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Offline firstrebel

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Washburn Lakeside Jumbo Series
« on: July 11, 2015, 07:42:27 AM »
Model LSJ743STSK


I thought I would let you know my impression of my first Washburn acoustic. In the past I have had Gretsch and Gibson electrics and Gibson and Epiphone acoustics.

This model is about the size of a Southern Jumbo but a little deeper, and this probably accounts for its generous volume when played.

The top is solid Sitka spruce with a very nice burst finish. The actual guitar is not as brown as the Washburn publicity photo; it has a slight reddish tint, but this does vary in degree from guitar to guitar.

The back and sides are Rosewood laminate with a Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard. The high gloss finish makes photographs difficult to do without reflections of what is around the guitar. I assume the gloss finish is polyurethane but I have not seen any documentation on that.

Visually it is really good.

This guitar was the third I received. The first was a display model and was put in its case and in a shipping box. It had scratches and scuffs on the back. Its replacement came from the UK distributor and the case was in the original box. Nice. But that had a chip and split in the neck. Not nice. I then got another from another dealer and was also quite a bit cheaper. The original box was in the shipping box and the case was covered in a poly protective sheet. Inside the case the guitar was also covered with a poly sheet. Excellent.

As with all my guitars it spent the first 24 hours on the stand adjusting to the humidity and temperature. After that it was time to tune it up and see what adjustments were needed.

The truss rod needed a small amount of tightening to get the neck straight. The action was a little high to my liking so the bone saddle was taken down a little. I was pleased with the quality on the bone saddle as my Epi EJ200SCE had a very poor saddle and I got a new one made. With the strings off I put some Fret Doctor on the fingerboard and Rosewood bridge, and Nut Sauce on the top of the saddle and in the groves in the nut. The bone nut could probably do with a little adjustment but I am always wary of making early adjustments to that as it is a lot of hassle if you cut it too low. Now it felt a lot better. No buzz anywhere along the board.

I have always used Elixir 80/20 Nanoweb 11’s so was pleasantly surprised with the D’Addario EXP16 12’s that are factory fitted. The lows were rich and the mids and highs were clear and bright. But strings and tones are a very personal thing and depends also what style of music you play.

This guitar puts out quite a volume and the sustain is excellent. So from that perspective I found this a very good guitar to play so it scores full points there.

However there are some issues with the quality of the finish. Even after being protected in the case with the poly sheet I found several marks in the finish. One was a slight scratch about an inch long on the top. It was only in the lacquer and could probably be polished out. It is just annoying. Another issue I found on all three of these I looked at is on the top each side of the bottom of the fingerboard. It looks like poor finishing. This one was not as bad as the other two.




Also all three had what looked like light scuff marks on the lower left corner of the neck heel.



The tuners could be better as I found they are not as precise as most others I have used.
I have never had or seen a badly finished Epi so a little disappointed with the Washburn. But I still think this is a great guitar with great sound. I just wish all manufacturers would put a strap button at the bottom of the neck.

More pictures here:

http://s1174.photobucket.com/user/firstrebel1/library/Washburn%20LSJ743STSK?sort=4&page=1

Bob
« Last Edit: July 11, 2015, 07:45:06 AM by firstrebel »
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Re: Washburn Lakeside Jumbo Series
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 05:12:29 PM »
nice looking instrument

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Re: Washburn Lakeside Jumbo Series
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2015, 01:41:03 PM »
One thing I have found with the factory fitted D'Addario EXP16 12's is that the top E string on the 5th fret (A) rings really loud and overpowers the rest of the strings. I may change that string for an 11 or even an 80/20.

Anyone else had anything like this?

Bob
2009 Roy Orbison Epiphone 12-String FT-112
2014 Masterbilt AJ-500RCE VN
2015 EJ-200SCE VS
2016 Masterbilt AJ-45ME VSS
2016 Masterbilt EF-500RCCE VN
2016 Masterbilt DR-500MCE VS
2016 Masterbilt Century DeLuxe Classic VN
2012 Washburn WJ130EK
Faith Hi Gloss Netpune FNHG
Fender Acoustasonic 90 amp

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Re: Washburn Lakeside Jumbo Series
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 06:33:45 PM »
Hey firstrebel, thanks for this review with good photos!
How are you satisfied with this one after having played it for a while?
My Washburns: D-20SN (1988) - D-30SN (1989) - D-61SW12 (1989) - D-66SW (1979)
Other: Alhambra A4 Steelstring (2015) - Epiphone Sheraton (1988) - Walden CG 2010 (~2010) - Epiphone MM-30s Mandolin (~1990)
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