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Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ghostman on May 06, 2003, 02:17:10 AM
I have read many times on recent posts the love of Mercury guitars.  Here is your chance to list your Mercury and give ode to the great Washburn Co. for creating such an awesome, vastly-overlooked guitar.  I have a 1995 MG-92, and two more in construction.  The sound, feel, and the look of the natural Mahogany body is unsurpassed by my feeling.  Thank you Washburn!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ShadowSong on May 18, 2003, 07:12:21 PM
i have two

a Washburn MG40 and a Protype mercury (the recept said mg340 but that guitar has a 24 fret maple neck)

awesome guitars

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on May 19, 2003, 10:59:01 AM
I have a few of them:
MG102, MG122 Artist, and 4 USAs with Floyds. I used to have an MG100Pro as well, but didnt like the pickup configuration. At one time I had some of the imports, an MG40 and an MG70, and they were amazing guitars for the price. Nothing beats the USA Mercury's though......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: randygough on May 24, 2003, 03:19:05 PM
Ok, I don't know the model number. I bought this used, well hardly used. Apparently it had been donated as a draw prize at a Women's Pro Tennis Match eventin the US. It had been signed by a number of the tennis players but they had all been cleaned off by the time I bought it. It was pristine, not a scratch or mark on it.

It is a beautiful guitar. It is transparent green, pearl effect pick guard, Wilkinson bridge, pickups are Washburns 511, 512 and 523, head stock reads...Washburn Mercury designed by Grover Jackson, Tuners are Grovers, serial #4120466

If anyone can fill me in on what model this might be or where or when it was made I would be thankful.

I compared this guitar with some American made strats in a music store and the strats came no where close to the playability of this instrument.  I'm playing it through a Yamaha G100-112S amp. Hey, if it's ok for Phil Keaggy it's ok for me.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: randygough on May 24, 2003, 03:21:59 PM
Ok, I don't know the model number. I bought this used, well hardly used. Apparently it had been donated as a draw prize at a Women's Pro Tennis Match eventin the US. It had been signed by a number of the tennis players but they had all been cleaned off by the time I bought it. It was pristine, not a scratch or mark on it.

It is a beautiful guitar. It is transparent green, pearl effect pick guard, Wilkinson bridge, pickups are Washburns 511, 512 and 523, head stock reads...Washburn Mercury designed by Grover Jackson, Tuners are Grovers, serial #4120466

If anyone can fill me in on what model this might be or where or when it was made I would be thankful.

I compared this guitar with some American made strats in a music store and the strats came no where close to the playability of this instrument.  I'm playing it through a Yamaha G100-112S amp. Hey, if it's ok for Phil Keaggy it's ok for me.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: randygough on May 24, 2003, 08:03:01 PM
after spending some time on the Washburn web site I've been able to deduce that I have a 1996 MG401 Deluxe. It's the only one with the combination of components.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on May 25, 2003, 09:19:02 AM
That would be my guess too. Those were made in Korea under strict quality control. The import Mercury series were quite impressive for the price. I'm sure they would have had a bigger impact on the market had they come out 10 years earlier......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: J.Casper on June 07, 2003, 06:01:18 PM
Today (7/06/2003) I purchased a guitar like this.

A washburn mercury, designed by Grover Jackson.
Natural wood colored, pearl effect pick guard, pickups are Washburns 511, 512 and 523, Wilkinson bridge. SN:4110301.

I dont know wat is the model. Can you help-me?

My opinion is that this is a great guitar, beautiful for the eyes and for the ears.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on June 07, 2003, 06:29:08 PM
Sounds like another MG401. I'm sure if you emailed Washburn they might be able to trace the serial number.....
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Axeman on June 21, 2003, 09:48:07 PM
I have an MG40W-VS I bought it new in 1993 I think I can't remember exactly. I've been using as my main stage guitar ever since.It's held up very well and I've had not one problem with it.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: bengaren on July 25, 2003, 04:45:12 PM
I bought my Washburn MG-40 in Turkey for $550 when I was stationed there with the U.S. Army back in 1999. It's ironic, but they seem to be one of the most ubiquitous guitars in that country for some reason. I have owned Ibanez's in the past, and have tried numerous other brands, including Fender Strats. But, this thing is just awesome! I absolutely love it and have been trying for years to find another one to serve as a back-up. I've finally found one on a web-site for a rediculous $219!!! I've read other posts that say theirs are made in Korea...however, mine says it's made in Malaysia.

When I talk with other guitarists, I constantly find myself preaching the virtues of Washburn MG-40's.I really think Washburn aught to consider re-issuing this thing...the sustain is incredible for a bolt-on neck...and I don't know what they've done to the wood or what, but the tone is simply unmatched!

Ben Garen
a.k.a. Noble Savage
www.geocities.com/bengaren
www.mp3.com/bengaren

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on July 25, 2003, 05:12:30 PM
Not only should they reissue the Mercury, they should bring back the man who was behind them, Grover Jackson. Its a shame that he now works for the guitar pimp Ed Roman...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: curtisa on July 31, 2003, 04:44:23 AM
Anybody help with some info on a Mercury series I have just bought used. ser no. begins with 3 so I am thinking 1993. It has a sticker on the back which reads MGX-NM, it is a double ctaway with a reverse headstock, two humbuckers (621 & ?) and a 600S licensed floyd rose trem the finish is natural wood with no pick guard. I have an idea that the NM on the sticker may mean Natural Matte. The two pickups are angled slightly top to the rear.

Thanks

Big Al
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on July 31, 2003, 06:52:38 AM
I'm pretty sure that was from a special run of guitars using Mercury specs, and agled pickups like the Steve Stevens models. It is definately Korean made. I've only seen a couple of those, and the pictures werent all that good......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Jstokes on August 07, 2003, 01:21:19 AM
ok I just got a Mercury. don't know much about it.. sounds great play's great. I'm not sure on what model it is. it has a H-S-S pick-ups. a flooting termolo. nothing real special about it.. I'm gussing it is an early model.. maybe something like a MG-20 , I have not seen much info on them.. so I'm not sure.. can some one help?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 07, 2003, 07:05:07 AM
Early models have a black headstock (imports) and later models have a gloss finished headstock (imports). All the US ones had satin finish headstocks, and USA on them. If you have an import it should say the model designation on the truss rod cover. If not, then its usually easy to find out which model it is based on its specs...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: GHWelles on August 07, 2003, 04:14:13 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

Grover Jackson. Its a shame that he now works for the guitar pimp Ed Roman...........



Grover Jackson works for Ed Roman? [:0][xx(]  Doing what?[V]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 07, 2003, 05:01:54 PM
He is building necks for his Quicksilver guitars. He has way too much class to be building the forgeries for ER. Too bad, he was doing great things at Washburn, and then ended up with ER...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bloo on August 11, 2003, 12:25:55 AM
Hi there,

wow, there really are forums for just about anything. nice!

just found this forum while trying to do a search on specs for my MG-74, but no luck yet. i'm in the market for a new axe and i don't want to give up the feel of the MG-74's neck.

does anyone here know what the neck specs are on these MG-74's, e.g. scale, radius, etc...? or can you direct me to a source?

thx in advance!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 11, 2003, 06:13:52 AM
MG74: 650mm scale with 43mm nut..............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bloo on August 11, 2003, 11:24:07 AM
Accept2,

thanks a bunch for your help. mmm...now to find the conversion rate from mm's to inches...Aha, it's 0.04!!

oh, one more, is the fretboard radius 10 or 12 on the MG74? i wonder if there is really a noticeable difference.

once again, thanks. i think i found myself a nice new forum here.

y'all have a good day!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Punk77 on August 11, 2003, 12:32:33 PM
call me a dumb@$$, but i've never heard of a mercury guitar. granted, i've only been playing for about 2 years and only got serious about it this year, but the way you guys talk about it, it seems like it would be as famous as a les paul or stratocaster.
oh well. maybe it's just more proof that washburns are way too overlooked, even by some washburn fans. or maybe my shop just never carried them...[xx(]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 11, 2003, 06:22:22 PM
Bloo, I dont know the radius, and never bothered learning to measure it......Mostly I just pick up a guitar, if it feels good, I buy it...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ShadowSong on August 11, 2003, 10:21:58 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Punk77

call me a dumb@$$, but i've never heard of a mercury guitar. granted, i've only been playing for about 2 years and only got serious about it this year, but the way you guys talk about it, it seems like it would be as famous as a les paul or stratocaster.
oh well. maybe it's just more proof that washburns are way too overlooked, even by some washburn fans. or maybe my shop just never carried them...[xx(]



they were washburn's answer to the uber popular Ibanez Rg and Saber series of the day
most of them had floyd rose trems humbucker pickups 22-24 frets    
there were some imports and american models  
they went through countless metamorphesises and changes and mutations    
but in the end there is something so simple and rock and roll about them  
everytime i plug mine in it has that super smooth overdrive and years of sustain that makes me smile

washburns biggest problem is developing something interesting and unique and sticking with it no matter what changes in the music industry
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Punk77 on August 12, 2003, 11:30:13 AM
ok... now i know! the look pretty cool, not exactly my style, but i'd try anything once.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 12, 2003, 12:00:47 PM
The Washburn strat lineage leading to the Mercury:

Force - Panther - Chicago - Mercury......

