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Geez...UPS's gorillas were not so kind to the D62SW I bought. I knew it had some cracks on the soundboard (which I am NOT asking UPS to repair), but when it arrived there was a 6" crack on one side of the back that hadn't been there when the guitar was shipped.

Of course, I insured it...always do...but this time UPS is dragging its feet and they want to make sure that they aren't paying more than the guitar is worth.

Is it possible that anyone might have a Washburn document (old catalog page, some sort of advertisement, a price list, that sort of thing) that might have what would have been a retail price on it? We provided a copy of the check I sent the owner to document the price that was paid before the guitar was delivered to UPS, but I guess that wasn't enough.

Is there anything else anyone can suggest? I use to work for an insurance company...believe me, insurance companies LOOK for ANY reason to deny a claim, it's how they make sure they make a profit.

Thanks for whatever you can do to help. If you can post a photo of whatever you find, I'll print it off on the computer and send it on up to New York.


Dugly 8)

General Discussion / Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:40:50 PM »
Ever seen a Washburn without a serial number on the label inside the body of the guitar?

I was surfing around on eBay and found one...hope I can get the copied URL to show it.

Well, it didn't display the URL for the photo, but you can still find it on the eBay photos.


Dugly 8)

Why won't the forum accept a post from my iPhone?

I ask because I use my iPhone more for internet usage than I do for communication and it's not infrequent for me to try to reply to threads with it. Invariably the forum displays this banner that says something to the effect of "Try again. If you get this message again, contact an administrator".

Well, that's what I'm trying to do.

Is there some way you can fix this?

I have no problems posting to the other forums on which I participate with the iPhone, it is an issue that reserved strictly for this forum...and it doesn't matter which board I'm trying to post on, the forum never lets an iPhone post from me through.

Cheers? Not yet, but I'm hoping I can cheer when this issue is fixed.

Dugly 8)

There are some VERY good prices now on Washburn's series of "ELITE" instruments.

Here is what I've heard about the "ELITE" series, of which I am aware of 2 models:

Washburn WSJ60SKELITE Solid Cedar Top Southern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with case

Washburn WSJ50SKELITE Solid Spruce Top Southern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with case.

The 60 model has a solid cedar soundboard and laminate "Cocobolo" sides and back.

The 50 model has a solid spruce soundboard with laminate Koa sides and back.

Both models appear to be "Southern Jumbo" models...essentially "slope shouldered" dread-sized instruments.

There isn't much really known about how the ELITE series originated, but after having some conversations with the owner of the online company from which I order, here is what little I have heard (I have no idea how accurate it is).

The ELITE line was developed to be sold only in certain music stores, which were going to be designated as "ELITE" dealers by Washburn. This was reported to have been a project that was going to involve stores not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. Somehow, the "ELITE" dealerships didn't seem to get off the ground, but Washburn had a stock of "ELITE" labeled guitars already made, so one of the online instrument dealers (which IS an authorized Washburn dealer) apparently bought the entire stock and is offering great deals on these ELITE instruments.

One issue which is usually of particular importance (to me) is the quality of lutherie and the nature of the materials used. In this case, the instrument gets a B...the dreaded "ivoroid" cream colored bindings on the body and neck are notably absent and in their place is high quality maple. That gives the instrument a much more "professional" look. The Rosette is MOP/Abalone, but the purfling is not. The fretboard is bound, as is the head plate. The neck is surprisingly "thick" (I like a V-neck, so a thick neck suits me just fine). The only reason I give it a B rather than an A is that I also own a WG26S (Grand Auditorium body style) and the bindings along that guitar's fretboard/headplate  and around the body are much more "deluxe" than the ones on the ELITE. I would have expected that to be reversed for an instrument that Washburn was developing as it's premier line.

I have yet to see or hear the other ELITE offering from's spruce soundboard should offer brighter tones and tolerate much more vigorous strumming, and the koa will give a warmth to the sound.


Dugly 8)

General Discussion / Does Washburn "B stock" carry the factory warranty?
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:04:29 PM »
I was surfing through the websites for a guitar I'd like to buy and noticed that WMS has one, but it says it is "B stock".

Does Washburn offer the Lifetime Warranty on B-stock guitars?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Dugly 8)

I notice more and more that when I am trying to post a response to a thread the forum software refuses to post it and I get a banner notice something to the effect of "We are unable to post your response. Try again and if it continues to fail contact an administrator".

It's sporadic, but prevalent enough that it tends to be a bit of a problem, particularly if the response was lengthy...the forum just deletes the draft response in quick order if it won't post it.

Has anyone else had this issue? It usually happens to me if I'm trying to post during the evening, if that has anything to do with it...but it could have nothing to do with it, too. could be related to using an iPhone to post replies (my desktop at home is on the fritz!).

