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Offline Stuart Harrison

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2018, 07:21:11 AM »
Hi Mapleflix.
I have a F-30-SN which I bought 2nd hand in the early 90's.
Mine has the same headstock join as yours, though mine has a closer grained solid cedar top.
As I recall, mine's late 80's.
My serial no is 71172.
I'd say from yours that the first two digits will give the date (92) - they obviously used a different system when they made mine.
As I walked round the guitar shops in Denmark St, London at the time (early 90s) there were a lot of guitars using bird's eye maple bodies or tops (or fake transfers)
Mine looked a lot prettier and mature.
It was the best i could afford and was the nearest to a Martin 150th anniversary 000-15 all mahogany I tried and loved.
Mine's more a 000 body size - sweet and warm sounding.
The cedar top has looked beautiful from when I bought it.
Always had that rich colour.

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2018, 04:27:29 PM »
Hi Stuart,
very interesting. you say yours is an F-model?  8)
could you post a picture to compare some details?

as for the serial, I think it's looks like the same system, mine being from 1989, yours from 1987.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 05:47:15 PM by MapleFlix »
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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2018, 04:30:37 AM »
I'll take some pics and try to get them posted here today.
The F (folk) model was about a 000 size guitar.
Looks and sounds very sweet at that size - great for recording.
Thanks for the help on dating - I remembered it being from about 87 but couldn't remember where I got that from.

Washburn must have gotten hold of a lot of bird's eye maple because I remember seeing it all over their guitars in the early/mid 90's.
Didn't seem as good though and other makers started doing bad photo-transfer fake bird's eye maple (before switching to bad fake PRS type flame tops).

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2018, 04:17:45 PM »
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Offline Stuart Harrison

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2018, 04:24:15 PM »
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I'll take some better pics soon

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2018, 04:45:46 PM »
Thanks Stuart, our guitars are perfect siblings, i can match all details, apart from the body shapes!
(Slope shoulder dreadnought <> 000/Folk)
I'd really like to hear them side by side..
Those F-models, like yours, are really rare.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2018, 01:24:18 AM by MapleFlix »
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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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2019, 04:29:29 PM »
Is that an Epiphone "Dot" in the "Maple Family" photo in your album?

It's an Epiphone Sheraton II, from 1988 I think. I don't play it anymore, it's very heavy and I'm not interested in playing electric at the moment. A nice guitar though, but it would need a good setup finally.
Hi.John here.Why is it that my d-30sn doesn't have a serial number on the head-stock?Is that normal?The number inside is 382
John Robert Frain

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2019, 04:33:24 PM »
Can anyone tell me why my D-30 SN doesn't have a serial number on the head-stock? Is that normal?The number inside is 382.
John Robert Frain

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Re: D-30-SN (cedar/bird's eye maple)
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2019, 05:00:45 PM »
(Damned software ate my post...)

I have a couple of electrics from the same era, & their numbers are typed on small strips of white tape, affixed to the back of the headstock. Not unusual that these fell off or were removed at some point.

Any numbers written on wood are control numbers for the component (neck or body assembly) & say nothing about the finished instrument.
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