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General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / Washburn WP50
« Last post by ricardolamos on Today at 03:38:51 AM »
Hi All

I am looking at buying a WP50 but would like to get some insight as to the quality of the electrics in these guitars.
I will probably change the pickups and wiring but I am sure I read somewhere that the WP50 uses mini-pots which I am not a great fan of.
If the pots are mini's,is there room to put in full size pots or would the cavity have to be opened up?

Any insights or advice from WP50 owners would be appreciated before I make the purchase.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: J14 sighting
« Last post by bigcity2 on August 16, 2017, 09:02:22 PM »
I don't mean to diminish the build quality of the J-14 and the J-15....they are both well made instruments ( I own both models)....the question is USA or import?

I see you have a copy of the article.....dated 1999  The guitars  were made as a single run, each, in 1998  Common practice ( for many distributors....US Music included) was to order some models or a specific model from a foreign vendor without serial numbers and then a serialized paper label would be applied at the distribution center. ( In this case Chicago IL)   This is not against the law.  I'll explain , a little later, why this is common practice with some distributors.

To recap....a distributor can order a line of guitars without serial numbers, apply their own paper sticker with their own serialization scheme to the inside of the instrument, leave the little gold "MADE IN KOREA" sticker on the back of the guitar and sell their product, legally, the USA

What is against the law is removing the little gold fold  "MADE IN KOREA" sticker from the back of an instrument before it gets to the end user. ( the first retail buyer)

That's what the fine was for.....the little gold stickers were coming off ( before the instrument made it to it's first retail buyer)  and the paper labels that were applied at the distribution center said "Made In The USA"

I can't find any printed literature from US Music Corp. that states that the J-14 and J-15 are "Made In The USA".  Had they been built in the USA...US Music would have gone out of it's way  to tell you print.  US Music would have documented as they have with all of their USA models, a J-14 and a J-15 being assembled at the Custom Shop.  None of this documentation exists.   The J-14 and J-15 were imported.    MSRP is not an indication of country of matter how high it is.

Getting back to a distributor using it's own serialization scheme on paper labels that are applied at the distribution center.   Most people assume that a serial number indicates a date of completion for an's first day of life.....not so for many distributor's models. 

Here's an example:  Distributor" X " orders a 500 run of a particular model in 1995.   Distributor" X " doesn't apply serialized stickers to the instruments until they are sold to retailers.  In 1995, Distributor" X " sells the first 100 of the model run and applies stickers that have serial numbers that start with 95.  In 1996, Distributor" X " sells the next 200 of the model run and applies stickers that that have serial numbers that start with 96.......but wait a minute!  We know the 200 that sold in 1996 were built in 1995......but the end user wouldn't know that.  He would assume the instrument was new.  How about the last 200 units that might be sold 3 or 4 years later?

The point here is that a serial number is not a device that necessarily  indicates the completion date  of an instrument.

The distributor benefits by getting the very best price on a large single model run of instruments and selling them on demand, over a 3 or 4 year period, without having to reorder at a higher unit price.  The distributors serialization scheme, in this case, gives us the approximate ship date from the distribution center to a retailer.....not the instrument's born on date
Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: J14 sighting
« Last post by ET Music 1 on August 16, 2017, 10:11:54 AM »
It possibly started here:

I have #8.  It doesnt have any markings such as the "S" before the serial number, which was standard for 90s era Washburns which were made by Samick.   Washburn had been hit with a DOJ lawsuit in the early 90s for allegedly switching markings on some guitars to make them appear as if they were not imported.  By the late 90s, that practice should have ended.

