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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.

  Guitar has sold. I've decided to get rid of most of my guitars.  May in fact sell them all.  So, here is my mid 1920's "G" series Washburn / Lyon and Healy parlor.

This parlor has had a lot of restoration work done.  The neck was reset.  The tuners are vintage style from Stew-Mac.  The bridge (ebony) is a replacement.  Braces re-glued, and upper and lower bout damage fixed.   Bone nut and saddle.  Ladder braced, spruce and mahogany.  She plays wonderfully.  Lots of oomph for a little box.  Very woody tone.  The fretboard is very flat and the neck is a pronounced "V" shape.  A hair over 1 11/16" at the nut.  I'll ship her in a mid 50's chipboard case.  $450 inc. shipping. 

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D32S on EBay
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:29:50 AM »
Looks to be in pretty good shape.  Price is maybe a bit high, but not out of line.  If the seller is willing to go a bit lower might be a pretty good deal.

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

This was posted on the AGF.  Pretty good price.  If anyone is in the market for one of these might be worth contacting the seller.

This subject pops up every now and then.  How much of a difference does a solid top w/lam back and sides vs all solid woods make?  These videos by The Acoustic letter are often very interesting and informative.  I thought this one that address's the  subject would be worth posting.  And, yes I realize there are other differences in the two guitars than just lam vs solid.  But, still an interesting comparison.

NCBGD = New Cigar Box Guitar Day.

Build is not 100% done.  I need to tweak the bridge.  Finalize how the PU will be mounted.  I bought most of the parts in kit form, then modified as I went thru the building process.  Neck had the fret slots already cut.  Then I installed the frets for example.  The guitar came with metal bridge and nut, i decided to substitute hand cut bone.

Fun project.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / "G" series parlor out to play
« on: September 17, 2013, 05:00:42 PM »
I rarely take my old Washburn/Lyon and Healey parlor out to play.  But last week I took her out.  The open mic host took the shot below.

The old girl sounded terrific.  Mic is the old reliable, classic Shure SM 57.  The tune I'm playing is Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues".  Kazoo is always a fun touch.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / G.C. Visit
« on: September 14, 2013, 04:09:35 PM »
I stopped by the local GC today.  In the acoustic room was a new Gibby J35.  Tried one of these about 6 months ago in Florida and fell in love.  Came very close to buying it.  Tried another one several months later and the guitar did not strike my fancy at all.  Seemed rather lifeless.  I was curious about his third J35 and was stunned how bad it was.  The neck was seriously under set and slightly twisted.  The saddle had been shaved down and was so low there was no break angle on the low E.  The string could be easily lifted off the saddle.  All you got was a muffled thump when you hit it.  The guitar was totally dead sounding and the action was still rather high.  All in all a mess.  I pointed this out to the sales person, who took it to the "tech".  He returned a few seconds later with the report the tech says the guitar is 100% fine.  Yikes. ??? ??? ???

Gibby has always had a reputation for inconsistency.  Seems like that still holds true.  What this says about GC is another matter.  :(  :(  :(

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / E-Bay D-30S
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:04:48 PM »
Spotted this on E-Bay.  I used to own one of these.  Mine was a pawn shop find that needed a bit of work.  After I got her back up to snuff I sold it.  It was a very handsome guitar with a nice bright crisp sound.  The birds eye maple is very striking.  If anybody is looking for something different than the typical spruce/rosewood or spruce/mahogany dread this might be worth keeping an eye on.

Usual disclaimer, I have no connection to the seller, no connection to the guitar.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Getting back together
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:34:38 AM »
Mrs keel and I are back in Fla after our usual seven month working stint in Annapolis.  Left just in time to avoid all the agita from Sandy.

When we do this migration there is always the question of what guitars to schlepp to Annapolis.  This year the old Gseries Washburn/L&H parlor stayed in Fla.  Seven months sitting alone in her case.  Came out yesterday and all was fine.  Tuned her up and even with old strings she sounds great.  When I did the restoration my intent was to sell her.  I've got more $$ in her than it's but I figured it would be ok.  Good to bring the old guitar back to life.  Plus the flat fretboard and "V" neck profile just seemed odd to me.  Couple of forumites said "no, don't sell her so quick.  You'll get used it".  Glad i listened.  The neck and fretboard, while very different is not that big an adjustment.  And, big plus the guitar is very fun to play.

