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General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / Re: Fake Washburn?
« on: November 25, 2018, 10:42:56 AM »
As the saying goes, "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses before zebras." :) Very few Washburn models are worth counterfeiting, & a fake would probably be MUCH flashier than that.

There's any number of reasons Washburn made one-off guitars, like a special order or a promo gift for a big store or distributor, or a "test bed" to see if a build would be suitable for manufacture, or to determine whether sales outlets would find it interesting. The BT-500 was part of an effort to "liquidate some parts and bodies we had left." (I wouldn't be surprised if Washburn let their employees build their own guitars at cost when they were off the clock.) There'd be no point in putting serial numbers on these.

Whether ANY electric guitar is "hand made" depends on how it's defined... & almost every time it's greatly exaggerated. Are power tools allowed? hand tools? Does using a CNC router to rough the body blank violate "hand made"? but what if the entire cavity shaping is done via CNC?

X Series / Re: guitar identification please!!
« on: November 24, 2018, 12:06:20 PM »
If you mean it's h-s-h, the only one I can think of offhand is the X-40.

X Series / Re: How many springs in a x-series Pro V 11
« on: November 24, 2018, 12:01:22 PM »
The claw screws are generally quite long. If you want to check, detune the strings completely & take one of the screws out.

You're on the right track, though. With a standard trem, more springs will stabilize the tuning, & you back the claw screws out to give the bridge some "float."

It's a long enough number that my first guess would be January 2011. Very unlikely (not impossible) to be MIJ, but the "M" is more likely a China factory code than Matsumoku (which shut down in 1987).

Washburn does have a habit of putting out models only for a certain distributor or retailer -- there's an X Series that was only sold in Australia, for example, & the D-100 sold by Musician's Friend & Guitar Center.

To my knowledge, nobody has pulled info together on these. Being special orders, they don't appear in USA Washburn catalogues or pricelists.

No, serial numbers are not a panacea. This is particularly true of the older modern instruments, but I've seen examples from the '80s that are impossible to align with a credible date.

The fewer the digits, the more likely that it's an actual serial number, with no hidden messages.

If I had to guess, I'd say Yamaki (makers of Daion guitars).

Customer service has pretty much collapsed since JAM bought the joint in 2009. I figure they've got the build records, but aren't particularly interested in loading the data into their system -- for all we know, they just deleted it. And for guitars from the pre-PC era, the info might only exist on paper.

Well, not inexpensive, certainly. But a few years back I had the opportunity to become the second owner of a luthier-built dreadnought, for a very reasonable $3,200.

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: WD 32SW help? please
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:30:42 AM »
I'm not a fan of the BFTS mythology. Even if it worked as claimed, most guitar slingers cannot hear the difference -- consider how many cannot tune a guitar without an electronic device telling them what to do.

Even without BFTS, there's no such thing as a drop-in replacement. Every string needs to be properly intonated in order to get the best out of the owner's string preference & playing style.

The pre-"intonated" replacements aren't perfect. I've had guitars where one string needs to be flatted but the darned bridge is sharping it, so I've had to get a plain blank & start from scratch.

If you've carved your own saddle before, you know it's no major thing, but could take up half a day or so (& maybe a few strings from all the tuning & detuning). Or, take it to a shop & expect to pay $60-$100.

General Discussion / Re: how to post
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:00:20 AM »
What problems are you encountering?

General Discussion / Re: is Blue Book dead??
« on: November 24, 2018, 09:56:04 AM »
Yeah, I too have managed to get some functionality from it, but compared to the old version it's about as useful as a three-legged plowhorse.

They may have tweaked the code a little, because t seems to work a little better. I seem to often go after "what exact model is that?" questions, so I want to lay out all the features in tabular form. If I search for BT, I do now get the Maverick line as well as some of the early basses. I choose one (maybe the BT-6) which gets me the individual listing, & THEN click on "Show All Models" which gets me the entire series.

So, not difficult... but not convenient, or plain.

Announcements & News / Re: SERIAL NUMBER
« on: November 24, 2018, 09:36:35 AM »
Probably Korea (by Samick), 1995.

X Series / Re: X Series, 2002-2010
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »
A crumb more on the X-200, from a long-gone Dolphin Music (UK) page:
The Washburn 200 PRO Series was designed around the single premise to create a truly professional series of guitars offering the best value for money in today's electric guitar market. As such, all six models in the range feature either Seymour Duncan or EMG USA pickups, top-class specifications.

The X200 PRO features the classic Washburn X-Series body shape with a pair of Seymour Duncan '59 and Seymour Duncan Custom Custom pickups with coil tap. Like all models in the 200 PRO series, the X200 PRO features a solid body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, the acclaimed Buzz Feiten Tuning System TM, Grover 18:1 tuners, Tune-O-Matic bridge, quality hardware, and comes with a deluxe Washburn gig bag included.

The X200 PRO is available in a choice of Trans Black, Trans Red and Trans Blue finishes.

D10 Series / Re: D10CEMTBL model number
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:26:54 PM »
Don't fret -- BigCity's just ribbing you a bit. :)

(FWIW, I've never liked the term "acoustic-electric" as it covers so much turf, from perfectly good acousticals with added-on piezo, on up to guitars that are near-useless unplugged. But, the term's here to stay, eh?)

I will say that the D-10 family holds value well. Once given a bit of setup, they play nicely for seemingly ever with very little maintenance (of the sort required for "better" guitars). The most basic natural-finish models can be had for $100-$150, & each "uptick" (fancy top, cutaway, solid wood, wiring) adds to resale value.

Sounds like a beautiful variant on the X-50 platform, notably the block inlays. The X-50 & X-50PRO had many great versions, some quite rare.

As with so many great Washburns, market value is limited by lack of market demand. Lately, seems that Pro versions have been going past for like $450-$550.

Far as I can tell, short-run versions created for shops like Boogie Street or Funky Munky don't attract wide attention unless they're signature models -- Dimebag, Nuno, Paul Stanley, like that.

A few years ago, a Korea-made white BSG HB-35 (also with leopard-print case lining) went on for $490 all-in.

Overall, even USA-made models seem to be having problems getting to $1,000. One Reverb seller has listed an XB-900 for more than a year at like $650 delivered, recently slashed to under $500 yet still no takers.

Nope. sorry.  $3000, street $2000. Seems IMO what an older model will bring.

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