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LOOKING FOR EARLY TO MID 1980's WASBURN FALCON....
« on: April 27, 2006, 01:04:44 PM »
Greetings! I am new to the forum here, but a search I have been on has led me here. Back in the 80's, I used to own a purple finished Washburn Falcon. This guitar had one Humbucker at the bridge position, and a Kahler locking trem. I swear it was a Falcon series, but in my searches on the net, I only come across 2 pickup versions, and no Kahler, which I was led to believe at the time of sale was a standard piece of equipment on these, or at least the one I owned anyway.

The guitars I am seeing on the net are arched top also, and mine was flat. You can see a picture of me with it in my pictures section at My Space via this link: www.myspace.com/patrickzelenka

Any help or leads anyone could provide toward steering me towards another of these (I have no real expectation of finding the exact same guitar, though that would be awesome)would be highly appreciated. Hope to hear from someone soon. Thanks!!

Still searching the net and guitar shows..........Pat Zelenka

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2006, 02:59:34 PM »
I have a 1978 Falcon that I could probably be talked into parting with for the right price, but it is what I always considered typical - 2 humbuckers, 5-piece neck thru, natural rosewood carved top and natural ash body.  You can see a lot of info about the early Wings on www.matsumoku.org.  Mine is exactly like the picture in the 1978 catalog.

I have seen very few early Falcons or Hawks that were painted.  Besides the Ivory Eagle and Black Eagle the painted ones were generally the lower end of the Wing line - Condor, Raven, T-bird, etc.  They had flat tops instead of carved, and you might even find one with a Kahler.

Good luck with your search.
 

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2006, 06:20:51 PM »
hey email me a price your looking for or post one either way[8D]
 

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2006, 09:43:43 AM »
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Originally posted by Rhythm_guy

I have a 1978 Falcon that I could probably be talked into parting with for the right price, but it is what I always considered typical - 2 humbuckers, 5-piece neck thru, natural rosewood carved top and natural ash body.  You can see a lot of info about the early Wings on www.matsumoku.org.  Mine is exactly like the picture in the 1978 catalog.

I have seen very few early Falcons or Hawks that were painted.  Besides the Ivory Eagle and Black Eagle the painted ones were generally the lower end of the Wing line - Condor, Raven, T-bird, etc.  They had flat tops instead of carved, and you might even find one with a Kahler.

Good luck with your search.




Thanks! Let me know your price, and maybe some pics. You can contact me via my web page, www.patzelenka.com. I swear my truss rod cover said Falcon, but I also hear what you're saying. I own a Westone bass too, so the links you had for old catalog pics from the Westone line was very nice. I will copy and paste your web link. Nice site. Keep in touch.

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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2006, 09:46:11 AM »
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Originally posted by mrmudcat

hey email me a price your looking for or post one either way[8D]




Hmmmm........from what I can see on the market for Washburns from that period, I would have to say $300 to $500, $500 being the max. Being that this was a flat topped version, I would have to say closer to $300, but condition matters a lot too. Let me know. You can contact me via my web page, www.patzelenka.com. Thanks!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2006, 07:10:49 PM »
Sorry I haven't responded to this thread again, but I've been quite busy this week, being out of town and coming back and getting fired and all.  I'll try to get some pics on this forum before I post it on ebay, but after recent developments I probably will sell it due to needing the money.

I will say that I don't think $500 is anywhere near what Falcons are worth.  Of course how much you can get depends on who wants one when you are selling it, and whether they recognize the quailty.  If you are using ebay to establish the range you need to know that when you put these guitars in people's hands they are suddenly worth way more than what they go for on ebay.  The don't get nearly as much respect as they deserve due to too many guitar players only being exposed to the bottom-end Washburns, and deciding that if it says Washburn on it it is junk.  But when someone knowledgeable picks one up, they immediately recognize the quality.
 

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006, 07:12:30 PM »
And by the way, I resent being called average.  Maybe my 200th post will change that?