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Offline WB-Nick

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« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2010, 08:30:34 AM »
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I'm quite sad to see that Washburn doesn't seem to have any SW guitars in their new lineup....information from a reliable source indicates when the J-series all solid wood guitars are sold, they won't be making more.....we talk about the dumbing down of our educational system and society in general, looks like this is going to be the dumbing down of the industry.  How long ago would it have been impossible for Gibson to accept the output from an Oriental mass-product factory as acceptable?  Probably no longer ago than when Washburn could proudly point to producing a number of solid-wood guitars in their line.


Please tell me who this reliable source is.  We are absolutely going forward with All Solid Wood guitars.  We had a new one at Summer Namm.  I have several more in the works. They will be in the new catalog which is coming soon. By the way, they sound amazing and you won't believe the prices when you see them.  Be patient.
 

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« Reply #46 on: July 16, 2010, 08:36:32 AM »
By the way, here are the model numbers for some of the new All Solid Wood models so you can keep your eye out for them.

WD150SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD160SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD170SW - Solid Englemann Spruce top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD250SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Rosewood back and sides
WD260SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Rosewood back and sides
WD750SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Ovankol back and sides
WD760SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Ovankol back and sides
 

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« Reply #47 on: July 16, 2010, 08:48:21 AM »
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Originally posted by WB-Nick

We are absolutely going forward with All Solid Wood guitars.  We had a new one at Summer Namm.  I have several more in the works. They will be in the new catalog which is coming soon. By the way, they sound amazing and you won't believe the prices when you see them.  Be patient.

Don't say it Nick... remember, the last time we were told to be patient it took two additional years to actually produce the models and you still can't find one in a store.

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« Reply #48 on: July 16, 2010, 09:39:48 AM »
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Originally posted by WB-Nick

By the way, here are the model numbers for some of the new All Solid Wood models so you can keep your eye out for them.

WD150SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD160SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD170SW - Solid Englemann Spruce top / Solid Mahogany back and sides
WD250SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Rosewood back and sides
WD260SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Rosewood back and sides
WD750SW - Solid Sitka Spruce top / Solid Ovankol back and sides
WD760SW - Solid Cedar top / Solid Ovankol back and sides




Cheers to you, Nick!  I stand corrected....and gladly!  I'm happy to see that Washburn is going to continue to offer all solid-wood guitars.....now, if we could only get some U.S. production, too, we'd be making great progress!

I'd like to add that I second Rocket's suggestion.....get these things into the hands of your dealers WITHOUT the need for customers to pre-pay for the guitars.  The number of the faithful who are on this forum is miniscule compared to the number of customers who MIGHT buy a Washburn if they could just get their hands on one in a showroom crowded with examples of guitars made by Washburn's competitors.

I notice  these are all dreadnought models....any plans to offer different body styles? I quit buying dreads long ago...got loaded up on them and needed more diversity in the crew.

How about letting us in on at least the price range?

Thanks, again!

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« Reply #49 on: July 19, 2010, 08:44:17 AM »
Yes, i will do other body styles but started with DN.  Yes, i realize we need to get these into the hands of our dealers.  I think Rocket was referring to the D64SW not being available in any stores.  I've priced these well enough that i don't think that will be a problem.  We have also stepped up our marketing (you should be seeing alot of Washburn in magazines) and we have been running alot of promotions.  The All Solids will start at $499.  I am working on trying to make Washburn acoustics again but no promises.
 

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« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2010, 01:41:25 PM »
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Originally posted by WB-Nick I am working on trying to make Washburn acoustics again but no promises.


Do you mean here in the USA? Please tell me that is what you mean.



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« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2010, 01:49:05 PM »
Yes, that's what i meant.  Sorry, i left out USA between Washburn and acoustics.
 

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« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2010, 05:26:42 PM »
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Yes, that's what i meant.  Sorry, i left out USA between Washburn and acoustics.


That would be very cool (and smart).  Even if Washburn still didn't make a ton of profit from it, directly, you may find that the Washburn name appeared more with some more prominent artists. In general, I would think that more people would at least look and consider.

Nick how would that work, if it's not a corporate secret. Would you guys like draw up specs and shop around for an established manufacturer to build them for you?  It seems to me, that the required skilled work force and shop would be very expensive just to test the waters.




Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

I have some of this, and some of that.
Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S (From Funky Munky, no G.C. stuff for me.)
Martin 00-15
Martin 000-28
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Roland F-110

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« Reply #53 on: July 25, 2010, 01:32:44 PM »
Nick.....that is great news......the tradition continues.....
 

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« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2010, 07:34:09 PM »
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I notice these are all dreadnought models....any plans to offer different body styles? I quit buying dreads long ago...



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« Reply #55 on: July 28, 2010, 07:09:00 PM »
Greg....I agree.....I would like to see some re-issues of some of those vintage Tonk Bros. Washburns that are larger than a parlor, but smaller than Jumbos and Dreads. I've played some that would knock your socks off. They have had such a huge success with their re-issue of the old parlors and 125 year anniversary guitars, that an American made version of this guitar for instance, would be SOOOOOOOO cool!!!!! Tonk Bros. Washburn 5240.  I would get one. Nick, I'll bet you could get some pre-sales on this one.....lol

http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Museum/Guitar/Washburn/Tonk5240/tonk5240.html
 


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« Reply #57 on: August 04, 2010, 01:54:05 PM »
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Why was Washburn sold to a Canadian company?



It's more of a matter of the owner since the 1970's decided to retire than anything else honestly.  I don't know his age, but I'll guess he was in his 70's and it was time to move on.  The company is in very capable corporate hands with JAM industries, the US custom shop is still here outside Chicago, as well as our sales offices and the like.

If you want to be theoretical Mr. Schlacher, the former owner was Austrian, but let's not split hairs.  He had run a Chicago guitar company successfully since even before he affiliated himself with the Washburn line, and was a true pioneer of bringing quality instruments to the masses at an affordable price.
 

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« Reply #58 on: August 10, 2010, 11:58:18 AM »
I think Rudy will be 68 on October 5th.  In case anybody cares.

I agree with Rocket that it was beer.