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Washburn Acoustic Guitars Forums => Vintage and Rare Washburns => Topic started by: scpos2 on July 14, 2010, 12:39:08 PM

Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: scpos2 on July 14, 2010, 12:39:08 PM
Hi:

I have a Washburn acoustic dreadnaught-sized guitar that I bought new in 1980.  It's most distinctive feature is that the fret markers are tan triangle/arrows.  

My question is about the truss rod:  Is it a one-way or two-way rod?  I'd like to be able to get a little bit more relief in the neck but the rod is loosened all the way.

I would also like to know what the model of this guitar is.
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: nogin007 on July 14, 2010, 02:09:15 PM
I think it's a one-way. If you want relief, you need to tighten the truss rod. I'd tighten it until it's just snug. Then tighten in small increments, say 1/8. Let it sit for a while, then check it.If it's loose all the way, it's not pulling on the neck at all. All you are getting is string tension on it.
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: Tio Kimo on July 14, 2010, 02:18:27 PM
Sounds like a Timber Ridge Custom, a Yamaki build, and a fine fine guitar.

Is the pickguard Wood under the finish?

Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: Tio Kimo on July 14, 2010, 02:21:16 PM
check this thread. Look like yours?

http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13952
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: scpos2 on July 14, 2010, 11:20:46 PM
Mine looks just like the picure Tio Kimo sent me.  However, inside, Prairie Song Custom is carved into a piece of wood on the bottom.  Are there any Prairie Song Customs that look like the Timber Ridge photo?  I've had this guitar for many years and play it a lot, but I've never researched the Washburn brand and don't know who Yamaki is.  

About the truss rod:  My experience with Fender Strats and the like is that when you tighten the rod, the neck bends backward.  Tighten it too much, and there's no relief at all; the strings are flat against the neck.  That's why I didn't think I could tighten it.  Does the Washburn rod work the other way, so that if I tighten it, the fingerboard becomes more concave?
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: nogin007 on July 15, 2010, 07:46:53 AM
I might be wrong about the above post, but when I had a bass that I was trying to get relief on, I slackened the truss rod all the way. I still didn't get any relief. I carried it to a local music store I use, and had it adjusted. They tightened it, and adjusted it right, and got it where I wanted it.
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: Tio Kimo on July 15, 2010, 10:54:47 AM
scpos2

Did you scroll down within that thread? It Includes the promotional Ad which shows both the Prarie Song and the Timber Ridge They are similarly appointed in that photo.

I've never played one, but from the folks here that have them, they say they're great guitars.
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: scpos2 on July 15, 2010, 01:19:20 PM
It's definitely a Prairie Song Custom and looks identical to the one presently displayed at http://www.grouseguitars.com.au/sold/washburn.htm.  There is also a piece of wood in the interior, across a brace from the Prairie Song Custom stamp, that is stamped George Washburn.  The tuning pegs also say George Washburn.

Is there a heirarchy:  E.g., Is a Timber Lake a higher-end guitar than Prairie Song?
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: Tio Kimo on July 15, 2010, 04:57:15 PM
I believe that the Prairie Song Custom is the top of the line, at that time.

Pull a search and I believe you'll find a thread that includes the price list from the early 80's that corroborates that.
Title: 1980 Washburn Dreadnaught, model unknown
Post by: gtracer on July 19, 2010, 08:50:10 PM
Welcome scpos2! What's the serial # on your's?