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Vintage and Rare Washburns / ISO top hat style vol/tone knob
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:17:53 PM »
When I changed out from 2 to 3 controls I found that I was not fond of the knobs on the new system so I'm In Search Of a match to make the trio look like the original.  Here's a pic of the controls and what the originals look like.  If you have a spare you would be willing to part with please let me know, it would be much appreciated and I'm more than willing to purchase and pay shipping!

I have no idea if these came only on the Spirit series or on any other models.


When I changed out from 2 to 3 controls I found that I was not fond of the knobs on the new system so I'm In Search Of a match to make the trio look like the original.  Here's a pic of the controls and what the originals look like.  If you have a spare you would be willing to part with please let me know, it would be much appreciated and I'm more than willing to purchase and pay shipping!

I have no idea if these came only on the Spirit series or on any other models.

Hey everyone, it's been awhile since I posted on the forum but check in now and then.  I recently decided to do a project guitar that involved a custom paint job, but that's for a later discussion :-).   My SBF 26 Spirit is a 1983 model with a passive system that I knew would need to be replaced.  I did a lot of searching to see if anyone had done a similar mod, but info on these guitars is very slim.  So, I bought one on ebay not 100% sure of what I would be facing, and even though I don't think it's insurmountable, it is posing a challenge.

Turns out the saddle on these is just shy of 1/4" wide, which was a complete surprise but it looks like that's what was needed to accommodate the UST they used (looks like a strip of copper with piezo crystals embedded). 

So, the old system is coming out and of all the after market UST's I have seen are either for 3/32" or 1/8" saddle.  I've decided to use the B-Band A11 system since it will be the best fit (has 3 pots that are wired, not attached to a PCB) and looks like it has good reviews.  I thought about using a AST pickup but the solid body has very limited space to work in.

Now comes the decision - with a 1/4" saddle slot, I have several choices, and maybe some that I have not thought of so please toss out any other ideas!

oh, and the current saddle wire goes through the middle of the slot, not at the end as is typical, which was just another wrinkle in this project.  If needed, I can fill it in but it lands between the G and B strings so may not be an issue?

Here's my list of options and pros/cons from my viewpoint.
1) use 2 - 1/8" saddles, one as a spacer cut flush with the bridge and one as the saddle. 
Pro - relatively straight forward
Con - changes intonation either sharp or flat depending on which side I put the spacer on
2) use a 1/8" saddle and 2 - 1/16" spacers on each side
Pro - keeps intonation very close to original
Con - getting 2 - 1/16" spacers consistent enough to be very snug in the slot
3) get a 1/4" blank and copy the original saddle
Pro - one-piece installation, no spacers
Con - worried that the 1/8" UST will allow the saddle to rock over due to string tension
4) use the 1/4" blank , cut an access hole in the back of the guitar and install the AST pickup

Just thought of another option...
5) fill the slot with - ? (Epoxy, JB Weld?) and have a new slot routed in
Pro - standard saddle
Con - material color may not look right

Looking forward to hearing any and all feedback, opinions and ideas


No, it's not mine!  Saw this ad on Houston CL and thought I'd share in case anyone was interested.  I'm in the general area of NW Houston so if someone from outside Houston wanted more info I'd be glad to stop by and have a look in person.  My email is in my profile.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Goodbye and hello...
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:18:28 PM »
Happy New Year to all - I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Been awhile since I've posted but wanted to share some changes to the lineup...

I know that you can't have too many guitars. However, there occasionally comes a time to let one go.  I had seen on Facebook that guitars4troops had to shut down their request site at 300 so there is obviously a big need for guitars for our troops serving our great country.  So, the D12SCE got the call. The original electronics sounded kinda ****y so I swapped the whole thing out for a Fishman Presys Blend, and since it needed saddle mods I made a Tusq saddle for it.  In the end it sounded great and it was bittersweet to let it go but I know it will find a new home with one of our soldiers.

So, that was the 'goodbye''. The hello, as a Christmas present from of my awesome girlfriend who truly understands the guitar thing, is a Fender 1972 Thinline reissue.  Sunburst, of course, cuz that's just how I roll...

Ok, without further ado....

So long to a nice Washburn dread

And hello to the new addition to the stable

And the two sharing a moment on the comfy sofa...

Take care and wishing everyone a great 2013.  Rock on!

General Discussion / iPad for tabs etc.
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:46:08 PM »

Does anyone use an iPad for their tabs/chord charts/music?  My girlfriend gave me an iPad for Christmas and a really cool stand for it.  Currently I have all my music in a Word document (and hard copies in folders) and would like to put it on the iPad but have some criteria for whatever sotfware/app that I use

-due to the smaller screen size need an auto scroll (with adjustable rate) feature
-copy and edit the tabs/chords for different keys
-easy search or Index feature like Word Index

Any other hints/help for iPad use would be appreciated.  I'm just thinking of how I would like it to work and I've searched the App store and found several that would do some but not all of the above.

Thanks in advance!!!

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / OT - Dugly's daughter
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:45:49 AM »

Got a message from Dugly Saturday that his daughter had been in an accident Friday night, rear-ended by a drunk driver in San Antonio. He said she was OK but the car was totalled.

Dugly, I hope she is still doing good and will not have any long-term issues.  

