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A lot of Washburn body sections appear to be plywood or similar with a laminate to make it look good, unless solid wood is stated. So does it really matter what type of laminate is used? Does the tone change?


Show Us Your Washburn / Re: LSJ743STSK
« on: July 01, 2015, 11:30:25 AM »
This is the back. So much shine it reflects everything behind like a mirror so could not get a better one.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: LSJ743STSK
« on: July 01, 2015, 11:06:14 AM »
Some time ago I had a Gibson Sheryl Crow Southern Jumbo that had Adirondack Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. It was good, but not as much volume and clarity as my Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage that was hog back and sides and Sitka Spruce top. So I sold it.

This Washie blows the SCSJ out of the water. It has volume and clarity. It does what it says on the box. In fact I would say it just beats the SJTV. I am very impressed with my first Washie and glad I was able to get this one. I was going to get one of the cheaper ones but glad I paid a bit more.

I was also surprised with the D'Addario PB 12's on it as I normally use Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 11's for extra brightness, but I think I will leave the D's on for a while.

This one came with small scratch/scuff marks on the back as it was a display model, so it is going to get exchanged for one direct from the distributor here in the UK who still have another one, thank goodness.

Then the saddle is going to be taken down a bit.


UK Washburn Lovers Unite / Re: New to Washburn
« on: July 01, 2015, 10:51:53 AM »
Thanks. As long as it better than the bone saddle that was on my Epi EJ-200SCE. It was dreadful but got a good one made. I'll see how good it is when I take it off to lower it a bit.


UK Washburn Lovers Unite / Re: New to Washburn
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:22:02 PM »
I have played this for a while and it is reminiscent of the Sheryl Crow Gibson Southern Jumbo which was Rosewood back and sides, so that is a feather in the cap for Washburn. But being a deeper guitar it does have a bit more volume than the SCSJ.   :)

I would put the volume on par with my Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage which is hog back and front.

I was pleasantly surprised by the sound as it was not as 'mellow' as I expected from the PB 12's in the mids and upper ranges. It was quite bright playing up on the mid fingerboard frets.

So I am very pleased with this. :D


Show Us Your Washburn / LSJ743STSK
« on: June 30, 2015, 11:39:44 AM »

UK Washburn Lovers Unite / Re: New to Washburn
« on: June 30, 2015, 11:28:45 AM »
It came today. Very nice, apart from the marks on the back. Seems it was a display model in the Birmingham shop. They are getting a replacement from the distributor so no issue there.

The top is not as brown as the photo on the Washie site, it has a red tinge, but looks real good. Not sure if the D'Addario phosphor bronze 12s are the best for Rosewood as the Gibson Southern Jumbo I once had was best on Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 11s.

I will wait for the replacement and break it in some before I change them.


UK Washburn Lovers Unite / New to Washburn
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:21:38 AM »
I have just ordered my first Washburn - LSJ743STSK from Dolphin. I took ages to decide what to get as they are spread thin all over the country; no dealer has a sizable stock to look and try so I took a chance based on specs. At least it comes with a Washburn case so I don't have to hunt one down.

Can anyone tell me if the saddle on this will be bone or plastic?

I got this to play at the camps I go to as I did not want to take my Gibson Souther Jumbo TV, but still wanted a good looking and sounding guitar but not as big as my J200. From my talk with the dealer it sounds more like the Gibson J180/185 in size. I will see tomorrow.


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