I'll start with a little introduction of myself. My name is Stewart and I currently live in Springfield, Ohio. I was 2 years old when I touched my first guitar and ended up receiving one for that Christmas (or so the story goes.) I've owned a few guitars over the years and have wanted to join a band, but alas life has thrown a couple of curveballs. I recently got bit by the guitar bug again and hope this story will have a different ending. My current goal is to get a band together to play at my brother's bar. This goal seems a little more attainable than global music domination.
In mid February, I got a catalog from Sweetwater. While flipping through the pages, I saw the WIDLXSPLTD. I loved the look of the spalted maple top and it was within my price range, but they were out of stock. So I turned to eBay and scored one for $249. It was listed as having a blemish which turned out to be a crack in the binding on the inside of the horn. It's not noticeable unless you know it's there. Otherwise, the finish on this guitar is very nice.
I've done an extensive internet search on this guitar and not a lot of useful information has popped up that cover my issues, so that's why I decided to join the Washburn forum and start this thread. I hope any of the information I share can be found useful to others.
I found that this model was made in China, so when I ordered it, I wasn't expecting much other than to be a decent guitar to practice on. Despite a couple of trouble spots I have found, I do hope that the upgrades I have planned for it will make it a suitable guitar to gig on.
The hardware on the guitar is black and chrome. To my eye, I really like the black so I will be replacing the chrome parts with black parts. I'll start with the head and work my way down to the body noting what changes I will be making.
Here is a picture of the head with a Gotoh mini tuner in black. To me, the larger tuning keys look better so I've ordered a set of Planet Waves locking tuners in black with the auto clip feature.
The issues I am having with the guitar are located on the neck. I did a setup that included straightening the neck, adjusting the ToM bridge and tail height for action, and intonation. I noticed the B string produced a sitar sound, which indicates trouble with the nut. Upon further evaluation of the nut, I found the slots for the High E and B were too deep. The B string sits really low in the nut and the nut needs to be replaced. Below is the best photo I could get. I sent off an email to Washburn about the specific model of Graphtech nut they used so I could get a direct replacement, but haven't heard back from them. I ordered a Graphtech black Tusq XL PT 6116 based on several measurements I took from the stock nut. I measured a nut length of 1 11/16" (Washburn spec's are 43mm) and E-E length of 1 7/16".
The 3 way switch, input jack and plate, strap buttons and ToM set will be swapped out for all black components. I was hoping I could use my Gotoh ToM set I already have, but found the holes for the bushings are larger than the 11mm Gotoh bushings. When I am installing the upgrades, I'll take measurements and get the correct size bushings ordered. The stock hardware and Gotoh hardware are incompatible. I tried every combination and nothing fit.
Here's a picture of what the guitar will look like with a black ToM set...
After I get the nut, neck and new hardware installed, I'll start messing with the pots, caps and pup's. I'll save all of that for a later post.