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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My First Washburn Guitar
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:19:07 PM »
Yeah, that's a hell of a deal! bigcity2 is one of our most knowledgeable members, you can take his info to the bank!

Admittedly Washburns do not hold their value like Gibsons, Martins, Taylors, etc, but I think this is one of the most attractive Washburns of all (with or without the pick guard).

Congratulations on a great score!!!

Dugly 8)

I see I'm not the only one at the mercy of Washburn's failure to focus on their forum, Tony.

Please rest assured that nothing I said about you was meant to be critical. I've always admired the way you go out of your way to get information to our'll be a sad day when (if) you leave the Washburn forum, you're among our most knowledgable members, IMHO, and the only active one who can decode and decipher the various codes Washburn has used over the years. You've been quite generous, IMHO, with your time and only when it was obvious that someone was being overly demanding did you ever say anything about it. Cheers to you!!!!

Dugly 8)

It's a very nice Festival series guitar, Will, and from the serial number I'd say you're right about the production period...but the serial number starts with "90" so that suggests that it is a 1990 model.

The Festival series is a unique beast...played unplugged they sound very "thin", not like a full size guitar would sound...but when they are played "juiced" (through an amp or a PA system) they really shine.

I must say yours is the most attractive Festival series guitar I've seen. The use of the gold on the tuners and the "...burst" (the paint job on the soundboard of the guitar) make it a real standout visually. Do you have an amp? You'll need it if you want to hear it at its very best.

I will continue to search the archives for more information for you, but you've posted your question in the right forums.

Speaking of which, the forum seems to be the "red headed step child" of the administration of Washburn. I can imagine why...their "Facebook" presence would undoubtedly be more active (Facebook seems to be taking over the net at times), so the forum isn't getting monitored and many of us cannot post on the forum for various reasons. For me I must be on a PC to get my posts displayed, if I try to use my iPhone the forum refuses the post and says if I get that message again I should contact an administrator...which I have done numerous times and have never even gotten a "...go to hell" response, much less seen the issue resolved.

Many of us who have been here for a long time see this as the end of the forum. Do you Facebook? If you do I'd suggest you try the Washburn Facebook page...or do they call it a wall? I don't Facebook, so I don't know what kind of stuff is on their "wall".

Hope you'll continue to post. That is an absolutely gorgeous guitar! I'd suggest you have it inspected by a good shop tech or a luthier...if you haven't played it, you might find that there are unexpected buzzes and snap, crackle and pops from the electronics. They get corroded and gummed up and then the guitar sounds like crap. It's nice to see you like it. I've had many Washburns and surprisingly my WD32SW (an all solid wood guitar, supposedly the best construction available) is the most difficult to play guitar I've ever owned. Perhaps consistency was one of Washburn's challenges?

Hoping I can find more info for you, but you might run a search for your model number and be surprised how many ( few) there are out there. The search function is directly to the right of "Home" on the grey bar at the top. I'd search for "Washburn 1990 Monterey Artist"

As for a valuation, well, our forum member Tony Raven has provided them at times, but he is very vocal about the amount of time it takes to do one of his searches (and his most often used source of information, the "blue book", seems to be on the way out as the world switches from pencil and paper to digital/internet) and how much his time is worth. I'd suppose he's right about that...but he's the best historian we have for recent Washburns (Ship of Fools is very knowledgable, too, but he specializes in the older parlor guitars, so he may not know about Festival.

As time permits I'll continue to search for information for you, but tomorrow I fly out from Kansas for a week moving furniture back from the Houston, TX area, so I won't be on the forum much since I can only post from my iPhone and the Washburn forum says I can't.


Dugly 8)

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: xb 500 bantam
« on: August 17, 2018, 04:18:52 PM »
Nope...they don't even understand what THEY are posting. Their language structures strongly suggest they are from foreign countries.

Spambots....on the other hand.... >:(


Dugly 8)

Washburn Dealers Section / Re: Mint Cherry HB50 for sale UK based
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:32:59 PM »
Don't you just HATE spammers and spambots?

...of course you don't, you're one of the guilty parties.

Take it elsewhere...there is no music in your offerings.

Dugly >:(

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: New here, is it ok to post for-sale ads?
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:29:19 PM »
In the past we were encouraged to post private sale items in the "Dealer's" forum. Here's a link:,19.0.html

I hope the link works for you.

Good luck with your sale.


YerDugliness 8)

Now that I've had my WSJ60SKELITE for a while I thought I ought to post again about the instrument.

When it arrived the sound was not as impressive as I had expected, but this is one of those instruments that improves with some better strings. I put on Dean Markley GoldBronze .011-.052s and the more they stretch in the better the tone gets. I suspect that over the years there will be further improvements in tone as the solid cedar soundboard ages in...and one of the nice surprises regarding this instrument is the volume it can produce without "breaking up", like so many cedar soundboards do when played vigorously. Perhaps it is the large soundboard (it is a pretty large guitar), I don't know, but it has gotten much better over time, including the balance across the strings, which was not so good until the GoldBronze strings were installed.

In the beginning my goal was to have a nice camping/road guitar. This is SO much more than that, but since it's been growing on me I think I'll take it to the next Pearl Bluegrass jamfest. At first I thought it would just be a "looker", now it's become a "player", too.

Good job, Washburn!


