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Offline Tio Kimo

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« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2010, 10:07:02 PM »
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Originally posted by NickS

Let us know how those Pearly Gates sound.



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« Reply #46 on: June 18, 2010, 12:37:11 PM »
Man, they sound incredible!  I have not even had a chance to crank them through one of my tube amps yet, only my practice amp, but wow... they are exactly what I was looking for.  I think alot of it also has to do with the upgraded pots and caps... I am able to get so many different sounds with a little tweaking.  Can't wait until band practice this weekend so I can really crank her up!

 

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« Reply #47 on: June 18, 2010, 12:58:51 PM »
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Man, they sound incredible!  I have not even had a chance to crank them through one of my tube amps yet...

Incredible is a pretty serious adjective... how do you know they sound incredible if you haven't had a chance to crank 'em yet?

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« Reply #48 on: June 18, 2010, 07:46:59 PM »
I seriously doubt that the pots and caps have little to do with the improvement in sound. I'm in the process of doing similar but am doing it for cap values and reliability of operation. The pickups are more likely to be the key element of improvement.
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« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2010, 01:21:55 PM »
Well, I've had a chance to really dig into the guitar and, yes, crank it through several tube amps, and I can confirm that it sounds incredible. I'll try to upload some pics and maybe a youtube demo soon so that you can hear it.  Have not touched my LP since I got this thing back!

Is it just me, or do these hb35s have a VERY slim neck? I always thought that I liked thicker necks better, but my playing seems to be better on this guitar... especially on the upper frets.
 

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« Reply #51 on: January 23, 2011, 02:55:46 PM »
So, I've finally gotten around to uploading a pic of this guitar... I love it!

 

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« Reply #52 on: January 23, 2011, 03:58:33 PM »
Sweet!!!!
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« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2011, 10:38:59 PM »
good looking guitar CP. So the PG's, do they clean up pretty well when necessary?

Any chance you can put some clips up?
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« Reply #54 on: March 28, 2011, 12:36:00 AM »
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Originally posted by Tio Kimo

Welcome to the forum Chondropython. (cool name)

You're right that age and country of origin are linked. Generally speaking the progression goes
80 - 92 : Japan
92 - early 2000's: Korea
Recently - China

Generally, the opinion is the older the better, with the early HBs from Japan being different, and a bit nicer than the later ones.

That being said, Washburn has made a habit of factory hopping over the last 30 years, and there are Korean and Chinese factories that makes excellent guitars, so it's a bit hit or miss.

If you've got time to read a little, check this out
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there are a few other threads with tons of information and speculation on here. Brew a pot of coffee and hit the search function.

I can tell you this, I love my HB. Everything about it. Mine is 1988 Japan. Seen dudes playing live with Koreans recently, and John Bell from Widespread PAnic plays an HB made from a Chinese built box, with lots of custom shop TLC.



TK check this out an HB35 serial # 101 the guy says 87 model, V headstock. http://cgi.ebay.com/1987-WASHBURN-HB35-made-JAPAN-/220761119066?pt=Guitar&hash=item336663595a
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« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2011, 12:49:19 AM »
TK check this out an HB35 serial # 101 the guy says 87 model, V headstock. http://cgi.ebay.com/1987-WASHBURN-HB35-made-JAPAN-/220761119066?pt=Guitar&hash=item336663595a
 

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« Reply #56 on: March 28, 2011, 12:55:33 AM »
WASHBURN model HB-35

made in  JAPAN

serial number 101


This gorgeous example is from the lost years of HB35 production during the mid to late 80's. Made under contract by Matsumoku (that's what the Washburn folks told me on the phone)....I say that's likely, comparing it to my collection of other Uncle Matt semis, but quite possibly could have been produced by Yamaki since they contracted at one time with Washburn to produce some acoustics.

This one has the one piece neck with diamond volute. Non branded tuners. There is wear on the gold hardware and the neck bucker mounting ring screws have been replaced. Also, there is some stippling and scratching on the lower bout side where it was propped on the floor. On the rear there is light beltbuckle and chafe marks where it was laid down. The frets show little wear and the fretboard, binding, and neck are excellent. No significant dents, and only one ding thru the finish which can be seen just off the bass side of the tailpiece.

I would rate this guitar an 8.5-9.0. The reason I'm calling this a 1987 is that I found a date code on the selector switch. It reads: 87 12 30.

Comes with a gigbag.

Just what the guy says on his ebay listing, I think the date code would make it an 88 but that 101 serial is a shocker.
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« Reply #57 on: March 29, 2011, 11:57:15 AM »
I've given up trying to make sense of the numbers on these. I'd agree it's Japanese, It's freakin' beautiful, and it's a STEAL at that price.

FYI, I sold my HB. May have to consider this!! Love the red, don't see many that vintage in that color.
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« Reply #58 on: March 29, 2011, 08:58:59 PM »
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Originally posted by Tio Kimo

I've given up trying to make sense of the numbers on these. I'd agree it's Japanese, It's freakin' beautiful, and it's a STEAL at that price.

FYI, I sold my HB. May have to consider this!! Love the red, don't see many that vintage in that color.



The serials do seem to be a mystery that cannot be solved.

Why did you sell your HB?

I have been having a problem with my left hand so I may be selling my HB mij(sold the mik one already) also my 4 acoustics and 3 or 4 amps, I have a ton of supplies since I also was doing repairs. Doc gave me a script but it don't seem to help much. I would hate to give it all up  Now I am like someone trying to play with a boxing glove on the left hand.
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« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2011, 09:39:11 PM »
well, i came across a guy who HAD to have it, and doubled my money on it, and used the money to finance another purchase.

Man, I can't tell you how sorry I am to here the other news. All this stuff pales in comparison to something like that,  we tend to take things for granted.

I truly hope your situation improves.

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'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2