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mcloud10:
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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Washburn W240

WB-Nick:
The K at the end just means that it includes a case.

mcloud10:
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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Washburn W240

BobinNJ:
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

mcloud10:
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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Washburn W240

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