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Congrats Dugly!

And which is your favorite SJ?

(I'll have some news soon, too :D)

My Epiphone. It is one of their Masterbilt models...a slope shouldered dread size guitar, but being a Masterbilt it is all solid-woods. I don't know if it is the bracing pattern on their "Advanced Jumbo" models, or what, but it is far and away my favorite guitar and without a doubt the loudest acoustic guitar I own. Masterbilts are well respected and my AJ500RC sounds as good as any Gibson I have ever played, it is that good!

Yeah, I like the 1 3/4" nut. Washburn makes a solid spruce top/lam koa sides and back model WSJ50SKELITE. It has a 1 11/16" nut. Most of us who like cedar tops are primarily finger-style players, so a lot of cedar-top guitars have wider nuts. Good for Washburn for having recognized and addressed the different preferences in the construction of this ELITE series. From what I have heard the ELITE series guitars were available only from Washburn ELITE designated dealers. I notice the WSJ50SKELITE has wood bindings, but the specs for the WSJ60SK do not address the nature of the bindings. When I get it, which won't be until June 15 at the earliest (I am out of town until then and don't want it sitting on my doorstep for everyone else to see...and want???), I will return to this thread and list construction details. For a while I had GAS for a D10SLTD, which has wood bindings. I think the ivoriod bindings look like cheap plastic and the wood bindings give a guitar a look of well-crafted class! We shall see how this WSJ60SKELITE arrives...there must be something special about the ELITE series for it to have been available only through specially chosen dealers!!

I have high hopes that this Washburn SJ slope-shouldered dread will come close to the Epi AJ  :D

Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming HNGD experience!!

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« on: May 27, 2017, 12:16:45 PM »
I don't think so, Tony. I just this morning had to make a choice between the WG26S at $239and a new Washburn Southern Jumbo (SJ60SKELITE) at $299...the case was the deciding factor in my decision.

I WILL have a WG26S at the next paycheck...no doubt (unless they sell out...I'll call on a regular basis to check their inventory...I have the $$$ in savings right now, just too cheap to break into savings if the stock will last until the next paycheck).

I sincerely doubt if the sides/back graining will match. If it were an SW model Washburn would certainly want their customers to know!

Stay tuned...if inventory gets low it might just be another NGD for Dugly before payday!

Cheers!!

Dugly 8)

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I get a daily email from one of the online music stores and I was interested in buying a WG26S, so I went to their website to check their merchandise. I found the WG26S for a very nice price...and then I happened to look further and found a very unusual Washburn that excited me even more...a Southern Jumbo model!

Upon further investigation it became clear to me that I had to have one! My very favorite steel string guitar (not a Washburn) is a slope-shouldered "Southern Jumbo" size instrument in my favorite tonewood combination, cedar/rosewood. This WSJ60SKELITE has a solid cedar soundboard and laminate "cocobolo" sides and back. Turns out cocobolo is a very hard species of rosewood...after I found that out (it sure LOOKED like rosewood!) the GAS was too hard to resist. I have been looking for a decent camping guitar and the price was low enough (Washburn hardshell case included) that the decision was easy to make!

There WILL be a WG26S in "the crew" in a month. This SJ was just too attractively priced to pass up now...and I have VERY RARELY seen Washburn "slope shouldered" SJ models for sale.

Looks like I will need more guitar stands soon!!

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:43:40 PM »
I see one of the online guitar dealers is offering closeouts on the WG26S. Based on your comments, I think I will contact the dealer to see if these are first quality items or "B stock". I really don't need another guitar, but I do like the smaller body styles and your recent posting about your WG26S has given me a case of GAS.

I have been good...no new guitar purchases for the past two years...so it is about time!

Thanks for your very complete review of yours, Rick!

Cheers from Dugly 8)

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Your photos do not appear in your post.
Go to the General Discussion board and look for a thread authored by t.y. In the "stickies/pinned threads" at the top.
It explains how to get photos to display on the forum.
Your guitar sounds like a unique piece. Could the nickle inlay be some custom work for a Dimebag Darrel fan?

Sure would like to see those photos!

Dugly 8)

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Good luck with it all Dugly.

