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Offline mickyluv

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« on: July 05, 2009, 04:14:27 PM »
Hello [:D]

Micky from Newcastle, England.
Just bought a '94 N2 Natural off the bay for $275 ($$$?) and feeling pretty excited. Should arrive in a few days.
Can anyone out there tell me a bit more about these early 90 models please?

Here's the ebay link; http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=110406880142
where you'll see that the seller quotes the usual spec - Bill Lawernece pup, floyd, coil tap etc but I'm dead keen to know more like:

Where's it built - Korea or US (I'm sure it's not like these recent Chinese built sigs)
Woods - Alder body? Maple neck?
Should I keep the Washburn neck pup or like the other thread I've noticed try a Seymour 59 or similar?
Have I got the bargain I think I have - if I restore this and put in a killer neck pup what might it be worth?
How and where do I check it's serial number/origin?
Where might I get a Washburn Decal for the hard case? (The N2 decal would be the second option if nothing was available.

Sorry to throw loads of questions out on my first post chaps - I'm just very excited!![:p]

I'm not much a of a player - more an acoustic player and singer (Breedlove and Takamine) but have just flogged an old electric (01 Burns London Brian May) and a practice amp and having played my pal's Washburn Tonewood I was sniffing around for a Washy of my own....

Look forward to reaping your pearls of wisdom

Cheers

Micky
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 05:44:25 PM »
I'd advise against advertising the contents of the hardcase to the world. All my Washies have branded cases, and I hate it! its like having 'steal me' written on the side.

I'd rather it said Stagg or CHEAP JUNK than said Washburn!


The neck pup - see how you go with what you got before you mod anything, you never know, changing for the sake of 'maybe' isn't a good reason if you get what I mean, best to see whats what first.

value - TBH I seriously doubt you could increase the value. even if you put an OFR, SD59 and B&B in it, its not gona bump the value.

Rosewood board, Maple neck, looks like Alder body.

I'd guess Korea but could be wrong.




Enjoy it for what it is before changing it dude, some guitars just have mojo that shouldn't be messed with.

I'll be you'll be after an N4 within 12 months by the way :D

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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 03:11:44 AM »
I'd also guess at korean, the most recent are indonesian, and the chinese have off centre fret markers.

As for value, i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but i don't think it'sworth what you've paid for it!!!  I dug around the web about a month back and managed to find a new one for $250!!!
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 06:23:35 AM »
Thanks lads. Suprised/gutted if it's worth only 250 given that the new Chinese built ones have had a bad press in comparison and are selling new for $350. Good advice re: suck it and see on the pups. I'll see what it's like when it arrives this week.
I'm optimistic it'll prove to be a lot of guitar for the money and be eminently playable....
I'll post pics and thoughts when I get a moment.
 

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 10:21:58 AM »
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the most recent are indonesian, and the chinese have off centre fret markers.


Hey, Sorry man, but it'sthe other ay around [:D]



As for the guitar, she looks like a beauty! The N2's are good guitars, I really like mine :)


The small, but mighty collection:
Washburn N2
Barracuda Strat Copy (awesome sound)
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Greg Bennet D-5 Acoustic(Solid top, Grovers, Mahogany on rest of body, Guess how much I payed?)
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 10:28:44 AM »
Other way round?? You sure dude???

Tried out the relic model a zbort while back, was indonesian and had central dots and played very nicely!!!!
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 01:14:15 PM »
Yeah im pretty sure, My N2 is apperently indoneasian made, and the dots are offset.
The recent ones are Chinese made, and from what I've heard, pretty poor...

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2009, 10:23:49 AM »
Have checked this with Nick...

Copy/paste.   GO

Currently, the N2 is made in Indonesia.  I did try them in China for a while last year but they weren't good enough.  The ones made in Indonesia have the dots in the center and they have Buzz Feiten logo on back of headstock.
The Chinese one did not have Feiten logo.

so now we know! =o)
 

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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 01:05:30 PM »
ohh. Weird. I got an e-mail from Stacy Puckett saying that my 2005 N2 was made in Indonesia. From what i've heard (this could be totally wrong) Was that the 90's N2's were made in Korea, Then they went to Indonesia, then to China, then supposedly back to Indonesia...

Maybe Nick can come and clear up this one... Helllooo, Nick!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 01:09:45 PM »
I'd just say Nick knows and let it go.

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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 02:06:53 PM »
Yeah. It really doesnt matter. We will just say that N's are kickass wherever they are made and leave it at that.

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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2009, 03:18:47 PM »
not N1's.....

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2009, 03:39:50 PM »
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Originally posted by BlueBuddha

but not N1's.....



Well, yeah. But MOST N's [:p]

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