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Washburn Electric Guitars Forums => X Series => Topic started by: Tony Raven on April 25, 2016, 10:29:06 PM

Title: X Series, 2002-2010
Post by: Tony Raven on April 25, 2016, 10:29:06 PM
I'm still working on my list of the X models. Naturally (being Washburn), nothing is simple. Okay, it's not as much of a mess as the contemporaneous WI Idols, but it's nowhere near so straightforward as the (somewhat messed-up) Maverick family.

Let's start it off with a few oddities.

Foremost would be the X-3, actually a group of models for which I can find reference only in Australia. If you were to believe the numbering system, it'd be reasonable to expect that this would be a short-scale version (like the X-5) &/or an "entry"model (like the X-10). Here's two retailers:
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Washburn X3PRO Electric Guitar Solid Archtop Maple body, bolt-on Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Tune-o-Matic bridge, string-thru body construction, 2 x Washburn HH pickups, 1 vol & 1 tone controls, 5 way toggle switch, diecast tuners. Includes paded gigbag.
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WASHBURN X3 PRO BK Electric Guitar Maple Archtop Mahogany Body Bolt On Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard Tune-o-Matic Bridge String Thru Body Dual Washburn Humbucking Pickups Padded Gigbag Black Finish
The latter showed a version with no fretboard inlays.

There were also variants. Per my notes:
(Don't be too sticker-shocked: not only AUD, but MSRP, so an X-10 is tagged $349.  ::))

Devilishly difficult to find even THAT info -- any photos or hands-on reports would be appreciated!  8)
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More recently, I made my first sighting of an X-29 -- h-h ("Select / Designed by EMG", closed covers), black carvetop w/creme binding (unbound neck), black headplate, maple boltneck, rosewood fbd, 24 frets, offset dots, through-body, TOM, Grovers, black hardware, 3-way blade, 2 knurled knobs (V/T), MIC.

It looks like a more "shred" X-30, plus that bound top. It's got a heel plate rather than the 30's ferrules. The 29 looks to be the highest-numbered X with offset dots -- everything above has either the fret-12 "X" or nothing at all.

A very pretty beast, & a worthy sibling of the X-33 if not X-40.
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The marketplace is GLUTTED with X-10, priced anywhere $50-$200 (:o). Many of the sellers persist in calling it a "Pro" model; roughly half call it an "X Series" model & have no first clue what it actualy is.

I own one, & while it's not terrible, there's nothing to recommend it, particularly when you see all the $150 Mercury (MG) & $100 BT-2 out there.

And with such a wild range of pricing, higher-end X models show some confusion as well. Last week, I barely missed a $130 X-40. :'( I'm presently pondering TWO X-30s, $150 each -- one demure in Walnut, the other quite striking in gloss white with covered gold-plate pickups & white rings; a 2004, so no X inlay.
Title: Re: X Series, 2002-2010
Post by: psp742 on May 01, 2016, 03:27:38 AM
Sorry, no idea on the X-series model.  i in fact own a 2005 X-33 Korean made, its a 3 single coil carved top, strat style.

(http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o720/Alaric89/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20Alaric%20Tins%20MacBook%20Pro/2005%20Washburn%20X-Series%20X33%20MiK%20SN%20N04041887%20Black/WashburnX-3312_zps1963e72a.jpg)
Title: Re: X Series, 2002-2010
Post by: Tony Raven on May 04, 2016, 12:01:05 AM
Yep; I too have a black X-33, later model without the "X" inlay. It makes Fender Standard Strat owners take notice.  :D
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There's also the X-2, but that one I know nothing about past an old advert blurb.
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Title: Re: X Series, 2002-2010
Post by: Tony Raven on November 10, 2016, 12:50:33 AM
Oh, wow, I am indeed a lazy slug. I intended to have this thread built up a bit more by now.

I'll work my way around to the "easy" models listed in Blue Book. Before then, some misfits & oddities.
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This was posted in these very Forums, 21 July 2010, discussing an imaginary X-51VPRO & leading to this color scheme --

(http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss146/3ST4me/Photoshoppedwashburnx-seriesproconcept.jpg)
http://forums.washburn.com/index.php?topic=18502.0 (http://forums.washburn.com/index.php?topic=18502.0)
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The X-200 really needs its own post, as there's multiple variants. If it follows Washburn's quirky model-numbering system, I suspect it's mostly an upgrade X-20... but then again it was created in order to represent the X Series in what looks like a one-off project:
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The Washburn 200 PRO Series was designed around the single premise to create a truly professional series of guitars offering the best value for money in today's electric guitar market.
One source said the 200's were sold Europe-only (but a few are reviewed on Russian sites) & another that there were six series represented (but I've only confirmed mention of the X & the Idol).

Here's a couple of swipes to whet the palate.
(http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/product/normal/washburn-x200-pro-lh-105312.jpg)(http://a0.amlimg.com/NWUwNWEzNGE3NzFmOTZkMWQ3YTI3OGMyMGM0YTBiNjJn1ITerR4aB0xC9nljCAyXaHR0cDovL2Itc3RhdGljLmFkc2ltZy5jb20vMTkxL2xhcmdlL2wwZXh5YjU1NjRhMDVlY2NhYTMzYzVjN2NiNjdhZmE3MTNmYmMwLmpwZ3x8fHx8fDM5NngyOTJ8aHR0cDovL3d3dy5hZHZlcnRzLmllL3N0YXRpYy9pL3dhdGVybWFyay5wbmd8fHw=.jpg)
(http://guitar.tkat.ru/data/articles/6279/2.jpg)
(http://forum.guitarplayer.ru/attach/274428-918747.jpg)
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Then, there's the X-300.

(http://static.dcfever.com/media/trading//15/3/26/692665_1427354959573.jpg)
(http://www.todomercado.com/tm/aviso/img_avisos/1274386745230_1274386895720_AxelAedo.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzc3mclhmh1qfm7m6.jpg)
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Finally (for now), I find mention of at least a dozen X-50 variants, mostly top wood, & see that there's some confusion between the X-40 & X-40PRO, but I'll get to it eventually. 8) Here'sone of each (both Q) posed with a WG-587.

(http://i39.tinypic.com/id4sxu.jpg)