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Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:05:28 PM »
Tio Kimo,

Oh, yeah... love the stuff Frisell does -- reminds me of Mikes Davis in a lot of ways.  Wish I could play like that, but that's just not me.

Another favorite of mine is John McLaughlin.  Blew me away when he did the album of standards, but I've been a fan of his since his days with Miles.  Again, wish I could, but I can't.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 18, 2011, 08:53:33 AM »
Nick S.,

That's me.  Old School to the bone.  I grew up listening to guys like Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass...  Even though I love Buddy Guy, SRV, and the three Kings, I just don't have the attitude they have.  (FWIW, I call my car stereo... my SRV player.)

Here's Barney doing a Blues.  (  It's like I used to play, but I used more single-note runs.  It's not the Blues.  No matter how you cut it, it still comes out jazz.  

Here's Barney doing Misty, an old jazz standard.  (  Notice how he lays back when the bassist solos.  No one's steppin' on toes here.  

Anyway, that's the kind of stuff I used to do.  Not progressive or fusion at all!  Just Old Guy music.  I'm 63.  Heck, I'll bet I have picks layin' around that are older than most of the young puppy dawgs here.  (But I'll be darned if I could do what THEY [or you] do.)

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:24:14 PM »
Nick S.

... I mean when everyone is playing something different and all you have is a base line or basic piano rift playing over and over again, then everyone has to have their own solo and it has no relation to the main tune, type of progressive jazz...
Never did that.  Back in the 70's, it was just me and a bass player.  I played voice-leading chord melodies.  Same with the trio I had.  Later, when I played in a quartet with a piano, we were VERY careful not to step on one another's toes.  When one guy was soloing, everyone else stayed right on the chart -- maybe throw in a VIm7 - IIm7 - V7 turnaround here and there, but otherwise, that's it.  The soloist was expecting to have the bass on the root and five and the rhythm player playing nothing more fancy than sevenths.  If the keyboard is laying on a flat-9 and I'm playing a dom 9th, it's gonna sound like hell!  The idea was... it's HIS solo, so I played simple.  I always got my chance and, when I did, I knew where HE was gonna be.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:06:12 PM »
This sows the pickups and bridge.

Not sure if the pic shows it, but the f-holes and neck have 3-ply bindings and the top and back have 7-ply bindings.  The pic above shows the 5-ply bindings on the headstock.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 17, 2011, 01:58:47 PM »
Here are a coupla pics.

This shows the Wing headstock and fretboard inlays.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 14, 2011, 08:58:45 PM »
Nah.  We're frustrated Blues players who don't HAVE the 'tude.

Still havin' a time getting good pics.  I found my photo lights, but can't find my light stands.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 14, 2011, 01:25:37 AM »

That is one beautiful axe!  That's my favorite color for a 335-style guitar.  And I prefer your headstock & fretboard inlays to mine.  But, IIRC, I paid almost TWICE what you did -- back in the 80's!!!  $700+?  $800?

Always wanted to play The Blues, but I'm a jazzer at heart.  I can play a Blues, but I've never been able to play THE Blues.  It always comes out the way a jazzer would play a Blues.  I just can't get away from 13ths and min. 11ths.  (They're easier to play, and I guess I'm just lazy.)  And my phrasing is stuck in the jazz mold.  Jazz comes from the head and the heart.  Blues comes from the guts.  It's all about attitude.  Some folks got it and some folks don't.  Unfortunately, it seems I don't.  But I LOVE The Blues and wish I could do it.

I'll try to get some pics of mine up tomorrow.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 12, 2011, 01:08:47 AM »

Thanks for the kind wishes.  I'm told the surgery is routine.  

Mine doesn't have coil taps, but it's still a sweet machine!  I've always LOVED it!

Can you tell me more about your newer model?  I confess... I'm ignorant.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 11, 2011, 05:02:49 PM »
Hey!  It worked!  Having a tough time with the light in here, though.  The flash blows out everything.  I'll set up some photo lights tomorrow and take some decent pics.

If you enjoy seeing a 30-year old axe, you should have seen some of the stuff I got rid of over the years.  '67 Martin D-28, '74 Guild F-412, and, my favorite-est of all time, a '47 Epiphone Deluxe Zephyr Regent.  (I used to play jazz and the Epi was a suh-WEET jazz axe.)  All but the Epi were bought new.  All I have now is the Washburn.

To answer your questions: yes, it has the wing decal on the headstock, just like in your catalog pics.  Wing inlays on the fretboard, too.  The f-holes have 3-ply binding.  It really is a nice guitar.  Its tone could get pretty darned close to the Epi's (you know, that fat, round, jazz sound), but it's WAY more versatile.  With the wood block running through the body and the strings running through the wood, the sustain is... well, you know.  You could hit a note, go out for coffee, and it's still ringing when you get back. And you could get just about any tone with the EQ.

I'll take some more pics tomorrow.

Thanks for the interest!

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 11, 2011, 04:44:36 PM »
Okay.  Lesse if I can do this...

This SHOULD be a pic of the back, where the strings go through.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:46:40 PM »
Thanks for the info!  Apparently, I was mislead about the SDs, because I'm the original owner.  No, I'm not interested in an upgrade -- I'm happy with what it's got.

Yes, I bought it in the early 80's, but I honestly can't remember which year.  I have the tags and stuff, but not the store receipt.  (Darn!)  Re comparison to Gibsons, it's funny you should mention that.  I walked into the store intending to buy a Gibson 335.  I walked out carrying the Washburn.

Pics?  You've got the catalog pics.  What could I add?

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:48:28 PM »
Tio, that's it!  At least, the one on the left sure LOOKS like mine.  The strings come up from the back, through the body block, and out and over the bridge-pieces.  Gold-plated Gotoh OEM tuners.  7-ply body bindings.  It's a sweet axe.  But until I have my hand surgery, I can't play it!!!

You say it's clearly MIJ.  How can you tell?

Any idea of the year of manufacture?

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:33:49 PM »
Nogin007, it's my understanding that the stock pickups were manufactured by Seymour Duncan.  Never pulled 'em out to check, though.  Anyway, the axe is bone stock.  The only mods are:  different strings and different battery.  :-)

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / HB-35 DL-TS?
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:30:04 PM »
I'm due for hand surgery soon, and looking forward to playing again after many years.  Here's the deal:

The glues-on label seen though the f-hole says my guitar is an HB-35, serial number 821197.  Headstock says it's an HB-35 DL.  The inspection checklist and warranty card both say it's an HB-35 DL-TS.

It has Seymour Duncan pickups and an on-board parametric EQ.  It never came with an instruction booklet and I can't remember how the EQ is set up.  That is, which switch kicks it in, which knobs do what, etc.  IIRC, the small 3-position switch centered among the knobs selects between a wide and narrow bandwidth.  Does the center position turn the EQ off and either of the other two positions kick it in?

With the EQ on, one of the four knobs controls volume (that much I remember).  I also remember that one knob sets the frequency of the EQ, another sets the amount of EQ, and the fourth one... does what?  

Two questions:

Can anyone tell me which knobs do what re the EQ?

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