I'm sure hoping this can be fixed!


Dugly 8)

General Discussion / Some Washburn history presented by Washburn, itself!
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:12:31 PM »
We all hear about the long history Washburn has, but because of a factory fire long ago a lot of records were destroyed. This video contains dates and may go a short way toward getting historical references direct from Washburn.


Dugly 8)

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / RIP Tom Petty
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:04:50 PM »
For those who may not have heard, Tom Petty died today.

"...and another one bites the dust!'"

Cheers for Tom, who gave us some fine Rock'n'Roll!!!

Dugly  :'(

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!!


Dugly 8)

10 an awful lot of traffic on the forum is Washburn owners wanting to know when their guitar was made (among other things, usually, like how much is it worth, etc.)

I thought perhaps a brief introduction to the manner in which Washburn serial numbers and model numbers can be decoded might help some new members figure this out for themselves, so I "borrowed" this next little bit of information (that is a nice way of saying I "stole it") from a recent post by one of our most helpful members, Evenkeel.

Here is what he had to say (most of the information that follows applies to acoustic guitars, electric guitars are quite another issue, altogether):

"Serial # info.
Either the first 2 digits, or the first digit, are typically used to identify the year of manufacture.
For example, 8901827 indicate the instrument was made in 1989, 1988, or 1998. Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 or more characters are from the late 1980's-2000's
Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 characters or less are typically from the 1980's.
Instruments with serial numbers that have 4 characters are from the 1970's and early 1980's.
For instruments produced after 2010, usually the first 4 digits can indicate the year of manufacture."

This should be enough to provide a good start. As for value...well, as another of our erstwhile members says, it's worth as much as you can get someone to pay on the day you sell it. However, for those who would like to know a ball-park figure, there is an item known as a "Blue Book" which lists prices when new and also prices for used equipment depending on condition. A lot of the industry shops that handle used gear (trade-ins on new stuff, that sort of thing) use this book to give them some vague idea of a value range. For that information, unless you have a subscription to the online "Blue Book" (or a "Blue Book" of your own), your best bet is to post a question in the appropriate forum...electric, acoustic, bluegrass...etc.

Furthermore, a suggestion that you use the search function...the link is on the grey bar at the top of the page, between "Help" and "Profile". Click on "Search" and you'll get an empty "field"...when I do a search I start with the word "Washburn" (after all, if you're here you're hoping to find out something about your Washburn instrument), followed by a model number. Once you have that information in the search field, click on search and you may be surprised just how many posts and threads there are in the forum.

Finally, a bit of guidance regarding model designations:

Most models are designated with a "body style", a model number, and some additional letters to give additional information about the instrument. I'll start with a few of mine:

My first Washburn was a WD32S, so here's what that means:
The WD stands for "Washburn Dreadnought" (other models dispensed with the "W" and the model numbers just started with the "D")...the dreadnought design was brought about by the advent of orchestras, where most of the instruments would drown out the volume produced by the then popular "parlor" guitars. The dreadnought was a large design guitar with squared off shoulders on the "upper bout"...its size gave it greater volume.
The "32" is the model number...generally, the higher the number, the better quality the guitar. For example, Washburn use to have a custom shop from which you could order very high quality handmade acoustic guitars...numbers like D62SW, D64SW, D70SW, D72SW...etc. Generally, as you went up on the number designation the price of the guitar increased, based on certain factors like tonewoods, build difficulty, etc.

The "S" designation indicates that the guitar had a solid wood soundboard, which is much more desirable than a "laminate" soundboard for various reasons related to tonal improvement that occurs as the wood ages. WD32S was a mid-level dreadnought with a solid wood soundboard. The backs and sides were laminated products...believe me, if they are Solid Wood it is a big enough deal that Washburn wants you to know about it, so a guitar with "SW" following the model number is usually (almost always) made of all solid-woods. All solid wood guitars are sort of the top-of-the-heap regarding quality, but they do have some issues that cause them to require more care than the models with just solid soundboards or all laminate construction.

So...other "abbreviations" occur on a pretty consistent basis, too...for example:
My C124SWK...the "C" stands for "classical guitar", the 124 indicates that it is pretty high in the product line, and the SW indicates that the guitar is constructed of all solid woods. That's all good information, but what does the "K" mean? It means that the guitar was shipped to the dealer in a dedicated why not just use "C" instead of "K"? Read on:

One other common "suffix" to the model designation is "CE", which stands for "Cutaway Electric". Most "juiced" guitars (guitars with onboard electronics for plugging into amplifiers and PA systems) seem to come with a cutaway on the lower upper bout so that the player can reach the highest pitched notes more easily. These cutaways can have very sharp designs (like the Festival Series of guitars) or softer cutaway designs, without sharp points like the Festival series...but they all have both the cutaway as well as electronics. My WGOSCE, for example, is a Grand Orchestra model with a solid wood soundboard and a cutaway with electronic pickup. So, since the "C" was already in use to designate a "cutaway" bodied guitar, Washburn just chose to use "K" to mean it came with a case.

