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Offline bobgure

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"Old" HB35 serial # question
« on: July 08, 2006, 12:18:48 PM »
Hi,
I'm new here on the forum and hope i'm not cross posting with a similar question to a previous HB35 dating question.
Redirect me if that's necessary. Thanks.

Anyway...I'm interested in purchasing what looks like an older HB35 but the person selling does not have any info on it.

Tobacco Sunburst with slight zebra grain showing, dot inlays on what looks like maple fingerboard, chrome hardware, more 'rounded' ES-335 type cutaways, black headstock is very simple rectangular design with convex notch on the top with 'Washburn' printed in yellow. Selector switch is by the right f-hole above the volume controls.

The  SERIAL # is  832870 --- visable in the f-hole with HB35 printed alongside.

Any info or help identifying this potentially great instrument will be a great help to me. Thanks!

-Bob

 

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"Old" HB35 serial # question
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2006, 04:35:08 PM »
Definatly sounds like it from 1983. I have never seen the maple fretboard one, but alot of oddities were tried in that time period.........
 

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2006, 06:59:32 PM »
Ooops. I meant to write 'rosewood', not 'maple'.
Where were the early 80's HB's manufactured and was the quality
comparable to the ones made today?
I'm trying to decide whether to shell out for this older one or
just buy a new one, but unsure regarding made in Japan or China or
whatever.

Thanks. Any input is welcome.
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2006, 07:52:28 PM »
What to do depends on the price difference, but the quality of the older ones is way better than the newer models.  The Japanese models were really nice, and some of the earlier Korean models were pretty nice as well.  Over time they seem to have lowered the standards - the archives indicate that the list price has remained pretty steady, so if costs have gone up over all those years they had to cut back somewhere.  While the current Chinese models are a pretty good value compared to other brands out there, they don't come close to the quality of the older ones IMO.
 

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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2006, 12:18:15 PM »
Thanks Rhythm Guy,
I'm trying to insert a pic of the guitar but clicking on 'insert image' on toolbar and then trying to copy and paste or drag the jpg doesn't seem to work.

Anyway the headstock as i've mentioned is smallish and black with the Washburn logo across the top in yellow.

Since i'm considering buying this, i'm trying to insure that the neck is indeed a Washburn and not a mimic.

Thanks for any opinions, help with pic insertion, or any other help.
 

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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2006, 10:58:22 PM »
Sounds original to me.  The older headstocks were shaped that way.  Sort of a V-shaped notch with script Washburn logo.  Very different from the newer crown-shaped headstocks on the HBs.  You can still see the pointy headstock shape in many of the lesser expensive Washburns.
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2006, 11:22:23 AM »
Thanks for all the help.
I lost the guitar at auction by not being home in time to close.
It sold on ebay for $242.oo.   Grrrr!!

Oh Well.  I think i'll buy either a Washburn J3 or HB35.
The HB35's have been getting stunning reviews...but I really want
an archtop for jazz.  Hopefully the J3 will be up to Washburn's usual quality.

Thanks again.  [:)]