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Offline ET Music 1

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J14 sighting
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:37:26 AM »

Offline bigcity2

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Re: J14 sighting
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 04:51:23 AM »
Need to emphasize....the J-14 and J-15 were imported guitars....not made in the USA.  Don't know where that rumor started.


Offline Tony Raven

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Re: J14 sighting
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 04:59:20 PM »
Having done only a little research, I'm siding with bigcity2.

Acoustic guitars built in the USA are highly unusual for Washburn International. Per Jim Smith, in 1994-2001 there were five models built for Washburn by Tacoma, & five by Bourgeois. Late in 2001, Washburn floated four models but soon dropped these from the market.

I've searched online for photos of the J-14 & J-15. On NONE of them do I see any "made in USA" markings, front or back. Washburn has NEVER been coy about this.

I located an old thread on this very site... then lost it & can't find it again. ::) Anyway, a member said (I paraphrase) "I called Customer Support & they said they didn't know anything about the J-14 but maybe it was from the Custom Shop?"

Anyone's welcome to dig through the catalogues & pricelists to see if anything CONCRETE pops up -- again, Washburn has ALWAYS been proud to make this claim, so if it's not claimed, it's import, period.

Meantime, I've fixed Wikipedia.
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Offline Tony Raven

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Re: J14 sighting
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 05:24:08 PM »
FWIW, these are beautiful guitars, & have earned much respect from actual jazz player.

As they didn't come off an assembly line, & the models were actually very short-lived as well, I expect that much fewer were built than Washburn's typical run of 200. One source said 40, but I'm not certain they're credible.

If they possessed just about ANY other brand name on the headstock, they'd be worth thousands, & deservedly so.

I guess it all depends on whether it's more important to have a fantastic guitar, or one that's "USA."
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