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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: 1992 Golden Harvest D-90 SWN
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:54:48 PM »
Very handsome guitar.  Good luck.  Here is a bit of info blue book info.

- dreadnought style, solid European spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides,
maple/rosewood body binding with abalone inlay, abalone rosette, five-piece mahogany/rosewood neck, 14/20-fret eonby fingerboard with tree-of-life inlay, three-per-side gold tuners, ebony bridge with abalone inlay, Brazillian rosewood pickguard, Natural finish, mfg. mid-1980s-1993.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $1,900 - 2,200 $1,100 - 1,250
Last MSR was $4,000.
In 1992, the W was dropped from the model designation.

If you want to tone down a bright trebly sound phosphur bronze is the usual suggestion.  80/20 bronze typically has a brighter, crisper tone.  The brand becomes a very personal thing.  Some folks swear by a particular brand, others less so.  John Pearse strings for example are well thought of and I've heard many comments of the JP's having a bright top end.

Monel is getting a lot of chatter these days.  Some folks love 'em, others hate 'em.  Monel is supposed to deliver a more vintage tone, somewhat like Phosphur/Bbronze but with a smoother, more balanced sound.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Sup!
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:15:58 AM »
Hey Ho Shiner.  Nice to see you check in.  Not been around myself in a while.  Hope you and CB are well.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-32-S Date?
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:14:17 AM »
Welcome to the forum  Here is some info for you.

Serial # info.
Either the first 2 digits, or the first digit, are typically used to identify the year of manufacture.
For example, 8901827 indicate the instrument was made in 1989, 1988, or 1998. Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 or more characters are from the late 1980's-2000's
Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 characters or less are typically from the 1980's.
Instruments with serial numbers that have 4 characters are from the 1970's and early 1980's.
For instruments produced after 2010, usually the first 4 digits can indicate the year of manufacture.
There is no serial number information or tracking capability for pre-1978 models.

If the instrument does not have a serial number, it is likely a factory prototype or sample, and it is impossible to gauge its exact age.

D32 S
- Similar to D30S, except has Macassar back/sides, bound fingerboard/headstock, Macassar veneer on peghead, mfg. late 1980s-1994.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $350 - 425 $200 - 250
Last MSR was $800.

- dreadnought style, solid cedar top, round soundhole, bound body, three-stripe purfling, five-stripe rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood  fingerboard with herringbone/snowflake inlay, bound headstock with three-per-side chrome diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot white pins and bone saddle, tortoise pickguard, available in Natural finish, mfg.
1978-early 1980s.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $375 - 450 $200 - 250

So.. bets guess is your father guitar was built in 1988 (first digit of the ss#).  Value, condition depending of course is about $300-$325.

Welcome to the forum.  It's very hard, if not impossible, to accurately diagnose what is going on w/o having the guitar in hand.  Having said that it's possible, maybe even likely, the neck and/or truss rod is bent.  How this happened is anyone's guess and likely not important now.  The bigger question is what to do about it?

You mentioned you wanted to add some relief to the neck.  I gather the neck was almost perfectly straight and you loosened the truss rod a tiny bit to get a bit more bow in the neck.  While doing this you discovered the truss rod is not centered in the bracing hole, but digging into one side.  So, it would seem the neck is warped a bit, or the truss rod is bent.  Maybe both.  The fact that adjusting the truss rod is also pushing up on the first fret also is an indicator the neck/truss rod may be out of alignment.

If I'm correct (and that's a very big IF) the cost of fixing all this will far exceed the value of the guitar.  Here is some Blue Book info.

- deep single sharp cutaway deep body, spruce top, oval soundhole, bound body, three-stripe purfling/rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 21-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, rosewood bridge with white black dot pins, bound peghead with screened logo, three-per-side chrome Grover tuners, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis Standard preamp, available in Black or Natural finish,
mfg. 1994-2003.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
$525 $330 - 380 $175 - 225
Last MSR was $730.

At the very top end the guitar is worth $350-$400, assuming it's in excellent shape, which yours is not.  To reset the neck, remove the fret board, fix the truss rod, etc. is going to set you back well over $500.  To really know for sure you should take the guitar to a good repair person, but be prepared for some bad news.

