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Hello to everyone both fans of electric guitars and Washburn fanatics,

As I posted earlier in Tony Raven's 'Used Washburn in the market'.. i was able to purchase a Billy T mini humbuckers gold hardware with offset shape, paid $170 including shipping (+ a Roadrunner gig bag, i got it from GuitarCenter Nashville).. The very same model Billy T is being sold in MusicGoRound https://www.musicgoroundlouisvilleky.com/p/963584/used-washburn-billy-t-electric-guitar-black?gclid=Cj0KCQjwquTbBRCSARIsADzW88x_imDA50xuZGXAKDilZIhugQlzGq9nl7gZtEIVEJkSCrU4BFZnlegaAj8tEALw_wcB
@ $129 + shipping and on eBay https://www.ebay.com/i/283102264625?chn=ps&ul_ref=https%253A%252F%252Frover.ebay.com%252Frover%252F1%252F711-117182-37290-0%252F2%253Fmpre%253Dhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.ebay.com%25252Fi%25252F283102264625%25253Fchn%25253Dps%2526itemid%253D283102264625%2526targetid%253D478313970135%2526device%253Dm%2526adtype%253Dpla%2526googleloc%253D9004032%2526poi%253D%2526campaignid%253D1489355913%2526adgroupid%253D61597998910%2526rlsatarget%253Dpla-478313970135%2526abcId%253D1139316%2526merchantid%253D6296724%2526gclid%253DCj0KCQjwquTbBRCSARIsADzW88wuIAd_tw917akg9n3aanaDRDz_1nz_l_hzdEtAiwTOPSd3sieruUwaAq0wEALw_wcB%2526srcrot%253D711-117182-37290-0%2526rvr_id%253D1637081456412%2526rvr_ts%253D51e2452e1650ac19a446a915fff6c10b
@ $325 + shipping.

I believe the Washburn Billy T models are the precursor to the Maverick BT series (BT - Billy T) and also for the custom shop WM100 model.  Billy T were made in Korea, BT prefix Maverick made in Indonesia by Samick factory,  and Customshop is made in USA.

Ok enough of tid bit info sharing.. Let's get to the good stuff.  Yes,I got a good deal.. some minor scuffs, crud and dust, minor ding in front by the controls and one ding at the back by the neckplate.  Easy fix: clean the grime off the body and fretboard (still looks like it has enough life in them, the output jack was sticking all the way out and needs extra washer and locking hex nut).. now the bad, the nut has been tampered with.. low A and D nut slot were cut extra low and previous owner attempted repair with some super glue, going to need to replace the nut (either a Graphtech TUSQ or a brass nut). Another weird thing is the TOM bridge studs came out easily with little force - I place some wood glue max in the Tune-O-Matic bridge stud hole - I'm letting them dry and it should be ok to re-seat bridge stud back in later tonight.. the TOM saddle look worn,  may need to replace them with roller saddles..  btw, what is a good drop-in  upgrade TOM bridge? 
« Last Edit: August 19, 2018, 01:17:51 PM by psp742 »
Force 84 ABT B-30 MR
Festival 90 EA20B
Billy T 94 Bk
Bantam 96 XB400 Bttrsctch, 98 XB500 Bk, 94 XB600 BkFlam
Maverick  98 BTM MR/MB, 97 BT3 Rd, BT-4 Tobacobrst, 97 BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst

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Re: New to me Billy T dual mini humbuckers gold hardware S/N 4011029
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2018, 12:31:43 PM »
I remain puzzled as to how three of these have managed to hit the market at approximately the same time. ??? When I posted that alert here, it was the first time I'd even consciously noticed the variant, & I've been studying the Mavericks a little for about five years now.

So, call it an early 1994, then? That's exciting because the Mav BTs were officially launched in the 1997 pricelist, having appeared in the 1996 list but as the"Billy T" line. Lacking solid info from Washburn, it appears we can push the family origin back a whole two years. :)

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Re: New to me Billy T dual mini humbuckers gold hardware S/N 4011029
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2018, 02:50:04 AM »
For upgrade I I bought a  gold color TOM with roller saddles string to string 2 1/16, and a brass nut, hopefully it fits adequately.  Fingers crossed that everything is correct.
Force 84 ABT B-30 MR
Festival 90 EA20B
Billy T 94 Bk
Bantam 96 XB400 Bttrsctch, 98 XB500 Bk, 94 XB600 BkFlam
Maverick  98 BTM MR/MB, 97 BT3 Rd, BT-4 Tobacobrst, 97 BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst

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Re: New to me Billy T dual mini humbuckers gold hardware S/N 4011029
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 03:43:38 PM »
Hi everyone who is interested in upgrading your Tune-O-Matic bridge for import guitar, I got roller saddle for my Billy T dual mini humbuckers - link to TOM roller saddle bridge gold
https://m.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Roller-Saddle-Tune-O-Matic-Bridge-for-Import-Epiphone-Les-Paul-SG-ES-Dot-/123037727601?varId=423470151752&txnId=1992615899002
Information:
52mm string spacing E to e
73.5mm center to center post spacing
 http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=123037727601&category=41407&pm=1&ds=0&t=1533753695000&ver=0&cspheader=1

Although the nut is not great.. it works well, so might use the brass nut or not.
Force 84 ABT B-30 MR
Festival 90 EA20B
Billy T 94 Bk
Bantam 96 XB400 Bttrsctch, 98 XB500 Bk, 94 XB600 BkFlam
Maverick  98 BTM MR/MB, 97 BT3 Rd, BT-4 Tobacobrst, 97 BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst

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Re: New to me Billy T dual mini humbuckers gold hardware S/N 4011029
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2018, 10:23:20 PM »
After closer inspection, I noticed the 3-way switch tip was crooked.. well as it turns out the switch tip was glued on because the original screw on metal part broke off.. long story short, I clean up the shoddy glue on job and since the 3-way switch works.. I'm not changing it.. I just make sure the switch tip sits firmly and is dead center.  And after filing reshaping polishing the brass nut, I installed the brass nut and TOM roller saddle.. like damn?!? the sustain improved instantly..  like woah!!!
Force 84 ABT B-30 MR
Festival 90 EA20B
Billy T 94 Bk
Bantam 96 XB400 Bttrsctch, 98 XB500 Bk, 94 XB600 BkFlam
Maverick  98 BTM MR/MB, 97 BT3 Rd, BT-4 Tobacobrst, 97 BT-6 MtlFlkBk
01 RB2000 Bk
04 WG587 MR
X-series 05 X-33 Bk
Idol 05 WI36 Bk, 05 WI64 Bk
Comfort 14 WCG18CE Na
Wing 84 T-bird Tobacobrst