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Offline paulfurniss

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UNKNOWN MODEL
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:05:26 AM »
OK, I have a Festival series electro acoustic Washburn guitar, I have had it for some years even though I only play a few chords for my own amusement, (I'm a singer)

I bought the guitar from a family member who has many guitars and buys and sells to suit his mood! he had had it for a number of years previous to selling it to me and bought it of a guy he knew at the time.

Now the thing is I have been trying to find out some information about it and it seems it does not exist, but if you look at the pictures posted you will see that it clearly does, except the model No.s are not the norm? and the finish is not one that is described anywhere. Going by this websites info and that the serial No.s first 2 numbers denote the year, its a 1999 model but it has "Limited Edition" in MOP/resin inlaid into the 12th fret? it also has WM in ivory coloured resin at the back of the base of the neck and WM between the machine heads on the headstock where the usual logo is? (see images) it also has a scratch plate. Even the paintwork is different, I am told it is called "Tobacco" with Mahogany back and sides, I once spoke to someone online that used to work at Washburn who told me the WM stands for "Washburn Millenium" but still no further info than that?

Below is the info available for the 1999 Festival range on this website.

EA-10 N, B $729.90 SPRUCE TOP / MAHOGANY BACK AND SIDES 650mm SCALE / 43mm NUT
MAHOGANY NECK /
ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD EQUIS STANDARD ROSEWOOD
CHROME
GROVER
ACRYLIC
DOT
EA-18 TR, TS $749.90
MOUNTAIN ASH TOP / MOUNTAIN ASH BACK
AND SIDES 641mm SCALE / 44mm NUT
MAHOGANY NECK /
ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD EQUIS STANDARD ROSEWOOD
CHROME
GROVER
ACRYLIC
DOT
EA-20 N, B, TS $999.90 SPRUCE TOP / MAHOGANY BACK AND SIDES 650mm SCALE / 43mm NUT
MAHOGANY NECK /
ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD EQUIS GOLD ROSEWOOD
CHROME
GROVER
ACRYLIC
DOT
EA-26 N, WH $1,199.90 SPRUCE TOP / MAHOGANY BACK AND SIDES 650mm SCALE / 43mm NUT
MAHOGANY NECK /
ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD EQUIS GOLD ROSEWOOD
CHROME
GROVER
PEARL
THUNDERB
IRD INLAY
EA-33-SK N $1,699.90 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EA-220 (DBL NECK) N $2,099.90 SPRUCE TOP / MAHOGANY BACK AND SIDES
650mm SCALE--48mm (12) 43mm
(6)
MAHOGANY NECK /
ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD EQUIS PLUS ROSEWOOD
CHROME
GROVER
ACRYLIC
DOT

As you can see none of this info matches the guitar I have, the details of which are as follows: Serial No. SK99960010 EA2000K Model: --/TS Mahogany neck/ Rosewood fingerboard/ Chrome Grover machine heads/ tobacco top/ Mahogany back & sides.

Any help on identifying this guitar will be much appreciated.

It also has an AGE4 Washburn graphic equaliser, to which I am missing the battery clip! any ideas where I can get one

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« Last Edit: January 14, 2015, 06:10:00 AM by paulfurniss »

Offline paulfurniss

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Re: UNKNOWN MODEL
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 04:06:28 AM »
Many thanks for the info, however still confused on the finish as you suggest all of this run were the same and the antique Tobacco is a Washburn finish?

Unfortunately do not have the original hard case either.

I don't suppose you know where I might find a battery clip or the whole eq for this its an AGE4.

Many Thanks,
Paul.

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: UNKNOWN MODEL
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2015, 12:47:45 PM »
If it's just the 9v clip you need -- positive & negative posts with two wires trailing away -- those are common hardware, available for a dollar or less at any guitar store or just pennies online. If you want to replace the battery box, that's a little trickier to locate, but -- if you can find one with the same dimensions -- likely just a few dollars.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&ghostText=&_sacat=0&_nkw=guitar+battery+box&_sop=15

As to the numbering, all I can say is "Welcome to Washburn!!" -- they produce a lot of short-run "special editions" for Guitar Center & such, which are (of course) never in the Washburn catalogue. From the numbering, I'd guess that you've got a variant EA-20. The pickplate is VERY groovy, & may have been added for just one chain or one Year End Blowout Sale or whatever.

FWIW, it looks to me like book value of Festival guitars in well-played good (not excellent) condition is roughly 1/3 the "suggested retail price."

There's a possibility that it's an EA-20, but with a plywood top rather than clear spruce -- personally, I think top-grade ply is an excellent choice for most players, but it generally lowers the value.
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Re: UNKNOWN MODEL
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 03:07:28 PM »
Hi,

Wonder if this thread is still active?

Looking into getting a second hand festival series and found an ad for one which after pounding my way through every link google threw back at me, still can't make out the model.

The closet I've got is Paulfurniss's model. Basically it's all the same as his just all black and says 4000 where his says 2000.

Would appreciate any info on it, specs and value as the guy who posted it really doesn't know much about it.

Couple of pics:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1L0suOsiGVFZkRKSW9iN0ZPYTg/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1L0suOsiGVFclpTNjJZcHozOHc/view?usp=sharing

Cheers!

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: UNKNOWN MODEL
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2017, 01:10:23 PM »
Absoutely agree with the ~$200 valuation.

As with so many Washburn models, it's a very good guitar, with a sever lack of popularity -- those who WANT them generally already HAVE them, & aren't in the market for another, & everyone else remains blissfully unaware of what they're missing out on.

This lack of demand pushes down resale value, which does suck for sellers, but is GREAT for any buyers.

That said, the current online market is swamped with the round-horn EA15 going out for ~$200 used; personally, I prefer the looks of the sharp horn. The color also stands out from the now-common pinkish Natural. And yours also has that spiffy "butterfly" bridgeplate, discontinued years ago.

If Washburn's model numbers hold true, the EA4000 is a short-run version of the EA40, which is more difficult to find than the EA20 (past or present). Given that, I'd tend to give parity between a used EA40 & a new EA20 (common at $299), & bump that up considering the fit-&-finish details no longer available in a Festival.

If you're going to sell it, & aren't in a huge hurry, I'd say to ask at least $350, & wait for an appreciative buyer.
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Re: UNKNOWN MODEL
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2017, 06:33:17 AM »
Hi Tony,

Thanks for that.

The post to which you were replying has been removed although I did have a chance to read it. Not sure why it's gone, it had very accurate info and was going to thank the poster. But hey...

It's not actually mine, looking into buying it myself. I have a dreadnought at the mo and it's just not my thing. I do a lot playing sitting down and because of that I end up picking up my electrics. The Washburn kinda seems the sort of guitar I'd pick up more often. Guess that's very personal. Apart from that, I do a lot of home recording and it seems like the ideal guitar to mic' up or plug in when needed.

Anyway, haven't heard from the guy. So, I'll be missing out on this one I'm afraid.

In any case thanks for all the info. Really appreciate it.

Cheers!