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OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:34:50 PM »
Browsing in a used guitar shop, saw something labelled as an Oscar Schmidt OE20 Spirit ("Spirit" on headstock as well as tag).  Thin-line, semi-hollow, double cut, with P90-type pups.  Very interesting, but as I cruise the 'net looking for data, reviews, etc. the only things I see with this (these) name(s) are solid-body Strat and LP copies, or a very few semi-hollows with humbuckers.  Has this one been modded, or was/is there such a thing stock?  The price was good, it felt fine (heavy), played well though I didn't get to plug in this trip.
I new to Washburns (see posting below on HB17), so please clarify!

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 09:32:35 PM »
Hello, I bought a O.S. OE30 Delta King, it has  PAF type humbuckers in it. I think it is called a Jazz style guitar, very warm and full sound. clear as a bell, have to really go crazy on the gain to over muddy it up. I read were some complain that the pups are to hot, well I think they use low quality amps is why they have problems. I have a USA Hot Rod Deluxe, and it sounds great at all volumes and drive.  Mine has a sweet neck, easy to play, action like a Strat. I have been playing it more than any thing else. I also got me a nice LP copy. I have seen somewhere on the net a semi hollow SG looking guitar, cant remember brand, but more reasonably priced than Gibson. Maybe E-Bay, I go there every day.   When you plug it in, let every one no what you think.  Those pups are probably stock as you say there copies.  Not lots of reports or feed back on OS around here. Would be nice to see some.   I think highly of there acoustics for there looks and sound quality in comparison to price.  Tom.   :)

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 08:17:37 AM »
Thanks for replying, T.Y. but I think we're talking about 2 different things.  The "Spirit" had a set neck, and those were certainly P90s on it--very odd, as the covers were sort of faux-abalone rather than the usual plastic or metal. 
I, too, have thought that the Delta King's pups were over-hot, at least for my purposes (jazz, jazzy blues ala TBone Walker--see the HB17 thread).  A fine guitar, though, at a great price.  Just wondering if this one--the "Spirit"--at its price (tagged at $279.--this place will prob. let it go considerably lower) is the one.  Right now, having trouble figuring out just what it is that's there.

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 10:28:09 AM »
 You are rite I have never seen the guitar that you speak of.  As you say, not much info on OS guitars at all. The only OS guitars I have ever seen were a few acoustics.  I bought the Delta King site unseen off the net, just because I knew it was made buy Washburn.  The PAF type on my guitar are copies, not Gibson.  I would not think they would put name brand pups on a OS  guitar.   But one never knows. LOL.   What does a Spirit look like? when you say double cut out, I think of SG?    I paid 250.00 with Washburn hard case delivered.  I think the pup question is kinda like the string question, what one sounds best?   LOL.    Now you have me curies, I am gonna find a picture of that  OE20.    Another opinion on OS guitars would be nice as I have only ever seen 4 of them, one I own.    Tom.  :)

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 11:19:50 AM »
Wow,  it is confusing, on Youtube it looks like a LP copy,   On Harmony Central looks like a ES335 copy. As you say double cut away I would guess ES335 copy. They both seem nice.  Tom.   :)

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 02:52:52 PM »
Yeah, definitely 335-ish.  Like I said, a semi-hollow.  With the P90s, made me think of a 330/Casino, but there was a center block and a longer neck like the 335.
But now you understand my confusion.  BTW--am thinking that the pups (with their very odd-colored covers) might have been more like the Gibson/Epi P94s in that they are in a humbucker-sized casing (like the Epiphone Nick Valensi Riviera).  Really thinking this one has been modded.

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Re: OS OE20 "Spirit" semi-hollow???
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 03:11:27 PM »
As long as the mod is somthing better, that's a good thing, saves you money.  LOL..   Tom.   :)

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Re: OS OE20 is really a great little solid body
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014, 02:05:04 PM »
Recently had an opportunity to play a Washburn / Oscar Schmidt OE20 - as most guitars do out of the box, needed a little setup. But could tell it was going to be a great little guitar, so layed down the cash. The action, tone, finish and playability right up there with best, more expensive electrics like Fender Strats & Gibson Les Pauls. I'd call it a solid body with access panels for the switches and wiring. I've had hollow bodies that you do all the work through the F holes and can tell you that is one pain in the backside, so if I even need to clean pots or whatever, it will be simple. Great little guitar there Washburn!