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Offline Ready3Buy

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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2011, 11:17:41 PM »
Ok, changed my mind, and final time as well... bye Washburn, hello Taylor... here's why...

In my original past the guitar I was referring to was the second one I've tried... the first WD10 I bought before xmas was fantastic... LOVED it...for three days... then the neck kinked right where it met the body... complete buzz from the 8th fret up.

Took it to another local store, George's, for a simple truss tweak, which they tried, no charge, and told me it's unrepairable (and didn't try to sell me another guitar...took it back to Sam Ash (45 min each way) and was told well you get what you pay for... which was an insult and I expressed as such and I took my business elsewhere... to George's, where I went today to order a WD10S... they said they had none but AHA!, mistake! they had two!... so I was psyched to buy another one! (I had no problem thinking the first one was just a one-off).

So I wanted to try it... guess what... neck kinked at the body... didn't even get it in my hands, the guy said it's going back. But guess what! Another one in stock!  Tuned it up... played it... BUT!.. not that close in sound to WD10 that kinked and buzzy above the 12th. Think I should buy it? Sorry... asked the guy what was up and he said Well, not sure what to say except that in my opinion the last batch wasn't as good as I remember. Ok, well good luck to them...I really like this Taylor 114CE and I'll be back tomorrow for that.

And that's that. Sorry folks but 0 for 3 is not a good first experience for me and Washburn. I thought that first WD10 was better than the 1962 Epiphone Texan I used to have but I've owned no other really good guitars. I hope you figure it out fast and I hope to see you another day.

 

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2011, 04:17:17 AM »
Sad to hear, B3B.
My D10s is what I paid for. A cheap but very serviceable guitar. I'm hearing NOTHING from Washburn. Try an Ayres!
 

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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2011, 08:42:04 AM »
i agree with dontread that all solids are more sensitive to temp and humidity. for me it becomes a nuiscance because i don't have a CTH room like some of the really serious guys here, i have to run around maintaining the guitars. if you only have one or two its no big deal but how many of us have only 2 guitars? right now i have 9 and even that single digit number becomes a problem i dont appreciate, having to constantly add water to devices. to be honest one of the best sounding guitars i ever owned and i owned 3 of them, was Alvarez RD20S. It has the solid spruce top and lam hog sides and back - full dreadnought, well made, under $200, huge sound - easier to maintain - hard to beat.
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2011, 02:48:25 PM »
I'm with you, Skip!

I find myself looking for another laminate sides/back with solid top Washburn...had a great WD32S and gave it away last summer, now to my surprise ALL of my acoustic guitars seem to be all solid wood....and the least expensive/difficult to replace of them all is my WD32SW.  Naturally, I'm a bit reluctant to take it to the beach or near a campfire....so, the search begins!

Not wanting another dreadnought body style, though....have too many of those already.

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Washburns: WD32SW, D61SW, and C124SW
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2011, 10:01:15 PM »
The difference between a laminate and a solid is a step.
A step in quality and price.
Value is the result.
Laminate just don't compare although that is n't to say that you can't get a quality laminate. You just can't beat solid with laminate.
 

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2011, 08:42:16 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by YerDugliness

I'm with you, Skip!

I find myself looking for another laminate sides/back with solid top Washburn...had a great WD32S and gave it away last summer, now to my surprise ALL of my acoustic guitars seem to be all solid wood....and the least expensive/difficult to replace of them all is my WD32SW.  Naturally, I'm a bit reluctant to take it to the beach or near a campfire....so, the search begins!

Not wanting another dreadnought body style, though....have too many of those already.

Cheers from.....

Dugly [8D]

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Washburns: WD32SW, D61SW, and C124SW
Other fine acoustic guitars by Breedlove (custom shop Revival Series 000), Darren Hippner (#506), Takamini (2005 LTD), Epiphone (Masterbilt AJ500RC), and Yamaha (G231-II)




F10S Dug..

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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2011, 11:48:58 AM »
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Originally posted by Junior88

F10S Dug..



Yep, I've given it some consideration.  I really like ash as a tonewood for the body of the guitar....great acoustic reinforcement!

I was looking at the lineup on the Washburn website....sorta like the WG066S...solid wood (CEDAR!!!) top for great left hand response, but I'm not really sold on mahogany as a wood for the body.  I prefer a cedar/rosewood combination, like my C124SW classical. I don't see that in the current lineup....

....nor do I see the F10S.  I might contact Jon at FM...he wasn't able to help me with a C124SW, but then there were only 24 of them ever received by Washburn, so that wasn't a surprise.  If there are no F10S models left, I might crater and consider a D10S or another WD32S...both are listed on the website (whether they are available or not is another issue altogether, much discussed elsewhere).  It would take a lot for me to crater and order another dread, though.  So many different models to explore, so few made by Washburn these days.

Anyone know anything about the comfort series?

http://www.washburn.com/acoustics/comfort-series/

It seems to be all laminate, and at $450 MSRP seems a bit expensive for all lam (even though it is a CE model), but there is a Grand Auditorium body style available.  Might have to consider something like that if I can't find anything else that suits my needs.  Craig's list here in the Houston area usually has quite a few Washburns in the musical instruments category, but mostly electrics (so, what else is new???? [xx(])....a lot of D10 models, but not so many D10S.  I guess the only reason I might consider a D10S is that both Shiner and Pappy have these and I am impressed with their playability (if not the body style or the spruce/mahogany sound characteristics). I mean, it is going to be a campfire guitar, after all.

I once bought an Epi AJ100 from Rocket during one of his CRUGE's...all lam, slope-shouldered, dread size, really good guitar for the price, but I gave it away to a friend's son who has great musical promise but didn't have a decent guitar.  I might need to revisit that....but there are MANY budget priced guits at the big-box stores, you just have to be willing to spend some time playing them so you know you get a good one.

Cheers from.....

Dugly [8D]

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Guitar Playin' FOOL, retired & attempting to age disgracefully!!
Washburns: WD32SW, D61SW, and C124SW
Other fine acoustic guitars by Breedlove (custom shop Revival Series 000), Darren Hippner (#506), Takamini (2005 LTD), Epiphone (Masterbilt AJ500RC), and Yamaha (G231-II)

YerDugliness,Esq./Post No Bills
Guitar Playin' FOOL, attempting to age disgracefully!
Washburns:WD32SW,D61SW,D62SW,C124SWK,
WMJ21S(2),WGO26SCE,WSJ60SKELITE,WG26S (2).
Other fine acoustics:Breedlove custom shop 000,Hippner #506 Hauser,Takamini 2005 LTD,Epi Masterbilt AJ500RC