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Washburn EA 40 PLA
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:45:27 AM »
My dad bought this guitar several years ago and would like to learn if it's rare and what its current value might be.  It's a Washburn model EA 40 PLA, Monterey Custom Studio.   He has paperwork saying it was originally sold Jan 23, 1984.  The guitar and case are in really good shape.  I haven't found anything online (except this forum) that might be of help.

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Thanks in advance for any help!
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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 02:28:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  Very handsome EA40/Monterey.  The festival series is VERY confusing.  Washburn used the same names for different models and switched names/models.

Here is a bit of skinny on the EA40/Woodstock.
EA40 WOODSTOCK
- single sharp cutaway dreadnought style, mahogany top, oval soundhole, bound body, abalone purfling/rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 21-fret bound rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, three-per-side chrome diecast tuners, Washburn 3200/Equis II preamp system, available in Black, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, White, or Wine Red finish, mfg. 1979-1991.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $500 - 575 $325 - 375
Last MSR was $1,000.
In the mid-1980s, a spruce top replaced the mahogany top. Circa 1987, EQ300 electronics were introduced (sliders instead of knobs). By 1990, Equis II electronics were being used. This model had birdseye maple back/sides with Natural finish as an option.
EA40 12 Woodstock 12-String - similar to the EA40 Woodstock, except in 12-string configuration and six-per-side tuners, mfg. 1979-1991.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $525 - 600 $325 - 375

And now the EA44 Monterey

EA44 MONTEREY
- single sharp cutaway thin style, solid cedar top, oval soundhole, bound body, three-stripe purfling/rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay, rosewood bridge with white black pins, bound peghead with rosewood veneer, three-per-side chrome tuners with pearl buttons, acoustic bridge pickup, Washburn 3200/EQ300/Equis II electronics, available in Black, Natural, or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. 1979-1985, 1987-89, 1992-94.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $525 - 600 $350 - 400
Last MSR was $1,150.



Then in the early to mid 80's the Monterey Studio you have.  Here is a link to a catalog page from 84.
http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Images/Washburn%20Catalog%20Pics/Washburn%201984%20Acoustics/Washburn%201984%20Acoustics%20-%2002%20-%20Festival%20Series%20AE's.JPG

There should be a serial number imprinted inside the guitar, most likely on the neck block.  The first digit or two will be the year of manufacture.  3 = 1983, or 83 =1983 for example.

As to value.  Although rare (Washburn did not make a lot of them) in this case rare does not mean valuable.  Probably $400-500.
 

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 08:24:52 PM »
Thank you very much for your thorough reply.  I had no idea that the Monterey was part of the Festival series.  We'll have to look for the serial number.  Your value estimate seems fair.  Thanks again!

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 10:13:41 PM »
I might value it a somewhat higher as it is pretty rare to see one of the first of these that were a custom build are you looking to sell it by chance. ship
oh and as to my evaluation I would be much around the $600-675.00 but also prices here in Canada are some what higher

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014, 10:01:02 AM »
Thank you for the offer.  He'll think about it, but isn't really looking to sell it right now.  If there were a really good offer, he might think differently.

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014, 07:30:03 PM »
The EA 40 PLA was handwritten on two old pieces of paper that came with the guitar.  If it were stamped on the guitar, where would we find that?

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014, 07:40:14 PM »
What I find fascinating is this little drawing inside the guitar.  What does this mean?


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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2014, 11:53:11 AM »
Thank you for the information!  Would you say the value of the Monterey Custom Studio has decreased from its 1984 sales price of $ 849.00?

I plan to take more photos of it and its paperwork on Thursday.

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Re: Washburn EA 40 PLA
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2014, 03:46:59 PM »
Here are photos of the back of the guitar and both sides of the papers that came with it, if it helps clarify anything.

There were two responses about this guitar that have disappeared.  I'm not sure why.