label shows R316SWRK. One dealer I talked to told me that the SW means solid wood the R means rosewood and the K means it comes with a case....or Kase (lol) SO, clearly my guitar is NOT rosewood, so I am assuming that some Rmodels were made with Koa. (although this is not the highly figured Koa) they have stained it more to look like walnut, which was also used in guitars at that historical time. So, this is all I know. Ordering through the internet is tough, expecially EBAY. So perhaps your local dealer could help you. My dealer was only offered one of these guitars, and I got it. Other dealers are only allowed two, so better get in line. There are only 250 going to be made.
 

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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2007, 02:46:08 PM »
Where was it made?



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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2007, 11:55:40 AM »
Guitar made in Indonesia Luv....Here are the pics.....I also added some pics of my other Parlors. New Washburn 125 Anniversary to the left, Washburn R308S next, 100 year old Washburn next, Fullerton Parlor to the right. Then some closeups of the guitar. Great little guitar....Just an update....this is probably a Rosewood B&S guitar based on Serial number, I have the dealer looking into why it is not the Koa I ordered. I will keep this guitar anyway, just fun to play and very good sounding, can't put it down!! I know you guys understand.....







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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2007, 12:40:00 PM »
thank you for the great pictures.
i dont think that there is a koa model, i assume dealers are confusing it because the numer has KK, maybe there was early information about koa. doesnt matter if you like it. however i still dont know which one to choose, on german ebay theres 4 in trembesi and only one in rosewood available. i will post here if/when i bought one.

btw. how does that cheapo fullerton sound, compared to the old washburn?
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« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2007, 01:45:02 PM »
That Cheapo Fullerton is actually a surprisingly good guitar. A little boxy sounding. It is the smallest of the bunch. A little Bass challenged, great sustain, just low volume in the bass range. . Solid Spruce top, sounds great for blues. What I like about the parlors, is that I can sit on the sofa and play during commercials while watching TV very comfortably. Don't have to reach over a honkin' Jumbo or Dreadnaught. So a very comfortable guitar to play. They don't make the Fullerton Blackwood anymore.....so I may have a collector's item....lol.

By the way, I think they are trying to imitate koa with that Trembesi, hence the K in the serial number. I'm happy with the Rosewood. Great projection, great volume, great sustain. One of the best Parlors I've played under $2000. Maybe even some OVER $2000!!!
 

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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2007, 07:19:02 PM »
Now that is a V neck. Looks like it could split wood. I also appreciate where it was made.



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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2007, 11:55:42 PM »
Very cool Wily. Love that aged, distressed look and V-neck. Wow!