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Title: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 10, 2014, 04:23:24 AM
I am looking at a Washburn HB 35 DL.  He is asking $400 and says it is in very good condition with very little play time. His wife bought as a gift for him from someone who rarely played it and he has had it for over 10 years.  Says he has played it maybe 3 to 4 times in that time he claims.  The pics do look good.   All original and original case that is missing the handle.  My concern is the bridge.  It has the string through bridge.  How do these play compared to a standard stop tail bridge?  I was also told it has a thin neck which I would prefer.  Does anyone have experience with one of this model?  He does not know the age of it.  It has the wing inlays znc the extra switch.  Any help would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 10, 2014, 06:45:05 AM
Also found another Korean HB 35.  Looks to be in great shape and the seller is offering a return if I do not like it and it is less expensive.  It also has standard pickup wiring and  a stop tail bridge.  Any ideas of the necks on either of these?  Like I mentioned before, I do prefer a thinner neck like a 60's Gibson and wonder which one would be closer. 

I know I am new here but looking to become a Washburn owner and could uses some advice from the more knowledgeable Washburn owners.

Pics of both.  First the Korean then the other tobacco burst which I do not know the country of origin.

(http://images.craigslist.org/00e0e_gSNFkrdDN6_600x450.jpg)


(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/K~IAAOSwFAZTrfpa/$_57.JPG)
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 10, 2014, 06:46:01 AM
The second pic is the Korean, sorry.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 10, 2014, 10:29:30 AM
I love the Korean, what a beaut. Looks like my old Gibson ES-335 that I sold for peanuts. I miss that guitar horribly...
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 10, 2014, 08:19:07 PM
I appreciate the one post, but man is it quiet here.  I don't even hear crickets.  They left as well?
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: t.y. on September 10, 2014, 10:00:13 PM
Some times it is more active than others.   Winter is coming.   Also there are only a few that really post on the HB here.  Maybe Tio Kimo will come along, he is very much in the know about the HB guitars.  Sorry I really like the mid level acoustics.  Tom.  :)
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: guenter on September 12, 2014, 06:55:06 AM
Sam,
ofcourse best thing would be to try out both and take the one you love more. But it seems you can't do that.

You didn't mention the exact price difference so that could ofcourse be an argument which to take.
But for my taste I wouldn't hesitate a second and take the HB 35 DL. afaik the DL is rather rare because it has only been produced for a short time. It's probably made in japan (maybe Matsumoku) in the early 80's which also makes it more desireable than the korean one. It's got the beautiful wing-headstock and these nice round ES335-like mickey mouse ears which makes it look real vintage. The active electronics on board you may like or not - I don't use this feature on my HB 35 DL.
the string through contruction should give your sound a super long sustain - that's one of the features this model has in common with the wing series and players often praise this construction.
The korean is also nice but for me it has far more of a mass product than the DL. When I found mine awhile ago I read the ad in the morning, called the seller immediately and was there in the afternoon to pick it up. He told me that during the day he had quite a number of enquiries from all over Europe.
So I know my thoughts are only softfacts which deal more with the look than the feel but that's all that I can give as input. I love my DL and would never sell it  :)

guenter

Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 13, 2014, 08:55:23 PM
I can get the DL for $400 plus shipping.  The Korean model will be $350 shipped.  What is the neck like on the DL?  Thick or thin.  I prefer a little on the thin side like a Gibson 60's neck.  Thanks for your response.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: guenter on September 15, 2014, 05:40:17 AM
Then you sure will like the neck of the DL, it's definitely "a little on the thin side".
You may also look around here http://www.matsumoku.org/ggboard/index.php (http://www.matsumoku.org/ggboard/index.php) if you don't know this site already
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 15, 2014, 06:58:25 AM
Thanks for your response guenter.  Have to try and get hold of the seller to ship it now.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 15, 2014, 09:10:40 AM
Wish there was an edit here, my typing seems to be a bit off.  Can't seem to type correctly on my phone. 
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: t.y. on September 15, 2014, 12:10:40 PM
modify, will let you do that.   :)
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 16, 2014, 11:51:15 AM
Thanks for modify tip.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 17, 2014, 04:18:49 PM
Decided on the DL and should have it in another week or so.  Will post pics when it arrives.  Thanks again for all the help.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 18, 2014, 08:16:34 AM
Who is selling the Korean, can you link me please?
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 18, 2014, 11:20:39 AM
It is on Ebay, but I spoke with the seller and can probably get you the price that he offered me. They are asking $575 now.  Is there a way to get a private message here to someone?
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 18, 2014, 11:35:04 AM
email me; corey . macdonald @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 18, 2014, 02:18:54 PM
It is listed on ebay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/WASHBURN-HB-35-Guitar-/191307136683?pt=Guitar&hash=item2c8acb3eab

