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General Discussion / Re: Electric guitarists, I need your help!
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:10:01 AM »
I know this....I completely swapped the tail hardware on my semi an experienced a noticeable change in sustain. Through this I'm certain it isn't one of those nebulous issues.

Having said that, I can't say that you can't find a strat, with it's fulcrum trem bridge that wouldn't have the sustain of a Lester...even though common thought might be that it's impossible.

I currently have a set neck/stop tail semi
a typical 4 bolt neck/string through tele
a set neck/stop tail LP Jr type all mahogany guitar (2 pcs of wood, the the neck, and the body)

The LP Jr type, a LarrivĂ©e RS-2,  has, hands down, the best sustain.

In my "explanation" entries, I cited what seems logical to me, although I have NO science to back it up.

That being that the less variables involved in the transfer of vibration, the better the sustain.

If that were true, then a neckthrough/stringthrough (Washburn Falcon) guitar would out sustain a set neck/stoptail (Les Paul ) guitar which would out sustain a bolt on / string through  (Tele) which would out sustain bolt on/vibrato guitar (Strat)

I would think a Bigsby on a Les Paul, for example, would slightly reduce the sustain relative to the same Lester with a stop tail.

But I can't say I've tested that theory thoroughly. God willing I'll have my hands on a Falcon someday, I'll borrow a strat, and we'll have at it.

I'll be very interested to see what a scientific approach to this issue reveals

General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Alvin Lee
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:55:46 AM »
The incendiary solo in "I'd love to change the world" held me completely captive from the first time I'd heard it. couple years later I saw the famous "I'm Going Home" clip from Woodstock and was further blown away.

Alvin Lee was one of the main reasons I wanted to play guitar, and why I wanted a Semi when I finally began.

Always hard when a part of your own "fabric" passes away. In this case, even moreso given that it appears it was a freak event, not nature.

witness the birth of a superstar.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My modified Falcon
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:44:00 AM »

The fret markers are pearloid (abalone?) dots. I believe the brass rings were a later feature.

My eyes were playing tricks on me. don't know where I thought I saw the brass. Clearly those are dots.

That neck sounds pretty intriguing, deeper carve with a narrow nut. And your description of the 'buckers sounds like what I expected. I've heard it speculated that these were dimarzio pickups, which were a bit hotter than some.

Sweet Deluxe. A guy I play with is the 2nd owner of a completely mint '72 Deluxe in Burst, with the mini's.

Last question....Hows the balance when it's hanging on a strap? I know these are on the heavy side....

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My modified Falcon
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:17:44 PM »
The Falcons are Neck Through, and this is the later vintage, with the brass ring fret markers. ooh la la!!!!

Really a nice axe. And as rare as they might be, it's not a '59 burst. I love the fact that you'd decided this 30 year old guitar was enough of a player to modify it to your liking...that's a testament to the build. Play the snot out of it!

How would you compare the tone you get from the stock humbuckers to a more modern PAF style p'up?
You mention a "narrow" neck. By that do you mean the width at the nut, or is this a shallow carve, similar to an 80's shredder guitar?

I ask these questions because I've always thought I'd like to get a hold of one of these, and I wonder how instantly playable it would be in original condition, based on my personal preferences.

PS: is that a vintage Deluxe goldtop, or a more recent version? purdy!!

General Discussion / Re: Electric guitarists, I need your help!
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:00:19 AM »
Done. Let us know when you're done, and what kind of conclusions you endorse.

Seems like a cool project.

That may sound like a lot of cash...well it is a lot of cash....but it is in NO WAY out of line for a guitar like this. Individually hand voiced, hand built, Adirondack Spruce. Price out a comparable guitar from any of the majors or boutique guys, and you'll find this is right there price wise, perhaps even a bit more affordable. And given it's provenance....spec'd by the builders from originals from the 1920''s not "just" another hand made modern box from the finest materials by the finest's that, plus.