The Force were primative, the Panthers were a step up, the Chicagos mostly blew chunks, and the Mercury were the best ones..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: te_za on September 20, 2003, 06:59:10 PM
i got a mercury series mg-70 import model i pretty much don't leave home without it got it 2nd hand for and amazing price too
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Rhythm_guy on September 21, 2003, 04:51:58 PM
Mine is a '96 Stevie Salas signature.  On his site he refers to it as an MG-133 I think, but I haven't seen that anywhere else. Anybody know anything about these?  There were several levels all called Stevie Salas signature - mine is the neck-thru version.  Any info would be nice.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on September 21, 2003, 05:12:04 PM
I beleive the Salas models were the MG130, and the MG340. He also had about 3 or 4 custom jobbies made, that were basically the prototypes to these models. They werent exactly popular because of timing. The mid 90s wasnt a good time for guitars with locking trems.........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Maxx_Play on October 05, 2003, 09:51:12 AM
Hello everyone, nice forum.
I have been playing rock for 30+ years and have a 71 Les Paul since new and a 77 Strat I call Blondie I have had many guitars in that time (Charvel,Hamer, Ibanez you name it) but when I saw this MG-74 in a friends store I had to check it out. After playing it in the store for a short time I thought why have I never heard of this model and where has it been hiding? It had to come home with me, and did.
Talk about putting it all together...What A great Rock axe!
Up till now my favorite shredder-type guitar has always been the Ibanez RG550, but this MG-74 exceeds that IMHO.
Love the neck on this MG-74 has a little meat to it and a great feel.
Stock factory pickups seem real sweet (anyone know what they are?)
and the Floyd seems like a decent one. Over-all a great guitar!
Now I know why you are all here, well kept secrete guys.

Take care all...AnT
[?]PS: my guitar needs an arm, anyone  know what type of arm it takes?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Rhythm_guy on October 05, 2003, 09:39:38 PM
When I bought one that was missing a trem arm I went to the local Washburn dealer & they pulled out a big jar with a couple dozen arms in all shapes & sizes.  A few minutes later I had the proper arm.  I have been in other stores, though, that had them all packaged, and the only way to try one was to buy it.  Bummer.  Hope you can find a store like my Washburn dealer.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Maxx_Play on October 07, 2003, 06:34:17 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Rhythm_guy

When I bought one that was missing a trem arm I went to the local Washburn dealer & they pulled out a big jar with a couple dozen arms in all shapes & sizes.  A few minutes later I had the proper arm.  I have been in other stores, though, that had them all packaged, and the only way to try one was to buy it.  Bummer.  Hope you can find a store like my Washburn dealer.



Thanx Rhythm_guy I do appreciate it!
I found one at my local Guitar Center.
Seems to look like a Fender arm but a little thicker, works great!
Now, anyone know what the pickups are? I think they are the original ones to the guitar and sound great!!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bernard on October 17, 2003, 05:53:37 AM
hi
i have a washburn mercury MG200TS (tobacco sunburst).anyone use it before.comments?

btw,any know where i can get replacement necks for it?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: hard core dude on October 20, 2003, 11:12:31 PM
this may be a little off topic, but does anyone out there know any good ways to get out of a slump? im stuck and pi$$ed! playing guitar is the only thing i like doing and being in a slump sux.thanks
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: GorillaLover on November 27, 2003, 01:43:44 PM
I have an MG 34.. got it for 299CDN in 1992.. I think it was on sale... I still play it as my main guitar since I sold all my other guitars when I stopped playing (what was I thinking)..
I put a dimarzio super 3 in the bridge and a dimarzio evolution in the neck and the thing screams.. play it through a marshall dsl head with a 4x12 cab and i love my rig
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Andrew654 on December 17, 2003, 03:22:37 PM
earlier today i bought an MG300.  Ive been looking and havent been able to find ANY information on this model at all.  If anybody knows anything(known problems etc.) or knows of any websites that have information on it , i would greatly appreciate it.  thanks.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: DilatedPupils on December 30, 2003, 10:00:37 PM
'94 Mercury made in the USA for sale.
I'm lucky to have found a site that can appreciate this guitar as much as I have since 1994. I am the original owner and this is the longest I've owned a guitar. I do need to sell it tho and wanted to give you guys/gals first dibs before I just turn it over to the local paper. I can't find the exact model number from Washburn's guitar archive PDF and the shop I bought it from (Chuck Levins in Wheaton, MD) is known for having many unique/custom/limited guitars. Anyway, I believe it to be a MG-100. Here's the specs and I've pictures on my web site. Feel free to correct me as well if I state something wrong.

Overall condition is excellent. No dents or scratches in finish. Only a little tarnishing on the volume/tone knobs and tremolo.
Serial #: 9409180, made in the USA
Finish: transparent blue/purple, you can see the wood grain in bright light, otherwise the guitar is a dark purple.
Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard
Pickups: S,S,H
Tuners are locking, satin colored and say Washburn on the back
5 position switch
Wilkinson floating tremolo

I have a Fender hardshell case with it also in very good condition (for its age). Pics can be found at:
http://www.dilatedpupils.net/gear

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on December 30, 2003, 10:10:55 PM
Its an MG100 Pro.........I bought one awhile back along with an MG102, and an MG122 Artist. Excellent guitar, but I prefer the Floyds. Not really sure if the Jam Groups is the best place to post this ad, as its not a classifieds forum............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ikilledkenny54 on January 10, 2004, 02:47:49 AM
I came into this E-bay auction late and could not get a hold of the seller for info. Would this be one of the Mercury series guitars?
http://home.comcast.net/~ikilledkenny54/49_1.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ikilledkenny54/dd_1.jpg
Pictures taken from the auction page
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 10, 2004, 07:05:08 AM
Its an MG90. It was the bottom of the line for US made Mercurys..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ikilledkenny54 on January 10, 2004, 02:07:21 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

Its an MG90. It was the bottom of the line for US made Mercurys..........

Thanks for the info!! Being bottom of the line is it still a decient guitar or is it rubbish. Is $162.00 to much?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 10, 2004, 02:40:09 PM
Bottom of the US line equals better than top of the import line. It has Duncans, and a Wilkenson, as well as good quality wood.............10 years ago, the retail was $899..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: vodok on January 11, 2004, 02:25:52 PM
Hi there!
Im trying to gather some info on my mercury to sell it... I think its time for an upgrade. I know its korean, the serial number is 7031022, it has an H-S-H config and the pickups are 421-412-423...I emailed washburn like a week ago, but got no response yet. Help! Any contribution will be apreciated
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 11, 2004, 03:04:51 PM
Thats an odd serial number for a Mercury. Any other info, like what bridge does it have, what is on the headstock, etc.......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: dvsguitar on January 12, 2004, 09:34:30 PM
Hi Mercury lovers!

I purchased a pawn shop wonder last week. I had never heard of Washburn Mercury guitars before seeing this one. I have done a little research and found a Blue Book of Electric Guitars. Which I believe has helped me figure out the model # of this one.

This guitar has Wasburn Mercury II Series on headstock, a transparent black finish, rosewood fretboard, white pickguard (partially mutilated), 24 jumbo frets, grover tuners, tune-o-matic bridge (missing) and stop tailpiece, volume and tone controls with a push pull pot on the tone, 3 way switch. I believe this is a MG-522 made from 1994-1996. Anyone else agree or disagree with the model # or have anymore info or knowledge about this one? U.S.A or foreign made? Know where to get a replacement pickguard?

The thing feels pretty good, it was missing the bridge (along with other custom mod's) and I am still waiting for the replacement piece.

Thanks for any info!

dvsguitar
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 13, 2004, 06:40:32 AM
Its definately Korean, and depending on how many pickups it has, its an MG520 or an MG522........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: vodok on January 13, 2004, 05:16:15 PM
Ok, here are some details... It has grover tuners, the headstock says washburn mercury, it has no pickguard, has a black finish, 22 frets, floyd rose tremolo, two cromed knobs... and what im really trying to find out is what woods it has. I really have no idea.
thanks
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 13, 2004, 05:43:02 PM
It sounds alot like an MG340, although I have only seen those with 24 fret necks. According to the archives under FAQ on the main site, it lists it as having an alder body. You can find it under 1996 in the archives..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Skini on January 15, 2004, 09:33:53 PM
Hi

I was wondering if anyone could price my guitar. I got it as a gift from a friend of the family who hardly used it. He let it sit around, probably in his basement for a while. I cleaned it up and it works really great. It's a Washburn Mercury Series MG-34. It's purple, 3 coil pickups, Floyd Rose whammy bar...but you probably know that being in the Mercury Guitar lovers forum [:)].

If you could give me an estimate price that would be awesome!!

-Skini Ski
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ikilledkenny54 on January 16, 2004, 12:19:33 AM
quote:
Originally posted by ikilledkenny54

quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

Its an MG90. It was the bottom of the line for US made Mercurys..........

Thanks for the info!! Being bottom of the line is it still a decient guitar or is it rubbish. Is $162.00 to much?

Well it showed up yesterday. all I can say is WOW! This thing is in fantastic shape for 10 years old. No fret ware at all. Just a tweek of the truss rod and tighten up the trem springs. Barely a mark on it. A little lemon oil and guitar polish and it looks new.http://home.comcast.net/~ikilledkenny54/Shreder_008_WEB.jpg
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 16, 2004, 06:45:34 AM
Skini, The MG34 is pretty much a bottom feeder guitar. There are 2 ways to value a guitar like that. In real terms its worth about $250US. Thats how much a guitar store would most likely try to sell it for. The other way to value it is the Ebay way. Alot of mass produced guitars arent being sought by Ebay memebers, as well as some obscure guitars, and the fact thats its a Heavy Metal style guitar makes it less appealing for Ebay users. So the value on Ebay becomes much less, about $100US. When it was sold new, it had a retail price of $500.......I'm sure its a great guitar for that amount of money............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 16, 2004, 06:48:39 AM
Ikilledkenny54, when I ordered my MG100 Pro, MG102, and MG122 Artist, after they arrived, I dumped all my Fenders. Just want to give you a heads up on what may come to pass in your household........They really are what a Fender Strat should be in this day and age........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Skini on January 18, 2004, 09:42:07 PM
Wow...I'm no rock star or anything, but this guitar is AMAZING! I've tried my friends' guitars: stratocaster, les paul, (and really expensive one that I don't know the name of)...none compare to my Mercury. It's such a nice feel and sound and...wow. The only problem is, maybe it's too good.