I spoke with the lister and was quoted a much better price.  Is there any way to pm you on this forum.  I could copy you the email that offers a better price. 

Another Korean listed: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Washburn-HB30-Semi-Hollow-Electric-Guitar-Wine-Red-w-Hard-Shell-Case-/261594221572?pt=Guitar&hash=item3ce83b0c04
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 18, 2014, 02:43:22 PM
If I sent you the money and we arrange a private deal I could pay you for your trouble? My email is posted above ^^ we can work it out personally if you want.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 19, 2014, 06:54:44 AM
Sent you an email.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 24, 2014, 12:15:41 PM
Finally received the guitar via Texas to Colorado then to Louisiana. Long story, I bought the guitar from a guitar player who played in a band called Williams Riley.  Videos of the band on youtube and they are a very good county band. They are no longer together from what I understand, but played a show in Colorado after a three year hiatus this past Saturday.  He brought the guitar with him to the show and sent it back with one of the band members who lives about 1/2 hour from me.  No shipping charges.

Now about the guitar.  I was expecting a little better build quality from how these are praised honestly.  You can see lots of filler on the inlays. I really like the neck though.  Nice and slim and the frets were in pretty good shape. Needed a little cleaning and the fret board was quite dry.  Frets will need a little dressing in some areas, but overall for the a guitar that I believe is 30 years old, in quite good condition. The saddles and bridge are very tarnished though, but the tuners are in good shape.  The serial number starts with 82.  Would that be the year of origin?

No sound out of the pickups, but the battery was dead I am sure, and I did not have a 9 volt to replace it.  Sounds very good acoustically. Probably will replace the pickups and and pots and make it a conventional two tone and two volume guitar.  I need to get rid of the smell though.  It smells like it has been in an old case for years.  Any hint how to do this?  It has the original case minus the handle. 

Only played it unplugged so for, but happy with it so far.  I will know in a few days if it is going to stay with me. 

Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 24, 2014, 02:46:36 PM
My old Warwick bass with actives is rusting and smells like piss and beer but still sounds fantastic live. Just gives it character ;)

Not sure how you would remove the smell though.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 24, 2014, 02:55:06 PM
But it kinda smells like a grandmother.  Not that a grandmother smells bad, just don't think it should smell like a grandmother.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 25, 2014, 08:52:43 AM
Sounds like mold, you're going to need something rather acidic....

Try polishing it with some guitar polish from your local git store, lemon oil up that neck and maybe throw some silica gel packets inside the hollow body as a start.

If that doesn't work might want to try a weak mixture of bleach and water (weak mixture) to clean off the mold.

Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: SamIV on September 26, 2014, 11:19:53 AM
Think I am just going to leave it open for some time to air out.  It has been sitting up for 3 years in a 30 year old case that does look thirty years old.  I appreciate your advice though.

This guitar is definitely staying.  It plays so effortlessly. I have to go up a string gauge to compensate how slinky the strings are.  Really like the feel of the neck and it looks to be a five piece neck as well.  And I did fix the pickups.  Cleaned  some kind of corrosion on the circuit board eq thingy and put a new battery in it and the pickups worked fine.  They are a bit bright.  I have plenty of replacements here so that probably will happen.  Going to keep all the original pieces, but will eventually wire it up like a conventional 2 volume, 2 tone, double humbucker guitar.  I don't get the eq thingy on the guitar, if that is what it is at all.
Title: Re: Washburn HB 35 DL
Post by: cmac84 on September 30, 2014, 01:25:41 PM
Cheers! Enjoy. I always love new toys :)