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Offline Dark-Zero

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Original Washburn guitar?
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:58:51 AM »
Hello to everybody! I'm new in this forum and not a native English speaker so I try to express myself in the most simple way.

I'm trying to buy a used Washburn Festival EA36, the serial number is S6097763, but I have some doubts about its originality.
First of all, I found almost nothing of information about this guitar. Some images, and a little review of some web. The problem is that all the EA36 I have found in google have a different preamp (the Equis II) and a "door" in the back of the body for the access to the cables.
Also, I couldn't find any information to decode the S/N so I couldn't check if the number match with the guitar.

In brief, I'm trying to find if this guitar is a original one or a fake model. I'm going to spend 500 U$S (5000 Argentine pesos), It's a big number but It's almost impossible to buy this guitar in my country.

I leave some pictures of the selling guitar in fact
Any data you could give me I will be very grateful.

Goodbye

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Offline evenkeel

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Re: Original Washburn guitar?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 12:34:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  First the guitar is most definitely not a fake.  A fake Washburn is highly unlikely, if for no other reason it just does not make economic sense.  Why fake a $500 guitar when for the same effort you can fake a $5,000 guitar?

Here is some more info for you.
EA36/EA46 (MARQUEE)
- single sharp cutaway thin body, flame/bird's-eye maple top/back/sides, three-stripe bound body, 6 or 9 diagonal sound channels, mahogany neck, 14/23-fret extended rosewood bound fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay, flame maple or rosewood veneer on bound peghead, three-per-side pearl button gold diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis Gold preamp, available in Blue, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. late 1980s-1997.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $500 - 600 $275 - 325
Last MSR was $1,000.
Add 25% for Blue finish (special order only).
In 1992, the Marquee was renumbered the EA36 (previously EA46), flamed maple top/back/sides were changed to birdseye maple, the sound channels were narrowed and more were added to bring the total to 9 from 6, and Tobacco Sunburst was disc. and Vintage Sunburst was introduced. In 1994, Vintage Sunburst was disc. In 1996, Marquee was dropped from the model name, and Equis Gold electronics replaced Equis II.

Your guitar was built in 1996.  the same year Washburn switched from Equis Gold to the Equis II system you have.

$500 US is right at the very top of it's vintage value.  But, that's in the Us market so in your country it may well be a very fair price.

Let us know how it works out.
 

Offline Dark-Zero

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Re: Original Washburn guitar?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 01:26:22 PM »
Thank you evenkeel! I'm glad that is not a fake one :). So this model is older than EA36 and better? Thats very cool.
Here we fake almost everything and $5000 Argentinian pesos could paid your bills for 15 days or more, so the risk would be worth for a guitar faker.

One last question, what thinks I have to look when buying this model of guitars? Some parts that tend to break with the ages? Some weak point?


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Re: Original Washburn guitar?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 02:03:06 PM »
Well not older.  It's actually one of the later versions.  Yours was built in '96.  The model ended in '97.

Re: things to look for.  Nothing other than the same issues you'd look for in any used guitar.  Neck angle, fret wear, typical stuff.

The electronics on the Festival series, while state of the art for the era, are not as good as modern electronics.  So, make sure they work.  You will not find a drop in replacement if you need to replace the E.Q. and or the pickup.

Finally, do not expect much in the straight acoustic department.  All the festival guitars sound a bit thin acoustic.  They all however, tend to really shine as amplified stage guitars.
 

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Re: Original Washburn guitar?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2014, 06:49:29 PM »
As you say, from the acoustic side sounds very low, but in the electric side is wonderfull! I just had try It and It's like new! Zero scratches, zero imperfections.
I am seriously thinking to buy It but is like... The acoustic side is very very low in quality. Would you say that really worth to spent the money or I go for a new model?

Thanks for all the help, this forum help me a lot.