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Offline Pdx

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12 fret D34s questions
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:44:36 AM »
I stumbled across one yesterday.  Besides the short time span that they were made, what else can you all and your collected wisdom tell me about that specific model?  I've found a few websites stating they were USA made and all solid, which I don't really believe either, but I'm curious as I really dig 12 fretters.   What's the going rate for one of these guys?

Patrick

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Re: 12 fret D34s questions
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2017, 10:41:03 AM »
Hello, Patrick, and welcome to the forum and to Washburn guitars. You may have found an old gem!

If Washburn followed it's routine method of establishing model numbers, your guitar has a solid wood soundboard and laminate sides and backs. Other members may have more information, as there are some with the "Blue Book" information regarding production dates, values, etc. We'll hope they will chime in. There could be a possibility that Washburn deviated from it's routine model designations (it's not that uncommon with the older models) and it is an all solid wood guitar...but probably not, if I had to guess.

I, too, share an appreciation for the 12-fret free models...began playing on classical guitars, which are almost all 12-fret free models, and my favorite steel string is a dreadnought size slot-headed 12-fretter. My most expensive guitar is a custom shop 000 model from a different manufacturer...yep, a slot-headed, 12-fretter!

If you'll go to the website's archive section and do a search, there may be more info available. Try the search function on the bar at the top of the forum screen, too...there will probably be a lot of traffic regarding that model.

Cheers! I hope you find out everything you want to know...hang around, there ought to be others who will join in.

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Re: 12 fret D34s questions
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2017, 04:01:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  It would be very helpful if you could post some pics of the guitar.  None of the blue book info I have includes a description of a 12 fret clear, D34S.

This is what I have.
D34 S
- Southern Jumbo style, solid spruce top, round soundhole, bound body three-stripe purfling/rosette, mahogany back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, rosewood bridge with white bridgepins, three-per-side gold diecast tuners, available in Natural finish, disc. 1995-98.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $325 -375 $175 - 225
Last MSR was $729.
D34 S AUGUSTA
- dreadnought style, solid spruce top, quilted maple back and sides, maple neck, bound body, rosewood finberboard and butterfly bridge, diamond inlays, three-per-side tuners, crown style headstock, Buzz Feiten Tuning System, available in Natural finish, mfg. 2002-05.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
$595 $375 - 450 $225 - 275
Last MSR was $850.
 

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Re: 12 fret D34s questions
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 11:20:03 PM »
I'll see if I can get a pic tomorrow. I ended up passing on it, it's at Trade up music in Portland and clean as a whistle.  I have a 30's x-braced Koa 12 fret 00 that needs some work, so I decided to save for that versus buying a 90's Washburn, plus I scored an amazing guitar yesterday, a circa 1952 Roy Smeck Harmony that had been X-braced, refretted with Evo wire and setup properly with a bone nut and saddle for a price I couldn't refuse.

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Re: 12 fret D34s questions
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 04:02:27 PM »
The guitar you were asking is probably the D34 S Southern Jumbo style, I found it in a Washburn catalogue from 1997. It was very rarely offered used around here. It has a slotted headstock and a wide nut  8)
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