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The first place to go on the 10 would be the saddle.  Mine had two shims under it from the factory........a no-no by any book except, apparently Washburns.

Get a bone, or similar material saddle from someone like Treeroot or Bob Colosi.  It won't take more than twenty minutes to install with your next string change and the $25-$45 bucks you spend on it will add HUNDREDS of dollars to the sound of your D10.

You can install different end pins-------they will change the sound a bit.  You can install a bone nut.  The nut will change the sound some............if you strum open strings all day.  Fret a string and the nut is out of the picture.  The nut slots on my D10 were way high; lowering them to a decent height made it nice to play.

Thanks for the tips.  I haven't noticed any shims under the saddle but then again, I wasn't looking for any so they may be there.  I need to put some new strings on, the 10 has been in it's case for a while,  so I'll double check when I do that. 

The nut seems to be at a good height on the WD10S.  I think the one on the WD7 is a tad high.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / My WD10 and 7
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:14:17 PM »
Here's a link to my WD10S and WD7SCE I thought I'd show off in here instead of the "show us your Washie" thread.

The WD7 doesn't win the pretty contest but it plays nicely, I've played it far more than the 10. 

I think my WD10 may just need a quick setup/adjustment.  I'm not getting a good sound out of it. 
The thing I love about the WD10S is the neck.  It's got the satin finish and is so smooth.

I don't think there's a lot of difference in terms of specs but the WD7SCE has the cutaway and built in pre-amp/tuner, which I like.

Very nice.  Paisley is such a terrific player.  I think of him with a tele and a B bender.  Nice to listen to his acoustic chops.

My guess is the guitar is in drop D.  Having the root note (D) on the bottom can be a plus.

That Santa Cruz Dread is also pretty sweet.

I was trying to duplicate the song in drop D and weighing the pros and cons of that vs standard.  The D chord sounds really robust and strong but I can't get the same effect on the other chords.  I guess for a regular schmoe like me I'd better stick with standard tuning.

Here's another one from "not your generation" you might not expect....Steve Martin, the actor.  His most recent bluegrass CD was nominated for a Grammy, not sure if it won or not, but it's good stuff, and Steve plays the banjer on the CD, too.  "King Tut" is on it, of course.....always a winner  ;D

Not exactly the pioneer that Scruggs was (and not dead, either), but an unexpected pleasure, none-the-less.

Yep, Steve Martin's a great banjo player.  Steve Martin also wrote a very nice remembrance piece on Scruggs...I think published in the New Yorker (online).  I don't have a link, if you have trouble finding it via google I'm sure I can find it again.

Congrats...I hope you enjoy it!  I have a WD10S also and like it.

Check out this video of Brad Paisley performing "Anything Like Me" acoustic on Letterman.  Nice video and nice sound. 

The tuning appears to be drop D but do you think he's got the A or D string tuned differently as well?  I can't really tell.  Other than a nice tone on the D chord I'm not really sure I see an advantage to drop D for this song.  But then again I'm not Brad Paisley.   :P

Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins / Banjo Maintenance
« on: February 24, 2011, 02:29:09 PM »
Daniel...I'm no banjo tech expert but I did a minor adjustment on mine that helped tremendously.  If you have a resonator, take it off and you'll see either one or two coordinating rods.  Mine is a low end model banjo and only has one so it's easy...just tighten it up.  But the rod adjusts 2 ways so make sure your string action is suitable before tightening.

See this:

Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins / Mando Site
« on: January 26, 2011, 04:36:59 PM »
Originally posted by Merlin

magoo, I will post.  I read everyday I just don't post enough.
Does anyone know of a good site to order a nut for a mandolin?  My nut broke and I am trying to do the work myself.

Merlin...try this link.  I'm not connected with this site in any way, but it looks like a great resource for mando related stuff.  The banjo hangout has been invaluable to me as a learner.

Post your thoughts on Banjos & Mandolins / Mando Site
« on: January 26, 2011, 08:42:05 AM »
For you mando pickers, there's a new site out there:

And for you cool people there's also a banjo hangout.  [:D]

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Cold Weather Setup
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:54:35 PM »

Originally posted by Rocket

I normally would not link to another manufacturer's website but this is an important issue with wooden instruments and Washburn has not offered up equivalent instruction on their own website and also it has already been posted on this forum prior to this time:

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Cold Weather Setup
« on: December 28, 2010, 02:44:05 PM »
Could be, I read about humidity issues a while back and will have to look that article up again.  

What songs have you been pickin' lately Jack?  Learned any new ones?

Originally posted by bluegrassflatpicker

Hi Mike,

It wouldn't be a humidity problem would it?


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Cold Weather Setup
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:36:08 PM »
My WD10 has really gotten out of whack since the weather turned cold.  I've never noticed this happening before with any of my other guitars, the WD7 seems to be ok, but a new setup is order asap for the 10.  

Hey Shiner...I've been playing the crap outta my guitar lately but haven't been on the boards here much.  I've considered some lessons too, I'd like to get a little more advanced in the Chet Atkins branch of the pickin' tree.  

Congrats on kicking the smoking habit...I quit way back in '96 or so.  Given some time and a few dozen packs of Twizzlers I got to where I don't miss 'em at all!

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D10SCE Strings
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:17:24 PM »
I have been using Martin (standard) lights on my WD10S and they're pretty good.  May try another brand, these don't seem to keep their ring very long.  But I'm pretty much sold on the light gauge...not too light not too heavy.  ; )

Originally posted by Jaknzax

What size strings does my new D10SCE come with 11s or 12s and what kind of strings do you recommend for this model of Washburn?

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Guitar Tech Video
« on: November 04, 2010, 03:56:05 PM »
Interesting video on Brad Paisley's guitar tech, Chad Weaver, and their setup and equipment.  Shame a lot of his vintage guitars were ruined or lost in the Nashville flood.

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