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Offline Musicman112

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NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:32:36 AM »
Greetings!

I'm new to the forum, and just joined because I recently aquired a vintage Washburn HB35 from 1983. I made the purchase after reading the long HB35 and Matsumoku-thread.

Anyway it's a great guitar, in excellent shape. All for a very fair price. Here it is:




So, does anyone know for certain where these early 80's guitars was made? (I couldn't find any conclusion in the long thread..)

Kind Regards

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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 05:37:56 AM »
That one looks nice !
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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 04:06:29 AM »
Is there anyone who has changed pickups in their vintage HB35? I think they are a tad too hot for jazz or clean sound...

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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 09:35:08 AM »
First try setting the pickups ~1/8" deeper. If that lightens the tone, you can still get plenty of play before you need to shop for parts.

I knew a guy many years ago who had his pickups almost level with the rings. It looked odd, but gave him the tone & response he wanted.
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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 07:42:20 PM »
Congratulations on the great buy.  The early 80s HB-35s are excellent quality, every bit as good or better than Gibson 335s of that, or any era.  They were made at the Yamaki factory in Japan, not Matsumoku as has been incorrectly reported.  If you have a chance, seek out and join the Daion (Yamaki's house brand) guitar forum on Facebook for tons of info and pics on the Washburn Wings, HB-35s and Daions from 1978-1984.  (I own 4 HB-35s from 1981-83).

It appears that someone switched out the original nut for a brass one.  This is a good choice as it is period-correct and compliments the brass bridge saddles well.  Check out the Daion Headhunter H555, which was a semi-hollow body which used the same hardware, bridges and pickups.  They came standard with brass nuts as Daions of that era did.

Is the serial number on the sticker inside of the guitar?  f you look on the back of the headstock, the serial number will also be printed there.  They are often difficult to read on the early models, as they are printed in black, underneath the dark back finish on the headstock.  I'm curious if that is rather an 82, than an 83 because there were some design changes in 83 to introduce new colors and the necks can be slightly fatter in 83.  The 81s had the output jack on the face of the guitar not side like 82s-84s..

Regarding pickups, 3 of mine have the original pups which I quite like alot due to their clarity.  I turn down the volume knob and tone a bit to lesson the heat.

My 83 came set up with Rio Grande Texas BBQ pups and I really love them a lot....
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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 02:48:50 PM »
Congratulations on the great buy.  The early 80s HB-35s are excellent quality, every bit as good or better than Gibson 335s of that, or any era.  They were made at the Yamaki factory in Japan, not Matsumoku as has been incorrectly reported.  If you have a chance, seek out and join the Daion (Yamaki's house brand) guitar forum on Facebook for tons of info and pics on the Washburn Wings, HB-35s and Daions from 1978-1984.  (I own 4 HB-35s from 1981-83).

It appears that someone switched out the original nut for a brass one.  This is a good choice as it is period-correct and compliments the brass bridge saddles well.  Check out the Daion Headhunter H555, which was a semi-hollow body which used the same hardware, bridges and pickups.  They came standard with brass nuts as Daions of that era did.

Is the serial number on the sticker inside of the guitar?  f you look on the back of the headstock, the serial number will also be printed there.  They are often difficult to read on the early models, as they are printed in black, underneath the dark back finish on the headstock.  I'm curious if that is rather an 82, than an 83 because there were some design changes in 83 to introduce new colors and the necks can be slightly fatter in 83.  The 81s had the output jack on the face of the guitar not side like 82s-84s..

Regarding pickups, 3 of mine have the original pups which I quite like alot due to their clarity.  I turn down the volume knob and tone a bit to lesson the heat.

My 83 came set up with Rio Grande Texas BBQ pups and I really love them a lot....

Thanks for your reply!

THe serial number is 833586 and it's printed on both the back of the head and on a sticker inside. The nut is not made of brass but it may very well so that it has been replace anyway. Don't know if it's bone or plastic...

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Re: NGD! Washburn HB35 from 1983. WOW!
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 11:27:44 AM »
This was made by Yamaki. It would have been a brass nut from the beginning.