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Offline Tony Raven

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X Series, 2002-2010
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:29:06 PM »
I'm still working on my list of the X models. Naturally (being Washburn), nothing is simple. Okay, it's not as much of a mess as the contemporaneous WI Idols, but it's nowhere near so straightforward as the (somewhat messed-up) Maverick family.

Let's start it off with a few oddities.

Foremost would be the X-3, actually a group of models for which I can find reference only in Australia. If you were to believe the numbering system, it'd be reasonable to expect that this would be a short-scale version (like the X-5) &/or an "entry"model (like the X-10). Here's two retailers:
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Washburn X3PRO Electric Guitar Solid Archtop Maple body, bolt-on Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Tune-o-Matic bridge, string-thru body construction, 2 x Washburn HH pickups, 1 vol & 1 tone controls, 5 way toggle switch, diecast tuners. Includes paded gigbag.
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WASHBURN X3 PRO BK Electric Guitar Maple Archtop Mahogany Body Bolt On Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Tune-o-Matic Bridge String Thru Body Dual Washburn Humbucking Pickups Padded Gigbag Black Finish
The latter showed a version with no fretboard inlays.

There were also variants. Per my notes:
  • X-3PRO -- Solid arch Top Maple Body, rosewood fingerboard (BLK, WS) $599
  • X-300PROBSK -- Satin Top Mahogany Body, crossbones inlay, EMG HZ (Black Satin) $729
  • X-3QPRO -- Quilt Top, Mahogany Body, rosewood fingerboard (BC, QA)    $729
  • X-3QFRPROBCH -- Quilt Top, Mahogany Body, Floyd Rose Locking Trem (Black Cherry) $829
(Don't be too sticker-shocked: not only AUD, but MSRP, so an X-10 is tagged $349.  ::))

Devilishly difficult to find even THAT info -- any photos or hands-on reports would be appreciated!  8)
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More recently, I made my first sighting of an X-29 -- h-h ("Select / Designed by EMG", closed covers), black carvetop w/creme binding (unbound neck), black headplate, maple boltneck, rosewood fbd, 24 frets, offset dots, through-body, TOM, Grovers, black hardware, 3-way blade, 2 knurled knobs (V/T), MIC.

It looks like a more "shred" X-30, plus that bound top. It's got a heel plate rather than the 30's ferrules. The 29 looks to be the highest-numbered X with offset dots -- everything above has either the fret-12 "X" or nothing at all.

A very pretty beast, & a worthy sibling of the X-33 if not X-40.
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The marketplace is GLUTTED with X-10, priced anywhere $50-$200 (:o). Many of the sellers persist in calling it a "Pro" model; roughly half call it an "X Series" model & have no first clue what it actualy is.

I own one, & while it's not terrible, there's nothing to recommend it, particularly when you see all the $150 Mercury (MG) & $100 BT-2 out there.

And with such a wild range of pricing, higher-end X models show some confusion as well. Last week, I barely missed a $130 X-40. :'( I'm presently pondering TWO X-30s, $150 each -- one demure in Walnut, the other quite striking in gloss white with covered gold-plate pickups & white rings; a 2004, so no X inlay.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2016, 09:51:32 PM by Tony Raven »
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Re: X Series, 2002-2010
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2016, 03:27:38 AM »
Sorry, no idea on the X-series model.  i in fact own a 2005 X-33 Korean made, its a 3 single coil carved top, strat style.

88 Force ABT B-30 MR
90 Festival EA20B
94 Bantam XB600 BkFlam
96 Bantam XB400 Bttrsctch
97 Maverick BT-4 Tobaccobrst
98 Maverick BTM MR/DMB
98 Bantam XB-500 Bk
98 Maverick BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
05 Xseries X-33 Bk
05 Idol WI64 Bk
05 Idol WI36 Bk
14 WCG18CE Na
84 Wing T-bird Brwnbrst

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Re: X Series, 2002-2010
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 12:01:05 AM »
Yep; I too have a black X-33, later model without the "X" inlay. It makes Fender Standard Strat owners take notice.  :D
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There's also the X-2, but that one I know nothing about past an old advert blurb.
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I'm still on the fence about buying that X-29 -- if it had no inlays, it'd look like a dressed-up X-30. Here....



M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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Re: X Series, 2002-2010
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2016, 12:50:33 AM »
Oh, wow, I am indeed a lazy slug. I intended to have this thread built up a bit more by now.

I'll work my way around to the "easy" models listed in Blue Book. Before then, some misfits & oddities.
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This was posted in these very Forums, 21 July 2010, discussing an imaginary X-51VPRO & leading to this color scheme --


http://forums.washburn.com/index.php?topic=18502.0
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The X-200 really needs its own post, as there's multiple variants. If it follows Washburn's quirky model-numbering system, I suspect it's mostly an upgrade X-20... but then again it was created in order to represent the X Series in what looks like a one-off project:
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The Washburn 200 PRO Series was designed around the single premise to create a truly professional series of guitars offering the best value for money in today's electric guitar market.
One source said the 200's were sold Europe-only (but a few are reviewed on Russian sites) & another that there were six series represented (but I've only confirmed mention of the X & the Idol).

Here's a couple of swipes to whet the palate.



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Then, there's the X-300.




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Finally (for now), I find mention of at least a dozen X-50 variants, mostly top wood, & see that there's some confusion between the X-40 & X-40PRO, but I'll get to it eventually. 8) Here'sone of each (both Q) posed with a WG-587.


M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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