Dugly 8)

Thanks,  Jim! One of the docs we sent to UPS was the price charts you posted. Thank you VERY much!!!!


Dugly 8)

Try contacting Washburn customer service from their website. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to source just the battery compartment cover, but Washburn might have some...

Dugly 8)

Announcements & News / Re: Time for a break
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:25:36 AM »
Yeah, Jim's been doing that for quite a while now. He'll post something and then return and delete it later...and not much later at that. He's been a huge help to all of those who needed to know about prior Washburn history and products. Losing him as a source of information will be a huge blow to the forum.

Dugly 8)

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Identify if possible..
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:05:22 AM »
Well, it's a Washburn dreadnought guitar, has a V-head. It looks very much like some of the Yamaki made guitars from Japan, which were quite well made and good sounding instruments.

There ought to be some sort of model and serial number information on a label inside the body, you should be able to see it through the sound hole. All of my Washburns have one and that's where the model number can be found.

If it's gone (and I guess there must be a lot of people take them out for some reason), you can look into the body of the guitar through the soundhole and if you look up where the neck joins the body there should be a "block" glued inside the body (called a "neck block")...most likely that block of wood will have a model number and/or serial number on it.

Keep your fingers crossed you got a Yamaki-made Washburn...but even if you just got a baseline D10S then you'd be lucky. It was one of Washburn's most popular instruments for good reason...solid wood spruce top over laminated mahogany sides and back. They sold like hotcakes and there are a lot of them out there.


Dugly 8)

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-68 Made in the USA???
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:55:07 AM »
WOW, Buck...that is one truly GORGEOUS guitar! It looks like the pickguard is cocobolo (which is a very hard variety of rosewood) has that same "coffee&cappucino" color as the sides and back on my WSJ60SKELITE.

I have always admired the 3 piece back instruments, and the issue of the neck and volute is certainly one with which I'm familiar. I had an Ovation with a multiple-layer neck (it was absolutely the most miserable neck I've ever played...that fretboard would have had to struggle to be even 1 1/2" wide...I didn't even mind when a burglar stole it during a break-in...I never liked it and it didn't get much play time). Given adequate width, though, a multi-layer laminate neck is a great idea...multiple woods each have different "drying" rates and so the issue of a warped neck is not usually a problem. 

I have a love for the volutes, too...once I get my D62SW repaired I'll post a few photos of the volute on that one, it's unique in my experience. The head on the D62SW is a "Martin-style", not the V-head (which yours is) or the crown-head.

It's obviously a well made instrument and possesses great beauty, too. Congratulations, Buck...we all dream of having these well-made instruments from the 70's and 80's. When I joined the forum around 2008 there was a custom shop that made acoustic instruments, IIRC the main luthier for that production line at that time was John Stover. Model numbers like WD64SW were those custom-shop pieces.

Here's hoping you'll stick around and join in our discussions here. We're all here because we're Washburn fans.


Dugly 8)

Well, folks, it's all over except for the waiting. Our forum member who posted the instrument for sale received the insurance check and it is enough to cover the repairs and pay for the shipping. We were both surprised that UPS paid for the shipping...although upon reflection it appears reasonable to me that UPS would not charge for the time they spent damaging the guitar..... :o

I'll be transporting the guitar to Houston in June for delivery to my luthier. If his work is as good this time as it was when I damaged my 2005 Tak LTD, the repairs will be impossible to see.

This saga still isn't over, though....multiple repairs on the soundboard need to be cleated and a 6" crack in the lower bout on the back has to be repaired, so it'll take a while...but certainly not as long as it took to get UPS to pay off on their damages, I'd bet!

But, regardless of all that, it's CHEERS for UPS...they did the right thing in the end, it just took some evidence to prove that they needed to.  Good for them!

Dugly 8)

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn D-68 Made in the USA???
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:16:09 AM »
Here's a tutorial on how to post photos...Photobucket priced itself out of our range (they wanted like $400 to "release" the photos we had already stored on PB and for a "membership" that I'm pretty certain would be an annual fee).,21807.0.html

We've had a lot of forum traffic lately about the older Washburns...take a look around the forums and if you see something authored by Tony Raven, he's done a lot of work in the archives and has a pretty good handle on these Japanese made instruments...and you can take anything from bigcity2 to the bank, he's a huge Washburn collector and has an incredible knowledge of how the company worked.

My WD61SW ("CE", but it's not on the serial number, although if you look at the guitar in my avatar you can clearly see that it is a CE model) is a Yamaki made guitar, and it has great tone as well as wonderful playability. [Edit...I forgot that PB was hosting my avatar it's not on my forum profile any more]. My D62SW (soon to be dropped off at the luthier for repairs to cracks in the soundboard and back) is also a Japanese product...I THINK!!!...but I could be wrong about that because the area on the back of the head where the neck joins is unlike any other Yamaki guitar I've ever seen.

Hope you'll hang around and let us know how it works out for you. Pics are always welcome if you find a photo hosting website.


Dugly 8)


Nice looking piece...all laminate construction, dreadnought (large) size guitar, Vintage Tobacco Sunburst.

Not an especially valuable or exciting piece...but certainly usable as a beginner guitar or a stage guitar, where the electronics will make this sound like other, more expensive guitars.

The forum software is telling me that it's been 90 days since this was posted...let's hope the OP "subscribed" to this thread so they'll get a notice.


Dugly 8)

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