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Announcements & News / Re: Shut It Down
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:01:44 AM »
Still some good stuff here. Hardly worth shutting it down. Everything is cyclical. Let it go where it goes. No harm no foul.

Announcements & News / Re: Shut It Down
« on: April 08, 2018, 05:55:39 AM »
You wish to be monitored Jim?

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Identify this old 12 string
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:08:27 PM »
It is an EA20 12er...

- thin single sharp cutaway thin body, select spruce or mahogany top, oval soundhole, bound body,
three-stripe rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay,
matching headstock with three-per-side Grover diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot white
pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis electonics, available in Black, Tobacco Sunburst, White,
Woodstone Blue, Woodstone Brown, or Woodstone Silver finish, mfg. mid 1980s-2000.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $400 - 475 $250 - 300
Last MSR was $1,000.
In 1992, Woodstone finishes were disc. In 1993, Natural finish was introduced. In 1994, a select
spruce/mahogany top replaced regular mahogany and White finish was disc. Until 1994, this guitar
was referred to as the Newport. In 1995 only, this guitar was called the Woodstock, which is not to be
confused with other Woodstock models (EA40). In 1996, Equis Gold electronics replaced Equis II. In
2000, Equis Plus electronics replaced Equis Gold.
EA20 LH Left-Handed
- similar to the EA20, except in left-handed configuration, available in Black finish, mfg. mid-1990s.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $425 - 500 $275 - 325
Last MSR was $990.
- similar to the EA20, except has a solid cedar or spruce top, abalone rosette, quilted maple back and
sides, maple neck, bound 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Natural wood headstock with
three-per-side chrome tuners with ebonite buttons, rosewood bridge, Equis Chorus/B-Band electronics,
Buzz Feiten Tuning System, availble in Natural finish, mfg. 2001-present.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
MSR $900 $650 $400 - 475 $250 - 300
In 2002, a solid spruce top replaced the solid cedar and B-Band electronics replaced Equis.
EA20 12 (Newport/Woodstock) 12-String
- similar to EA20, except in 12 string configuration and six-per-side tuners, available in Black, Natural,
or White finish, mfg. mid 1980s-1997.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $400 - 475 $250 - 300
Last MSR was $900.
In 1993, White finish was disc. and Natural finish was introduced. In 1994, Natural finish was disc. In
1996, Equis Gold electronics replaced Equis II.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: another of my nunos
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:13:58 AM »
Cool photo...

Announcements & News / Re: Early Tacoma serial numbers
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:43:24 PM »

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: What is a Washburn Savannah Worth
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:43:53 PM »
Tony and Ship are correct. It is a Savannah sans label. There were 50 built. Dana might reply but for the most part is way past all of it. There is a forum member Mainesailes that worked on these in Dana's old shop that has shared information. Last I spoke with him he owned one of the Paramounts. Here's a thread, look at #9

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: What is a Washburn Savannah Worth
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:24:33 PM »
I had one. Nice guitars.

- Southern Jumbo style, solid Sitka spruce top, solid curly koa back and sides, herringbone rope-style
binding and rosette, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl crown inlay, pearl
headstock logo with three-per-side chrome tuners, ebony Butterfly bridge, tortoise pickguard, Natural
finish, mfg. 1996 only.
Grading 100%        Excellent            Average
              N/A     $1,200 - 1,500     $700 - 850
Last MSR was $3,000.

Nice guitar the D44SW. I had one and also the D42SW which I still have. These are Washburn's best Korean builts.

Thanks for posting that cool photo Jim!

There are no other Japanese or Korean built Washburns that have come up to the quality of the Yamaki builds. I've owned most all of them, and most of the Beckmen's. The Beckmen's were not high quality and were probably not built by Yairi and I haven't seen anything Japanese built other than the Yamaki's that were built to such high standards. I doubt seriously Yairi built any Washburns but nobody really knows for sure exactly who built what back then. Here is a Washburn Prairie Song Custom in Yamaki garb. Same exact guitar. Cleared over wood pick guard and all. And here is a guitar, except for the pick guard, identical to the Washburn W600, three piece back version built by Suzuki.  I owned one of the two piece back versions. Just average.

Yamaki built the Japanese Washburn acoustics but not the Beckmen Imports. I've owned both and still have an early Prairie Song custom. The Yamaki's were superior guitars, the Beckmen's just OK, not sure what factory they came out of but not Yairi. The Yairi's, like the Daion's and Yamaki's were of better quality. Matsumoku built the wing series electrics.

Good thoughts and prayers Louis...

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D 15 m
« on: February 10, 2016, 10:54:39 AM »
The D15M has a laminated mahogany top...

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D 15 m
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:27:19 PM »
Probably a 1985 model. I have one, it's my beater but it does sound good....

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