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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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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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