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N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: N4 Authentic production
« Last post by RoyKam on Today at 03:27:45 AM »
Thanks for the info.
BTW - still waiting  :-\
Is it normal to wait that long?
General Discussion / Re: used Washburns on the market
« Last post by Tony Raven on April 25, 2018, 08:56:29 PM »
I stopped by MGR in hopes of spotting a particular off-brand model. No luck there, but (naturally) I had to check the Washburns. (This being MGR, remember to add $55 for s/h, with less being unusual.)

Looks like a Washie fan has left the fold. The Natick store has an interesting pair: a Dan Donegan DD-61 ($200) AND a matching WI-63 ($200).

They also have a DD-60, $160.

Though above my usual pricerange, at $540 this N-61 is something seen much less than the usual "Nuno" models, so I'd consider it a bargain for those so inclined.

A rather lovely (& obviously loved) J-9, with HSC, just $400.

You don't see many of these: an RR-150 solid-body electric-acoustic (separate piezo output), $380.

Nice chunky J-3, down to $338.

Maybe a little steep, but a well-kept G-10V (w/Wonderbar) in HSC, $330.

The next they call an "X-50 Pro." I think they're idiots.  :)  Though there certainly were a dozen (at least!) pricier variants on the X-50, I'm moderately certain none of them had either a rosewood fretboard or HeadHunter pickups. Still, $200 buys a good straight-up guitar.

Looks like the KC-70V is at a $200 plateau.

The X series was vastly underrated; I bought an X-10 for cheap & was overall quite pleased. Was it an X-11 that had the "flaming skull" graphic? In any case, a reasonable example for just $110.

X-30, $120.

If you'd like to try seven strings, this X-27 is pretty painless at $100.

A black "Pop Top" vee, $150.

Difficult to argue the simplicity of the G-1V, especially for $100.

This MG-43 is one of the few Washburn s-s-s models, basically a 24-fret Strat with Rose, $200.

In 40 years, Washburn has almost entirely avoided doing straight-out Fender clones, exceptions being rare Silverados, & the unjustly ignored Lyon Series & Shadow Series. The Shadows have been trickling in (note stock Grovers), here an hss WS-6 ($120) & an absolute bargain ivory (:o) sss WS-4 ($90). If you want a player for cheap, skip the Squires entirely.

Oh, dear, speak of the devil. The Lyon Series has been damned by name association with "Lyon by Washburn." Well, general ignorance gets a bargain: here's a black hss with skunk-stripe neck & maple fretboard (no Grovers, alas!), $80.

Speaking of Grovers, they do appear on this basic (albeit purple) MIK Mercury, $75.

The lower BT models are still not respected. This BT-2 may be developing a head split, but if I saw it I'd happily weasel them down from $70, pretending I didn't notice the tuners or the upgraded pickups... 8)

The one that tempts me tonight is a TB-100, from the VERY short-lived "Tabu" series, only $70 for HeadHunters AND black Grovers.
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Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Washburn ab20 flea market project
« Last post by Acp380 on April 25, 2018, 10:37:35 AM »
Hello everyone,

  This is my first post here. A few years ago I found a couple broken guitars at a flea market for $20 a piece. One  cheap fender acoustic with the headstock broken off and this stripped down washburn ab20. I glued the headstock back on the other one and sold it for $40.last I heard it's still playing. Finally I'm ready to get this bass back playing. I'm going to keep this one. When I got it home I realized why it was stripped down. The fretboard was separated from the neck from the nut to about the 3rd or 4th fret. So the guitar needs the fretboard removed and glued back on, tuners, a bridge saddle, and all new electronics. I plan on going with artec electronics because they are affordable. Also got a saddle blank that I need to shape. I  need advice on doing this so I don't mess up the intonation. I've already removed the fretboard with a clothes iron. It went surprisingly well. But it wasn't easy. Before removing it I removed 2 frets, one on each end, in order to drill indexing holes for when I glue it back up I can use pins to align it. Once I'm sure of the repair then I'll start ordering the parts I need.

P.s. I was going to add pictures but I can't seem to figure it out.
Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My J-5, J-6, J-7, and J-600
« Last post by YerDugliness on April 25, 2018, 09:10:37 AM »
Yes! Ship is right.  That is a mighty fine collection you have there!


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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My J-5, J-6, J-7, and J-600
« Last post by ship of fools on April 25, 2018, 08:49:56 AM »
very nice collection there
Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Re: Washburn Chicago USA - PB
« Last post by Tony Raven on April 25, 2018, 02:52:16 AM »
Washburn serial numbers are not 100% reliable for dating, but if common wisdom holds up, yours was shipped in 2002.

Since the demise of, we're left with the sparse Washburn archives. ( The closest I can get is the 2001, in which the only P-style model is XB-100 "value priced basses."
Idol Series / Re: Help!
« Last post by Tony Raven on April 25, 2018, 02:36:57 AM »
The inlays are distinctive. At first I wanted to say a WI-18, but those have no pickplate.

So far as I can determine, the only Idols with a pickplate like that were in the WI-64 family. The WI-64DL had a fancy top. I'm half-certain there was a variant on the DL, but can't find it in my notes.
General Discussion / Re: Lyon by Washburn LB-10 /SB
« Last post by Tony Raven on April 25, 2018, 02:10:27 AM »
Last things first. :)

Is Lyon by Washburn the same as Washburn?
In the same way that a Squier Affinity is "a Fender." To the best of my knowledge, the Lyon brand was intended for large Canadian retail chains. Most models were produced for a limited time. Most models were basic, inexpensive guitars, with some exceptions: I own an LCT24 (like a double-cut Les Paul) that is rather nice & somewhat collectible; here's someone else's --

in which catalog could I read about this bass?
As a commodity brand, there'd be no catalogues, though there may be informational flyers for stores. There has never been a website for Lyon guitars.

I need help determining the year of production of this guitar. No serial number is available.
Without a serial number, there is no way to narrow down the production year. Generally, I only saw the Lyon brand around 2000 to 2005.

I only know that it's the LB-10 / SB model. in which catalog could I read about this bass?
It's an easy guess that "LB" stands for "Lyon bass." With such a low model number, it's likely the least-expensive Lyon bass, with probable retail price under $200.
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