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X Series / Re: X Series, 2002-2010
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »
A crumb more on the X-200, from a long-gone Dolphin Music (UK) page:
The Washburn 200 PRO Series was designed around the single premise to create a truly professional series of guitars offering the best value for money in today's electric guitar market. As such, all six models in the range feature either Seymour Duncan or EMG USA pickups, top-class specifications.

The X200 PRO features the classic Washburn X-Series body shape with a pair of Seymour Duncan '59 and Seymour Duncan Custom Custom pickups with coil tap. Like all models in the 200 PRO series, the X200 PRO features a solid body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, the acclaimed Buzz Feiten Tuning System TM, Grover 18:1 tuners, Tune-O-Matic bridge, quality hardware, and comes with a deluxe Washburn gig bag included.

The X200 PRO is available in a choice of Trans Black, Trans Red and Trans Blue finishes.

D10 Series / Re: D10CEMTBL model number
« on: October 31, 2018, 08:26:54 PM »
Don't fret -- BigCity's just ribbing you a bit. :)

(FWIW, I've never liked the term "acoustic-electric" as it covers so much turf, from perfectly good acousticals with added-on piezo, on up to guitars that are near-useless unplugged. But, the term's here to stay, eh?)

I will say that the D-10 family holds value well. Once given a bit of setup, they play nicely for seemingly ever with very little maintenance (of the sort required for "better" guitars). The most basic natural-finish models can be had for $100-$150, & each "uptick" (fancy top, cutaway, solid wood, wiring) adds to resale value.

Sounds like a beautiful variant on the X-50 platform, notably the block inlays. The X-50 & X-50PRO had many great versions, some quite rare.

As with so many great Washburns, market value is limited by lack of market demand. Lately, seems that Pro versions have been going past for like $450-$550.

Far as I can tell, short-run versions created for shops like Boogie Street or Funky Munky don't attract wide attention unless they're signature models -- Dimebag, Nuno, Paul Stanley, like that.

A few years ago, a Korea-made white BSG HB-35 (also with leopard-print case lining) went on for $490 all-in.

Overall, even USA-made models seem to be having problems getting to $1,000. One Reverb seller has listed an XB-900 for more than a year at like $650 delivered, recently slashed to under $500 yet still no takers.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / Re: the BT/Maverick line
« on: September 22, 2018, 03:35:09 AM »
Does anyone know if the transparent would be the Caribbean Blue, or maybe the Tiffany Blue?

In all seriousness: is there any particular NEED to refinish it, or are you just bored with the color? I've seen very few blues on the market.

Removing paint is one thing. If it's a stain (rather than a tinted clearcoat), that's quite another & would require removal of some wood, which is hardly an easy process on a guitar body.

As far as I can determine, only the BT-2Q had a veneer. In any case, it's VERY unlikely a guitar in that price-range would have the back veneered. :o

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: Deconstructing Serial Numbers
« on: September 22, 2018, 03:22:16 AM »
Short version? Samick (Indonesia), 1997, probably March, 7,967th guitar built that month for Washburn.

That's it -- no Magic Decoder Ring necessary.

Long version:,26561.0.html

No hands-on advice, but (as a former sound assistant) I like the look of the BBE Acoustimax acoustic instrument preamp pedal. It offers three bands (the Mid is semi-parametric, meaning you can adjust its center frequency), a notch (great for knocking out mains hum), & an XLR lo-Z out.

There ARE better devices out there -- particularly Fishman or LR Baggs -- but generally at double the $150 tag on the BBE.

If you want to try out something downright inexpensive, though, consider the Behringer ADI-21 acoustic modeler/driver/DI. Not as sturdy, but still has the XLR out & three-band EQ with para mid. Plus, it uses DSP-type modeling to add simulated tube warmth to the too-common harshness of piezo pickups. Can still be found new for $30.

Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:06:17 AM »

Truly, it is GREAT to see the Idols back, considering that (to this outsider) the WI-64 looked like a solid seller AND used to have good endorsements & metalhead cachet.

...but the line was brutally terminated almost a decade ago, flushing all that goodwill & top-of-mind presence down the toilet.

The price -- rather, the perceived price:value ratio -- will probably kill this exuberance quickly.

Right this moment I'm considering  a flametop WM-100, asking $725 delivered, with OHSC. And there's a walnut-top BT-6 seeking $350 & a semihollow WI-67 ($300) -- the change from that $799 buys a LOT of upgrade.

I can admire pretty wood, but it takes cachet to sell it at a premium, & those buyers seeking cachet tend to go toward "names" -- Gibson, Fender, PRS.

At the end of the day, the model numbers themselves make clear that's a WI-26 & a WI-16 -- so NOT top-of-the-line. I'd feel weird passing up a perfect WI-64 for under $400 in order to spend much more on a "pretty pretty" axe.

Strip it down!! You don't have to stoop so low as bringing back the WI-14, but why not the WI-18?? If you're gonna go after LP players, then renew the WI-45, & make it an upgrade path to the WI-66PRO. Certainly the WIT-16 ought to RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT be being relentlessly flogged as a quality option to a Tele (especially with that pickup wiring!).

And whose bright idea was it to demote the WIS-26 rather than make it a proper heir to the WI-64DL???