I got a more generic brand guitar (First Act or something) from my parents for Christmas, which was exactly what I wanted. I wanted something I could rock out on by myself, not be in a band or anything with. Then a friend of mine decided he couldn't use his Mercury anymore, and he offered it to me. I couldn't pass that up.

But I really want a bass to play with a group (that does already exist, I'm not just dreaming or anything), and I'm tight for cash, and gifts like that only happen once in a while (although lately I've been getting lotsa great(free) music stuff!). I began thinking about selling my Mercury and keeping my other guitar, then buying a bass with the cash. But then I'd feel guilty about the whole gift thing, and I'd lose my Mercury, my new precious baby. So frustrating! [:D] Any thoughts?

-SkinI Ski
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: dvsguitar on January 19, 2004, 02:02:30 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

Its definately Korean, and depending on how many pickups it has, its an MG520 or an MG522........



Thanks for your reply!

This one has been frankensteined to have 3 pickups with single coil pickup rings actually mounted on top of the partially mauled pickguard. It has a 3 way switch which appears to be original. I have installed the bridge and it plays pretty good. I am having some tuning problems which I think are mostly due to the cheap plastic nut, which I plan to replace with a Graphtech. I can see why you like these Mercury guitars. This is better than any Squier and probably most MIM strats and it is a Korean Made. I would like to get an American made Mercury. Are there American made guitars with out tremelo. And which tremelo model is your favorite?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 19, 2004, 02:18:13 PM
The American made Mercuries came with either a Schaller Floyd, a Wilkonson trem, or a fixed bridge. However the fixed bridge ones are hard to find. I prefer the Floyds, although I do have 2 US Mercury's with Wilkonsons, and I have found that for some people they can actually be better than the Floyd. So, it depends on your style which trem you would actually like. As for trems, my favorite is the Kahler Pro cam system, which unfortunately never came stock on any Washburn guitars................
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Chris on January 28, 2004, 05:17:29 PM
I have what appears to be a mid- 90s model Mercury. It has the designed by grover jackson statement on the headstock, serial number is 4120839, and it has a pearloid pickguard and wilkinson trem and grover tuners (obviously). The pickups are SSH and are made by washburn, models 511, 512 and 523.

This guitar played great for me when i was in a metal band, but now that i'm playing more post-rock oriented stuff i've been using an SG and that's been working out better for me. I feel badly about how i treated this beautiful guitar  back in the metal days, becasue the translucent red varninsh is a thing of beauty. it's now slightly chipped around and about the output jack, and the headstock has its share of tiny chips in the side too.

At this time i do believe that i'm going to have the thing overhauled, set up and have the local luthier do a little work on the finish. Then i'm going to put it up for sale. So for a fully overhauled, beautiful Washburn of whatever model this is (i really have no idea) what kind of $$ do you think i could get? all proceeds go towards a Fender Twin, so i'm hoping i can get around the 500 mark for it.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 28, 2004, 06:10:03 PM
It sounds like an MG401. Since the list price was a little over $600, I think youd be lucky to get a couple of hundered for it.........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: trinha on January 28, 2004, 11:47:57 PM
Its great to see other people on here who have had the privlege of owning a mercury guitar.  I never thought that these guitars had such a cult following until I came on here.  I've owned a MG-70 for almost 10 years now and I think its an awesome guitar for the price, I got it for $550 Cdn.  I love the low action and fast neck!  Although, I may have it too low cause there's a little buzzing on a few of the strings, but that could probably be fixed if I raised the Floyd trem. up a bit.  (Anyone else with this buzzing problem?)Haven't had any major problems with it, only minor like the plastic knob on the pickup switch likes to fall off, and the 22nd fret isn't completely flush with the fretboard.  So, the high E string can get stuck in between the fret and fretboard.  But this only happens if the string is pulled towards the ground, so its not a problem while playing.  Overall, a excellent and versatile guitar that Washburn should seriously think about resurrecting!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 10, 2004, 03:01:59 PM
Hello,

Just registered to this site.  I purchased a Viper guitar on ebay and I'm trying to find out information on it.  The seller, Custom Shop Guitars in Penn, didn't really know all that much about it.  I got the serial number and called Washburn, but was told that they didn't have any real information on it either as it came out of the USA custom shop.

The serial number is 970202020, denoting (I assume) it was made in 1997.  It has a transparent green top, two single coils and a single coil sized humbucker in the bridge.  Also a Wilksinson trem.

Any information you might have appreciated.

Scott
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on March 10, 2004, 03:58:18 PM
I'm not sure, but I dont think thats a Viper. Its definately a Mercury variant of sorts. Yours has a really weird serial number too. I have something similar to what you have, which is a custom Strat made to a sort of modernized San Dimas Charvel specs made by Grover Jackson, and I imagine yours was a custom order that was sort of the same intention, but it was probobly never picked up........
As for the Viper, I'd really like to know what a Viper really is. I imagine someone at Washburn knows. My own theory is that the Vipers were the guitars that Grover was making for Vinnie Vincent, before that whole boondoggle fell apart since they were supposedly made only in 1995(?) I think..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 10, 2004, 04:05:05 PM
Thanks Accept for the info - saw your website too, nice collection.  

The thing was identified by the ebay listing as a Grover Jackson Viper.  But the only time Viper appears in the Washburn archives is 1995, at the bottom of the Mercury series.  Whereas the serial number of my guitar would indicate a 1997 model (or at least a 97 neck?).  Thus, your hypothesis about it being a custom order seems very likely.

BTW  I live in Hawaii, and one of the guitar shops here has an EC-29 lying around, same color as your site, in decent condition for its age, asking price $350.

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on March 10, 2004, 04:24:03 PM
You should grab the EC29. Its a decent price. The hardware on them blows chunks, but the guitars are fairly decent. ECs arent as good as Mercury's but they are fairly good guitars, and I imagine its probobly the only one in Hawaii. I once bought a guitar from Hawaii, and I got the impression that guitars are not as plentiful there as they are on the mainland, and at $350, it seems to be a steal............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 10, 2004, 06:47:47 PM
I had to get permission from the wife to purchase the guitar, and she won't be authorizing another guitar purchase for a while.  Anyway, that EC has been sitting in that shop for at least a year, I don't think its going anywhere real soon - but you never know.  The guitar shop guy thought it was US made; I had assumed so also when I played it.  The EC definitely is a quality instrument, but they are no longer in vogue - they are so 80s; people would prefer to buy new garbage than older quality.

As to the guitar I bought, the guy at Washburn's customer service didn't know about it because it was prior to 99.  I wish I could speak with Grover Jackson himself, he would probably have the answer.  The guitar bears traits simililar to some of your Mercuries.

Anyway, here is the ebay link for some pictures of it:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3705585156&category=33048&sspagename=STRK%3AMEBWA%3AIT&rd=1
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 11, 2004, 07:32:32 PM
Accept - do you have any other thoughts on what I can do to obtain more info on my guitar?  Ways to check the serial number, etc., find out when it was made, what pickups it has?  Thanks.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on March 11, 2004, 07:44:09 PM
Its a 97 from the serial number. The pickups may be labelled underneath, as the Duncans that were used in the Mercurys werent labeled on their face. The best source of information would be Grover Jackson, but since he is now building for Ed Roman its not going to be easy to get ahold of him............One day, I hope someone at Washburn will release all the records, and we can see tons of stuff that we want to see, but somehow I doubt that day will ever come..............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 11, 2004, 10:19:20 PM
Guess you aren't a fan of Ed Roman?  I would have to think that Grover Jackson would start producing some superstrat style guitar from Roman's shop.  Also, I saw Roman had a link to Grover Jackson on his site, but no real information.  
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: eman777 on March 13, 2004, 06:46:22 AM
Hey guys. Im the newbie.  But i have been playing washburn for about 12 yrs I have a mercury mg 70 with a floyd with locking sys, duncan, and a beautiful wood and finished in the guitar.  Flamed maple top in a teal blue color.  She plays like she looks  awesome.  The serial # is 2031595.  Accept I noticed you know your stuff i commend you do have and info, thanx.  I also have maverick bt6 that i need parts for I emailed washburn but no answer I need the locking sys teeth and screws as well as tremelo bar all parts are nickle or chrome.  I aloso need the backing plate for the back any help would be great.  Thanx alot for any help
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on March 13, 2004, 07:54:00 AM
Your MG70 is a 92. I used to have one, and I really loved the flamed maple tops on them with the clear pickguards. Mine was green, and I imagine blue would look really cool. You can see specs in the Archives under FAQ on the main site. I wasnt too happy with the single coils that came with the guitar though.....For the parts, alot of those you may be able to pick up in a local guitar store, as they are somewhat standard parts.......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 16, 2004, 01:04:40 PM
I called up Washburn to inquire about the guitar.  I was told the serial number identifies it as a 1997 Viper GT.  GT stands for Grover tuners.  Other than that, there was apparantly no information on the guitar.

Whatever, I'm pretty happy with it.

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: GrantsV on March 17, 2004, 02:45:37 AM
Could someone please post the list of MG series models from cheapest to most expensive?

