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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2010, 02:40:45 PM »
not directly on topic, but I don't think the custom shop production issues are directly economy related, but more a function of the new owners paradigm of product/market/interest. I just don't believe they want to own a high end custom shop. They'll knock out a proven mover like the N4 or the Paul Stanley models in decent numbers, but really I don't expect to see anything truly custom again, unless you're asking for some particular appointments on one of those two models. They'll seek their percentage on volume and call it a day.

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« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2010, 02:54:50 PM »
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Originally posted by Tio Kimo

not directly on topic, but I don't think the custom shop production issues are directly economy related, but more a function of the new owners paradigm of product/market/interest. I just don't believe they want to own a high end custom shop. They'll knock out a proven mover like the N4 or the Paul Stanley models in decent numbers, but really I don't expect to see anything truly custom again, unless you're asking for some particular appointments on one of those two models. They'll seek their percentage on volume and call it a day.

Just my view.



Its a valid view I'd say.

With that said, I still hope they get their custom shop back up and running to be able to pull off all out customs again.
 

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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2010, 09:27:51 AM »
I would agree with you.
It's really a valid view.

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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2010, 12:08:25 PM »
Tis one is great too. Great work painting.
 

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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2010, 04:17:11 PM »
Let me know if you want to get that Slime Green HM526 built.  I am a Washburn Dealer and I am working with Washburn to do 12 more HM526's.  I want each one to be unique.  There were only about 150 HM526's ever made so for those of use that are fans it they will be collectible in a few years.  Anyway, these will all be Custom Shop Guitars.  I want to see if I can get some interest and some buyers committed.  They will take at least 6 months to make.  If anyone is interested contact me at info@cmcguitars.com

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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2010, 02:36:22 AM »
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Let me know if you want to get that Slime Green HM526 built.  I am a Washburn Dealer and I am working with Washburn to do 12 more HM526's.  I want each one to be unique.  There were only about 150 HM526's ever made so for those of use that are fans it they will be collectible in a few years.  Anyway, these will all be Custom Shop Guitars.  I want to see if I can get some interest and some buyers committed.  They will take at least 6 months to make.  If anyone is interested contact me at info@cmcguitars.com

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Hell Yeah, is any one reading this?! ^

Man I wish I had the Ca$h right now. Wish you were doing this 2 months ago, I would have been all over this.

Let me know when and if you do any limited run USA Washburn X-series models (aka X81 Face Eraser*).
 

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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2010, 09:25:15 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I am sorry for the delayed response.  I wanted to provide everyone an update at the same time.  Thank you for the inquiries and your patients.  Here is the deal.  Washburn is being a little difficult.  Here is the entire story.  I’m sorry if it is a little long winded.  But I thought I’d give you everything.  Washburn which is owned by US Music Corp was bought out last year by a company in Canada.  They still have operations in the US.  When this happened Washburn started downsizing their US Manufacturing.  You may have noticed over the past year a flood of great deals on the market from Washburn dealers selling Washburn Custom Shop Guitars at unbelievable prices.  That was because Washburn was blowing out every guitar body and neck that was in good shape.  Many of these necks and bodies became Voodoo’s which have the Satin finishes.  All of the wood working was done all they had to do was throw a finish on them and get them to the dealers.  Satin finishes are the most inexpensive and fastest to do....hence all of the “voodoo” finishes.  Well once all of the spare parts were gone that was it.  The only USA made guitars going forward were only going to be the Paul Stanley and the Nuno guitars.  

Now I come along and stir things up at Washbrun.  It tell them about my idea and the initial response is that they say I’d have to at least do 12 and they asked that I gather specs.  That is when I posted my idea and you guys responded with your dream WM526’s.  I planned to get one for myself too because I was always going to hold on to one but I ended up selling all of the ones I had.  So I go back to Washburn and the story changes.  Now they need to do at least 36 of them and they were going to approach a couple of other dealers about it.  In addition they put all kinds of restrictions.  They all had to have Floyd Roses, they could only have EMG’s, Duncan JB Bridge PU’s, Duncan ‘59’s Neck PU’s, or Duncan El Diablo’s.  That is it.  In addition they would only do the Gloss Black or the Gloss Red that were standard or they would do Satin Black or Red.  And I would have to order 4 of the same color at a shot.  For instance, I’d have to order 4 Gloss Black, or 4 Satin Red.  They agreed to do Maple Tops for me but it would have to be either Black Burst or Black Cherry Burst.  

So I asked “what is the deal with all the restrictions?”  They said all the machines that made these guitars have all been broken down and that they have to retool everything.  So doing “one-off’s” like the Jackson or Charvel Custom Shop does is off the table.  The only way for them to do anything and remain profitable is do them in a batch.  The bottom line is the Washburn USA shop has been stripped down.  With the new ownership they expressed interest this week of making a commitment to rebuild it but it is going to be a slow process.

Oh yeah....the prices.  For the standard guitars without the maple tops we are looking at about $2800 each which I think is way too much.  Adding the maple tops will put it over $3k.  

Needless to say I am bummed about it.  

There is one bit of interesting info....Washburn also started kicking around the idea last week of doing an entire new version of the WM526 calling it the X526.  It would have the El Diablo’s or EMG’s.  It would be the same as the WM526 but they would not be doing the reverse headstock.  It would be like the old school Washburn headstock that kinda looks like the Ibanez headstock.  There was no price set on this model yet.  It is still in the dream stage.

The bottom line is I think it is a dead idea unless everyone is will to pay close to $3k for each guitar which I doubt.  I will be finding out more info this week.  I will keep you all posted on what develops.  Washburn makes some great guitars that are highly underated and passed over.  I don’t have to tell you guys that.  I am hoping that they can pull it together and continue to put out some great guitars.

I am open to your thoughts or suggestions or interests.  Again, I will keep you all posted.  Peace.....