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D64SW (best sounding we have had!)
« on: May 06, 2009, 11:15:19 AM »


we have had quite a few of these, but this one has serious mojo. It is the best sounding one we've had.

MAP is $899  (street price)

Jon
« Last Edit: May 08, 2009, 12:53:04 PM by funkymunky »
there is no money above the 5th fret..........but its a great place to hang out

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 11:49:38 AM »
I wrote a review of this model earlier this year with some very detailed pics. I'll look for all of that if you want it included with this thread.

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 01:03:50 PM »
please add it

that would be great
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2009, 02:28:56 PM »
SHIPPING

Good news: The Bluegrass arrived UPS, on time, well cartoned and intact.

Bad news: It had not been detuned and was enclosed in a jumbo (GC70) case. Terrible fit, (as one would expect a dreadnought in jumbo case,) and no bubblewrap or other packing material to fill the plethora of sloppy space or protect the headstock. No plastic bag or wrap to protect against water damage.
I'm amazed it arrived undamaged from 5-days of UPS transit.

Recommendation:
Washburn should definitely take a constructive look at Packing & Shipping procedures to insure that all new guitars are detuned a step to remove full tension from neck, shipped in a proper fitting case, fill ALL slop with soft-pack, and especially pack that headstock. Plastic bag wouldn't hurt either... never know what monsoon it could spend the weekend in.

Here's a sensible guide: http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/Shipping.htm

BUILD

Place of manufacture: China.
Date of manufacture: Appears to be 2007 model.(S/N G0708****).
Size: Standard dreadnought.
Bracing: Standard X, non-scalloped.
Solid Spruce top.
Solid Rosewood back & sides.
Ivoroid binding.
Abalone rosette.
Ebony bridge w/compensated saddle.
Ebony fingerboard.
Rosewood capped bound headstock.
20-frets.
Gloss finish.
Plastic bridge pins.
Grover Sta-Titeâ„¢ (97 Series) 14:1 open-gear tuning machines w/butter bean buttons.
Both end-button (NOT taper-fit endpin) and heel-button present for strap.
Ships with Vinci strings.
List Price: $1,599.90

NOTE: This model was originally advertised to build with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System (BFTS) compensated bone nut & saddle but, based on the early notching of the saddle, this evaluation model appears to have been built with plastic or other synthetic.
Although it does have what appears to be a BFTS compensated shelf nut, it is NOT stamped with the BFTS lightning bolt logo for identification nor is there a BFTS stamp on rear of headstock (or anywhere else).

Build Quality: Excellent.
All parts in the right place, all work properly, no flawed build materials found.
One instance of manufacturing machine flaw on underside of soundhole. Does NOT affect sound quality. Should be easy fix for a Dremel sander with strings removed.

Fit & Finish: Excellent.
All seams tight, no top-plate sink, no bridge lift, no inlay flaws, no bumps, bangs, dings, or finish flaws.

RECOMMENDATION:
Washburn should switch to the Grover Sta-Titeâ„¢ (97-18 Series) which are 18:1 gear ratio instead of the 14:1. They cost the same... makes sense.
Insure that these high-end models come with bone, (or at least TUSQâ„¢,) nut & saddle. At this price-point customers want the best.
Get rid of the cheap plastic pins already! At this price-point use some premium materials. A great match for this model would be slotted ebony w/abalone dot.
Although the gloss finish looks very nice & shiny, it is not made for speed, especially chord changes on a neck that drags. I find that same problem with all gloss finishes though. Did Washburn attempt to have a satin-finished demo made to see if it might serve this model better?

DETAILED PICS

New ebony softer-shaped batwing bridge


New headstock


Backside of headstock


Heel with strap button


Manufacturer label


Blueridge type dalmatian tortoise pickguard


Snowflake fret markers


Grover Sta-Titeâ„¢ (97 Series) machine