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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Vintage Washburn Identify Please
« Last post by Tony Raven on Today at 12:44:06 PM »
Aside from fancy "presentation" models, very few L&H instruments have major value. At their peak, L&H cranked them out by the cartload, literally.

Being "commodity" instruments, most were used to death then parked in the basement or attic, with no maintenance at all. In my experience, good acoustic guitars eventually NEED to have their necks reset, & sometimes other work (pull up & reglue the bridge, reattach the braces, etc.).

The early "parlor-size" guitars were originally intended for gut strings; because of their short scale, they adapted moderately well to steel strings without collapsing the top or ripping the heel loose -- initially, at least.

And the adjustable trussrod hadn't been invented yet. Very few guitars had any sort of neck reinforcement at all. People who restore/upgrade larger guitars might add a trussrod & maybe rearrange the braces.

An acquaintance told me he'd paid $200 for a beat-up but playable L&H, planned on putting $500 or so into restoring it, & asked what it'd be worth. I said he'd have a pretty good $700 guitar. ??? Fixing a guitar is like building a hotrod: do it for the experience & to have a fun toy, because if you ever try to sell it you'll be lucky to recoup even the parts cost. Fixing a guitar for one's own use minimizes downside, & the value will likely remain stable for eventual trade/resale.

I wouldn't eBay the neck separately. So long as you don't misrepresent what you've got, there's probably someone who'll pay more for shipping to get a vintage"project" guitar.
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I'm not a huge fan of insurance companies (though I actually did work at Prudential corporate for a few years & they treated me great). It helps to keep in mind that insurance "is a dirty, nasty, bloody business," not charity.

Like, if I spend $1,000 on a used car, & put $1,000 into improving it, then some moron totals it parked next to my house, it's unlikely I will get what it cost me OR what it'll cost to get a reasonable replacement, instead likely ~$500.

If I buy a nice old guitar for $100, & it turns out to be resellable for more like $2,000, it's on me to either move it along or to get something specific put in my house policy. If it gets stolen, my insuror (despite the "we love you!" commercials they constantly run on TV) will likely try to give me no more than what it actually cost me -- assuming I've got a receipt that bears the seller's still-valid contact information ::) -- & at that might try to apply some sort of depreciation to that $100. Or they might skip that whole chase, say I didn't have a steel door or high-tech security system or armed guards, & deny my claim outright
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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: D100M/TWR
« Last post by Tony Raven on Today at 11:38:01 AM »
Yah, exactly: another "tale of the model number."
  • D-100: dreadnought; a D-10 with some nice details, built specifically for large retailers (Musician's Friend, right?)
  • mahogany veneer (plywood) top
  • transparent wine red finish
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Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Vintage Washburn Identify Please
« Last post by Oldgunhunter on Today at 06:48:54 AM »
Thanks so much for the input.  Not sure now what I'll do with the old wall hanger.  Maybe dismantle and sell the cool old neck on eBay.
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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: D100M/TWR
« Last post by bigcity2 on Today at 04:16:36 AM »
Here's your guitar.... :)

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Re: Any B10 owners out there?
« Last post by toddccampbell on Today at 12:55:52 AM »
I still have my first bass, the Washburn B-10  - Love this thing. Unfortunately, I have had some work done on it, and a tech replaced the active electronics with some kit. It's not the same, but it still plays well.  More details at a later date.
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Show Us Your Washburn / D100M/TWR
« Last post by BrentyRT on April 21, 2018, 11:36:17 PM »
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Here's the 1978 price guide and a page from the 1982 price guide....the D-62SW is listed as the " Prairie Song " dreadnought...

When I assign values to the guitars that I own from this era, I use the 1982 price guide for a starting point as there was a significant price hike from 1978 to 1982 on most Washburn acoustic models....