Which model has the 24-frets, scratchplate, gold plated hardware, floyd?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: BenRoethig on March 17, 2004, 09:11:56 AM
which Mercury was the one with the pickguard and the maple fretboard?  I'd like to get my hands on one of those someday.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: grimmy on March 23, 2004, 03:55:10 PM
i have a mercury series wahburn guitar its a mg-24 a early seires guitar that was out before the mg-40 it has no floyd rose but a trem, the serial number on the back of my guitar is 2100033 can anyone tell me more about this lovely guitar



many thanks grimmy
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: heathlefty on March 23, 2004, 04:03:18 PM
Hey i have an mg-40 left handed, whats the value on it? i enjoy it and it plays really well but bought it used so i don't know anything about it, help me out please.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on March 23, 2004, 05:01:31 PM
The MG24 is a 92 and you can read all the info about it in the archives under FAQ on the main site. The value of an MG40 is debateable. As a lefthanded guitar its worth more since leftys seem to have to pay more for guitars than the rest of us. Most MG40s sell on Ebay from $100 - $200US (righty ones) depending on condition and case. A store would charge more, as you get a warranty and the extras you get when buying from a store..............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scottdodd on March 30, 2004, 12:08:52 PM
Any ideas on where I can get parts for a Wilkinson USA tremolo bridge?

Thanks.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: colines on March 31, 2004, 01:45:01 PM
[:D] Hello, my name is pablo, I have a guitar Washburn N8 Nuno Bettencourt
double neck with their case, both in excellent state, originals
(it was never used, without using for the first time).
I would like to sell it. If it interests him, I listen some offer.
My mail is colines@hotmail.com
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Acidrain87 on April 21, 2004, 02:58:00 PM
I'm a new member....I was wondering...Is a washburn Mercury with an Acidrain finish rare?
I just started playing guitar and the guitar I purchased was a Used Mercury....It sounds great but is it any different than the others?
My washburn has a Floyd Rose Tremolo and a Mahogony neck.... The head stock is sort of like an Ibanez....I love this guitar....Washburn you are fine guitar makers....The only reason I got it was beacuse of my roll-model, Dimebag Darrell. He's the man...


Hopefully someone will reply...
My e-mail to know more is...everyonesenemy@hotmail.com
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 21, 2004, 04:45:41 PM
I have 3 of those, if youre talking about the USA Acid Rains. Rare? It all depends on the definition you use..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Acidrain87 on April 21, 2004, 07:07:51 PM
Hey thanks for replying...but it really doesnt give me a big idea.....My serial number is 9206004. But it sort of gives me an answer. Could any 1 tell me what kind of pickups were standard in my washburn mercury...they really don't sound like duncans....my dad said when he first played it it needed better pickups. I mean it has 2 Humbuckers and a single...I think it sounds good....but how much are Seymour Duncans anyway?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 22, 2004, 07:26:46 AM
From the serial number, its a 1992, US model. The pickups should be Seymour Duncans. Some people like them, some dont............You can check on the archives under INFO - FAQ on the main site to see if they list which pickups they used...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ddrfreak on April 23, 2004, 11:06:20 PM
I am a new guitar player and i just got a guitar from a friend i got it from, and I cant figure out what the model is on my guitar?!  It is metallic navy blue, has 22 frets, its kinda small, says washburn mercury at the end of the neck, its electric, and ya..anyway, if you think you can tell me the model or at least where it might say on the guitar, that would be way awesome.  The kid i bought it from said he got it six years ago for $150, so maybe that'll help. [:I]hope you can help me out[:D]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 24, 2004, 07:15:48 AM
Easiest way is to look at the first 2 digits of the serial number, which will tell you the year, and then go into the archives of that year and match the descriptions of the MG models.......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Kashmir on April 30, 2004, 04:31:40 PM
I'm talking for ddr freak, i found out that its the MG-200 or the MG-230 i cant tell which one though, the stats are the exact same so i guess it doesnt really matter.. O well, it plays really great, only thing thats kindof annoying is that it only has 22 frets. :(

thanks accept22
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: bmav on May 07, 2004, 04:41:29 PM
Hi all, I'm new to this forum, and I thought I'd introduce myself and my instrument, and hopefully gain more insight and more info about it.  Anyhowzen, I have a little black Washburn Mercury that I won back in 1995, during a guitar shop grand-opening. I'm certain it's a Kroean made model, but as to which number it is, I have no idea.  The serial# is:  5041270, pick-up config is 411, 412 & 423.

It was signed by Jennifer Batten since she was doing a demo/workshop at the grand-opening. I've really enjoyed it and it plays really nice.  I've kept it in pristine condition, & it's not a rig that gets banged around or sees a lot of use... I've got my aluminum body Abel Axe for that! [;)]  

Anyway, if anyone can spare me some additional info about my guit, I'd be greatly appreciative!  Thanks!

Regards,
Brandon
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on May 07, 2004, 08:54:45 PM
If you look in the 1995 archives on the main site, you should be able to match your guitar to its specs......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: bmav on May 07, 2004, 10:37:15 PM
I found it, thanks Accept!  It's an MG200.  Thanks again!  I was thinking about selling it, but I probably wouldn't get enough out of it to justify doing so.  

Regards,
Brandon
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: duderocker on March 03, 2005, 04:56:48 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Bloo

Hi there,

wow, there really are forums for just about anything. nice!

just found this forum while trying to do a search on specs for my MG-74, but no luck yet. i'm in the market for a new axe and i don't want to give up the feel of the MG-74's neck.

does anyone here know what the neck specs are on these MG-74's, e.g. scale, radius, etc...? or can you direct me to a source?

thx in advance!

from Live Music Capital of the World...

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: marcelsbm on March 05, 2005, 06:19:30 PM
Hey ,
Im new to the forum and i think that its an awesome place for washburn lovers. Its been my first guitar (Mercury MG-70 turqoise with gold bridge and whammy bar)  and ive had it for 6 years now. When i first got it is had a price of 100$ on it but i got it at a charity aution brand-new for 275. It was great, i didnt notice till three years ago when i started to learn alot about guitars that i learned it could play alot better if i had it tuned up with a fret job. I just save up enough about a year ago and have recently had it down and it plays like a dream. i dont know too much of the backround of the guitar i have and would like to learn, if anyone has any information could you please post and tell or email me at marcelsbm@gmail.com i love this guitar and will never let it go

marcel[:)]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: khelbanzon on March 27, 2005, 07:50:08 PM
i just got a mercury series and i really love it! i just want to ask you guys if tis advisable to change its tremolo bar with a licensed floyd rose tremolo so i can do dive bomb and other guiatr tricks?? by the way it only has standard bridge type tremolo.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: julian on March 27, 2005, 08:01:32 PM
my gutar says washburn mercury but how do i no what modle it is
my farthe gave this to me it was on of his frists
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: khelbanzon on March 28, 2005, 09:36:41 PM
to julian:

search the archives, usually the first two digits of its serial number tell what year its made, ask also the washburn experts about it.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: eskeemo on March 30, 2005, 08:20:14 PM
hey i have a mercury mg-30 and not too sure on how to string it i havnt seen a guitar like this, and it was given to me by a friend and they didnt knwo jack about it so f anyone can help me that would be great the serial  # is 3030502
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: khelbanzon on March 30, 2005, 09:54:28 PM
hello there! maybe you can show us a picture of your guitar so we would know how it looks like. if your main problem is stringing your guitar, maybe it has a floyd rose type bridge and your not so familiar with it. there are some articles on the net on how to string a guitar with a floyd rose bridge. good luck![:D] and hope this helps!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: eskeemo on March 31, 2005, 12:12:24 AM
yeah i do have a floyd rose bridge and where could i find some of those articles if u could tell me that would be great... and ill try to get a pic of it on here tomorrow or sumthing...thanks for the help
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: khelbanzon on April 01, 2005, 05:22:23 AM
i've scanned a guide in replacing the strings a floyd rose tremolo, courtesy of my ibanez guitar manual [:D] sorry washburn lovers [:)]

http://khelbanzon.tripod.com/floyd.jpg
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: khelbanzon on April 02, 2005, 04:25:42 AM
just right click and save target as..
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: P4C0 on April 05, 2005, 09:48:38 PM
Hello guys, I bought a guitar a couple of years ago, it's a mercury serie, but I have no idea about the model, the archive didn't help cause my serial number is 7060616, it have a 22 frets board, 3 sets of pick ups (423 bridge, 412 middle, 421 neck), pick up selector with 5 positions (I'm getting little noise on 2,3,4), a floyd rose, volumen control and tune control (the tune knot can be pulled up (like a switch, don't know why or for what)), the string gauge is .9, I like the feel of a .10 set but I'll have to add another spring (it only have 2) to the floydrose and I'm not sure if the neck can hold it without a  propper setup.

the pictures are here: http://pty.ods.org/guitar/

If someone can tell me more about this guitar, I'll appreciated it, is it a good one?, where was it made?, how much it costs now?, are those pickups good? what about the neck of the finger board? which string gauge should I use?

Thanks
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 06, 2005, 07:19:34 AM
Its an MG340, made in Korea.........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 10, 2005, 11:11:55 AM
Your MG34 was made in Korea in 1993.........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ilkin on April 15, 2005, 05:11:49 AM
Hi

   I was wondering if anyone could give infos about body and neck.
   And any idea what year or were it was made???
   It's a Washburn Mercury Series MG-34. 2 humbeuckers and 1 single-coil. My pickups are 423, 412, 421

   And it's serial number is: 3070586
If you could give me an estimate price that would be awesome!!