If you decide you want to try a few other options here are some good pieces of equipment that will work well.  I would not hesitate to buy this kind of stuff online.  It's pretty cookie cutter and any of these options will perform a lot better than what you have.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fishman-Loudbox-Mini-PRO-LBX-500-60-Watt-Acoustic-Amp-FAST-FREE-SHIPPING-/252940063353?hash=item3ae4671279:g:G3wAAOSw-3FZGeJr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-Cube-ST-Cube-Street-Battery-powered-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier-Black-New/331794821593?_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226&_trkparms=aid%3D555014%26algo%3DPL.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211623%26meid%3D341f478c37264cf3991836f5def0d812%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26

FWIW I own a street cube and use it for farmers markets gigs when electricity is not available.  It works really well.  Great sound, good effects and runs a long time on 6 aa batteries.  Also runs on standard 110 volt.

For a bit more you can get a bigger version, also battery power as an option.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-AC-33-Battery-Powered-Acoustic-Guitar-Amp-Used-/182585690873?hash=item2a82f48af9:g:xYsAAOSwX9FZIat4

and one more good option from Peavey.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peavey-Ecoustic-E208-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-2-Channel-30-Watt-2-x-8-Combo-Amp-/201811902772?hash=item2efced4134:g:NugAAOSw3v5YsLtl

Thanks, Keel! I like the option of battery power, there is a local water recreation site near my home that does not have any regular form of electricity, so a battery powered amp would allow me to perform in what is a quite nice natural ampitheater-like geological formation. I have often thought that might be fun! Lots of high school and college kids frequent the place, so there would be  ready audience on almost any weekend! A friend had a "Pig-nose" amp (does that sound right?) that was rechargable, but I have lost touch with the guy and in all honesty would prefer to buy new, anyway.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)




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LOL!!!! I guess I never did know Rule #1...but I won't forget it now!

I did figure out that I need a heavier pick to get a decent tonal balance...my light gauge picks do not produce enough of a "treble" signal, for lack of a better term, when I play it in a manner similar to which I play my acoustic guitars; however, when I play one of my electric guitars (an ES335 copy by Epiphone, called a "Dot") focusing more pressure on the treble strings the tonal balance improves.

It is going to be a long avenue of discovery ahead, I can tell that...but I'll always remember to turn it up to 11!


Cheers, Dave!

Dugly 8)

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Before you hit reply try highlighting the entire text, then copy (Control C).  If you get the "fails to respond", you'll at least not loose what you wrote.

Yeah...that works on a computer, but mine is crashed so I am doing the old "Hunt and Peck" thing with my iPhone...one finger and one letter/digit at a time. It's been an ongoing issue, though.

What I had tried to post was that it doesn't surprise me that I got a "less than desirable" product and overpaid for it...I had no idea what price would be reasonable because here in this desolate area there are no opportunities to comparison shop. Within a 100 mile radius there are three towns that would be large enough to support a music store...I saw "would" because at one time all three had music stores, but now there is only one, the store where I bought the amp. There is a music store in a town 175 miles east, but they service ONLY the marching band market. Other than that it's either Wichita (240 miles east) or Denver (300 miles west). The round trip costs of traveling those huge distances (when all I really went shopping for was a 10-hole blues harmonica) would drive the price of a used amp up to the point that "overpaying" like I did would have been the end choice, anyway. This area of the U.S. really IS desolate and the best way I can accentuate that is to mention that the nearest WalMart is 100 miles away. Yep, most people have one within 10 blocks of their house, but it takes a 200 mile round trip to go shopping at Wally-world in these here parts..... :o

Craig's List????? Not a chance, not here, not on your life.....unless you look for Craig's List in Wichita...then we're back to a 500 mile round trip journey to get anything, again. Amarillo, maybe....220 miles south. Going north there is probably not much before you get to the Canada border.