My question is why are the J14 and J15s not marked as Samick?  Also, why were the MSRPs on those guitars (approximately $3000 and up) much higher than any Washburn guitar of that era?  In addition, these were some of the first Washburns to come with the Buzz Feiten tuning system, which was supposedly only on the US made guitars during the first year of introduction.  Not questioning your knowledge, however the fit and finish on mine is far better than most import quality of that era.  Ebony fretboard and crown inlays are stunning.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: J14 sighting
« Last post by bigcity2 on August 16, 2017, 04:51:23 AM »
Need to emphasize....the J-14 and J-15 were imported guitars....not made in the USA.  Don't know where that rumor started.
Hollowbody & Jazz Series / J14 sighting
« Last post by ET Music 1 on August 16, 2017, 01:37:26 AM »
General Discussion / Re: WG26 variations
« Last post by YerDugliness on August 15, 2017, 06:32:27 PM »
OK, folks, the WG26S is here. I can't comment on the musical performance yet because as I was trying to tune it up the e string broke. While that was inconvenient, it was not a big issue, but the new strings are still stretching in.
I can comment on appearance, build quality, etc. In that respect this guitar is a real winner. The soundboard's purfling and rosette ring are all abalone shell, which adds an element of bling, but of greater importance to me is the fact that the body, neck and head are bound not with ivoroid, but with actual wood...looks like maple to me. This presents a much more professional-looking appearance and that is welcomed! The factory in CC (would that be Cort, China??) also did a great job with the finish...again, it is flawless. On my WSJ60SELITE  it is possible to see where the bindings "butted together" at the heel of the neck as well at the butt of the guitar...on this WG26S it appears as if the entire guitar's top were bound in its entirety with a single piece of the maple binding that joins up with the sides of the neck of the guitar. It's hard to even see the joint. This is a well appointed guitar!! The serial number starts with "SC", which stands for Samick, China, so a different factory. That may or may not be an issue  ;D
The case was even more of a pleasant surprise...not only is it provided with the guitar, it has an arch top!!! WAY TO GO, Washburn!!! However (!) it is obvious that the case is not fitted to the guitar as there is considerable clearance between the guitar and the case at the waist of the guitar. That is a bit dissapointing, but there was no charge for this well-made case, so I'm happy enough.  :D
Now onto the wood...the graining inside the body is definitely rosewood and the inside graining and outer graining do not match, so the laminate nature of the secondary tonewoods is obvious...although the appearance of the interior woods are obviously a laminate layer, it is an attractive look because of the rosewood used.
I'll return to this thread and report on the sound of the guitar once the strings have stretched in.


Dugly 8)
Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-94LTD
« Last post by YerDugliness on August 15, 2017, 07:18:02 AM »
Washburn has fairly consistently followed a system of model designation over the years...if the model number has no letters following the model designation it is an all-laminate instrument. According to this system, your D94LTD is an all-laminate guitar...maybe!!!

I say "maybe" because the LTD designation usually indicates some special construction techniques. For example, Washburn produced a very highly regarded model (D10S) and a very special model of the D10S line called the D10SLTD. THE "LTD" model had enhanced lutherie, such as wood bindings rather than the white "ivoroid" bindings.

So...yours is an "LTD" model and that usually means something special...we do have a number of historically knowledgable forum members, perhaps they will chime in with more information about this unusual model. Stay tumed!!


Vintage and Rare Washburns / Washburn D-94LTD
« Last post by 59 texas proud on August 14, 2017, 02:14:22 PM »
I purchased a D-94 LTD several mos. ago and cannot find any info on these guitars.  I don't know if this is considered a fair, good or better than good.  I'm assuming a solid spruce top laminated B/S, but anything else related to quality on these?  It is a great looking guitar!  Any help?  Thanks
Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: HB35 very dark sounding
« Last post by Ajm558 on August 14, 2017, 10:12:23 AM »
The most common answer to his problem is to build a new harness for the wiring, specifically using some cts pots and some high quality caps.  To make the tone brighter, I would suggest Orange Drop caps (22 in the bridge pickup and 15 in the neck). This should be cheaper than pickups, and should be the fix you are looking for. 

FWIW, I did both the harness and pickups for my HB32, a darker sounding guitar than the HB35.  The pickups were DiMarzio Air Classic neck and the DiMarzio MoJoe in the bridge.  The MoJoe is very hot compared to stock, but it is not muddy due to the harness. 

Good luck.  Let us know what you decide to do.
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