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Offline Absolute

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Help identifying this guitar please?
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:54:12 PM »

1st time post.

I would appreciate  any help identifying  this guitar please, I am about to purchase it and my trail in trying to find out what model has drawn a blank.

It looks a lot like the idol series, but has no tone adjustment and an additional switch?

Any help is appreciated

Thanks in advance.
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Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Help identifying this guitar please?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 10:58:50 AM »
Well, probably a 2011. As the prefixes aren't so certain, maybe a Samick build, which (probably...) would mean Indonesia.

What you have certainly does resemble a variant WIN14F, with "shred-friendly" controls -- a little surprising it doesn't have a "kill" switch. That small toggle is likely a "split" for the bridge pickup. The knobs could be either V1/V2 or V/T.

Could have been a short-run model for some regional market or for a big retailer (Musician's Friend, Guitar Center, etc.).

Considering that the WI-14 goes for $100-$150, & the WIN-14 ~$175, I'd say what you're looking at is maybe a decent axe for $150 ($125-$175) depending how much you really need a guitar.

Washburn was NEVER big on outright Gibson-clone shapes until new owner Jam Industries decreed the WIN Series (2010-2014, a.k.a. "New Idol") would replace one of their best-selling lines (subsequently replaced by the PXL).

Reasons to be cautious AND play it before committing AND not pay a dear asking price.
  • few Washburn guitars have ANY "collectible" value, especially at the low end of the retail-price scale, which yours is
  • low-end Washburns could vary wildly from "near-unplayable after extensive adjustment" to "stage-worthy right from the box"
  • unbranded Washburn pickups can be anything from incredible to muddy/muffled or in-between
  • their lower-end 2000s guitars (model numbers under 20, particularly with non-Grover tuners) often had fret ends sticking out & sometimes needed fret dressing ESPECIALLY if previously owned by some young wannabee metaller who really ground the strings in at four or five places
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