Festival Series / Re: Please help with any info... EA20YBR
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:01:59 PM »
Here is some additional info.
- thin single sharp cutaway thin body, select spruce or mahogany top, oval soundhole, bound body, three-stripe rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, matching headstock with three-per-side Grover diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot white pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis electonics, available in Black, Tobacco Sunburst, White, Woodstone Blue, Woodstone Brown, or Woodstone Silver finish, mfg. mid 1980s-2000.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $400 - 475 $250 - 300
Last MSR was $1,000.
In 1992, Woodstone finishes were disc. In 1993, Natural finish was introduced. In 1994, a select spruce/mahogany top replaced regular mahogany and White finish was disc. Until 1994, this guitar was referred to as the Newport. In 1995 only, this guitar was called the Woodstock, which is not to be confused with other Woodstock models (EA40). In 1996, Equis Gold electronics replaced Equis II. In 2000, Equis Plus electronics replaced Equis Gold.

Pictures would help but my guess is your EA20 is an early version.  Built in 1989.  Could the YBR actually be TBR?  If so, then the colour could be a tobacco burst. 

Festival Series / Re: Please help with any info... EA20YBR
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:05:58 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  Your EA20 was part of the festival series.  Guitars designed for stage use.

Washburn used a few serial number systems so you need to also look at the electronics and other features to accurately date it.  The first digit or sometimes the first two are the usual indicators of the year of manufactures.  So your serial number could mean a build date of 1989, 1990 or 1999.  The first EA20's came out in the mid 80's and Washburn continued building them after the year 2000.

The finish is polyurethane.  The YBR is the colour of the finish.

Finally, the early versions of the guitar had a laminate mahogany top, back and sides.  Approx 1994 the top was switched to laminate spruce.

Welcome to the forum.  The D97 and D95 were so called limited editions. 1,997 D97's were made.  1,995 D95's.  In the US they were sold by one of the big box retailers and one online retailer.  I believe Musicians Friend and Guitar Center.  Some made it to Canadian retailers and some to Europe. 

Washburn D97
Solid Spruce Top w/select Mahogany back & sides & a Rosewood fingerboard.  "select" is a marketing term for laminated.
Custom Inlays on fingerboard & headstock-
(Dots with a Limited Edition on the fretboard & gold colored Washburn on the headstock)
Rosewood Bridge
Nickel Grover Tuning Keys
Each D97 included a Custom Gig Bag
It came in a custom guitar box with a Certificate of Authenticity & a History of Washburn book.

They seem to sell in the $250-$300 range.  The guitars were made in China.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D60E Lexington
« on: June 30, 2017, 06:39:42 AM »
Oooops.  yes the guitar the OP is asking about is the Stephens cutaway version.

The Blue book value tops out at $450.  That assumes original case, excellent condition.  A more likely selling range is probably $375-$400.

Over the years the forum has heard a few reports of the Stephens cutaway models having neck issues.  The neck body joint has been reported to be a bit unstable, hence the guitars often need need neck resets.  Given the typical value, this is not cost effective as the cost to reset the neck is great than the guitars value.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D60E Lexington
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:11:45 AM »
Here is another thread re: a D60E.,26870.0.html

The local guitar has been on craigslist for a couple of weeks.  Asking price of $200.  That's a lot of guitar for not much $$.  Unfortunately for those who own them it's not such good news.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Early 2000s EA-36 wiring diagram?
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:53:57 AM »
That dual system requires a "dummy" jack in the 1/4" side for the XLR to work.  So, you might try plugging in s 1/4 inch cable and then see if you get a signal from the xlr.  If that's the case then you likely just have a short or break in the 1/4" side.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 13, 2017, 06:17:28 AM »
1986 Washburn product catalog is calling the sides and back of the D-60 E solid Ovankol.  Beautiful guitar....looks like it's in great shape.

Great bit of info.  Thanks.  I'll add that to my Blue Book notes.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:19:25 AM »
I have a gibson J15 that is walnut back and sides.  Much darker, than the D60, but that could be a stain.  The grain is also a bit different, but of course it will vary.  In my research I also found a reference to Ovangkol.  That was the way I was leaning but I'm certainly not positive. 

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D60E
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:53:30 PM »
Blue book info is very limited.  No mention of what tone woods were used, but it does say solid wood construction.  I was thinking Koa but I agree the grain is not quite right.  Mango would be very odd for Washburn.  Guitar was only made for 4 years or so, '85-'89.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D60E
« on: June 11, 2017, 12:12:01 PM »
This popped up on the local CL.

The D60E is listed in the blue book as a solid wood guitar, which is contrary to Washburn's usual naming protocol.  S suffix equals solid top, SW equals all solid wood.  I may give the seller a jingle and take a look.

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