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Offline LundAngler

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« on: May 29, 2009, 08:38:37 PM »
I just received my D52SW guitar from Sam Ash today.  After doing research for a US made guitar, i decided to by this Washburn acoustic.  However my sticker inside the guitar said it is made in China.  The Washburn website states that this model has the Buzz Fieten Tuning System which is standard on all US made guitars. The Buzz system has a lighting bolt engraved into the nut to verify its authenticity, which this guitar does not have.  So what should i do? I really like this guitar but feel i have been mislead and did not get what i thought i was buying. Are Washburns made in the US or China?  Is the information on their website accurate? I paid $600 for the guitar which i like, but i buy US made products when ever possible.
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 09:18:06 AM »
Washburn never claimed the Timbercraft were US-made... Also, to the best of my knowledge, all current Washburns have the BFTS and none have the lightning bolt engraved on the nut (sticker on back of headstock).
FWIW, I don't think there is a solid wood acoustic made in the US for $600. And for that price, the D52 is a very decent guitar.
 

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 10:46:38 AM »
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Originally posted by spt

I don't think there is a solid wood acoustic made in the US for $600.

If there is, I haven't seen it.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 11:28:24 PM »
Rocket, I agree with you, about the 600.00 dollar mark,I have been looking for a month or so for a nice playing acoustic in my price range, and got lucky and found a really nice Cumberland J28, But before I found it, I played a bunch of different guitars and was a little disappointed about my choices........Made in USA Big $$$$ or Made in China $ ? Mine is made in China, But no buyers remorse here!! I love the way my guitar plays.....I can't believe I have never owned jumbo guitar before!I would compare mine to the USA model, Please don't get me wrong I try to buy all USA whatever! but in these times you gotta do what you gotta Do!!:)
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009, 07:04:01 AM »
Hey LundAngler!

Welcome to the forum!

I recently bought a D52SW blem myself.....AWESOME solid wood guitar for not alot of dough!  Very good build quality.....

If you like the guitar, it shouldn't matter where it comes from.  As Rocket says above, I can't think of any solid wood, American made guitar in the $600 range.  If you like it, play it and enjoy it!

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Offline Tio Kimo

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 12:55:41 PM »
my understanding on the Buzz Fieten system,

when you retrofit a guitar with a Buzz Fieten nut, that nut has the lightning bolt. Any guitar designed with the Feiten system uses a standard nut, but the notch for the nut is placed closer to the bridge.

All Washy electrics with the BF have standard nuts, and the sticker on the headstock.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009, 06:24:13 PM »
I called Washburn customer service today and was told that all Washburn acoustics are made over seas. This guitar typically sells for $749 at most places i looked. Sam Ash gave me an additionally 20% off so for $600 i believe i received a pretty good deal. After playing this guitar for a couple of days i have decided to keep it.  Looks good, sounds good and the price is right.
 

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 06:50:18 PM »
Glad to hear it!  Welcome to the Timbercraft Brigade!

I'm lovin' mine more and more!

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 08:57:38 PM »
LundAngler, welcome to the forum, and Washburn Owners Association lol

My D47S is made in China as well and I love it. The quality is there and she sounds GREAT. I believe the MSRP on mine is 1100$ It is definitely a keeper. As far as I know, all Washies built in the USA have it marked on the guitar itself.