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Offline GuitarTodd

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« on: March 10, 2010, 07:51:38 PM »
I have a Late 70's Maybe Early 80's Washburn A20V .. Serial Number 882875
Nice Sunburst Flame Maple top, One Original Humbucker on upgraded to a Seymour Duncan..
And A Patent applied For Kahler Trem System ..I am wondering what it might be worth
as i do not play it much ..It is mostly as a collector piece for me .. As it was
owned by a local band that got Famous for a few years.

I am new to this , trying to figure out how to upload a photo...
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 10:43:52 PM »
Helping Todd out with this.
Welcome to the forum!
Looks like you've got the cover off. Does this guitar have the pots or the card like some of this vintage did?
Is it a set neck?
What in the world is that bridge pickup?
Shame it didn't have a stop tail....

Sure is purdy....

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 08:25:59 AM »
The Bridge Pickup is a Seymour Duncan , not sure of the model ..
All the pots are original with the exception of the volume
for the seymour duncan ..So the Volume for the Neck Pup ,is
the original push pull type .. and really sounds cool when you
switch between single or double coil ..
I can take more photos ..Just let me know what you want to see ..
Ok it is not a set neck , this is an early A20V Pro I think .
The neck is through body ..all one piece ..
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 08:28:04 AM »
I took all the covers off because I read in one forum , that a date could be found
under the neck pick up ..No such luck for me ..I almost wonder if this might have been
a proto type ..On the back the original string through body Ferrules are still there ..
So either washburn added the Kahler , or the buyer did ..
 

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 11:57:25 AM »
Here's more
















And last but not least, the full frontal.....

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 12:00:08 PM »
I suspect you're right. This went to a tech, was routed for the kahler and had the bridge p'up and the pot replaced all at once (and was fitted with a locking nut, two holes through the neck) and that's when the finish was split by the pot, drilling the hole out from the cavity forward.

Still a beaut though.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 01:58:50 PM »
Also in the specs i found on these , it lists all the covers
on the back as being made of wood ..This one has metal covers ..
I almost think this is a prototype ...But then ..
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 03:18:04 PM »
I'm pretty sure that if you removed the trem, you would find the holes for a Harmonic Lock bridge under there. Probably started life as a fixed tail bridge production model (No V on the truss cover, and Serial# on rear of headstock) and had some aftermarket work done to suit the owners. I'm not sure as to whether this series had the Yamaki printed circuit board in them (As per High End Wings). Hopefully GTracer or another of the boys might be along with their thoughts.
Nice looking guitar anyway, congrats. The bridge pup looks similar to the SD Invader, and if the first two numbers of the 6 number serial are 83, that's the year of manufacture

EDIT. Check Out
http://www.matsumoku.org/models/washburn/catalogs/early_80s_fullline/80s_full_line_pg3_web.jpg.html
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 04:26:36 PM »
The Serial number on it is 882875 ..
 

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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 04:31:01 PM »
I did remove the trem , and found the holes , and saw it was most likely an aftermarket job ..this guitar was
previously owned buy a local famous band from the town I live in ..the Bands Name - Litterer ..Check out the link ..
http://www.aor-fm.com/bands/31_litterer.aspx   I have yet to find a cd .. But there are a couple music samples there..
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 05:01:36 PM »
That serial # makes it a 1988 model.
Just listened to the Litterer mp3s, hey good noise, not too dated. There must be hundreds of bands that just didn't quite make the big time out there. It's nice to be reminded that it wasn't the musics fault.

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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 06:18:11 PM »
They didnt make these in 1988 , only from 79-85 , and then again in 1995 as a re issue ..
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 06:33:20 PM »
From Used Price.com a bluebook for everything ..
The Washburn A20V Stage series Was made as listed below ..
TYPE:   Electric Guitar
MODEL:   STAGE A-20V
MANUFACTURER:   Washburn Guitars
YEAR:    1979-1986
 

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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2010, 03:41:49 AM »
The serial on the headstock dates this at either 78 or 88, the tuners have George Washburn on them so could be made in 78 model for release in 79. And if your Used Price .Com site has DEFINATE dates of start and finish manufacture of any Matsumoku, Yamaki or Daion built instruments labeled as Washburn, then they have more information than Washburn and all of the members of this forum. That site as the title states is for a Rough guide to prices for used instruments. After factory closeures and fires, all records of early Japanese made Washburns were destroyed, thereby making it impossible to Guarantee dates and plants that manufactured these early instruments, let alone cover instruments that were for Far East distribution but found their way to other continents.
Nah, I'll hazard a guess at 78-79 production model, originally fixed tail, probably Yamaki built. I'm still unsure as to whether this series had the printed circuit board fitted, which may have been removed when the new controls and pup were installed. Both my Hawk and 79 Falcon Wing series have these boards, and have Yamaki stamped on them. The catalogue for this model states that this model had a Shielded Control Compartment. I've put a link below to a thread concerning identifying Yamaki and Matsumoku guitars from this period, which will give you some idea of how confusing dating and varifying these elderly instruments can be.

http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16184
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010, 11:13:38 AM »
Heres my pride and joy,an A20V stage series from 1982,its totally stock,apart from the backplate which i changed for a brass one. The pickups have been wax dipped,as they went microphonic,but other than that,its pretty much as it was, and immaculate too. I dont want to sell it, but would like a valuation, i was told by washburn,and the shop i bought it from that only 40 were made like this,in this colour,with cream binding and gold knobs...Ive never seen another one this colour!