   

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 15, 2005, 07:07:04 AM
Its a 1993, made in Korea. Value depends on where, when and to who you sell it to. The archives can tell you the original list price, although its only valid for North American sales...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ilkin on April 17, 2005, 06:21:30 AM
thanks Accept2. But can you tell me; what is my guitar's body wood; maple, alder or etc. it is very important info for me because i will change my pickups and i wanna know that what kind of wood in my body of guitar? Can you please help me.

guitar id: 3070586
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on April 17, 2005, 09:25:42 AM
http://www.washburn.com/acrobat/archives/1993.pdf

You can see in the archives, that they list it as select hardwood, which translates to no one knows, whatever was available, or Asian mystery wood.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Alaskan Bob on August 28, 2005, 04:29:02 PM
Hello,
I have a MG-90 and love it. The workmanship is remarkable and the mahogany  body is somthing to die for. I have had many strats over the years and for the money this is a far better deal than any US strat. Also does anyone know if the MG US models do indeed have the Buzz Feinten on them? I know that Washburn states that all US models do but thought I would ask.
cheers,

Alaskan Bob
[:o)]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 30, 2005, 07:54:43 AM
Is no one getting rid of these spamming a*****es?.............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: shrinkme on August 30, 2005, 09:10:09 AM
That would be nice. I would contact an admin, but I am afraid the reaction would be to just lock everything down. Some boards won't admit members who don't give contact information--that would be an excellent policy here.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on August 30, 2005, 01:46:33 PM
Well the spammer has been removed. Thats good...........
The MG90 wouldnt have been buzzed. Only guitars with the buzz logo have been buzzed...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Alaskan Bob on August 31, 2005, 06:31:06 PM
Thank you Accept2,
Sounds like you are the person with the knowledge on Washburns. I kind of thought so about the buzz being on my guitar, but figured since they didn't put  the model of the guitar on the guitar, that they may not have put the buzz sticker on it either.

thanks again,
now off to answer you about the A20...

Bob
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: E_Gibb on September 08, 2005, 06:41:19 AM
I swore that when my guitar arrived I wouldn't post here to ask what model and year it is, as it seemed like a case of RTFM. I've done that, but simply don't know enough to interpret the information.

I've got my guess based on what I've checked in the Washburn archives, but I'll keep it to myself for the time being.

It's a Mercury II, 2 Washburn humbuckers, a 621 and a 623, Wilkinson Bridge, Transparent green (dark, almost marine-y), and the number on the back is 4011112.

Any ideas?

Cheers!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Busker on September 21, 2005, 04:15:20 AM
I have just found this forum and I am looking for Info. on a Mercury guitar I've had for a few years. It's an MG-800 Serial No. 3071201. Plays really well and looks great with gold hardware, etc. Any ideas on where it was made etc.

Cheers.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on September 21, 2005, 09:53:58 AM
Korea.......
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Busker on September 23, 2005, 02:11:17 AM
Thanks Accept2....I Think....  [:)]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Carlburk on October 23, 2005, 08:58:47 AM
Hy!

I am looking for Info about a Mercury guitar that I recently bought used. The Serial No. is 9407104. Looks great with natural body finished, one pick up Seymour Duncan JB and two SSl 5, Wilkinson bridge and gotoh locking tuners. Any ideas on where it was made etc?

I need to know too about the model references and/or other
specifications of the tuners used on this guitar. This information is for replacing purposes (one of them was replaced but is not the same model) and I want to use the same as the original that came from the guitar model (if avaiable by Gotoh) or a
similar one.

Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation,

Carlos E. Bürkle
Londrina - PR - Brazil
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on October 23, 2005, 09:54:12 AM
It sounds like a 1994 MG92, made in the USA.............
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: donovanx on February 22, 2006, 02:32:32 AM
How do you know if it's Korean or not? I am just about to get a stel on a MG70 I don't realy care as I will be gutting it and rebuilding it, just wanna know for my own knowledge.
Cheers Guys.[:D]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on February 24, 2006, 07:21:23 AM
The MG70 was Korean...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: nowax on March 02, 2006, 07:29:50 AM
Hi there !
I have a mercury serie but I don't know exactly what model is it.
2 humbuckers : 621 and 623
The serie number of the guitar is the : 3100744.

What model is it ?
Thanks for the support !

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Grizzleypappa on March 08, 2006, 01:04:13 PM
Mine is a Washburn Mercury II in a clear sheen red with black veins through it.  It is beautiful if I do say so myself.[:D][8D]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: lord_cai on January 05, 2007, 05:01:26 PM
Mercury God (aka Accept2) I have a mercury MG-74 (which I know because you told me lol) 800-S. I have two questions...American or Korean? And what does the 800-S signify.

I love my Mercury. My first electric and it's a dream. I swear it talks to me when I play it. It's very versitle and can play pratically any type of music. Thank you Washburn for making it!!


Just so you know...You are DA MAN Accept2!!!!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 05, 2007, 07:18:53 PM
The MG74 was Korean. They were made very well to build specification close to the US ones. The 800S is the trem model. I beleive the 800S was a lowpro version of the 600S. I've had an MG70 and an MG40, and they were amazing guitars for being early 90s Korean models. I just thought the single coils they used back then were a little iffy.........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 05, 2007, 11:09:20 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

I'm not sure, but I dont think thats a Viper. Its definately a Mercury variant of sorts. Yours has a really weird serial number too. I have something similar to what you have, which is a custom Strat made to a sort of modernized San Dimas Charvel specs made by Grover Jackson, and I imagine yours was a custom order that was sort of the same intention, but it was probobly never picked up........
As for the Viper, I'd really like to know what a Viper really is. I imagine someone at Washburn knows. My own theory is that the Vipers were the guitars that Grover was making for Vinnie Vincent, before that whole boondoggle fell apart since they were supposedly made only in 1995(?) I think..........


Accept 2 I just sent you an email on a REAL 1995 Viper for sale info and pics are in the email! I just bought this one the week before Christmas and unfortunately can't afford to snagg the Viper right now
 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/IM000532.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 05, 2007, 11:15:11 PM
I have currently own two Mercuries and love them both. I had in 1995 a STUNNING Cherry Sunburst Quilt Mg 122 that I'm still kicking myself for selling. Other than my RG 7621 Ibanez 7 they are the only non Carvin's in my current 18 guitar stable.
My 1995 USA MG 100 Pro
[(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/DSC00037.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/DSC00036.jpg)
And a MG import I rescued out of a pawn shop as a basket case and resurected  
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/DSC00024.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 06, 2007, 11:40:57 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2


As for the Viper, I'd really like to know what a Viper really is. I imagine someone at Washburn knows.

Here is the VIPER Accept2 all were hand signed and numbered on the headstock by Grover a run of 60 in 1995 this one is #52.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/1995WashburnVIPER.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 06, 2007, 03:45:02 PM
I wouldnt guess that would be a Viper. I still think the Viper was the guitar that Grover made for Vinnie, and was planned but never released. That just looks like another Mercury to me..........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 06, 2007, 04:17:07 PM
Check the archives on the Viper it is listed as a USA Mercury in 95.
The top is much better than any I have seen on a regular Mercury in 95 there was no other production MG listed with the Floyd it's a unique color that seems to match the TGR color listed for the Viper is hand signed by Grover as a limited run and numbered 52/60. Maybe someone at Washburn can clarify this but I think this IS the elusive 95 Viper.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 06, 2007, 06:39:36 PM
If that is a Viper and it listed For $4,999, then I feel sorry for anyone foolish enough to buy one. It just doesnt make sense that that guitar would have a very high list price. The VVV on the other hand makes more sense to list that high because when Jackson made them they listed that high, and when Carvin and Pear had planned to make them they also listed that high. If that is a Viper then maybe there is a mistake in the list price and it should read $1,499. That I could see. It is a very nice guitar, but its really not that different from the other MG series guitars, both the models from 1992 and 1993 with the Floyds, and the 1994 and 1995 with the Wilkonsons. Now your new pink Carvin, that is a really cool guitar........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 06, 2007, 11:52:17 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

If that is a Viper and it listed For $4,999, then I feel sorry for anyone foolish enough to buy one. It just doesnt make sense that that guitar would have a very high list price. The VVV on the other hand makes more sense to list that high because when Jackson made them they listed that high, and when Carvin and Pear had planned to make them they also listed that high. If that is a Viper then maybe there is a mistake in the list price and it should read $1,499. That I could see. It is a very nice guitar, but its really not that different from the other MG series guitars, both the models from 1992 and 1993 with the Floyds, and the 1994 and 1995 with the Wilkonsons. Now your new pink Carvin, that is a really cool guitar........


I agree it's NICE but for $4995 [:o)][:o)][;)]!!
 Thanks on the Pink X I'm actually rather shocked I won that one the guy had poor photos and no feedback so none of the other heaveyweight Carvin guys bid. The pearl Pink was not offered after 1989 so it was a custom order and is most likley a one of a kind. The X220C's are ultra rare anyway so this one is a special Ax.  The guitar is allmost mint plays like an absolute dream sounds ruder and louder than it looks and is feather light. Ya shoulda seen the MM's face last Sunday when I whipped that bad boy out for Sunday night service LOL.
It looks right at home with the rest doesn't she.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/IM000535.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/IM000536.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: mrmudcat on January 08, 2007, 12:07:10 AM
Here is one for alot less than $4999.No mention of it being a viper[:D]


http://cgi.ebay.com/Washburn-USA-Dinky-LTD-Edition-Signed-by-Grover-Jackson_W0QQitemZ200066172575QQihZ010QQcategoryZ33048QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: underpantsgnome on January 16, 2007, 05:55:14 AM
hi there! i just got this washburn mg122 yesterday. it's NOS and has been sitting in a basement of a local guitar store for years. i also have a washburn n8 and some ibanez rgs.

here are the pics
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: underpantsgnome on January 16, 2007, 09:32:34 AM
and i think this is the viper

(http://www.crescentcitymusic.biz/Washburn%20Viper.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Reubus on January 19, 2007, 01:35:57 AM
Hey all, Selling a washburn mercury II series Genuine Labatt draft guitar *custom made*
email me for pictures.
comes with gig bag, amp, cords
400 for all obo.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Reubus on January 19, 2007, 01:40:46 AM
thats 400$ canadian by the way
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 19, 2007, 07:17:30 AM
It wouldnt be custom made...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Nexialist on February 04, 2007, 03:17:01 AM
quote:
Originally posted by randygough

Ok, I don't know the model number. I bought this used, well hardly used. Apparently it had been donated as a draw prize at a Women's Pro Tennis Match eventin the US. It had been signed by a number of the tennis players but they had all been cleaned off by the time I bought it. It was pristine, not a scratch or mark on it.

