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Title: a "WI-65 SR USA"?
Post by: Tony Raven on May 20, 2016, 03:06:18 AM
I found this on eBay, & it is just WRONG in SO MANY ways that I don't even know where to begin. Let's get the pictures first. (
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Now, THIS is what a WI-65 usually looks like --
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Among other differences, the black one has amahogany SET neck, Grover tuners, four knobs, VCC, & Tune-O-Matic. The few I've seen had no fretboard inlays.

Meanwhile, that red thing has the WI-14 forearm cut, & what looks like a built-in tuner (did Lyon use something like that?) or maybe practice amp.

The damned thing really looks like some sort of actual Washie, albeit elements of Oscar Schmidt or Lyon. My first thought was a WI-/OI-/LI-14 that'd gotten its control cavity crushed (hence the repair plate), but someone put a bit of effort into the logo decal & the lettering. Both faces of the headstock have the "end burn" I associate with a ham-handed sanding after a paint strip. The headstock actually appears to be the proper Washburn shape. :o The "serial number" is repeated, stamped into the headstock below the lower tuner pair.

I suppose MAYBE the Custom Shop let a "test bed" mutant slip from its grasp, but that's me being an optimist. Anyone care to venture their own guesses?
Title: Re: a "WI-65 SR USA"?
Post by: Tony Raven on July 16, 2016, 07:23:40 PM
I believe I might have spotted the dingleberry who is making low-end fake Washburns, which suggests he's a dangerous idiot.  ???

Up for sale at is a "Washburn L115" offered by Windy City Guitars.


They're not the only idiots, of course: there's three "L115" from other sellers.

Anyway, that'd be a Lyon "Idol" LI-15 as seen by illiterates. But the Lyon is clearly designated as such on the peghead, right?

Not if someone has worked to hide the fact.


Aswith the ineptly faked WI-64, note the bizarre trussrod cover.

And where might that logo have come from?
New old stock vintage Washburn headstock logo direct from factory stock.