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Washburn Mercury MG-440
« on: May 21, 2009, 06:26:23 PM »
Hey...

I bought a Washburn Mercury Series MG-440 a couple of days ago and although I was already familiar with them... I have never heard of this model!

It features 24 frets, washburn 600 licensed Floyd Rose, Grover Tuners and an h-s-h configuration of W pickups... What makes it different from other Mercury Series guitars is it has a red natural wood grain finish with matching headstock and most important of all... NO SERIAL NUMBER!!! (The back plate is chrome with no writing)

I was wondering if anybody had any other info on this guitar... Looking at others, it seems as though it is Korean but I have no idea of the year, original price or woods that were used.

I hope some one can help me out!

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Washburn Mercury MG-440
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 04:41:31 AM »
Post pics

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As i recall, the 3 figure series Mercury (440,740 etc) are the second incarnation of the Mercury with 2 figure model series (30,74) etc. Age should be 90's, and they should have the Mercury 2 style headstock though there are some (such as my 800) which seem transitional with the mercury 1 with the original headstock....

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Washburn Mercury MG-440
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 10:53:06 AM »
The headstock does look pretty similar to the 800! Here are some pics of my MG-440. I bought this without the tremolo arm. Does anybody know which type fits, and where to get one?








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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009, 11:29:46 AM »
Click to see how your Mercury body looks when you put a G-5v neck on it. This ones mine.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/46traveller/Toney.jpg

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009, 12:03:59 PM »
Did you gloss the body of that? My one has no finish!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009, 12:10:44 PM »
Yes three coats, if I decide to keep it i'm gonna strip it sand it and have an oiled finish next time.
The gloss finish shows too many marks and scratches easily. Usual thing Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Mind you beer just runs off it !!!
« Last Edit: May 22, 2009, 12:11:55 PM by Cornish Boy »

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009, 12:26:28 PM »
Mine does have a pretty sweet finish! Though the beer might be a problem... How long have you had yours? Do you have much info about it's origins?
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2009, 12:49:33 PM »
Had it just over a year, from what I can gather the body looks to be a crossover the same as yours with the comfort cut out
at the neck join. The neck plate serial #4041323 which doesn't seem
to match up with either of the parts. But it's a tone monster and in
a studio situation gives me plenty of scope. Mercury bodies are heavy giving plenty of sustain, and the G series necks are fast.
Perfect combination.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2009, 12:51:50 PM by Cornish Boy »

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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009, 06:11:39 PM »
I have just been sent this by Washburn customer services!

This model was a European Exclusive,  it fetured an Ash body.  The serial number is what would dictate the build date,  without it I cannot confirm a build date,  though I’d place it in the early to  mid 1990’s.  It would have been made in Korea.

I just have one more thing I need to find out... What kind of tremolo arm can I get to fit the Washburn Licenced 600s tremolo?
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2009, 06:15:14 PM »
Pretty sure it would be a standard 6mm thread.
Hmm, your mail from Washburn CS could mean that my neck plate came from a 1994 Mercury after all.
« Last Edit: May 26, 2009, 06:17:11 PM by Cornish Boy »

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG-440
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2014, 05:35:43 PM »
Just for help.

My Washburn N4 1997 - ASH



A -  42 mm
B - 52.53mm
 

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Re: Washburn Mercury MG-440
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2014, 08:53:59 AM »
That's some guitar porn right there.
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