It is a beautiful guitar. It is transparent green, pearl effect pick guard, Wilkinson bridge, pickups are Washburns 511, 512 and 523, head stock reads...Washburn Mercury designed by Grover Jackson, Tuners are Grovers, serial #4120466

If anyone can fill me in on what model this might be or where or when it was made I would be thankful.

I compared this guitar with some American made strats in a music store and the strats came no where close to the playability of this instrument.  I'm playing it through a Yamaha G100-112S amp. Hey, if it's ok for Phil Keaggy it's ok for me.




I just got a Washburn Mercury just like this one in VS (vintage sungurst).  I think it's an MG-401 deluuxe serial #60518xx.  Does not say designed by Grover Jackson but identical otherwise.  Very nice for $96 bucks.  

What's the difference in the ones that do not have his signature?  

Dan

 
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: jondrum on May 08, 2007, 01:28:03 PM
I recently aquired a a Washburn Mercury Series guitar. It is a natural colour with two humbuckers and a Floyd Rose trem system. It is really nice to play and am very happy with it.

After emailing Washburn and finding out the year I narrowed it down to a 1993 MG-52.

I have played a few Washburns but have never heard of the Mercury series. Just thought I'd show my new found interest in them!

Cheers :)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on May 10, 2007, 08:56:49 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jondrum

I recently aquired a a Washburn Mercury Series guitar. It is a natural colour with two humbuckers and a Floyd Rose trem system. It is really nice to play and am very happy with it.

After emailing Washburn and finding out the year I narrowed it down to a 1993 MG-52.

I have played a few Washburns but have never heard of the Mercury series. Just thought I'd show my new found interest in them!

Cheers :)


A PHOTO would be nice!!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on May 10, 2007, 09:02:03 PM
I kinda went nuts on these things and now have 3 Mercuries and a total of 5 1994 and 1995 USA Custom Shop Washburns!
 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/DSC00302.jpg)
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Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Wayno on June 20, 2007, 08:01:26 PM
Wayne here,
Havent posted for a couple of years,but it IS the same topic Mercury
Guitars.
I now have 2 both Mercury One's and unfortunately both Korean.
The first one I bought about 4yrs ago in a Pornbrokers'.
It was thrashed to shreds on the fretboard to the 18th fret,but had
a very thin flat neck (with grease-stained lacquer and-all).
I took that neck-off,removed the frets,sanded it back,re-fretted it
myself and put 6 coats of Estapol Gloss'Lacquer on that stick' and
away she goes'.!
It is a Tobacco Sunburst,original pickups 411,412,423..Only I have
changed the Vintage' style Trem to a new Wilko' Vintage Trem ..and
as a extra-added bonus,,used Graphtech Saddles.
But wait theres more..I have now swapped the neck to the other Merc'
because that a newer model MG701 .Why,? because the older neck is
way way faster' being thiner and slicker with the new laquer job.

The MG701 is a modern-style Strat-copy!It has a Teal Green seethrough
lacquered Deck ,some kind of Scotch-grained Top which has the grain
running verticaly when being held in the playin position.Anyways,It
was the Grover designed model,but again sadly,,,not the U.S.A model
I dont think there was ANY in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia)
available at the time,only Imports.
It had the Locking Tuners and VS100C Wilkinson USA Pat Pending Trem
Theres a story in itself..I had to find an Arm ..It took a year!

So the Grover neck is now on the Sunburst and that has improved that
guitar immensely so I'm very happy with both.
I have tried Fender strat's and cant see the extra dollar pay for
the Brand-name ..value. I do play a Tele (USA) and their pure class'
I woul;d like to have a Mercury 2 with 24frets just for the shear
inverted Snobbery' so I keep an eye-out for a USA model next time.
BYE4NOW
WaynO
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ground Zero on October 03, 2007, 01:53:55 AM
Hi guys, I had acquired a Washburn Mercury lately and would like to ask for feedback regarding this particular guitar... As far as I know, this guitar has an upgraded pickups...

I'm not that really familiar with this model but it sounds pretty good for me... I think this was an MG but I don't know what particular model... I would like to know more info about the compositions of its body, fretboard, neck, etc... Also, if this was made in USA, Korea, Japan or anywhere else...

I would really appreciate if you could help me out... Here's the pics of my Washburn Mercury...

(http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/3082/30092007101cl9.jpg)
(http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/5084/30092007102dx3.jpg)
(http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/3376/30092007106jg8.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ground Zero on October 03, 2007, 01:57:00 AM
BTW, sorry for the large pics... I just want to seek your help, especially to those Mercury experts out there...
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: regie555 on October 06, 2007, 03:47:51 AM
help help help
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: joemcardell on October 07, 2007, 11:10:01 PM
Quote
Originally posted by joemcardell

I have a 1992 MG-74. It has a vintage sunburst flame top finish. Gold Washburn tuners and a gold Washburn Licensed Floyd Rose. A 24 fret maple neck and maple fretboard. HSH Pickup Configuration with a five way selector switch. 1 volume, 1 tone controls. The tone control is also a switch for the split circuitry. For being nearly 16 years old, this guitar is in pristine condition. Not so much as a belt scratch. Only 200$ off the used wall at Guitar Center. In 92' it was worth, new, 720$!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: NIB on December 26, 2007, 09:42:48 AM
Hi everyone!
I just bought my first Mercury guitar on eBay. Have not received it yet
It appears to be MG701... Its has H/S/S  (w623, w612 and 611), Wilkinson Trem, Schaller Locking Tuners. 24 frets.
Can someone tell me where this model stands as far a overall quality and playability goes?
Guy insists that this is USA made model. Serial# 4031095
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: beeson on December 31, 2007, 02:48:30 PM
I'm new to the forum but I do read.  I'm still a little puzzled about this guitar I have.  The model is MG70C-FVS.  The serial # is 2020635.  So it looks like it should be a 92 model MG70, but I don't find anything that matches up.  It has a flame top with a sort of rusty burgandy starburst on honey color.H-S-S un marked pickups. Clear pick guard. 5 way switch and push pull tone knob.  24 jumbo frets on rosewood fingerboard.  Gold colored floyd Rose liscensed tremolo (600s).  And gold tuners that say washburn on the back. There is a lockdown at the nut and wrench holder on the back of the headstock and only the name Washburn on the front.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: midibuddy on January 15, 2008, 10:57:17 PM
Help me identify my Washburn Mercury

Hi there guys!

Could you help me please identify my Mercury?

Is it worth changing pickups on this axe or should I look for another guitar?

It has H-S-S configuration, transparent red color, Floyd Rose licensed tremolo, Grover tuners, one volume, one tone, tap coil on tone. On the headstock it reads: Washburn Mercury Designed by Grover Jackson. Pickups are washburn: 411 (neck, 412 (middle), and 421 (bridge-humbucker).
Serial number on the back, 5010410.

Any help? as of woods it's made off, where it was made, the year, etc etc...

thanks for your help!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Accept2 on January 18, 2008, 01:47:33 PM
It was a 1995, made in Korea. You can match the spes with the archives on the main site...........
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: zdogy on March 03, 2008, 02:17:38 PM
ok im looking at a mercury series guitar its electric with HSH for pickups it has a maple neck with the dots on the top side of neck it says mercury series and washburn in big white letters on the head it has a gold colored floyd rose 800s bridge with locking tremolo it feels heavy for its size and it has on the neck bolt plate crafted by washburn and a serial number of 1120959 they are asking 250 for it but i cant seem to figure out its worth it looks to me to bee a expensive guitar but not sure one last thing it has on the back of the head near the tunning keys a gold part not sure what it does any help please
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

I have a few of them:
MG102, MG122 Artist, and 4 USAs with Floyds. I used to have an MG100Pro as well, but didnt like the pickup configuration. At one time I had some of the imports, an MG40 and an MG70, and they were amazing guitars for the price. Nothing beats the USA Mercury's though......

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on March 08, 2008, 03:01:12 AM
quote:
Originally posted by zdogy

ok im looking at a mercury series guitar its electric with HSH for pickups it has a maple neck with the dots on the top side of neck it says mercury series and washburn in big white letters on the head it has a gold colored floyd rose 800s bridge with locking tremolo it feels heavy for its size and it has on the neck bolt plate crafted by washburn and a serial number of 1120959 they are asking 250 for it but i cant seem to figure out its worth it looks to me to bee a expensive guitar but not sure one last thing it has on the back of the head near the tunning keys a gold part not sure what it does any help please
quote:
Originally posted by Accept2

I have a few of them:
MG102, MG122 Artist, and 4 USAs with Floyds. I used to have an MG100Pro as well, but didnt like the pickup configuration. At one time I had some of the imports, an MG40 and an MG70, and they were amazing guitars for the price. Nothing beats the USA Mercury's though......




Sounds like it's going to be an early MG 44 or 74. I think that SN should date it to 91 but the archives only list the Chicago series guitars in 91. I know the SN codes for USA Mercuries well but the imports are a little fuzzy. The part you are talking about on the back of the headstock is most likely the holder for the alan wrentches for the lock nut and trem adjustments.

