Hi, first post, so be gentle.
Rather than post on a generic guitar forum, thought I'd at least post on the washburn one, just in case there are any particulars I'm missing.
Had a D10N for Oo 14 years maybe? And since then, despite my efforts to keep it well looked after, its inevitably developed intonation issues which mean I no longer play it much. As its my only acoustic (I know, bout time I upgraded huh) I'm wondering whether you guys think it would be worth getting a refret for some of the worn down frets on 2nd, 3rd, 5th frets.
The weird thing is, despite the grooves on these frets, if I tune each string to a fretted note, say the 5th, most of the strings played open are more or less in tune - except the dreaded B string, which is markedly flat, as is the E string. Both these will be 'in tune' on almost any fret except open. This means that I have to tuned differently depending on what I play - if I'm playing the B/E open a lot, I have to avoid the first few frets on those strings, and if I'm frertting - avoid playing them open. It bugs me to the point where I can't be botherd to play it.
Trying to be clever, I purchased a compensated saddle (TusQ I believe) and filed/sanded it down to a touch higher than the original to raise the action a tad - made sure the bottom was perfectly flat and smooth. Verdcit? same problem, even to the same degree, no worse, no better, no worse, sounds exactly the same. Its had a fishman pickup installed, sans onboard electronics (I built a FET preamp into the end of a 1/4 jack so it has its own cable), and I don't know if the tech replaced the original saddle, or just filed down the original.
So a couple of questions,
1. Reckon its worth tkaing it to a guitar tech and perhaps paying up to £50 UK for a new saddle (and possibly nut) ? Given its age, many friends have just told me to buy a new acoustic and I should 'let go' but I've yet to play anything that handles strumming AND finger picking folk as well as this thing for less than £700
2. Do newer D10's use compensated saddles? If so, perhaps they have changed the design slightly to accomodate for this.