Anyway...for now this is much more amp than I will ever need. My main goal was to avoid having to buy two amps, one for vocals and another for my instrument...mission accomplished...maybe????? I did plug the Peavy mic into the two outputs and it may not be the best option, but how would I know?  I do get vocals from both channels and I can get both guitar and vocals at the same time, although I am still not knowledgeable enough to use the controls...and, of course, add in the controls on the guitars themselves and you can see how confusing it can be to someone who has had ONLY acoustic guitars all of his life...and, of course, nobody else with whom to play in the area, so nobody to help me understand how to set the controls.  There are some recommendations in the manual I downloaded, but they are all for solid-body electrics (of course, Fender would recommend their own brand of guitars), so if you have any one of about half a dozen strats you can find recommended settings for those.

All is not lost, though...I am plugging away and have finally gotten some "decent" sound out of my Epiphone Dot. The WGO26SCE doesn't sound quite right yet, no matter which channel I use...but being still somewhat overwhelmed with the multitude of controls on the amp (not to mention all those on the guitars) I am taking that "discovery" process slow. My 2005 Takamini LTD does sound pretty decent. I wouldn't know good vocal quality from this amp it it bounced off the wall and slapped me in the face, though.

It'll be a long learning process...but, as you can imagine, the "entertainment" options here are few and far between, so there is nothing to distract me from the task, so I shall plug along (no pun intended).

Cheers, Keel! Thanks for the help (seriously...I mean that sincerely...this has been a frustrating endeavor and your advice has been well appreciated, and followed to the best of my abilities).

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Damn!!! 3rd try to respond, each time Washburn "fails to respond" and when the thread re-appears the reply has been wiped out. This is getting quite frustrating! I really am quite done trying for today, will give it a go tomorrow again  >:(

No cheers this time!!!

Dugly 8)

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Yes, the mic and the guitar both work simultaneously. I even reversed the inputs to see if that made any difference and it doesn't, so the mic will work with either "channel" and the guitar will work with either "channel". I was a bit surprised because the impedance of the two channels seems to be so different...and I have not tried either of my "electric" guitars, yet, just my Takamine and my Washburn A/E's. I did try out some of the tone controls and they do seem to make a difference in the "quality" (perhaps that should be "accuracy"??) of the guitar's sound...there is nothing that can improve my voice, though, so that's about all I can say about that!

I am still not hearing any difference when I try to add "reverb"...perhaps that will require the foot pedal? I never thought I'd need or want an amp, so I am learning all about this through trial and error as I am nearing 70 years of age (although, when asked about my age, my answer is always "Well, the protoplasm may be approaching 70, but the spirit is 32!!)....what a time to start  :o

Onward!!! Through the fog!   :P

Cheers, Tony!

Dugly 8)

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Thanks, Tony....I already downloaded it, but because I have never had any reason to use an amp I don't really understand a lot of what I read in it.  IIRC I plugged the Peavey mic I bought into the higher impedance channel of the two...not that I know if it was the right thing to do or not.

I know that I can get the amp to produce a decent sound from the WGO26SCE, although I do wonder if there is something wrong with the UST because the high e string isn't really as audible as the rest...but maybe I need to adjust the tone of the guitar's pickup, or perhaps turn up the treble control on the amp. Since I have no experience with this sort of stuff I don't really know . I do remember that I had to turn the bass all the way down b/c of the humming...feedback, obviously...and I was probably too close to the amp's speaker with the guitar, anyway. So much to learn!!

I do know that I had both the guitar and the mic plugged in at the same time...just don't remember if I tried to get guitar and vocals out of the amp at the same time. I'll putz around with it a while tonight and see what I get and come back and let you know.

Cheers!....and "Onward! Through the fog!!!"

Dugly 8)

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I haven't really tried to find the limits of the amp, Tony...but I did plug the mic into the "clean" input (not the one with both "Gain" as well as "Volume", which I expect will be the one to use for effects..but, again, what do I know. I did manage to download and print a manual for that model, but it isn't much help.

I do believe that both the guitar and the mic will function together. The mic did work well, but IIRC I use the input with the greater impedance...but, again, I'll have to check that out and come back to this thread once I know for sure....I'm posting from work right now.

I'll also get the info on the mic....what the impedance is, that sort of thing.

Cheers...I'll be posting again once I get home from work and try the amp and mic together.