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122, 1994 MG 122, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , LS 93 Silverado, 1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1991 and 1990 X220C's
Ibanez MIJ RG 7621 7 string.
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonic combo
Fender Super-Sonic head in Blond/Oxblood and a late 80's Fender 2/12
 and a Yamaha 4/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: 1flooky on March 12, 2008, 04:38:04 PM
Hi guys, heres a MG-74 lefty Ive bought for my son off ebay. Seem to remember they were pretty good back in the day lol. Have a problem tho, the pots are not original and dont work properly, and have just read on here that one of them controlled switching or something ?? Can anyone advise me on the correct ones to fit. Cheers guys, heres some photos
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(http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii108/1flooky/IMGP2025.jpg)
(http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii108/1flooky/IMGP2022.jpg)
(http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii108/1flooky/IMGP2021.jpg)

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on April 14, 2008, 07:53:24 AM
The MG74 you have is mine in LH form - the switching is from the five way, and the volume and tone are just that - i.e there is no coil tap on the tone for example.


Washburn HM-24V (proto) / MG 74/ MG 800 / WG587V / Ibanez Ergodyne EDR 470ex / Schecter A7V+
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cardiff Giant on April 29, 2008, 05:32:58 PM
New to the forum. I used to play guitar years ago when I was a kid (never got really good at it) and sold my gear. I recently decided to give it another shot and my buddy gave me his old Washburn Mercury II series guitar. Can anyone help me find the specs on it? It plays great just curious to know some of the info about it. Also might be good to know if I ever need parts (had to replace the plastic pickup switch and was able to find a Fender brand one that i got to fit)
Sorry for the poor pic took it with my phone.
 http://img208.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=08408_img070_122_569lo.jpg
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on April 30, 2008, 08:52:43 AM
It looks like a MG 401 import what is the fist digit of the Serial Number a 6?

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122, 1994 MG 122, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , LS 93 Silverado, 1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1991 and 1990 X220C's
Ibanez MIJ RG 7621 7 string.
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonic combo and late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Fender Super-Sonic head in Blond/Oxblood and a matching Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75 Celestians.
Yamaha 4/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cardiff Giant on April 30, 2008, 04:43:40 PM
Thanks for the reply, the first digit of the serial number is actually a 4.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on May 01, 2008, 12:44:27 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Cardiff Giant

Thanks for the reply, the first digit of the serial number is actually a 4.


Ok then it's a 94 MG-700. Origional list was $739 and it's a flame sycamore top over Alder body. Cool guitar man!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cardiff Giant on May 01, 2008, 04:24:03 PM
Awesome thanks for the reply, not bad for a freebie at all!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: washmosh on May 23, 2008, 07:20:00 PM
I have a washburn mercury II,model MG701-FVS.I love the neck,fast easy to play.Has 24 frets to reach those higher notes[8D].Things i don't like are the pick ups and the pots.My pots crackle and pop and cut in and out.Any suggestions on upgrades?

Also,can anyone help me to find out the year of my washburn,what type of wood and where she was made.I can provide a pic and serial # if needed.

Shred on wash bros.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: steviemichaels on May 27, 2008, 02:53:35 PM
I have a made in USA mg 122 artist which I will be selling. It is a dark cherryburst over a quilt top that has been matched at an angle giving the impression of wax melting.Wilkinson bridge, locking tuners, mahogany body. Duncans. 8 out of 10 condition with no fret wear or dings. $600.00
I love the axe but it is a little too short for my frame.
daigleradio1@aol.com
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: cjd42808 on May 30, 2008, 03:11:39 PM
I have got a washburn mercury series mg44 I bought it for $200 forma  friend, with the case and a wammy bar. It's black and it has red sparkles underneath the glaze
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bloodrose1 on June 01, 2008, 05:47:26 PM
I got ahold or an old catalog and the Merc model I have is in there. same color and everything.. MG340R 1996  Scored it for $81 not pristine shape. but it cleaned up nice and plays great.  What did these run new?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on June 01, 2008, 11:22:32 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Bloodrose1

I got ahold or an old catalog and the Merc model I have is in there. same color and everything.. MG340R 1996  Scored it for $81 not pristine shape. but it cleaned up nice and plays great.  What did these run new?


List in 06 was $580 bro nice snagg!

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122, 1994 MG 122, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , LS 93 Silverado, 1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C, 1996 DC400
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Black combo and Black head
Late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75 Celestians.
Yamaha 4/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bloodrose1 on June 02, 2008, 06:37:30 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Ascension

Quote
Originally posted by Bloodrose1

I got ahold or an old catalog and the Merc model I have is in there. same color and everything.. MG340R 1996  Scored it for $81 not pristine shape. but it cleaned up nice and plays great.  What did these run new?


List in 06 was $580 bro nice snagg!


Did you mean 96?   Thank you!  Yeah, she has plenty of dings and scuffs and paint is cracked around the tone knob. (took a good whack there) but the neck is true, frets are good.  Had alot of mung on it too, but tore her down and cleaned it up, took some .000 steel wool to the black stains on the neck.  Looks decent now.  Stock pups werent bad, but I popped in a Bill Lawrence 450 I had laying around in the neck and a Duncan C5 in the bridge and straplocks and she could be a road warrior now..
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Vociferous on June 12, 2008, 01:14:18 PM
I have a 1994 MG821 (Mercury II Series) flame top burgundy that I bought at Boston Music in May 95'. It is an extremely comfortable and good-sounding guitar.
   The headstock is painted the same burgundy, but without the book-matched flames that the body has. The bridge is Wilkinson VS100.
   Like Washmosh, who posted earlier about his MG701's pots giving him trouble, my volume pot jumped a bit when going from a setting of about 3 to 4, so I had a local guitar shop install new Allparts pots for both tone and volume.
   Tone control is now push-pull, and I replaced both plastic control knobs with black, brass knobs by Carvin.
   Although this is an oriental axe, the fretwork and body- craftsmanship are flawless (more than I can say for my XB-400 that I bought at the same time).
   Body is alder with flametop sycamore. I had never heard of sycamore being used on an electric guitar top until I bought this guitar. Tuners lock with rotary (Gotoh?) locks on the back of the guitar head. Pickups are 621 at neck and 623 at bridge (same humbucking pickups as Red Rocker).
   The wide, cream-colored binding on this axe is outstanding. Out of my three axes ( MG821, 1976 Gibson Marauder and G&L ASAT Special) The 821 is the easiest-to-play.
   My nephew(s) lost my tremolo bar a few years ago and I got along without it for a while, but when I went looking, it took some doing for me to find another (on Ebay). It is an Allparts bar, but it seems to work.
   My only  complaint about this guitar is that every once in a blue moon the high e string pops out of the nut, but it has done that on both my other axes, too. Maybe someday, I'll find a better nut. The tone variation on this guitar is great enough that I can go from rockabilly to jazz with no problem.
   It has a three-position pickup selector, which, combined with the tone control, offers more than enough tonal adjustment. It will probably be changed to an Allparts selector sometime soon, though. I have never heard of anyone owning another MG821, and have not even seen one for sale.
   Anyone know how many were made?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: nowax on June 27, 2008, 04:46:16 PM
Hi there,

I bought a Mercury serie.
Two double micros : 621 and 623, 24 cases.
I really  don't know what model is it;
I have the serie number : 3100744

I think it is quite old.

How can I find what model is it ?
Is there a catalog with all the serie numbers ?

Cheers
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Nybergh on July 04, 2008, 03:58:04 AM
I have a MG74 from 92 or 93, don´t remeber.
Do You guys know if the top of the body is maple, or just a photo finish?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on July 04, 2008, 08:35:38 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Nybergh

I have a MG74 from 92 or 93, don´t remeber.
Do You guys know if the top of the body is maple, or just a photo finish?


A 92-93 MG 74 would be a solid Alder body not maple.
Does it have a flame top? If so it is most likely not a MG 74.

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122, 1994 MG 122, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , LS 93 Silverado, 1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C, 1996 DC400
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Black combo and Black head
Late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75 Celestians.
Yamaha 4/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Zavgorodny on August 10, 2008, 04:10:02 PM
I've got one really stupid question.
It's rhetorical.
Why do Washburn re-use guitar names?
I do have WG580v. In many cases it's called Mercury. Yet it has nothing in common with MG series, I believe. Except name. Which is not written on the head. But was written in the Washburn price, year 2001 I believe, or so.
Am I technically eligible to take part in this discussion? (:

And it's even worse with basses. They used name Bantam sooo maaany times. From 80's headless designs right to 'affordable' XB series.

Own: WG580vMBL Mercury, XB125QTS Bantam, BT4CS Maverick, D10SB (deceased).
Want: more.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: axel d2 on August 23, 2008, 11:40:30 AM
hey  i i'm new and was wondering bout my Washburn i just bought. it is an MG-40 mercury series ployd rose tremlo and i got for $180. it's black with blue/silver sparkles sounds great except if a accidentally hit the volume i crackles and some times goes dead [xx(] i was just wnderin if i got ripped off or not thanks to any that help
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: T-Bone on August 23, 2008, 03:35:17 PM
Hey axel!  Are you good with a soldering iron?  A new volume pot can be replaced very easily.  You can get a new one for as little as $3-$5.  Very cheap fix...unless you take it to a guitar tech and that will run you into some money.

Good luck and I hope all goes well!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: axel d2 on August 23, 2008, 08:38:09 PM
hey thanks i'll try that. how though? would i just unscrew the face plate and replace it?i really don't want to break the guitar so ya......

 oh and thanks t-bone
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: T-Bone on August 25, 2008, 11:46:32 PM
quote:
hey thanks i'll try that. how though? would i just unscrew the face plate and replace it?i really don't want to break the guitar so ya......



Basically.  Just take off the volume knob, remove face plate,  desolder volume pot, and unscrew the outside nut from volume shaft.  Removing the old one, attach new pot to the face plate with the provided washers and nuts.  Then, resolder wires, replace plate and volume knob.  You might want to lay a towel down over the guitar body to keep it from getting scratched up or burn spots caused by soldering splatter.  Also, if you have a mess of wires in there, make notes of what wires you removed so later you can remember where to reattach wires.  I made that mistake first time I ever swapped out pickups.

