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Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: WEBgUy on December 26, 2006, 02:38:18 PM
Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL At 2007 Winter NAMM

CHICAGO, IL—December 26, 2006—Washburn Guitars is set to premier the Pilsen Idol XL at this Winter’s 2007 NAMM show in Anaheim.

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It is common knowledge that body mass leads to a fat sound and massive sustain. Unfortunately, with mass comes weight. Washburn solves this dilemma with the new Pilsen XL. Everything about it is heavy except the weight.

The Pilsen XL will feature a much thicker than normal mahogany body for superior tone and sustain and will feature a carved maple top, mahogany neck, an ebony fingerboard, a Tone Pros Bridge, and the Buzz Feiten Tuning Systemâ„¢.

The Pilsen XL will ship with a deluxe hardshell case.

Visit NAMM Booth 5244 to demo the Pilsen Idol XL. For more information on Washburn Guitars and the Pilsen XL please visit www.washburn.com.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: guitar gal on December 27, 2006, 08:26:54 PM
How does Washburn cut down on the weight? Does the body have hollow cavities like the Epi LP Ultra?

GG
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: Pike on December 27, 2006, 09:35:53 PM
It just keeps getting better! Washburn ROCKS!
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: vheissu on December 28, 2006, 12:26:46 PM
She's a beauty. How can you make it thicker but not increase the weight?

Ben
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: WEBgUy on January 10, 2007, 02:51:58 PM
The customxl link will be up soon. Other models are slowly being added.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on May 22, 2007, 05:22:04 AM
Can you tell me what case fits the new,thicker Pilsen XL models?My WI70 shipped with a GB4 gigbag,but recently I tried to upgrade and buy either the GC40 or GC31R hardshell case...but both were too shallow to fit the guitar.I really want the added protection and security of a quality hardshell,but it looks like nothing currently offered fits the thicker XL models.Btw,I absolutely love my black WI70 Pilsen XL.Anything currently offered or in the works,Washburn guys?

[?]

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen Idol,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on May 23, 2007, 10:53:26 AM
Through a bit of internet detective work,I found out that the proper case is the Washburn GC5 hardshell...now I just have to figure out how to get a GC5 for my WI70 Pilsen XL.

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen Idol,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: madrocker on June 01, 2007, 01:03:31 PM
I have the PI80 Pilsen Idol XL which included the Washburn hardshell case which fits the guitar like a glove. Where in the heck are you cats acquiring USA Washburns with gigbags???[:0] ...I'm sure Boogiestreet Guitars in Pittsburgh can hook you up as their speciality is commisioning custom built thick bodied USA Idols that all require the deeper fitting cases.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on June 05, 2007, 03:17:47 AM
Madrocker...I had a strange situation in where my local Washburn dealer was not able to get my pre-paid WI70 Pilsen XL from the factory,as Washburn had decided around the Winter NAMM to limit the sales of USA Washburn Custom Shop guitars to only 13 dealers [shades of Gibson?].So after some pleading and begging,another authorized Washburn USA dealer was gracious enough to sell my dealer a new WI70 to give to me.As I was most thankful just to finally get the guitar,I was able to forgive the exclusion of the proper hardshell case.But not to worry,my dealer ordered me a GC5 case from Washburn to complete the original deal.

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on June 05, 2007, 05:23:56 PM
Basically the same guitars as far as woods and electronics go,except that the PI80 has the flame maple top,body and neck binding and fancy fretboard inlays.XL designates the thicker body,deeper top carve and tone chambering [which Washburn does not indicate on the site].

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on June 23, 2007, 01:28:24 AM
A frustrating update on the quest for a hardshell case for my WI70 Pilsen XL.I recently arrived home from a three week vacation to find a message that my case had arrived from Washburn.Even though the case had a hand written tag with the word GC5 on it,the case was way too narrow for my WI70.I'm really getting frustrated with Washburn for the seemingly lack of concern with me getting the proper hardshell for my sweet guitar.First,a customer service rep said that I should have the GC40 case,then he said it should be the GC5.Please,somebody at Washburn go grab a Pilsen XL and try it in cases until there is a proper fit.Thank you for reading my rant.