I paid $ 640.00, in 2010, for the D-62SW that I own.  ( See the reference photo below ) It's in excellent condition and came with a period Washburn HSC (near mint).  My D-62SW is insured for $1,500.00... hope this helps Dugly... :)







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Hey Dugly I am going to disagree with Tony here the D-62SW is completely different then the D-61SW and from a different time and maker
http://forums.washburn.com/index.php/topic,24745.msg155094.html#msg155094 here is a better estimate for what they are worth in great shape as yours had cracks in the top would reduce the price somewhat significantly so its kind of hard to say because of a difference in time so my best guess would be around $850.00 retail or if you go MSRP would be about another 200 or so
They were great guitars remember playing one when we were in Las Vegas that belonged to whats his name dang my memory ( Squint ) and heres another one that sold in 84 http://forums.washburn.com/index.php/topic,15346.30.html
hope this helps some.ship
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There's LOTS going on here, though I get the feeling the conclusion is simple. And as I try to post this, the THRICE-DAMNED software of THIS site is parsing incorrectly, so should I get disgusted & walk away for an hour (or month), I hope you understand.

My thoughts, in no particular order (as usual  :o).
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If I was going to pursue something like this, I'd have repairs done by an actual luthier, who'd then write out a detailed receipt so that costs of the disputed damage are readily seen. Then you file suit for those costs, plus punitive for breach of contract (a.k.a messing around with you), plus legal fees.

And this being the modern age & all, you should right now be blasting the heck out of your local UPS depot on social media, starting with Yelp.
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For a valuation such as this, even a thumbnail estimate, your BEST bet would be to contact some big shop via email, like Gruhn or Elderly.

I am NOT amused by the "improved" Blue Book site. However, after a browser reboot, I was finally able to get in. Naturally, my account has expired, & I am not inclined (at the moment, at least) to renew it, as I already do 95%+ of my BB research with the actual books, which don't mess around with my computer.

They only have info on the 61 --
https://bluebookofguitarvalues.com/#/SearchCategory/AcousticGuitar/675/4281/WASHBURN_ACOUSTIC_DREADNOUGHT_SOUTHERN_JUMBO_MODELS_D_SERIES_D61_SW_PRAIRIE_SONG

I'm wary of BB for multiple reasons, & this is an example: whoever wrote this entry seems rather vague about the difference between a D61SW & a D61S, & why that shift results in a drop in value.

In any case, the book says final MSRP of the 61 was $1,200, so it's no stretch to say the 62 is about the same.

They aren't exactly common. If you were looking to insure it, I'm confident saying that you, being a respected musician & all, could likely justify a higher valuation for purposes of policy coverage, claiming need to replace in order to "maintain your employment"; if it was THE guitar with which audiences or studios associated you, that figure would reasonably be yet higher.

Worth noting is that BB believes the D61SW12 has pretty much the same value as the 6-string.
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Based on BB & on what I know of Washburn, at this point my approximate guess of "value," which is what I'd use if I was considering buying one myself:
* in really great condition, maybe as high as $750
* good overall shape, $500 tops
* needing repair I can't do myself, $300, or $350 if everything but that top crack is Excellent.

Those are my "all in" figures, which include shipping costs.
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Lacking clear authority, I turn to the marketplace. Of course, there haven't been many D62SW running around loose, so we're stuck with what can be found.

At Heritage Auctions, a 12 sold in 2011 for $310.70.
https://entertainment.ha.com/itm/musical-instruments/acoustic-guitars/1979-washburn-prairie-song-d-62-sw-12-natural-12-string-acoustic-guitar-680012/a/181125-81019.s

More recently (2014), a D61SW (with generic HSC) sold on Reverb.com for $475 + $35.
https://reverb.com/item/59374-1978-washburn-d-62sw-solid-wood-vintage-d-28-style-acoustic

The latter seller compares it favorably to Martin, & cites info that's no longer accessible, but might help you:
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Per this site, MSRP on these guitars was $499-649 in 1980, which translates to $1780-$2300 in today's dollars.

A 1978 D-28 will run you $1200+, and this comparable guitar is less than half that.
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