Originally posted by WB-Nick
i'll keep all of this in mind as i'm working on the line up.
Awesome. I just bought a USA d.55sw cherokee at auction and it is the finest acoustic I have ever laid hands on. If Washburn were to bring some USA acoustics back into production it's be great to have a
-Standard dreadnaught, solid woods, spruce top, rosewood back and sides, ebony board, tasteful inlays and an elegant headstock. Having one to compete with each level of the competition would be wise.
perhaps a Martin D-16/Gibson j-45 alternative for around 1200-1500, a D28/Hummingbird alternative at 1700-2000 and a D-45/Vos alternative at 2500-3000
having a slope shoulder dread, a jumbo j-200 style that doesn't look wacky, and a nice parlor model would be cool if you were going for a well rounded line.
I worked at a Washburn dealer until recently and we always got compliments on the D-10's and other import washburns, but when people came in looking for a Taylor/Martin/Gibson alternative we had to point them elsewhere.
There IS a HUGE acoustic market that loves new offerings, but I feel like they miss out on the washburn stuff and have been turned off at the fringe designs that have been available in the past few years. My first guitars were all washburns and my favorites still are. There are many out there who feel like I do and love the brand like family (hope that doesn't weird people out). If Washburn is interested in re-entering the fray i'm all for it, they Just need to take it seriously while still doing things slightly differently. I'd love to have some new Washburns to back up my Cherokee at bluegrass gigs.
Last thing, it'd be really interesting if you could get another up and coming luthier to do a special run like the Bourgeois guitars.