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General Discussion / Re: used Washburns on the market
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:17:00 PM »
Most of the folk guitars I have played had not only wider necks than most steel string guitars, but they also did not have a radiused fretboard, like most steel string guitars have. The fretboard was flat like a classical guitar (that's important when choosing a capo).

(Edit: it's been a while, but other differences were the folk guitar had a peg-head rather than a slot-head, like a classical...finally, I can't remember, but it seems some folk models were 14 frets free and others were 12 frets free...but, logic tells me they were all 12-frets free.)

Bob Dylan played a folk guitar a lot at one would expect.


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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 This video contains dates and may go a short way toward getting historical references direct from Washburn.


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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Help identifying
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:33:08 AM »
Hey everybody, asking for a lil. Someone told me they believed this to be a Washburn by looking at the bridge. There is not a single mark or number anywhere that I can find. Thanks for any help!

Washburn did use a rather unique bridge for a while...sometimes referred to as a "butterfly bridge" or a "bat bridge".

Ship is right, we need photos. Photobucket use to be our go-to hosting site but they shut down their free service and their rate is too high for most of us, so try www dot postimage dot com. We need an "IMG" link to see the photos on the forum pages.

Try this...look inside the body of the guitar from the bottom so that you can see the block inside the body where the neck attaches to the body. There may be a serial number on there. It's not unusual for older Washburns to have lost their paper label inside the body of the guitar, so here's hoping you have a number on the neck block.


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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D61 SW
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:52:07 PM »
Hi, Joe...welcome to the forum!

I also own a D61SW, but mine has been dated at 1994. It is my best Washburn Dreadnought!

As for value, I wish I could help more but the only one I have "priced" is my current D61SW, and it was purchased with the knowledge that it had a cracked bridge...IIRC I paid $325 plus shipping.

Yours should certainly be worth more and these Yamaki built guitars enjoy a huge reputation here at Washburn. If I were selling mine I'd say $400 would be my drop-dead low price and I'd certainly try to hold out for more...

Once you determine an asking price you might want to advertise it for sale here on this forum...use the "Dealers" forum to advertise private sale items.


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Ryan, that model number is pretty close to the models that were made in the acoustic guitar custom shop some time ago when John Stover was running that operation...perhaps not the D52SW (this failing memory is telling me that the D60sw's and up were the custom shop models), but that model is a fairly highly regarded standard Washburn piece. There will be a thread on the Acoustic guitar forum authored by "Don't Tread on Me" in which the member purchased a D52SW from Pike, one of our former contributors here on the forum (I think it might have been the "CE" model, too).

Your D52SW will be an all solid-wood guitar, so if you're not ready to baby it somewhat it might not be the best choice for you. As with all all solid-wood guitars, it'll require periodic humidification and the same sort of extra care we all lavish on our all solid-wood guitars. I sincerely doubt that it will be more robust than your D48 Comanche...

Keep us posted on what you find out...and don't be afraid to use the "Search" function at the top of the forum, you'll probably find a lot of info there about the D52SW stuff!


Dugly 8)

Have you done a forum search? I just did and got a LOT of hits on Yairi.

The search tab is on the grey function bar at top

My search was for "Washburn Yairi"

There will be 100 times the orange "Washburn" hits than there will by orange "Yairi" hits, but there are quite a few. Try it, you'll like it!!


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If you've talked with Jim Smith, Sr. you've spoken with one of the most knowledgeable parties regarding Washburn history...perhaps Ship of Fools will chime in, as he is also very knowledgeable about Washburn's early production and history.


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WD40 is almost useless as a lubricant, as its most prevalent ingredient is alcohol...which is used to displace water in certain applications (hence the first two letters in the product name...WD, for "water displacer").

Here is what I would a small squirt can of "Lock Ease", obviously a product used to lubricate the tumbler mechanism in locks. That product contains graphite, which is a great long-term lubricant.

It might might not, but it is not expensive so it is what I would try first.

Please let us know if it works.

Cheers, and good luck!!

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Comort series
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:15:57 PM »
From Tony's information, it sounds like the 25 is the one I'd want.

It has great specs...AND you get the great Grover 18:1 tuners! No wonder it's so expensive!

Hope you can get one!


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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  :'(

Thanks, BC2!! I sent WEBgUy a PM asking if we should revise or delete the General Discussion thread on how to post photos, which instructs members to use Photobucket. I haven't heard back from him yet, but if an admin would edit the thread to include this new photo-hosting site and your instructions perhaps that would suffice.

Cheers to you, BC2  ;D

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We all use to use Photobucket until they held our photos ransom for a $400 "membership". I have seen links to whatever photo storage process Google uses on the is important to copy and paste the "IMG" code into the body of your post so that the photos will appear; however, I do not know if Google provides IMG codes or not because I haven't tried.

What does not seem to work is Facebook (can't see the photos unless we are Facebook members), as well as URLs that start with http: and some other "prefixes" such as jpeg photos.

I suppose some of the more technically astute have found other websites that will offer storage, but for the most part I have just stopped posting photos, which is not a problem for me but for someone who is looking to identify a unique instrument or asking for help with a repair photos are a huge help.

Here's a hint...whenever you are curious what sort of code was used to post a photo, just click on the link you would use if you were going to "quote" it...the code used for the photo will appear in the "quote". That might offer some help to some.

Some forums get around this issue by hosting the photos in some section of their forum software, but I don't think Washburn does that.

I know this is scant help...wish I had a better idea, 'cause we all like to see other peoples' instruments here.

Cheers, and here's hoping we soon find another method of posting photos!

Dugly 8)

PhotoBucket strikes AGAIN  >:(

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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: 1994 D25s/TS
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:04:53 AM »
No...what is happening is that the bridge is lifting...not an unusual condition, particularly if the guitar has been stored with the strings at full tension.

Fortunately, resetting the bridge is not an expensive repair. IIRC it cost $25 to get the bridge reset on my Epi AJ500RC.

Gotta LOVE cedar soundboards!!! Yours is a solid wood soundboard, BTW.


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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: Can anyone help me identify my Axe?
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:50:04 PM »
The model number may be on tbe neck-block inside the body of the guitar. That would help us a lot if you find it there.

Pics became almost non-existent here when Photobucket got greedy and demanded a $400 payment to host photos. Most of us just let Photobucket delete our photos rather than pay Photobucket's exorbitant ransom demands.


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