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Offline monterey84

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« on: November 18, 2009, 02:04:40 PM »
I have an AE44 USA made Monterey model from the early 80s I beleive.  Had it for years, and used it on hundreds of gigs.  It is beat to heck, and still plays like a dream.  I ust recently found a dead match 12 string, same body size, binding, burst, fret markers, looks like it was made from the same piece of wood! It is a wonderful 12, low action, good intonation, excellent string spacing, and LOUD for a thin body due to the arched back.  I'd post a picture, but not sure how to do it on this site.  Anyway, I own Gibsons, and an old Taylor, and still prefer the Washburn Monterey.  Not a lot of info out there, but I see pictures of Dylan and George Harrison.  IMHO these are special guitars.  Any brothers or sisters out there who want to share the love?
 

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 02:32:41 PM »
Hi Monterey84, welcome to the forum. Yep, there's folks here that know the Festivals well. Some of us use http://photobucket.com/ to post pics, free and fairly easy. Here's the blue book info, don't see the 12er listed though, might be an earlier version....

EA44 MONTEREY
- single sharp cutaway thin style, solid cedar top, oval soundhole, bound body, three-stripe
purfling/rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with
pearl diamond inlay, rosewood bridge with white black pins, bound peghead with rosewood veneer,
three-per-side chrome tuners with pearl buttons, acoustic bridge pickup, Washburn 3200/EQ300/Equis
II electronics, available in Black, Natural, or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. 1979-1985, 1987-89, 1992-
94.
Grading
 100% ----Excellent -----Average
-N/A ----$500 - 575 ----$325 - 375
Last MSR was $1,100.
This model was introduced three seperate times, so the description may vary a bit. It is one of the three
original Festival guitars and did not have the EA44 designation until the mid-1980s. In 1987, the EQ300
electronic system was introduced with sliders instead of knobs, and the guitar was only known as the
EA44. In 1992, the Equis II electronic system was introduced, and the guitar was known as both the
Monterey and EA44.
 

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 03:49:46 PM »
http://s966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/monterey84/

here's a pic, does this work, thanks for the tip
 

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 03:57:43 PM »
 

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 05:56:00 PM »
Yep, beauties!
 

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 09:15:37 PM »
I'm looking for another Monterey 12 for my Mom (70 and still pickin') .  She tried to steal mine the other night, and I think if I can't find one by Thanksgiving she's going to leave with mine.
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 09:35:02 PM »
Nice looking guitars. Does it say it's made in USA? When Washburn was started again, they had the guitars made in Japan. the production was moved to Korea in the early 90's Your guitar is probably Japanese. They made some nice guitars. I had an 80's Woodstock.
 

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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2009, 10:19:09 AM »
Love this pair of guitars....just wish they were in my music room!!



Hudson
 

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2009, 10:55:10 PM »
Welcome Monterey84!  Nice pair, both were made in Japan.  What are the serial #'s?  Should be a 5 digit # starting with an 8 or 9.  Also, what do they say on the inside?  Monterey or EA-44?

Monterey 12's show up every now and then, but you might also find another 12 string Festival, like a Woodstock, or an EA-20/30 for your Mom.

Good luck hunting!
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2009, 09:13:57 PM »
spot on gtracer!  The serial number on the 6 is 87655 and the 12 is 88067.

six is labeled monterey and the twelve is labeled monterey-12 though i have the original hang tag on the six which lists the model as EA44
 

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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 09:29:26 PM »
Thanks for all the help, so what years are my guitars?

Great forum, great, great guitars!  I love my guitars even more now that I know they are MIJ like the best strats of the era!
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2009, 07:44:26 AM »
<a href=http://s966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/monterey84/?action=view¤t=DSC_0017.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/monterey84/DSC_0017.jpg border=0 alt=Photobucket></a>http://s966.photobucket.com/albums/ae143/monterey84/?action=view¤t=DSC_0016.jpg
 

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2009, 09:43:54 PM »
Early 80's.  Glad to know that the 12 from El Paso went to a good home.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2009, 09:51:21 AM »
haha, you know it!  I've owned and played dozen's of 12s over the years.  For me, the Monterey is the best of them.  It plays and stays perfectly in tune...I don't get it, really.  Add a super low action, well defined string spacing and as my wife said last night as we were playing Christmas songs (2000 Miles)  that guitar is too loud  ...and it's a thinline!  I'm looking for another one if anyone out there is selling.  
Thanks for all the posts!
 

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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2010, 11:26:18 AM »
Hi i have just purchased a monteray deluxe model in sunburstm it has wing type epiletes on the neck, the old pick up system wih the twin knobs on the side it reminds me of the old  woodstock i had once, does it have a value....regards thechief59