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / OT - Bass gig
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:39:02 AM »

OK, since I'm an acoustic guitar player and this is the forum for Acoustic Guitar Players to post comments...[:p]

...besides, I don't know anybody down in the Bass forum, and it's not a Washburn [:(]

Played my acoustic bass at church yesterday.  My mission was to make a 'boom' sound, and, mission accomplished!  It's not something that I would ever give up my 6-strings for, but it was kinda cool to play and got me some 'stage time'. Also I think it will be cool at acoustic get-togethers to add some bass to the mix.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Washburn 5238 FS (not mine)
« on: October 07, 2011, 08:46:00 AM »

ran across an ad on Houston Craigslist and wanted to pass it on. It's not mine and I have no affiliation with the seller.


Yes, I'm taking a little liberty with model numbers here but it's mine and I can call it whatever I want to [:D]

Since I keep my F10S at my girlfriends house, and wanted the flexibility of being able to plug into an amp or PA at church, I started looking at after-market pickup/preamp systems.  Since I mostly strum chords I wound up getting the Fishman Matrix Infinity.

Friday was installation day, and once I got done I was very pleased with the results.  The installation, although pretty straightforward, was a bit tedious given the body size of the F10S.  Also, the instructions were not complete and to me a little out of order.  Nothing that I couldn't figure out with a little thought and common sense, but frustrating nonetheless.  

So, here is the F10S before...

(yes, one of the original photo's but I didn't take any more before the install...)

and here it is after

huge difference, huh?  (aside from the sticker on the pick guard and using a different camera and light.  You may notice the 2 control dials since I took the photo at this angle)  

You have to look close to notice any difference at all.  Inside the body at the top of the soundhole is the control module that has tone/volume/bass boost.

Here's a shot in a mirror to see the module.

I've only played it once through a system, this morning at church, and it sounded great.  The controls are very easy to get to, but you have to guess on adjustments since there is not a scale or 'clicks' on the wheels.  The bass boost is a switch that is either off or on.

Here's a summary of steps

-remove the endpin (I think mine was glued in, I wound up twisting it off and drilling it out)
-enlarge the endpin hole to 15/32  
-remove strings and saddle
-measure saddle height (write it down)
-drill a 3/32 hole in the saddle slot (instructions gave a good description of the location)
-install the pickup and run the wires out through the soundhole
-attach the wires to the preamp module
-install the pre-amp module in the endpin hole. You now have a small birdsnest of wires inside the body. Try to keep them from getting too tangled.
-locate the control module (don't peel the plastic off yet). A mirror laid on the body is helpful to see the bracing and any residual glue that needs to be cleaned up.  
-clean up the module location with sandpaper then an alcohol swab.
-the instructions said to attach the module, but I waited until last due to the limited room and I knew it would be in the way
-determine location for the battery bag and wire clips and clean the area with alcohol swab
-attach the battery bag and wire clips inside the body. Take your time here as the location of the clips can determine how easy it is to get the wires in them.  I put mine about 2/3 up the sides.
-Install a battery and put it in the bag
-Install the control module.  Again, take your time here and use the mirror.  I put the edge of the controler about 1/8 inside the soundhole.  I could have gone back another 1/8 or so before I was on the X-brace but wanted it as accessible as possible.
-put the wires in the clips (this took the longest, again due to the size of the body)
-sand/file down the saddle by the height of the pickup and re-install(I think it was .052 - that's why I said to write it down.  I didn't and wound up almost 1/64 higher than when I started. Sounds great but tough on the bar chords)
-Chunk in a new set of your favorite strings
-Celebrate by plugging that gal in and jammin'!

I'm sure I left out something, but my object here was just to outline the process and demonstrate that it's not a difficult install, and you don't need specialized tools, just patience and time.

Lastly, I added a strap button so I could...ugh... play standing up...

Yes, I know it does not match the bridge pins, I'll change that out later.

If you haven't ever tried it, and are looking for something to totally throw your playing off, I highly recommend getting a strap and trying it[;)].  It wasn't all that bad but it did take a few practice sessions to get comfortable.

Overall I'm happy with the Fishman system and look forward to doing some more 'amp'd' sessions.  Next on my list is to go with Dugly to the open mic here in Houston. One of these days...


IF Washburn decides to offer USA made acoustics again, what would be on your 'Wish List'?  Woods, headstock and bridge style, finish, electronics, etc.

General Discussion / Hanger
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:28:53 PM »

Well I finally made a hanger that I've had in mind for awhile. Luckily the mirror had 2 wall anchors about 12 apart so they did not interfere with the hanger mount.

General Discussion / Why do you play?
« on: December 15, 2010, 03:52:43 PM »

I'm sure that everyone has their own reasons why they started to play, and what it is that keeps them picking up an axe every day.  

I used to just say it was for stress relief and satisfy my creative side, but this also kinda sums it up:

We deal with our daily demons through music.  All of the poison that builds up during the day we cleanse when we play. Jerry Cantrell - Alice In Chains

But the biggest thing is... hey look Ma, I'm makin' music[:p]

Why did you start, and what keeps you going? Fire away - I'm already guessing what the top answer will be...[:D]

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Microphones
« on: December 15, 2010, 03:35:43 PM »

I've been thinking about doing a small gig next spring, and probably use a PA system that a friend has. I know they have a couple of mic's but no clue as to the quality or type, they only use them as PA mic's at events and they get tossed around a little.  So I started thinking about microphones, both for voice and micing an acoustic if needed and wanted to get some input.  I'd be looking on the lower end of the cost range, say below $100.

Further to that, I see some people using soundhole covers on their acoustic/electrics, I assume to minimize feedback through the voice mic but was also wondering about when/if one would be needed.

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