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Offline mcloud10

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Difference between D46SP and D46SPK
« on: September 03, 2009, 12:28:01 AM »
Maybe someone can answer a question:  What is the difference between the D46SP and D46SPK.  My Washburn dealer has the SPK in stock.  Musician's Friend shows a D46SPK, too.  But the Washburn web site shows only a SP.  What's the difference?

Thanks in advance,

Mark

P.S.  That D46SPK sounded better than the solid top D46S!  Ask my wife!

Edit:  I just checked the catalog, and they list all of the D46's with a K at the end.  Early model designation?

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 08:52:53 AM »
The K at the end just means that it includes a case.
 

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 09:07:36 AM »
Thanks, Nick!  Any thoughts on the D46's Spalted Maple laminate vs. spruce solid top?  That 46SP I played the other day really stood out compared to the 46S.  I'm really hooked - my wife even noticed the difference right away!  Any comments on the laminate composition?

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 10:43:16 PM »
Hi Mcloud,
I had an experience with a Washburn D-10s in a music store not to long ago. When I played it, it was blah, and I thought that this guitar should sound better. I looked inside at the serial number and discovered that this was a 2004! model still hanging on the rack, never sold. needless to say, that a new set of strings would do wonders to that guitar. This was an out of the way store that doesn't carry Washburns anymore, but he still had a few hanging around, and they were all from 2004!
I'm not saying that the one you played was like that, but look inside for the serial number and the first two digits are the year of mfg.

Bob
 

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009, 08:25:58 AM »
You know, that's an excellent point.  Our local store has been a Washburn dealer for a long time, as far as I know.  However, I've been listening to some of the World Music Supply videos on You-Tube on various Washburn guitars - just to check and see how what I remember hearing locally compares with his new stock (if indeed he IS using new!).

The results are exactly as I recall.  The D46SP has a smooth, mellow tone compared to the D46s with a solid spruce top, which is more bright.  I've heard some compare the sound of a laminate to muddy, which is not what I hear at all.  I prefer a smoother tone to a bright, ringing tone, although I think there would be times that I would want that, too.  

After searching the archives here for laminate vs. solid, reviewing Martins and Gibsons (which I like!),  I've come to realize that the sound of our guitars is certainly subjective. Of course, there are the cheaper guitars like my no-name 6 that sound *OK* with a new set of Martin SP's on it, but shrink at the sound of my friend's Fender T-bucket.  What is cool is that the Washburn sound, whether from a solid body, solid top, or laminate (like my 12 or the D46SP), holds its own with the best of them.  That, to me, seals the deal.

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
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Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2009, 08:42:22 AM »
You're right, it's all subjective.  If you like the sound of the laminate top better, that's whay you should buy.  The difference with solid wood is that the sound can improve over time, not so much with laminate.
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2009, 09:18:54 AM »
I hope I didn't give the impression that I thought solid tops sound bad!  That is not the case, and I respect anyone's opinion contrary to mine that prefer a solid top.  For me...that D46SP sound just lingers in my ears!

Mark

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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2009, 04:30:59 PM »
I've noticed that stores have difficulty moving certain instruments, even ones of solid wood construction.  Too often managers neglect to put fresh strings on otherwise nice sounding guitars and they hang on the wall for years.  It's a shame because unlike 20 years ago when cheap meant junk, there are some pretty nice guitars available for under $700 nowadays, and with new strings you can really get a deal.    

I have a funny memory from a store that starts with Sam and ends with Ash.  The salesman and I had a terrible laugh after agreeing that the Rogue with brand new strings was a better deal than the used J45 with strings so old and grimy that you couldn't tell if they were bronze or nickel.  He said the J45 had been in the store for almost five years.  Another time I played two identical Parkwoods and could have sworn that they were different models on account of the strings.
 

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 05:00:02 PM »
Like the time I picked up a very expensive Vintage Martin at GC in Studio City and noticed a rattling inside, turned it upside down and out fell FOUR dessicant pouches that dry out wood. And this was in their humidified acoustic room... LOL!!
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'93 Washburn J-9 Washington
'97 Washburn J-9 Washington  
'02 Washburn J28SCEDL Cumberland
'90 Washburn EA20YBR Festival
'83 Washburn D66SW Prairie Song Custom
'04 Washburn D104SCE  
'04 D'Aquisto CENTURA
'05 D'Aquisto CENTURA
(both violin burst)
'77 Electra X-410 Jazz Strad
'77 Electra Maple Pro (autographed by Bill Nelson)
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'82 Aria ProII Thor Sound 600
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'06 Agile TC-630
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