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General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« on: August 15, 2017, 06:32:27 PM »
OK, folks, the WG26S is here. I can't comment on the musical performance yet because as I was trying to tune it up the e string broke. While that was inconvenient, it was not a big issue, but the new strings are still stretching in.
I can comment on appearance, build quality, etc. In that respect this guitar is a real winner. The soundboard's purfling and rosette ring are all abalone shell, which adds an element of bling, but of greater importance to me is the fact that the body, neck and head are bound not with ivoroid, but with actual wood...looks like maple to me. This presents a much more professional-looking appearance and that is welcomed! The factory in CC (would that be Cort, China??) also did a great job with the finish...again, it is flawless. On my WSJ60SELITE  it is possible to see where the bindings "butted together" at the heel of the neck as well at the butt of the guitar...on this WG26S it appears as if the entire guitar's top were bound in its entirety with a single piece of the maple binding that joins up with the sides of the neck of the guitar. It's hard to even see the joint. This is a well appointed guitar!! The serial number starts with "SC", which stands for Samick, China, so a different factory. That may or may not be an issue  ;D
The case was even more of a pleasant surprise...not only is it provided with the guitar, it has an arch top!!! WAY TO GO, Washburn!!! However (!) it is obvious that the case is not fitted to the guitar as there is considerable clearance between the guitar and the case at the waist of the guitar. That is a bit dissapointing, but there was no charge for this well-made case, so I'm happy enough.  :D
Now onto the wood...the graining inside the body is definitely rosewood and the inside graining and outer graining do not match, so the laminate nature of the secondary tonewoods is obvious...although the appearance of the interior woods are obviously a laminate layer, it is an attractive look because of the rosewood used.
I'll return to this thread and report on the sound of the guitar once the strings have stretched in.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-94LTD
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:18:02 AM »
Washburn has fairly consistently followed a system of model designation over the years...if the model number has no letters following the model designation it is an all-laminate instrument. According to this system, your D94LTD is an all-laminate guitar...maybe!!!

I say "maybe" because the LTD designation usually indicates some special construction techniques. For example, Washburn produced a very highly regarded model (D10S) and a very special model of the D10S line called the D10SLTD. THE "LTD" model had enhanced lutherie, such as wood bindings rather than the white "ivoroid" bindings.

So...yours is an "LTD" model and that usually means something special...we do have a number of historically knowledgable forum members, perhaps they will chime in with more information about this unusual model. Stay tumed!!

Cheers!

Dugly8)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Sup!
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:00:43 PM »
I was just at Pearl at the first of this month. It was the 20th Anniversary and the Texas state banjo championship competition.

Lots of changing faces, but you should see J. P...21 years old and married.

It's always a good time, but these competitions cut down on the jam groups so most of the activity is in the auditorium.

Yeah, still buying Washburns...two this summer alone.

Cheers, amigo!!

Dugly 8)

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General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:41:10 AM »
(Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but does that include a gig bag at least?)

Well, Tony, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the guitar comes in one of Washburn's "pro" grade cases. If it is anything like the case in which the ELITE was delivered, it's a winner! If you take a look at the images on the WMS display you can see it...black, gator-skin texture.

I get the idea that this is a sell-off of inventory, so if you're interested...$240 for guitar and Washburn branded hard-shell case (not plastic) is pretty righteous. FedEx says Tuesday delivery and if my experience is any predictor they will use every day. Check back early next week and hopefully I will have received the package by then.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:41:24 PM »
I just today got around to ordering my WG26S...it'll be a HNGD for me either Thursday or Friday, or so they say!

As for my WSJ60S...I learned a valuable lesson. Strings DO make a difference. Once I had swapped out the factory strings for my faves, this guitar WOKE UP! I was not overly impressed with the tone of it at first, now it's one of the few I search out every day. I have had a chance to take more time really looking at the lutherie...folks, this is about as good as I've seen for a factory produced guitar. All of the bindings look like maple or spruce...and almost everything is bound. The joints are tight and the bookmarking of not only the top/back pieces, bit also the side pieces, is a welcome touch. It will be both a looker and a player, I am sure! The cocobolo graining is very attractive and mine has lighter cappucino colored streaks in it, as well as the expected rosewood darker grain patterning.

From all I have found out about the WG26S, I think I'll like it. It has the "magical" tonewood combination I like in a body size I know I already like, so it's already heads above the rest. The only thing that could dampen my enthusiasm would be nut width or build quality issues, and there do not seem to be many complaints about that issue here on the forums. The "bling" factor played a part in this purchase...lots of MOP/abalone!!!

Cheers, all!!!

Dugly 8)


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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: washburn d30 s first or second
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:28:13 PM »
Hi just bought a Washburn D30 S
how will i no if its a first edition or second .
...the back of the headstock got a funny v part.
i don't receive the guitar till monday ,will hopefully but some pics up.
just wondered if any one can help.