I know I sound like I'm totally drinking the cool aid here, but I just can't imagine a more thorough approach for Washburn to take in regards to re entry into the custom shop acoustic market. Totally honoring the brands history, and apparently sparing no expense, and then getting Warren on board...

I'm completely impressed.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: New Washburn owner in Washburn town
« on: March 07, 2013, 03:26:14 PM »
Nice guitars, Toronadao. Seth Lovers are to die for in a Semi, as are Sheptone tributes. Both could be had at or below the cost of the 57's. May want to consider them.

Welcome to the forum.

Taoster! Yep, as Pike showed you, they've been stirring up a bit of interest there. Beautfiul.

Ripple, how was the neck? Could you even hear it amongst the din?

Cool guitar. tony raven makes some great points that you can probably make some adjustments to the set up and pick up height which may improve the sound significantly.

As for the hardware, replacements are readily available on line at StewMac, Allparts, or at the big box retailers.

If you do decide to sell, PLEASE send me a PM.

and, for reference, these custom shop guitars have had some fans......

some guitar god wannabe......Trucks or something like that, I dunno

and this dude...John Bell of Widespread Panic

Sweet, WEBgUy, thanks for sharing that. Terry's looking pretty dang cheerful for a convention!

Secondcitysin....sounds like you may be around Chicago? there's a PII for sale very cheap on the local craigslist. Been there for a little while.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: NGD MIK HB 30
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:02:58 PM »
Don't know if you're familiar with Bill Lawrence or not. He's a well respected pickup designer. This is his down and dirty pickup height set up suggestion.....

Height Adjustment (from Pickupology):

The distance between pickup and string is a very important factor for output and sound.
As a general rule for the bridge pickup - put a nickel on top of the pickup under the high E string and play the highest note on that string. Adjust the height on that side of the pickup till the string touches the nickel. Repeat the same with the low E string, but use two nickels on top of each other. If this gives you too much output, you can reduce the height slightly. Don't forget that twice the distance will reduce the output by about 60%, and the sound will lose some lows. NOW, you can adjust the neck pickup to match the output of the bridge pickup. For the sound test, use stage volume.

not affiliated in any way... but I've used this approach and it worked well

Announcements & News / Re: Warren Haynes is Joining the Washburn Family
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:52:53 AM »
Ha! My thoughts exaclty.

WEBgUy, let me know next time Warren rolls through Mundelein!

Seriously though, I love that Washburn is pulling out the stops in this way. This is what I call bringin' it.

USA Acoustic, in the hands of one of the highest profile guitarists in RnR, who is revered by virtually everyone on the business side and the fandom side of music, whether you dig his music or not.

I don't know how you shoot higher than that.

Trucks use to be an endorsee....get him a WI68 again, then find Something for Bonamassa to play! Probably the "holy trinity" of touring guitar gods in 2013.

Hey, a guy can dream! 

Announcements & News / Re: Warren Haynes is Joining the Washburn Family
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:30:43 AM »
bravo. Can't say enough how happy this makes me.

Haynes has long been one of my favorites, I see him a couple times a year. several years ago, he put out this video....

That's a Washburn D55 Cherokee on the cover. Made in USA, some might say the finest dreadnought ever to bear the Washburn name. He uses it throughout the video. 150 ever made.

I own one.

Now there is a Haynes Signature Washburn Acoustic? With a $3999.00 price tag? built by a guy I've had lunch with? Crap. I'm in serious trouble.

Idol Series / Re: wi-67 pro- 03'
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:15:52 AM »
I've never seen a TSB Wi-67 with covered buckers, although I'm sure somebody did it. This is the same shape, but flamed, not quilted, and no f-hole. Use your imagination.

As for the harness, It completely opened up the guitar. The Duncans are top quality pickups, and going to CTS 500k was a huge improvement on mine. Opened it up, better response from the tone knob, etc.

Aww man, you're making regret letting her go.....

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