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Offline demouser

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Newbie with a 1993 D10M
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:53:56 AM »
Picked up a nice D10M with a 1993 serial number. Got it for $15 at a church rummage sale. Straightened out the neck, updated it with new strings, Tusq nut, saddle and pegs.  Don't know much about playing, but the upgrades improved the sound greatly and it sustains for a very long time now. 

Was going to flip it for a small profit, but my daughter wants to learn since she is bored with piano, so it will be with us for a while.

Couple of questions:
Intonation seems to be off a little. I could not find a ready-made compensated saddle for it. Is there one made? Compensated or fully compensated? Or maybe not an issue for a beginner's guitar?

The local music shop is a Washburn dealer and told me the best Washburns "were" made in USA, but all are now made in China. This one is labelled "Made in Korea". Did they shift production around over the years? Does it really matter?
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Offline gregjones

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Re: Newbie with a 1993 D10M
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2012, 01:33:07 PM »
Straightened out the neck, updated it with new strings, Tusq nut, saddle and pegs.  Don't know much about playing, but the upgrades improved the sound greatly and it sustains for a very long time now. "

I'd suspect, other than the neck thing, and right behind the strings that the saddle was the best improvement that you made and is responsible for most of the sound and sustain improvement.

Check the tuning  at each fret & string to the 7th, maybe only to the 5th fret.  If it's sorta close it should be no problem for a beginner's guitar for quite a while.

If the tuning IS off check the nut slot depth, it could be the problem in the first frets, especially if it wasn't set during the recent replacement.

Intonation can be set at the 5th or 7th fret, it's just normally set at the 12th because you are checking simple octaves.
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Re: Newbie with a 1993 D10M
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2012, 03:58:58 PM »
You got a great deal. The korean made are some of the best D10's out there.  Yours is Mahogany, all laminated. Probably has Grover tuners to?  No D10's were made in USA. If you ever want to make your money back, this is the place to do it.  ;) ;)   Tom.   :)  P.S.   Forgot,  Welcome to the foum.
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Re: Newbie with a 1993 D10M
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2012, 09:24:50 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  Nice buy on the D10M.   :) :)  Re: the saddle and intonation, unless it's way off, for a learner guitar it is likely not a big deal.  There is no such thing as a drop in saddle replacement.  Every saddle needs to be sanded to a bit to make it fit the slot and/or adjust the height.

Here is a good online tutorial on saddles.
http://frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/Saddle/saddle01.html
http://frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/LowerAction/loweraction01.html