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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Re: Force 42 questions
« Last post by Kai Mexico on September 07, 2018, 03:11:09 PM »
Hi There ! I just got my Washburn Force 42 Bass guitar and I realy wonder if there is any more information about it. I could not find any serial number or anything. It is a very nice bass guitar but it would be cool if there is any further information.

You can put usual strings on it, and be careful with the clamp on the top piece. Don't confuse them because you might get a problem with the highest string.

Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« Last post by cedwards on September 06, 2018, 01:47:58 PM »
+1, especially this: "If you're gonna go after LP players, then renew the WI-45, & make it an upgrade path to the WI-66PRO", this: "Make the BFTS a $20 option" and this: "Make the VCC an OPTION".

Still loving the WI-45 (though my daughter has it now) and, though I have not done it, I do like the WI-66 upgrade path.
Hey guys,

I recently purchased a ~1989 Washburn Monterey Artist guitar. It's got the passive, 2-knob EQ/sound control knobs. Both of my other acoustic guitars (both are Fender) have an onboard pre-amp, and that's what I'm used to. I'm curious as to how the passive sound controls will affect the sound when I plug it up, and I was wondering if any of you guys/gals had any input you'd be willing to share.

I'll be using it mostly for solo acoustic gigs, but do play with a band some. I've got a 2-channel, 45-watt Behringer Ultracoustic amp, and a TC-Helicon PlayAcoustic harmony/effects/looping pedal, and I think that should be adequate for boosting the guitar sound, but would appreciate any suggestions!


Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« Last post by Tony Raven on September 05, 2018, 02:06:17 AM »

Truly, it is GREAT to see the Idols back, considering that (to this outsider) the WI-64 looked like a solid seller AND used to have good endorsements & metalhead cachet.

...but the line was brutally terminated almost a decade ago, flushing all that goodwill & top-of-mind presence down the toilet.

The price -- rather, the perceived price:value ratio -- will probably kill this exuberance quickly.

Right this moment I'm considering  a flametop WM-100, asking $725 delivered, with OHSC. And there's a walnut-top BT-6 seeking $350 & a semihollow WI-67 ($300) -- the change from that $799 buys a LOT of upgrade.

I can admire pretty wood, but it takes cachet to sell it at a premium, & those buyers seeking cachet tend to go toward "names" -- Gibson, Fender, PRS.

At the end of the day, the model numbers themselves make clear that's a WI-26 & a WI-16 -- so NOT top-of-the-line. I'd feel weird passing up a perfect WI-64 for under $400 in order to spend much more on a "pretty pretty" axe.

Strip it down!! You don't have to stoop so low as bringing back the WI-14, but why not the WI-18?? If you're gonna go after LP players, then renew the WI-45, & make it an upgrade path to the WI-66PRO. Certainly the WIT-16 ought to RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT be being relentlessly flogged as a quality option to a Tele (especially with that pickup wiring!).

And whose bright idea was it to demote the WIS-26 rather than make it a proper heir to the WI-64DL???

Make the BFTS a $20 option; if nobody thinks it's worth a double sawbuck, then you'll maybe realize it's nonsense. Better yet, get Buzzy to pay Washburn $20 per axe, seeing as how this is the last company to be giving him so much free publicity in EVERY press release & webpage & stamped on all those guitars.

Make the VCC an OPTION. Personally, I like it, & could see myself paying an extra $40, maybe a bit more. However, it loses track of the unshakeable FACT that guitarists are a primitive, superstitious people -- many believe their frets are made of silver!! :o -- & easily frightened by anything new that isn't being fobbed off on them by some Guitar God. Therefore, the VCC needs a full relaunch: multiple YouTube demos, paid articles in the magazines, its own corner of the NAMM booth, a prominent or soon-to-break endorser who gets LOTS of media exposure & raves about the VCC in interviews.

Without those things, it's a total waste, & very few people are going to rip the guts out of a NEW $800 guitar when they could just get a standard Epi LP.
Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« Last post by Tony Raven on September 05, 2018, 01:53:44 AM »
Hi, Administrator!!!

I am reporting an error.

In the previous posts, I am unable to load more than ten words at a time, as little as four. After two or three modifications, that minimal functionality often ceases entirely.

I am VERY tired of seeing that G*DDAMNED STUPID

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ten and more times and STILL getting nowhere.

Thanks for your swift action.

General Discussion / Re: serial numbers: before you ask...
« Last post by hugifar on September 05, 2018, 01:44:30 AM »
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The inlays in the DC80 are going to be Mother of Pearl.  It continues to be difficult to navigate the letter of the law for Fish and Wildlife regs.

Ideally, do you know anyone in the states who is flying to your location?  I realize that there doesn't seem to be any absolutes in traveling overseas with your guitar.  If you could have someone bring it over on a flight, you will not have to file anything with FW if it declared as personal property.  I just flew American Airlines to the UK with a guitar with Pearl inlay and a rosewood board.  TSA was a breeze to get thru, and the American Airlines crew was very quick to accommodate by putting the guitar in the closet in 1st class.  No questions, issues, holdups or problems.  Hoping that might be an option.

Baby Jumbo Series / Re: Good buy at Best Buy.
« Last post by NateSmoke on September 04, 2018, 01:37:01 PM »
I was looking for the same answer!

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Hey guys, just wanted to follow up with an update about the guitar. I've had it about a week now and I've got no complaints! The serial number is, in fact, 90210, but I have been unable to spot any other form of ID other than where 'Monterey Artist' is stamped. It plays extremely well and sounds good too, both plugged in and unplugged!

Thanks again for your help guys!
Is there a place I can type the S/N number in etc and see it's info?
No; few serial numbers work that way. Yours probably begins with "I-" which likely means Indonesia so probably Cort manufacture. The next digit is probably the last digit of its manufacture year; the two after that might be the month; the last four digits indicate how many Washburn guitars (of various series) had been completed at that point in that month, the actual "serial number."

It's a Washburn maverick bt-4  in Metallic black (mint condition by the way)
I can only mind bt-6's. In the same colour?
The pricelists indicate that in 1998 the BT-6 was available in Metalflake Black (MFB). Does the paint actually have metallic glitter in it?

apparently it's quite rare

Washburn has many oddities, almost all of which have little added value because there's so little market demand.

The BT-2 and BT-4 are -- by far! -- the most common Mavericks, and can readily be found for less than $100, sometimes less than $50.

They are very good instruments, and moreso at that price. As my signature line (below) indicates, I own three, or four if you count the JB-80.
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