The comment about the front of the headstock being different from the rear has me wondering...could that "funny V" part be a volute where the back of the neck blends into the headstock? Other than that, I agree...they are (mostly) finely made guitars and IIRC the first edition had the 3-piece back and the newer has the 2-piece back (and no volute???)...but our historians will have the skinny on it, so hang around!

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: WA90CE
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:03:06 AM »
If Washburn has followed its routine for model designation, this guitar is of all laminate construction.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: D47-SCE
« on: July 26, 2017, 10:34:41 AM »
Can someone please explain the process to upload a photo to the post? I've tried inserting the pic info, with copy/paste, and from the img icon...and the pix don't show on the post, or the previews...not sure how this works on this forum...I have 3 pix I can post of my guitar...

Most of us were using Photobucket, which had been free up until a short while ago when Photobucket decided they needed to charge $400 (one time only? recurring?) to host photos for downloading.

The forum needs an "IMG" code to display photos, so if you aren't going to pay the excessive amount required by Photobucket, you'll need to search around for a photo hosting site that provides an "IMG" based link to the images.

Cheers!!

Dugly 8)

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Try the General Discussion board, a thread titled "Serial Nunbers for Beginners". We have a lot of requests for the same type of info...most serial numbers start with a couple of letters, which denote the city and country of origin ( for example, a serial number starting with SC indicates that guitar was constructed in Samick, China).

If you do not find the info you need there (or through a Google search), perhaps one of our members can help. Apparently Epiphone has some sort of document that lists corresponding "abbreviations" for the various locations of factories. The chances are pretty good that your instrument was made by a different company than Washburn under contract. Some of the older Japanese guitars are quite decent. Yours seems to have been manufactured in 2003.

Cheers!!!

Dugly 8)

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Well, it arrived a few days ago and I have given it a pretty nice workout. Here is what I think:

Positives: finish, tonal balance across as well as up/down the neck, overall appearance, material choices, a GREAT dedicated case...in fact, the case has a bar-code sticker that identifies which serial number guitar was delivered in that case (may be important if the guitar is ever sold, or ...lost, since this is a "K" model.) :o

Negatives: presence/projection, playability, no strap button on the heel of the neck, attention to minor details during construction.

I am pleased to see Washburn did use wood for the bindings of the body---looks a LOT like maple to me. Washburn added other decorative features to enhance appearance, like 5-stripe purfling around the body, neck and head. The frets are nicely dressed on the edges and there are no sharp fret ends. The head-plate is cocobolo, matching the secondary tonewoods. The top is a lightly colored cedar and appears to be acceptably thin. The two pieces used for the back are well book-matched. As are the two pieces selected for the sides. This particular specimen does not have the highly figured contrasting grain patterns that most cocobolo has, but It has nice color and is very attractive. The finish department got it right!!! Flawless!!!

I'll be back to edit more in later!

Cheers!!

Dugly 8)

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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: 1973 W600 spruce/brazilian
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:57:41 AM »
Wow... that's a cool look for an electric guitar!

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:42:33 PM »
I have it on good authority that the secondary tonewood is solid ovangkol. That is some very light ovangkol, but it does seem to be the likely culprit.

My D61SW has ovangkol sides/back. It feels like it was built like a tank! Mine may be stained dark like walnut and that's OK. The ovangkol in my D61SW sounds very much like rosewood...that's a good thing to my ears.

It does sound like a well made guitar with high-level construction, and well cared for, too. There isn't much to dislike. ???

Please keep us informed. It is an unusual item, increasing interest!

Cheers!!

Dugly 8)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 11, 2017, 10:38:06 PM »
I did some searching on Google and came up with two possibilities: it could be light walnut...or the other tonewood mentioned was ovangkol. I have never seen blonde (caramel) colored ovangkol, but I have seen plenty of light blonde walnut...I just can't remember seeing any THAT blonde!!

For a while I considered teak...but not long in the sun and almost anything made of teak turns grey. It's old enough that it would show SOME greying if it were teak.

The only reason I thought about mango is the caramel colored graining. New luthiers are using mango for classical guitars and it looks a lot like the pics our OP posted. You are right about it being a bit unusual for Washburn...but Washburn has recently been spec'ing Catelpa, and who would have thunk it???

My money is on light blonde walnut.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 11, 2017, 02:12:07 PM »
Nice looking guitar! The color of the sides and back resembles koa...but the graining isn't quite right, it's more like mango.  What does your blue book info say as to tonewoods?

Looks well kept!

Please let us know what you found out  :D

For me it might be just another (yawn...ho/hum...) dread, but for the right buyer that might prove to be a real winner! One of the things I love about my D61SW is the well done volute, and I notice that the volute in the pic is very nicely blended onto the head. Little things do make a difference for us old farts!!!

Dugly 8)

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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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