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General Discussion / Re: used Washburns on the market
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:35:33 PM »
To the handful of people (as opposed to adbots & scammers ::)) who still read this site, my apologies for not keeping up with this thread. I'll eventually clear out the dead links.

A WI64M3, $200. An unusual variant, nice red "crackle" finish.

If you'd like to add a great Tele clone to your arsenal, the WI-36 is unique: basically a Gibson-scale Tele with a mahogany body. On this one, the butterscotch blonde finish is quite nice, as is the $150 tag.

A nice red hss Shadow Series WS-6 (with, naturally, Grover Rotomatics), a mere $70.

As I've often said, "the market" is populated with fools. There are all sorts of Mavericks littering the landscape, prices continue to slide, yet people will pay more for a beat-up Fender Affinity than for a sweet Maverick.

Don't see many of these, especially at this price: a BT-3 in cherry sunburst, $80 (+$60 s/h). Sometimes the "clown paint" CSB looks pretty good.

If you don't mind black, you can get a BT-3 for twenty bucks less.
BillyT[/b]. The pre-Mavericks often had generic diamond-can tuners & other corner-cuts. However, this BillyT (basically an early BT-2) had some unique attributes:
  • gold hardware
  • Grovers
  • mini-humbuckers (metal cans like the old Firebirds)
Well, save me from myself -- here's another, $130 + $55.]'m being responsible, paying down my credit cards. Naturally, highly desirable Washies appear at bargain prices. A month back, I pointed up an eBay listing for a two-HB [b]BillyT[/b]. The pre-Mavericks often had generic diamond-can tuners & other corner-cuts. However, this BillyT (basically an early BT-2) had some unique attributes:[list][li]gold hardware[/li][li]Grovers[/li][li]mini-humbuckers (metal cans like the old Firebirds)[/li][/list]Well, save me from myself -- here's another, $130 + $55.[url]

A few others catch my eye. While it's $281, that's not bad for Washburn's short-lived RS-10V, a PRS clone but with Rose bridge. Even the series prefix is begging for a lawsuit, but it gives you the Standard 24 config AND the discontinued classic short neck heel AND higher build quality (& significantly lower price) than the SEs AND a vibrato too.

Finally, the one I hate walking away from: D-46SCE. I am proud to own a D-46CESPK, but I've always wondered how much better the spruce-top version would be. Making it tough is the recent price drop to... $180. :o

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My Washburn lyon series WE2
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:37:26 PM »

IME, not quite so good as the subsequent Shadow Series models (which have Grovers), but still a higher-quality guitar. I think the Lyon Series was actually spun off as "Lyon by Washburn," intended to get the parent brand out into large retailers (particularly Canada). My guess is that these clones were short-lived because cheaper (& lower quality) clones swamped them. (The Shadows were soon dropped in favor of the unique Mavericks.)

General Discussion / Re: is this worth $100 (stupid question)
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:42:20 AM »
Like "Special Edition," "Pro" is nothing but a marketing gimmick. Moreso when it's stamped on a neckplate that's easily removed & maybe could be placed on a non-Pro model to jack up the price. :o

The BT-3 is interesting, being essentially a Strat with a shorter Gibson-length scale. In four decades, Washburn has produced very few s-s-s models at all (fewer than 20).

Aside from the CSB, it was available in black, Ivory (white), red, & Tiffany Blue. The BT-3 was offered 1997 ($333.90) & 1998 ($349.90); the blue & CSB were only available 1998. I see more black than anything; very few red, only a handful of blue.

General Discussion / Re: BUSINESS
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:13:11 AM »
And now the trollbots are talking amongst themselves...  ::)

Festival Series / Re: model J30SCEB
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:02:16 PM »
That is unusual enough that I would have to boot it up to someone with far more knowledge than me.

If you don't have a great guitar shop nearby -- a place that deald primarily in quality acoustics -- there are a few online options. My first recommendation would be Elderly Instruments; they charge $50, & will send you an actual written appraisal, the sort of thing that'd hold up in court. ;)

Even better might be Gruhn Guitars, though they charge $75.

But if you want to know what it might actually sell for, rather than just what it's "worth" (in a perfect world, under ideal circumstances), you can check with actual auction houses. I've been treated well by Heritage Auctions, who regularly have guitar auctions, & are in the business to make money so will be blunt about what you might realistically get for it.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-14-AB???
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:45:40 PM »
These pop up once in a while --

With a low model number, it probably started life as a "beginner" guitar; Blue Book says retail price was $350 its last year (1992).