There are other "abbreviations", some of which designate "paint' color (B could equal blue or black, R could equal red, that sort of thing), and  others of which designate a specific type of wood used in the construction (such as "SP", which is the suffix used for "Spalted Maple", a very attractive wood which achieves its stunning appearance due to the effects of an organism that causes damage to the wood). This is one of the few times that the "S" after the model number (as in D46SP) does NOT mean "solid wood soundboard"...the damage the fungus causes to the wood results in a diminished strength to the wood, so all "SP" products are laminated, as the fungus-damaged wood would not be strong enough for a solid wood Spalted Maple soundboard to endure the stresses put on it by the string tension.

As with any industry that has been around for so long as lutherie, there are a LOT more "alpha/numeric" designations, but for the most part these are enough tips to get you started decoding your serial number information or model designation information. There will always be additional unusual alpha/numeric designations...different body styles, etc., and most of them are pretty easy to figure WMJ21S model guitars are "Washburn Mini-Jumbo" models with solid wood cedar soundboards, for example, "SJ" stands for "Southern Jumbo", a dreadnought size guitar with rounded shoulders on the upper bout and a slightly larger lower bout than a dreadnought...there are obviously more than I can really remember, so as new ones crop up I'll come back and edit this thread so that the new information can be found here, too.

We hope you'll join in on our discussions...after all, by far the vast majority of us contributing members are here because we really love our Washburns...and we hope you'll join us!

Cheers, and happy hunting for the information you seek!!!!

Dugly 8)

It's been happening a LOT lately...I'll try to respond to a question posted on the forum and when I click on "post" the icon just spins and then I get a banner that says something to the effect of "...Washburn didn't send any information"

Of course, the reply is gone....just disappeared into thin air. The last time I was smart enough to copy the response before I tried to post it, but...well, how many times does it take for Washburn's forum to send info? 

Anyone know what's going on...or having the same problem?

Dugly 8)

I don't want to spam up your forum board with a duplicate post, so please visit my original post on the Acoustic Guitar board, and if you can offer advice I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks, folks! Here's the thread link:,26819.0.html

Cheers!...and thanks in advance for any help you can provide, I really am clueless (as you'll realize once you read the thread!).

Dugly 8)

OK, guys 'n' gals, I have decided that I have enough juiced acoustic guitars that I really do need to get an amp.

I have "chatted" with the technical support department of a few online music equipment retailers and they have all told me that what I want just doesn't here is what I was hoping for (doesn't sound too unreasonable to me, but what do I know...obviously NOTHING, that's why I am asking for advice):

I would like a single small amp so that I won't need a trailer to do solo gigs.

I would like for the amp to have separate inputs for a microphone and for a single instrument (one of my juiced acoustic guitars or my Epiphone ES335 copy, called a "Dot")

I really prefer the sound of Class A (Tube amps) over Solid State, so I'd like for the amp to be a tube type.

I don't need a large speaker, so a small speaker (6.5"-8" would be fine, I think) seems advisable. I am not going to be playing large venues, just small bars, that sort of thing. The larger bars have a PA system into which I can and do already plug in.

You'd think I had asked for the moon and the stars to hear the advice I got from online retailers.

What do you all use? I can't imagine I'd ever want to use distortion or pedals or any of that stuff...just make my guitar and my voice loud enough to be heard over the din.

So...what are you using, folks?

Thanks in advance for whatever advice you can offer!


Dugly 8)

I just heard that Bob Dylan was granted a Nobel prize for literature.

IMHO it could not have gone to a more deserving person. Dylan has been one of my musical heroes for most of my life and is one of the main reasons that, when asked how old I am, I respond "Well, the protoplasm may be older than aluminum foil, but the spirit is 32."

Dylan has stayed young forever...long may we all!!!

Cheers...and more cheers...for the Nobel prize committee for recognizing an American legend for his literary accomplishments. Well done!!

Dugly 8)

For those of you who may have your heart set on a new Washburn, I'd suggest you check out World Music Supply. They are offering some of the higher end acoustics at well under what is normally "street price", which is usually about 60% of MSRP, such as a WSJ50SKElite (with either a solid spruce soundboard or a solid cedar soundboard), complete with case, for 28% of MSRP.

I have no idea if WMS is an authorized Washburn dealer, so you might want to check that out. It makes a warranty if you don't buy it from an authorized dealer.

It's a Columbus Day special, so probably a very limited time frame for the offer.

BTW...I have no connection with WMS, just noticed their specials while I was surfing for other musical gear.

Good luck!


Dugly 8) 

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