Most all have seen it but here is a pic.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D 60 SW
« on: March 24, 2012, 03:04:30 PM »

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Pawn Shop score
« on: January 07, 2012, 12:31:14 PM »
Kingbabooon mentioned scoring a nice Woodstock at a pawn shop.  Florida is lousy with pawn shops, but 90% (or more) of the musical instruments are very low end.  Squire strats, beat up Yamahas, Estebans, you get the picture.  But, if you are persistant a gem pops up out of the mix.  Over the years I've scored a very nice slope shoulder Washburn D-30 S, a terrific Tak jumbo that was a Guild clone right down to the headstock Tak logo, a MIM fender 70's style strat and a very cool Eko Ranger 12 string.  All needed a bit of TLC and all I eventually sold for a bit more than I paid for them.  No big $$ but fun to salvage a guitar from a pawn shop.  My latest find is by far the most expensive and one of the best guitars I've ever owned.

This is a late 90's Santa Cruz OM.  Adirondack spruce top and highly figured Mahogany back and sides.  Stunning guitar.  Had some top damage and some scratches on the back sides that I was able to drop fill with lacquer.  Not invisible now but pretty good.  Before I got to attached I figured I'd better sell it and she's now got a new owner.

So, the gems can be found, but they are very few and far between.

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Tuners, tuners, tuners
« on: July 09, 2011, 09:07:33 AM »
Stumbled on this.  If anybody is looking for vintage tuners it's worth a gander thru the inventory.

Disclaimer, I have no knowledge of the luthier.  Just stumbled onto the website.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / WD20S Review
« on: June 15, 2011, 03:19:20 PM »
Spotted one of these today and gave it a fairly good test drive.

Fit and finish was very good.  Liked the gloss finish on the top, back and sides.  The satin finish on the neck looked and felt good.  The crown headstock is a much better look, at least to my eye, than the V headstock.  Inlay around the sound hole is very well done.  Smooth operating tuners.

Better yet, the sound.  Very, very impressed.  This is exactly what a spruce rosewood dread should sound like.  Great sparkling highs, solid mid range and enough low end to give it that rosewood dread rumble.  Very resonant guitar.  Some rosewood dreads can be abit dark and muddy, not this one.  Finger picked, flat picked, strummed it all sounded terrific.  $250 w/o a case.  I have a Guild D60 that is a spectacular spruce/rosewood dread.  When you really push the Guild it just roars.  You can dig a pick in and it has lots of room.  Never breaks up.  The Washburn might, might deliver just a tiny bit less but not much.

This is the first new Washburn acoustic I've seen or played in ages.  Hope this is a sign of good things.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Parlor restoration project
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:25:15 AM »
Last summer I stumbled onto a old Washburn, Lyon and Healy parlor.  The guitar was in tough shape but I picked it up for peanuts as a project.

The issues as follows.
Original tuners had been removed and replaced with cheap individual tuners.
Horrible plastic nut with shims underneath.
Original pin bridge was missing.  In it's place was a very crude floating bridge and tail piece.  Bridge was not glued on, just held in place by string tension.
Some very small impact damage on the top and back soundboards.
And the real insult, someone had screwed something into the side, by the upper bout, then ripped whatever it was out.  I'm guessing some kind of gizmo to hold a strap.[}:)][}:)]

Here she is right after i got her.

Just to make it somewhat playable I replaced the lousy, individual tuners with three on a plate vintage style tuners from Stew Mac.  They work great and look period right.

Lousy tuners

Stew Mac tuners

I also installed a bone nut.  At this point I took a pause.  My original idea was to do it all myself, but I decided this was above my pay grade so I held onto the guitar until I could get it in the hands of a luthier.

The guitar finally came home a few weeks ago and although expensive the guitar now looks, sounds and plays terrific.

The impact damage front and backed was filled and finished to (somewhat) blend in.  Side damage was also filled and finished, but the repair is more visible.  A proper pin bridge was made from ebony.  The tail piece removed and holed filled.  An end pin installed.  Then the biggie, the neck had to be reset.  Ouch.

Some restored pics.

The parlor is marked Washburn on the back of the headstock and Lyon and Healy on the inside of the soundhole.  Also has Style G and the numbers 1332 embossed on the back of the headstock.  Thanks to keef I have a pretty good idea of the dating, 1922-1925.

For such a light, little box she has a surprising amount of volume.  Very sweet, balanced tone.  Great ragtime, blues, folk instrument.  Better fingerpicked than strummed.  The neck takes some getting used to.  Very flat fingerboard, with a deep V profile.

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