The last two letters are probably for color; I'd guess Amber Brown.

Unless there's an "-S-" after the model number, it's very unlikely to have a solid-wood top.

The D15S was sold 1998-2000. Blue Book puts final retail at $599, & value at maybe $500 in perfect condition, or about $350 in Excellent.

The D-14 was pretty much replaced by the D-10; a D-10S (spruce top) retailed for $350l, & the current WLD10S has a street price of $299 new.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: The Washburn LS-103 and LS-93
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:26:48 PM »
Oh, wow.  :o

Isn't that one of the rarer Washburns? I've seen the catalogue, but that's the very first time I've seen one "in the wild."

As you say, it's a D-10N, a basic dreadnought in natural finish. The top is laminate (plywood) unless the model number contains "S" or "SW."

Well, the downer is that nobody here has access to production numbers, & in any case for a standard model the company's records won't have much detail either. Yours probably left the factory April 1998. Since then, quality of entry-level instruments has risen even as prices have dropped, so there's not so much demand for a used D-10, even two decades old.

What exactly do you mean by "how much"? If you want to buy one, I can point you to listings $100-$150. For most individual looking to sell a guitar, they're fortunate to get 40%-60% of current market price, so at best you could maybe get like $90.

The one style of guitar I do not own is the LP, though I have other guitars (like the Lyon LPT-24) with the TOM bridge, & really ought to upgrade, as the biggest problem is too little room for intonation adjustment, & I usually wind up with one E imperfect.

Have you measured the post-to-post widths (on centers)? Standard Gibson spacing is supposed to be 2-29/32". The problem usually occurs on stud size: Gibson used M5 studs, but most copies use M8. So long as it's the same on center, you might have to pull the bushings & press in new ones to fit the studs.

If I was going to upgrade a good guitar, my first try would be Schaller.

I liked their Nashville as soon as I saw it, a straight-up improvement on the now-classic TOM.

Schaller also makes a roller-saddle version. These have the added advantage of adjustable side-to-side string spacing (like older Gretsch).

The Schaller I've been wanting to try is their Signum. The design looks to possibly improve tonal curve & sustain.

You might also consider the GraphTech NW2 ResoMax or the Gibson TP-6.

General Discussion / Re: Pots for Washburn MG100
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
The standard cap value is .047. The smaller the value, the less high tones it will roll off. I've heard of players using anything from .022 to .1 depending on their pickups, amp, effects, & musical genre.

If a guitar has all single-coils, 250K is fine; if there's one or more humbuckers, it's generally 500K. I've been told that 1M is best, but I've never made any comparison.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:23:22 PM »
Oh, right!! I forgot about the Vultures.

The G3H site says the early (1978-1979) version had "brass (cilinder shaped) saddles," the trussrod & control-cavity covers were plastic, & a top-mounted jack, while the "B" version (1979-1981) had "brass (normal shaped) saddles," wood covers, & side-mount jack.

The only problem is that the tobacco sunburst was with the first model, & G3H seems to say the second model was only available in transparent brown. Other than that, I'd say what we're seeing is a Model B.

Why is it that you are replacing the hardware? Are you intending to upgrade somehow?

IME, most LP clones use very standard hardware, though not the same as an actual Gibson.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: 1979 Sunburst Bass - Help Needed
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:16:06 PM »
There was a guy from Belgium here back around 2008 (before I signed up) with the handle G3H. He loved the Wing models, & created a website dedicated to them --

The Scavenger was the bass sub-line of the Wing Series. It was shorter-lived. The G3H site has only one page, without photos, & mentions only the lower-end bolt-neck versions --

As I've regularly discussed, what it's "worth" depends on too many variables to give you a reliable number. Some Washburn models have achieved near-cult status, but most are undervalued on the market. Your bass is beautiful, & my poor guess is that the multi-piece neck marks it as both higher-end & made-in-Japan. If I owned it, I'd consider it worth $1,000... but to sell it, I'd consider myself fortunate to get half that, & likely after having it listed for a year or two.

Announcements & News / Re: production numbers for acoustic guitars
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:42:37 AM »
Yah, the sudden upsurge of one-post spambots is going from annoying to worrisome. How long until any personal info is compromised?  :(

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