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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 »
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 #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 »
Sorry - I forgot to post these.
Hopefully these links will work;



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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)
Music: soundcloud.com/tonflix