Make the BFTS a $20 option; if nobody thinks it's worth a double sawbuck, then you'll maybe realize it's nonsense. Better yet, get Buzzy to pay Washburn $20 per axe, seeing as how this is the last company to be giving him so much free publicity in EVERY press release & webpage & stamped on all those guitars.

Make the VCC an OPTION. Personally, I like it, & could see myself paying an extra $40, maybe a bit more. However, it loses track of the unshakeable FACT that guitarists are a primitive, superstitious people -- many believe their frets are made of silver!! :o -- & easily frightened by anything new that isn't being fobbed off on them by some Guitar God. Therefore, the VCC needs a full relaunch: multiple YouTube demos, paid articles in the magazines, its own corner of the NAMM booth, a prominent or soon-to-break endorser who gets LOTS of media exposure & raves about the VCC in interviews.

Without those things, it's a total waste, & very few people are going to rip the guts out of a NEW $800 guitar when they could just get a standard Epi LP.

Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:53:44 AM »
Hi, Administrator!!!

I am reporting an error.

In the previous posts, I am unable to load more than ten words at a time, as little as four. After two or three modifications, that minimal functionality often ceases entirely.

I am VERY tired of seeing that G*DDAMNED STUPID

Database Error
Please try again. If you come back to this error screen, report the error to an administrator.
ten and more times and STILL getting nowhere.

Thanks for your swift action.

Is there a place I can type the S/N number in etc and see it's info?
No; few serial numbers work that way. Yours probably begins with "I-" which likely means Indonesia so probably Cort manufacture. The next digit is probably the last digit of its manufacture year; the two after that might be the month; the last four digits indicate how many Washburn guitars (of various series) had been completed at that point in that month, the actual "serial number."

It's a Washburn maverick bt-4  in Metallic black (mint condition by the way)
I can only mind bt-6's. In the same colour?
The pricelists indicate that in 1998 the BT-6 was available in Metalflake Black (MFB). Does the paint actually have metallic glitter in it?

apparently it's quite rare

Washburn has many oddities, almost all of which have little added value because there's so little market demand.

The BT-2 and BT-4 are -- by far! -- the most common Mavericks, and can readily be found for less than $100, sometimes less than $50.

They are very good instruments, and moreso at that price. As my signature line (below) indicates, I own three, or four if you count the JB-80.

Announcements & News / Re: Chicago Custom Shop -- HELP ME
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:45:22 AM »
Thanks! That does fill in some gaps in my ongoing study of the Mavericks. Now if I could only determine whether the BT-2Q and BT-4Q used film (as the pricelists say) or was veneer or cap... ;)

Idol Series / Re: The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:30:29 AM »

Washburn Idol WIS26MRK-D
The WIS, short for Washburn Idol Standard is inspired by the original Washburn WI64 ... a set-neck 24-3/4" scale length guitar with two USA Made Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and ... Voice Contour Control ("VCC") wiring. ... USA made Seymour "Washburn Idol range makes a comeback in 2018"

Idol Series / The Idol has risen from the dead!!
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:16:24 AM »
If this is all for real & not some sort of off-kilter April Fool gag, it really deserves some HUGE fanfare in the sites & magazines YouTube & certainly on Washburn's social media!!

Or maybe even in the Forums area.


UPSIDE: Grover tuners are FINALLY back.
DOWNSIDE: if WMS doesn't have them, likely nobody has them... & WMS doesn't have them.
BUMMER: they have appeared on eBay, for $799, but maybe that's MSRP... ???
WEIRDSIDE: they brought back not only the BFTS superstition but the much-unloved VCC. :o Both ought to be made OPTIONS before they scare the sheep.

FWIW, if it did happen to turn out to be a Washie, it'd be an interesting story. The company has never been big on skunk-stripe necks, for instance (though I haven't yet made up a list of the few examples). And it'd likely be informative to find out what mad genius would clone a Stage Series headstock!!

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Can You Identify This Washburn?
« on: September 01, 2018, 03:28:30 PM »
For the benefit ofthe peanut gallery, then:

All-laminate guitar (spruce/rosewood) with some nice detail work. Mahogany neck (typical Washburn). 1980-1992, so MIJ a strong possibility. Natural finish, of course; also available in TS.

Book value almost equal to a used D-10S, which I feel is overly generous, but likely based on the usual pointless demand for "vintage" gear.

And once again Blue Book not only misses the kick but isn't even in the right stadium :o --


These are all laminated guitars that had short runs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
They then go on to list off 121 models & variants, beginning with the D6S (2010) & running through a multitude of D-10S on to D-12S,, D-13S, D-15S, D-17S, D-20S, D-21S, D-24S, D-25S, D-26S, D-27S, D-28S, D-29S, D-30S, D-31S, D-32S, D-33S, D-34S, D-36S, D-42S, D-42SW, D-44SW, D-46S, D-48S, D-50S, D-51SW, D-52SW, D-55SW, D-56SW, D-61S, D-61SW, D-64SW, D-68S, D-68SW, D-70S, D-70SW, D-80SW, D-82SW, D-84SW, D-90S, D-90SW, D-96SW, D-200S & D-250S.

They kinda overlooked a few, maybe...

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