Dugly 8)


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OK, guys 'n' gals...I have followed the unanimous advice from all parties to get a solid state amp, so today I bought a "used" Fender Stage 112SE. It has WAAAAY too many controls, so I am hoping you will help me understand how to drive this beast. It will probably be used mostly with my juiced acoustics, but I also own an Epiphone Dot (mod'ed with all good Gibson pots & caps) as well as a solid-body Epiphone "LP"entry level electric guitar.

Here is what I posted on the Acoustic Guitar Players board:

"The front panel contains 1/4" inputs for two channels (one is called "Normal" and the other is called "Drive"), a foot switch, as well as 1/4" inputs/outputs labeled "pre-amp out", "power amp in", and "line out". The "Normal Channel" has a volume control, a treble control, a mid control and a bass control as well as a push switch between the mid control and the bass control labeled "Mid Shift". The "Drive Channel" has a gain control, a contour control, a treble control, a bass control and a volume control, as well as a push switch between the bass control and volume control labeled "Drive Select". There is also a "Reverb" control. It also has the foot switch in the cabinet."

So...I'm lost. What is the difference between a "Normal" channel and a "Drive" channel? I get that the foot switch plugs into the "foot switch" 1/4" input...but what does that control? Input 1 has 850K ohms impedance, Input 2 has 66K ohms. Which input would be best for the guitars and which for a mic (the owner of the store assured me that a mic could be plugged into one of the two 1/4" input jacks). What do the "Mid Shift" and "Drive select" push-buttons do?

I guess I need a "Fender Amp Guide for Dummies!!!", but any help from knowledgable members is better than what little I know.

I could imagine that I would play both my "juiced" acoustic guitars as well as my LP/Dot electric guitars through this unit. I doubt that the control settings would be the same for both....I'm lost!

I only paid $250 for it and it is in "as-new" condition except for a slight bit of rust on one of the chrome corner protectors...looks like it could have been removed from the factory packaging just before I bought it, cosmetically it is that perfect.

Any help would be appreciated!

Cheers!

Doug

 

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DAMN!!! I had typed a lengthy update and all of a sudden the computer blanked out for a second and it was all lost...let's try again!

Well, it's all over with (for now), guys 'n' gals. I made a trip to the closest music store (which is 90 miles away in this sparsely populated area of the mid-west), just to get a $10 harmonica for one of my students here at school, and when I asked about amps the owner of the store showed me a whole stack of stuff. I looked it all over and pulled out a Fender Stage 112SE (it says PR203 on the back of the cabinet) Obviously the 112 means one 12" speaker (it has a HUGE magnet, and is heavy but not so heavy that I cannot carry it for short distances).

The front panel contains 1/4" inputs for two channels (one is called "Normal" and the other is called "Drive"), a foot switch, as well as 1/4" inputs/outputs labeled "pre-amp out", "power amp in", and "line out". The "Normal Channel" has a volume control, a treble control, a mid control and a bass control as well as a push switch between the mid control and the bass control labeled "Mid Shift". The "Drive Channel" has a gain control, a contour control, a treble control, a bass control and a volume control, as well as a push switch between the bass control and volume control labeled "Drive Select". There is also a "Reverb" control. It also has the foot switch in the cabinet.

OK, so my first thought is that I got in WAAAAY over my head, considering what I had hoped to get, but for $250 how could I go wrong?  In the end, I took the advice of every one of you who said not to try to use tube gear, and that was the main reason I went solid state. I also bought a mic, so we’ll see if one of the two inputs will tolerate a mic.

The owner of the store said the amp was the property of an old lady whose husband had died. He had used the amp for stage work. With the exception of a slight bit of rust on one of the chrome corner protectors, it looks like it just came out of the box this morning. It was obviously well cared for! When I asked if the lady whose husband had died had any other items she might want to sell the owner of the store said there were hundreds of items at the house, so I left a business card and asked the owner to contact the lady and see if she would consider letting me come look at the items to see if I had any interest in any of them. I am thinking about starting to offer beginner/intermediate guitar lessons and who knows what I might find there?

So...any thoughts, folks?

Cheers!

Dugly 8)


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I first thought about the Ryman models...oak soundboards from the seating in the old Ryman theater and mahogany bodies/necks.

I hope I managed to get the URL copied correctly:

http://guitars.com/archived-inventory/Ryman/AM4917.html

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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