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Offline DancesWithDingo

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Festival Series Query
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:04:19 PM »
I bought my EA20B back in 1989 (serial# 8905149), but at the time I don't recall the term Festival Series being used. I'm curious when the name of the series came into use. I've seen EA20s from the 90's that say Festival Series on the serial number label, but mine simply has a logo and the words George Washburn followed by the model/serial# hand written, with Hand Crafted in the Washburn tradition... at the bottom.

Any background information would be great...

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Offline mcloud10

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009, 02:18:48 PM »
Jim,
  I'm not sure when they started that series.  I've only recently had  a renewed interest in Washburn guitars.  If I could ask you a question, how does your EA20B compare with the EA16?  I've played the 16, and am thinking about getting one for my son for his birthday.  Better tone?  Playability?

BTW, any pics?

Thanks,

Mark

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Offline DancesWithDingo

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009, 06:10:40 PM »
It's been a long time since I played an EA16, but from what I recall it's got a boomier, gutsier tone than the EA20. The EA20 has a thinner body and (IMHO) a better tone quality perhaps because of the oval sound hole. When I went with the EA20 back in the late 80's I was an apartment dweller, and I found that the subtlety of the EA20 was nice. While one can play the EA20 loudly, it's got a nice gentle low volume end that I prefer.

I've played a few other makes over the years, but I still feel most at home on my Wasburn EA20B...maybe that's why I came back and bought an M1SDLB mandolin when the time was right? Perhaps...

--- Jim ---


o M1SDLB Mandolin (2009)
o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1988)
o Fender Precision Bass (1964)


o M1SDLB Mandolin (2009)
o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1989)
o Fender Precision Bass / MusicMaster Bass amp (1964)


Offline DancesWithDingo

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2009, 08:30:44 PM »
Additional memory (from the days when quiet was the best thing for the neighbors)...I could string the EA20B with extra lights and it still performed strongly. I'd assume the EA16 would benefit from this ability as well (not many big body guitars can pull off extra lights, but I've found my EA20 can...and the touch is amazing).

If anyone can confirm/reject this, please do. And if anyone knows when the Festival Series originated, I'm still eager...

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o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1988)
o Fender Precision Bass (1964)


o M1SDLB Mandolin (2009)
o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1989)
o Fender Precision Bass / MusicMaster Bass amp (1964)


Offline gtracer

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2009, 09:19:40 AM »
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Originally posted by DancesWithDingo
And if anyone knows when the Festival Series originated, I'm still eager...



Hey DWD, the Festival Series was created in the early 80's, maybe late 70's.  They're not listed on a 1978 price list, but appear shortly after.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 01:27:54 PM »
To me, the EA16N is the most beautiful guitar out there!!

If it plays and sounds half as good as it looks, it would be a killer!!

I haven't played one yet, but hope to real soon...


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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2009, 04:55:56 PM »
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Originally posted by gtracer
the Festival Series was created in the early 80's, maybe late 70's.


Thanks. It's interesting it doesn't appear on the interior label of my 1989 EA20...one of these days I'll pull out that year's catalog from storage and take a look at it.


o M1SDLB Mandolin (2009)
o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1988)
o Fender Precision Bass / MusicMaster Bass amp (1964)


o M1SDLB Mandolin (2009)
o EA20B Acoustic/Electric Guitar (1989)
o Fender Precision Bass / MusicMaster Bass amp (1964)


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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 04:26:56 PM »
An Update:

Earlier, I posted that if the EA16 sounds half as good as it looks it would be a killer.

And guess what? It DOES!!

Fabulous guitar!!

I got mine last week & can't seem to put it down...which is good!


Hudson