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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: WA90CE
« Last post by dhobbs on July 29, 2017, 01:23:47 PM »
Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: WA90CE
« Last post by Tony Raven on July 29, 2017, 01:13:19 PM »
When Washburn doesn't brag about every little detail, this usually doesn't indicate high-end. :( A few dealers still have them, for ~$170.

One site says the guitar is all "linden," more commonly called basswood.

The model number is misleading, much like the D-100 -- a useless zero makes it look more valuable. The WA-90 is roughly comparable to the D-9: a decent low-price "entry level" guitar.
Show Us Your Washburn / Re: First Washburn, HB35
« Last post by Tony Raven on July 29, 2017, 12:50:45 PM »
Somewhere around here is a thread where me & a few others tried to put together notes on the evolution of the HB-35. My hope was to make it easier to date a 35 on sight aloneby these changes: "ear" shape, pickplate shape, logo, placement of knobs & switch & jack, headstock shape, logo...

You do have a lovely guitar, which has been well-played but cared for. The tailpiece (Schaller?) is a nice upgrade.

At a glance, though, I doubt 1991. Others may correct me, but two points stand out.

First, those look like Grovers. If so, & they're original, it's NOT a 1991. Washburn didn't start putting Grovers on their midrange guitars until the late 1990s.

Then there's the block inlays. They were split-block until the late '90s. (And they stop at fret 19 rather than 21.)

Yours has "Mickey Mouse ears" for cutaway horns. I vaguely recall someone saying that was a brief period in the 35's history, but can't remember further. While I don't mind the thicker, rounder ears, I find the almost-pointed "cat ears" more aesthetically pleasing. (Here's a short article about 335 ears:

I'm sure there's other stuff, so I'll pull up the 1993 catalogue --
Yep, there we go: split blocks, no Grovers. Also: smaller pointier horns, switch on upper bout, reverse knob layout, different tonehole shape, side-mount jack. In recent years, Washburn has gone back to these old specs, even the soundhole shape.

The seller was well-intentioned -- at least he didn't try to claim it was MIJ ::) -- but so far as the serial number, he's kinda got one part of his anatomy stuck up another. ;) (Many Washburn dabblers do, if not most.)

Briefly, if an s/n doesn't have one or two prefix letters, it's probably not current. If less than 8 digits, it's not recent past. Six digits is probably before 2000, so I'd guess 1999 (one-digit year code) & call it a "transitional" version, maybe the first run from an Indonesia or Red China factory, & possibly some other brand's ES-335 sorta-clone, rebadged to fill a rush order for Washburns.

Anyone care to shoot me down on this? :)

So long as it feels good, sounds good, & plays good, that's all that really matters. It's a very lovely axe, morseso than some of the "standard" 35s I've seen.
Never played a D60 but if it's as good as my D62, or anything like my D61 it won't disappoint.
Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: WA90CE
« Last post by dhobbs on July 28, 2017, 02:44:59 PM »
Thank you.
Vintage and Rare Washburns / Help identifying this 1987 Washburn (WP50-ish) !
« Last post by usul1978 on July 28, 2017, 08:47:16 AM »

"Old" Washburn guitars are tricky because they are not well documented, sometimes built in Japan, sometimes in Korea by Samick, a lot of contradictory information on the net...not much discussed of on forums.

So there is this Les Paul replica with probaby a 1987 serial, looks like a WP 50, but it has a bolt on  neck, the toggle at the right place but the more modern headstock (not the ones with a v shaped cut at the top).

The problem is that I understood that WP are made from 89, first in Japan (with the toggle alone at the top and V HS) then in Korea (with the toggle moved with the knobs) and all with set necks...

A prototype ? Maybe...

photo album here :

Any help appreciated !

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


Dugly 8)
Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: 1930's Collegian archtop
« Last post by rnajlis on July 27, 2017, 09:28:37 PM »
Thank you for all of the information!

Interesting to find that the tuners are worth so much.  I guess I would consider selling them separately.  Ideally I would like to sell to someone who would play it, as it is a nice player and sounds great.  Also, since it seems aside from the missing pickguard it is original equipment, it would be nice to keep it together as original. 
Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: 1930's Collegian archtop
« Last post by ship of fools on July 27, 2017, 07:10:49 PM »
Hey Tony actually its an original bridge and tailpiece also it is missing a pickguard
General Discussion / Re: Have a listen
« Last post by magoo99 on July 27, 2017, 01:21:44 PM »

Here's our favourite song to do
We do it  as a tribute to a band mate who passed way to young
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