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Offline Punk77

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« on: July 30, 2003, 02:26:16 PM »
how old is your oldest electric washburn? they started making them in 1979 I think, so dont lie and say 1950 or something like that. mines a 1981 model, im not sure exactly what model it is though. just look at the back of your washburn and find the two first serial numbers to tell what year it was made in. for example something like 934627 would be a '93 model.
 

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2003, 02:27:24 PM »
oh yeah, correct me if im wrong about when the electrics started production. it might not be 1979, but i think it is...
 

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2003, 03:05:01 PM »
The original electric prototypes were made in 1978 I believe, and then production started in 1979. My oldest is a Wing Series prototype which would be 1978 or 1979 depending on when the actual protos were done. Since the original protos existed before any serialization plan, they didnt get a serial number.......
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2003, 04:07:21 PM »
My baby is a 1985 Force 8.  The old Rudy Sarzo series.  They were fine basses, but the Steinberger craze hit.

what do I think about when i play?  Left finger, right finger, left finger, thumb...Doh!

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2003, 08:50:41 PM »
Actually the Sarzo series looked like this, and were available in a few different configs, while the Force Series were more Fender inspired..........

http://jcguitars.com/wasrs1.jpg

Rudy also played an 8 string Stage series bass back then, but mostly it was the Sarzo model until he left Washburn and went to Peavey.........
 

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2003, 08:56:51 PM »
My Force 8 is Fender looking.  The Rudy model had the angled rectangular head stock, while I had the Fender-ish head stock.  Rudy's 8 String was a full sounding bass.  I will never forget his tone live.  Say what you will about Quiot Riot, Rudy had some serious punch in his tone.  That's the way a bass is supposed to sound.

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2003, 10:25:10 AM »
I have a question about mine....I think it may be kind of old, not sure. It says Designed By Grover Jackson on the headstock.(USA MADE)
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2003, 11:46:10 AM »
The early Washburn electrics were made in the Japanese Matsumoku plant but I don't know the exact year they started but I once owned a 1979 Washburn Wing Series Hawk. Here is a picture of it (along with some other guitars I no longer own after discovering the WI64 and Feiten).

http://www.therathole.org/guitars/visitors_axes/jfic.html

Here is a 1983 Washburn V that was probably made in the Matsumoku plant. Still up for bids on eBay (I am not affiliated with the seller but do often sell guitars on eBay).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2549345081&category=33048&rd=1



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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2003, 06:06:30 PM »
Born to raise hell,
If it has that tag line, its the second generation of Mercury series guitars from 1994 - 1996. If its USA made, it will be stamped with the year on the back of the headstock........
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2003, 07:16:10 AM »
Accept2: thanks, didn't think to look back there! Can't yet tho, it's still at the music store on layaway, I'll have to check it out in a day or two. Thanks for the help tho.
 

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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2003, 07:46:38 AM »
Remember that if it has USA on the headstock after the Washburn name, it is US made. If it says Mercury on the headstock, then its an import. Alot of times I see people trying to pass off imports as US made guitars..........
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2003, 10:39:50 AM »
Hey...now that I think of it....I did see Mercury on the headstock I think. If that's true, I am not payin as much as the guy wants for it! He wants 400 bucks..for a used one...
 

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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2003, 05:05:15 PM »
$400 is alot for a used Korean import. Depending on which model it was, it may have sold new for that.............
 

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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2003, 06:06:20 PM »
yeah- i wouldn't get that if i were you, thats too much money for a used guitar, esspecially an import. you should save up.
 

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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2003, 12:24:09 AM »
I am sitting here trying to evaluate my Washburn.   from the comments it looks to be a 1979 Eagle sn 791320 rosewood top, Maple / Walnut laminate neck with a couple of grainy but interestingly so wings.  Both the body and the neck are bound   The neck markers are brass circle inlays like spaghetti o's  on a 22 fret ebony fingerboard.  Two switchable singlecoil/humbucking pick ups with a 3 way toggle and singlecoil/humbucking config volume pot for each pair of pickups along with a tone control for each brass saddles for the bridge.  A real sweet guitar that plays almost as nice as my 1972 Les Paul Deluxe  The Washburn is a little more versatile and was purchased new shortly after the birth of my daughter in 1980.  It needed a home and has been a good and faithful second guitar.  Does anyone have an idea of the current value of this well cared and gently used in excellent condition guitar might be worth?

I appreciate your assistance.

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