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: punkrock101 on June 23, 2007, 06:03:38 PM
really nice guitar
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: Pike on June 28, 2007, 11:34:50 PM
Yes she is, huh punkrock.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: petronio78 on July 13, 2007, 12:25:47 PM
Hi, I would like to buy this new model, if there's somebody here that already own it could you please tell me your impression?
I have a LP Studio but in 6 years I've never felt well with this guitar and I prefer my second choice, Cort G290 with EMG.
Thanks
Pietro
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on July 18, 2007, 12:07:52 PM
Hello Pietro,as you can see by my previous post,I have a WI70 Pilsen XL.I played at least a half dozen Gibson Les Paul Studios before buying my Pilsen XL.I feel that the Washburn is a better balanced,better sounding and easier playing guitar than the Studio.The Washburn's stock Seymour Duncan CC/'59 pickups,TonePros bridge and Grover 18-1 tuners add up to very much guitar for around $1,000 USD.Btw,I replaced the very good sounding bridge SH-11 Custom Custom with a Duncan SH-14 Custom 5 that gives me more of the tones that I hear in my head.I just love the fat Les Paul type tones,great upper fret access and superior neck/frets that the WI70 gives...especially compared to the several Gibsons Les Pauls that I played at the same price point.
Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on October 04, 2007, 04:01:20 PM
Well,I finally have a proper case for my sweet WI70.You are right madrocker when you stated that the case fits the guitar like a glove.Anyways,my thanks to Funky Monkey Music for getting me the right case.To me and my piece of mind,$110.00 well spent.

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: madrocker on October 12, 2007, 01:38:27 PM
Very cool that Jon at Funky hooked you up with a proper case for your USA Pilsen Idol Edman57. No USA Custom Shop fiddle should be banished to gigbag protection only as accidents are bound to happen in that fashion. Now you can enjoy peace of mind while travelling to that next gig bro. Keep tearing it up!![:D]
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: EdMan57 on October 12, 2007, 08:46:29 PM
quote:
Originally posted by madrocker

Very cool that Jon at Funky hooked you up with a proper case for your USA Pilsen Idol Edman57. No USA Custom Shop fiddle should be banished to gigbag protection only as accidents are bound to happen in that fashion. Now you can enjoy peace of mind while travelling to that next gig bro. Keep tearing it up!![:D]



Yes,his name was Jon...Thank you!I couldn't think of his name when I first posted.He is a great guy that went the extra mile to get me a real case.I agree with you about gigbags,and that no US built Washburn should be banished to such.Btw,thanks for the encouragement,madrocker.

[:D]


Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen XL,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: BillyBoy on March 27, 2008, 11:57:16 PM
This is my first post to the forum.  I am trying to find a hard shell case for my WMS studio.  Washburn rep told me I needed a GC38 case but they are discontinued and that's as far as it went.  I haven't been able to find one at any music stores i've searched.
HELP!
Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: BillyBoy on October 09, 2008, 09:50:05 PM
quote:
Originally posted by EdMan57

Can you tell me what case fits the new,thicker Pilsen XL models?My WI70 shipped with a GB4 gigbag,but recently I tried to upgrade and buy either the GC40 or GC31R hardshell case...but both were too shallow to fit the guitar.I really want the added protection and security of a quality hardshell,but it looks like nothing currently offered fits the thicker XL models.Btw,I absolutely love my black WI70 Pilsen XL.Anything currently offered or in the works,Washburn guys?

[?]

Ed

My current stable of electric guitars include a USA Washburn WI70 Pilsen Idol,USA Washburn CT-3,USA Washburn MG-120,USA Washburn WMS Studio,USA Hamer Studio,American Fender Custom Strat and a USA Hamer P-90 Special.

Title: Washburn Guitars Launches The Pilsen Idol XL
Post by: WB-Nick on October 10, 2008, 03:03:54 PM
Quote
Originally posted by BillyBoy

Quote
Originally posted by EdMan57

Can you tell me what case fits the new,thicker Pilsen XL models?My WI70 shipped with a GB4 gigbag,but recently I tried to upgrade and buy either the GC40 or GC31R hardshell case...but both were too shallow to fit the guitar.I really want the added protection and security of a quality hardshell,but it looks like nothing currently offered fits the thicker XL models.Btw,I absolutely love my black WI70 Pilsen XL.Anything currently offered or in the works,Washburn guys?

The case you want is the GC37WI.  This is what the thick idols ship in now.