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Festival Series / Re: EA26 help
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:31:42 PM »
Actually, that looks like a dreadnought case. The Festival is not a dreadnought. The guitar must bounce around a lot in there. :o

#2 -- two similar-looking guitars from the same brand will likely never have identical numbers. Nowadays, most s/n use half their digits to indicate approximate manufacture date, which will take a century or more to repeat. It's possible that two entirely different models (but same brand) from different factories would have the same number, but one or both would have a prefix (one or two letters) to differentiate.

#1, part 1 -- there's never been anything particularly wrong with non-US guitars. Arai (Aria) in the 1950s found that acoustic guitars built in Japan, even if top-quality, would split & warp after a few months in the United States. Arai learned how to properly cure tonewood for long-term stability, a lesson quickly picked up by Japanese manufacturers in general. Converseley, there's plenty of low-end mass-production USA garbage (Harmony, Kay, Valco, etc.).

#1, part 2 -- new factories have "teething pains" as they work the "bugs" out of supply, construction, assembly, finish, & shipping. I consider Mexico Fenders to be as good as their USA twins, but early MIM Fenders are often worse than current $300 Squiers. Early Korea guitars & early Red China guitars, much the same. The sole exception might be Indonesia, & that mostly because MII guitars are almost certainly Cort, who opened a huge factory there in the '90s.

Korea Washburn electrics ~1996-2010 are generally great guitars, & their market value seems to creep up daily.

Overall, an early-run guitar might beat the jinx & still be an incredible instrument, so it's not damning... but anyone who buys blind (without actually playing the guitar first) & pays "collectible" prices is foolish.

In reality, YOU ripped the wires out from cranking insanely on a knob that most players rarely touch, which was so loose it would've fallen into the guitar if the knob had let go.  ::)

You say there are two wires "out of place"... you fail to mention what is each one still attached to?

In many standard three-pickup electric guitars (except the Strat), the pickups run to a switch, the switch runs to the potentiometers, the potentiometers run to the output jack. In almost all other cases, it's pickup --> pots --> switch --> jack. There are diagrammes all over the Internet. As you get no sound at all, you likely either broke the connection to the jack or the switch.

If you tore a wire out of a pickup, it may be beyond your abilities to repair.

First, check the solder lugs on the Tone pot & the switch & maybe output jack to see where there's solder that looks a little ripped up or shiny.

Are you familiar with the term "pig in a poke"? :o

If you can't afford to gamble, then DON'T GAMBLE.

If you can't tell me how it feels when you play it, then I cannot hope to tell you "whether it's worth it."

It's good guitar. That's a reasonable price... barring a twisted neck or messed-up wiring or significantly worn frets.

It might need a full setup, ~$50 USD. Maybe a new nut.

No, you're NOT going to get rich flipping it. You might be able to resell it for that price.

Washburn Dealers Section / Re: Washburn WM100 value!!?
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:42:16 PM »
The Eternal Question...  ::)

The Eternal Answer: it's worth whatever you can get for it... in the timeframe you want... with what effort you'll exert.

FWIW, it's NOT "Custom Shop." It was a small USA production run. There's a difference..

Realistically, I've seen these sell for $500-$600, IF the original hard case is included.

The WM-100/WM-STD retailed at $1,699. Looking at Blue Book, I'd put "value" (for insurance purposes) at $700-$800. But there's no market demand for it, & the Maverick line never had any significant endorsers.

If you market it actively for a few years, you might get that $700. If you want to sell it in the foreseeable future, you can expect $350-$450.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / Re: LT-92 for sale
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:47:27 AM »
I suppose it's possibly the real thing, though at closest it'd be a Mundelein-modded LT-92.

But the credibility of the seller is... oh, hell, he is a total moron. ;D
Sought after Grover neck
In the photos, I can't even verify I'm seeing Grover tuners.

A dual-rail Duncan in the bridge, but I wouldn't take at face value that the others are also SD.

The serial number bothers me. Was Washburn using a Gibson-type presser in the Custom Shop?

Probably a decent guitar (Jackson-era, right?) but IMO overpriced at $650 unless in at least +95% condition (no dings at all!!), with original branded HSC, & provenance paper (at least a sales slip).

