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Show Us Your Washburn / Collection so far
« on: January 19, 2013, 04:05:53 PM »
I just bought this wg 248 for 75 euro. Thats a rediculously cheap price for a guitar with grovers and a floyd rose.

That to go with my wi45, wb400swce, and wb400swk means I'm getting a fair collection of nice washburns together.

Baby Jumbo Series / Re: wb400swce and wb400swk
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:40:59 PM »
Of course in the middle is my wi45 with bill and Becky Lawrence l500 pickups and push pull coil taps, I love this guitar as well :)

Baby Jumbo Series / wb400swce and wb400swk
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:50:40 AM »
I recently managed to complete the set, these are the nicest acoustic guitars I've ever played :)

Idol Series / Re: odd WI-64DL
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:57:19 PM »
Thats interesting,my pickups don't have any rubber on them. The pickups Bill and Becky make are called wilde bill pickups and cost the exact same as the other ones and they are both made to Bill Lawrences design but the Bill and Becky ones win hands down in every review I've read.

Idol Series / Re: odd WI-64DL
« on: March 14, 2012, 05:01:04 PM »
I can't help you with the model unfortunately,but I was wondering about the bridge pickup. Is it a Bill lawrence l500xl from Bill and Becky lawrence or from the other company that owns the Bill Lawrence name but doesn't actually have anything to do with Bill Lawrence himself?
I just got a pair of these pickups from Bill and Becky Lawrence for my wi45 and I've sent it in to a shop to have proper tone pots with push pull coil taps fitted,I'm seriously looking forward to playing it when it comes back.
The pickups that Bill makes himself are really sweet sounding,but I have no experience of the others so I would be interested in your opinion.

Idol Series / Re: Idol Win-Pro
« on: January 31, 2012, 04:23:43 PM »
I think you misread my post. The Winpro and the "original" shape produced side by side with them during the last 2 years is the same construction quality.

The wi66, wi45, wi64 etc have not been produced in the last 2 years. I did say the originals that were produced earlier than the last 2 years are far superior.
Sorry mate,I was actually agreeing with you. Something lost in translation I think.

Idol Series / Re: Idol Win-Pro
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:01:09 PM »
The quality of the winpro AND the origianal Idol shape has been greatly diminished in the last 2 years. Hardware, electronics, etc.

Washburn used to produce Idols of a higher caliber. The wi66pro, even the wi45. The wi66pro used to sell for around $700-800 new. the 349 winpro will not offer the same quality. No grover tuners, no tone pro bridges, no EMGs, no USA Seymour Duncans. The new owners have cheaped out on the construction of the imports in the last 2 years. Sure they are cheaper than what was previously produced......better price point, but you also get what you pay for.

I prefer the look of the original shape. The quality of the original and the winpro produced in the last 2 years is the same.  The point is the Washburn LP "copy" is not a better constructed guitar than a similarly priced Epiphone LP. So.............why would you buy one if what you want is a les paul? What are you getting from the Washburn winpro that you aren't getting from an Epiphone?

At least with the ORIGINAL Idol you had a guitar that had it's own Look/Identity. Also the upper fret access on the original offers a distinct advantage over the LP.

The original shape is more aesthetically pleasing to me personally, and yes I think it is a better PLAYING guitar than the LP shape because of the ergonomics of the shape. BUT the ones produced in the last 2 years (original and new) are a are far cry from the quality of the previously incarnations. I've played the new and the old both.

As I said I own three Washburn Idols already. I am always on the lookout for another WI66pro or even a WI45, as well as USA Idols. I certainly don't hate Washburn. I want them to do well as a brand. I disagree with the direction they are taking with their electric guitars.
No,the quality of the win pro is NOT the same as the real idols. My wi45 is WAY better made than the wi pro i just sold after owning for 2 hours.

Idol Series / Re: Who loves the Idol?
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:52:52 PM »
I bought a new WIN-PRO Flamed Red. Awesome!!!!
A very poor and cheaply made copy of a real idol.
Not awesome when compared to a real idol I'm afraid.
I for one am gutted that Washburn has decided to become a cheap guitar company that makes middle of the road instruments.I currently own 2 but I couldn't get rid of my wi pro quick enough.
I've owned 5 Washburns,but I doubt I will ever buy another.

Idol Series / Re: Who loves the Idol?
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
The idol is already dead >:(
The new ones aren't a patch on the quality of the old ones,I bought one thinking it would be similar quality to my wi45 but I was wrong.
I think Washburn should go back to making proper guitars and stop messing around with cheap imitations,otherwise they will lose customers like me forever.

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