General Discussion / Re: Old catalog's
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:10:48 PM »
The official collection (most years 1990 through 2016) still seem to be available --

I've gotten some key info from VintAxe. Some of their PDFs require a paid subscription, though. Their Washburn selection (though spotty) has a 1978, & seven entries from the 1980s --
I sold a couple of Washburn catalogs to them years ago, & have bought a couple of items for other brands -- not cheap, but invaluable.

Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Re: Washburn force 4, origin?
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:47:40 PM »
a unique serial number.
Well, "unique" as in "the only time that number would be used by the company"? or as in "the only time that number would be used, ever, in the history of the nation of Japan"?

Bad enough if the ff the former: a six-digit number scheme means that the company would never be able to manufacture more than a million instruments -- 000000 through 999999. Seeing as Lyon & Healy claimed in 1892 to produce 100,000+ instruments annually, it seems unlikely a modern mass-manufacture company would tie themselves down to a mere million for all eternity. :o

FWIW, my trusty Univox (bought new in 1974) is numbered 1005945 -- clearly THEY were thinking ahead. ;D

General Discussion / Re: Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:29:56 PM »
Though I'll enjoy solid info, I'm a little iffy about Washburn's use of the word "limited" (much as for"Pro"). For instance, what I've called the "D9_LTD" acoustics -- from at least D92 through D98 -- that appear to have serial numbers that put the runs like 1,000 or so.

Without a serial number, how does Washburn register a warranty? At the very least, it seems like slipshod accounting.

Bantam Basses / Re: Washburn XB-102
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:22:46 PM »
Nice!! I noticed similar design changes for other companies in the same era (like SLM's Austin lines), particularly as they went from Korea to Indonesia & China.

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: XB900 repair question
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:20:33 PM »
It's possible that the knucklehead who took yours out also damaged the pickup leads.

Years back, I would've recommended that you pull the circuit from an XB-400. Weirdly, a used 400 is now generally priced at the same price-point as a USA-made 900.

If you get lucky (on eBay or Reverb), someone may have pulled a harness to upgrade.

There are alternatives that're surprisingly cheap. Here's an Amazon listing for a Belcat two-band harness --
Only $15... but notice that many of the reviews say theirs has an unbearable hiss. That might be to the ineptitude of some home modders... or you might have to install three or more until you get a good one.

If you scroll down that page, you'll note that there are other similar harnesses, for about the same price. Here's a three-band -

I've always been pleased with the tone of the XB-400, & I won't promise that a Belcat will be so good. But it'll at least move you foreward. An alternative might be to simply wire it passive.

General Discussion / Re: Washburn with no serial number on the label?
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:59:41 PM »
I think it's MUCH more amusing that a "2004" guitar has a label that says 1883-2008. 8)

Sometimes, guitars aren't tagged until they're ready to ship. Not all shipped guitars get tagged at the factory. Not all tags stick.

My guess: someone (whether the Red China factory or the stateside distribution hub) was getting down to the last few of these. They stamped the model number, but the serial-number stamper wasn't handy. No big thing.

Alternately: the tag was lost in transit. The dealer asked for a tag, Washburn sent it, maybe asking that the dealer hand-write the number, but that didn't get done.

General Discussion / is Blue Book dead??
« on: February 09, 2018, 02:26:15 AM »
Maybe the question ought to be "exactly how dead is Blue Book?"

I've relied on the print editions from Blue Book, then used their website (non-subscribed) to dig into details because it's easy to search with the computer.

A couple of months ago, they lost their collective tiny mind & "upgraded" the site.

Now, NONE of the model listings will show up on a Google search.

Worse, even the basic search capability has gotten STUPID. I used to be able to look up (say) the entire Maverick line & quickly figure out which model I was looking at from the descriptions. Now, if I type in "Maverick" it says "No results found." If I try "BT-3" I get the same result.

Anyone know how to make this work?

X Series / Re: X-40 used for $130
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:58:43 AM »

Yah, what he said, mostly. ;D

I'd put valuation a little bit higher, like up to $200... except for the fact that (1) black usually drags it down & (2) the Rose looks like it needs maintenance & maybe overhaul, which too few players learn.

Anyway, certainly not a bad guitar, & has a little cachet in some regions where everyone's a shredder. 8)

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