If not that, then you might be able to clean it with a can of pot & switch cleaner.  If you check out stewmac.com, they have a cleaner called DeoxIT for $14.95.  I've never used the stuff so I don't know how well it works.

Don't take me the wrong way...I'm just trying to help.  Sorry if this doesn't.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: oglon on September 20, 2008, 10:39:56 AM
i have a washburn mg 70 and comes with all the flashy gold hardware,clear pick gaurd and a great sunburst color. only thing i would like to change is the bridge pickup. can anyone help with that? i would like to get one thats for playing cookie monster music. or does washburn make any great pickups?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: NIB on September 30, 2008, 01:51:15 PM
HI ALL!!!
Here is my new MG100pro (Designed by Grover Jackson). It's 1995 USA made.
I absolutely LOVE this guitar!

http://nib2000.com/pics/MG100Pro/

Ash Body
Maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets

Wilkinson Tremolo
Gotoh Locking Tuners
The previous owner did some pickup upgrades: JB zebra in the bridge and Hot Rails in neck.

As far as sound goes, this is exactly what I was looking for as an addition to my Idol WI68.
Bright, sharp sound, with just right amount of highs to not cut your ears off (like some Strats, Ibanezs and Tele's do).
Lots of sustain.
Action could be a little bit lower. Hate the fact that to adjust the trussrod, you need to loosen strings and take out the neck pickup.
An addition to that, the guy who did the last pickup job was f*****g moron. He left no exra pickup wire WHATSOEVER. So you cant really take out the pickup out of its cavity without unsoldering it first. So to adjust the trussrod I kinda need to take the whole thing apart(this includes removing the neck). What a pain!
 
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: G-man on October 01, 2008, 08:46:46 AM
quote:
So to adjust the trussrod I kinda need to take the whole thing apart(this includes removing the neck). What a pain!


This is definitely one of the design flaws of these awesome guitars.
It makes no since to me why the adjustment can't be at the headstock were it's accessible at anytime for the small adjustments every guitar needs from time to time.
It's not the 50's anymore, damn.

Anyway, that is a nice Merc you have there NIB.
The ash body is gorgeous with the burst paint job.

If you don't mind me asking, how much did it set you back and where did you find it?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: KeeperOS on November 06, 2008, 06:06:32 PM
I recently got from Ascension a 1994 MG-122 and I really can't find a reason NOT to love everything about her.
Pretty much ever since I got her I've been planning of re-wiring it but every time I play it I kinda shy away from the idea just because I'm kinda scared to mess with what I've got [:p]

(BTW, mine has a heel adjustment as well but there's a slot for the allen wrench to go so no need to take it apart. Strange thing is there's a wood, probably walnut, plug where the top adjustment would be...)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: nhspike on November 09, 2008, 01:07:14 PM
Voci,
I just put some money down on a MG821 yesterday!
Can't wait to pick her up on Thursday!!!
Nice to hear that you've had one for a while and like it so much.
Cheers...[;)]
spike


quote:
Originally posted by Vociferous

I have a 1994 MG821 (Mercury II Series) flame top burgundy that I bought at Boston Music in May 95'. It is an extremely comfortable and good-sounding guitar.
   The headstock is painted the same burgundy, but without the book-matched flames that the body has. The bridge is Wilkinson VS100.
   Like Washmosh, who posted earlier about his MG701's pots giving him trouble, my volume pot jumped a bit when going from a setting of about 3 to 4, so I had a local guitar shop install new Allparts pots for both tone and volume.
   Tone control is now push-pull, and I replaced both plastic control knobs with black, brass knobs by Carvin.
   Although this is an oriental axe, the fretwork and body- craftsmanship are flawless (more than I can say for my XB-400 that I bought at the same time).
   Body is alder with flametop sycamore. I had never heard of sycamore being used on an electric guitar top until I bought this guitar. Tuners lock with rotary (Gotoh?) locks on the back of the guitar head. Pickups are 621 at neck and 623 at bridge (same humbucking pickups as Red Rocker).
   The wide, cream-colored binding on this axe is outstanding. Out of my three axes ( MG821, 1976 Gibson Marauder and G&L ASAT Special) The 821 is the easiest-to-play.
   My nephew(s) lost my tremolo bar a few years ago and I got along without it for a while, but when I went looking, it took some doing for me to find another (on Ebay). It is an Allparts bar, but it seems to work.
   My only  complaint about this guitar is that every once in a blue moon the high e string pops out of the nut, but it has done that on both my other axes, too. Maybe someday, I'll find a better nut. The tone variation on this guitar is great enough that I can go from rockabilly to jazz with no problem.
   It has a three-position pickup selector, which, combined with the tone control, offers more than enough tonal adjustment. It will probably be changed to an Allparts selector sometime soon, though. I have never heard of anyone owning another MG821, and have not even seen one for sale.
   Anyone know how many were made?

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Mr E on November 10, 2008, 07:52:47 PM
Brand new member here.  I want to thank everyone in this group for your interest in the MG guitars.  About a week ago I was walking past a little local music store and there was a nice looking Washburn hanging in the window, but there was no model name on it and the owner of the store new very little about it.  I played the guitar and loved it, but still knew nothing about it.  Anyway, by finding this forum I was able to determine it was an America made MG 104 from the early 90's.  To summarize, the guitar was nearly mint and he was asking $450.00 for it.  I went back today and bought it for $385.00.  From what I have read here, I think I got a pretty good deal.  Love the guitar. I was always a strat player (I've got a beautiful rosewood neck 1964, which unfortunately the previous owner completely stripped off the original finish), and wanted something with humbuckers (hate Les Pauls).  Thanks again, without this forum I would have had no idea what the guitar was or what it was worth.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: G-man on November 11, 2008, 09:37:08 AM
Sounds like a great deal Mr E.
Post some pics if you can, so we can see her in all her glory.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Mr E on November 11, 2008, 06:13:25 PM
The guitar was missing the tremelo arm and the three string locking brackets for the nut.  I ordered them today from Stewart MacDonald.  As soon as I put it together, polish it up and restring it I'll  introduce her to her brothers and sisters (I haven't told my other guitars yet that we have a new baby -- you know how jealous brothers and sisters get when a new sibling comes in to the house)and then take some photos to post.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: miksys on February 11, 2009, 10:28:04 AM
Hi everybody! Back in 1996 I bought my Korean Washburn Mercury MG-230 in Lithuania spending all the money I had. Played plenty of gigs with that little monster and never wanted to change it for anything else. It's ultra small size and the grip of the neck is perfect for me and it's very robust, nothing ever broke in it, except - of course - some broken strings during some wilder gigs. I never experienced any problems of getting a sound that I wanted. I love it, it's a great instrument, and nobody ever managed to prove me that their fancy expensive guitars are any better than my good old Washburn. Yeah! Cheers! [img=right]http://www.hardcore.lt/columns/0916lmp/0916bosas.jpg[/img=right]
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Coverdale on March 06, 2009, 02:41:09 PM
MG94 coming my way!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on March 06, 2009, 03:33:44 PM
Hi Coverdale I spotted that one, glad a forum member got it, looks like a nice guitar. Be sure to post pics and let us know what you think.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Coverdale on March 06, 2009, 04:38:35 PM
Well, I wasn't too sure I would bid... too many guitars already...but it ended 5 pounds below my max bid...and there comes my 9th Washburn :P
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 06, 2009, 09:43:06 PM
I just bought my 3rd Mercury MG just today on e-bay. My last two were Mg-30 and a Mg-40, and this one a MG-400. I cannot find any reviews or anyone who has ever had a Mg-400 and maybe some of you out there have had this model. My 1994 MG-400 is supposed to be New Old Stock it comes with a Gator hard shell case all for $395.00

My question is about the Tremolo, it looks like a Floyd copy but actually says Washburn on it. I am not sure whether or not it will come with the original whammy bar, if not I hope a Floyd one will fit.

This 1994 MG being N.O.S did raise some questions until I talked to the seller and seems it is just that.

I will post again when I receive my MG-400 in a few days.

Anyone who has ever had or played this model please let me know your review on it.

Thank You

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on March 07, 2009, 01:24:42 AM
I have an MG800

The Washburn tremolo will either be a 600s (Normal Floyd style) or the 800s (Low Profile) - both use a standard screw in arm.

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Washburn HM-24V (proto) / KC 90v x2 (Red, Translucent)/ MG 74/ MG 800 / Fernandes Revolver Pro w\\Sustainer / Ibanez 540 Radius (91 HSS) / Chimera (coming soon)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 07, 2009, 08:43:36 PM
Thanks arykala,

What year is your MG800? I just went to the Washburn Archive site and could only find I think a 1994 MG 801.

Also would a standard srat pickguard fit the MG's, I am guessing probably not though. My MG400 is natural color with white pick guard and black pickups. I am no to sure that I am that crazy about the white pick guard but it will probably grow on me like my other MG's have.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on March 08, 2009, 07:01:56 AM
My MG800 is a 93 and doesn't appear in the archives. I have an advert on my wall from a guitar shop called Musical Exchanges (Birmingham, UK) that had a run of 50 of certain models made and mine appears on that. It seems its a little special!

IT has no pickguard so I can't help you there...

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Washburn HM-24V (proto) / KC 90v x2 (Red, Translucent)/ MG 74/ MG 800 / Fernandes Revolver Pro w\\Sustainer / Ibanez 540 Radius (91 HSS) / Chimera (coming soon)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on March 08, 2009, 02:53:02 PM
I bought an MG400 almost exactly a year ago at a bargain $100 (GC)! It was in playable shape but I bought it as a fix up project. Transparent green with a pearloid pickguard, licensed Floyd rose w/Washburn stamp, 51, 52, 53 pickups, (HSS). It played OK and sounded OK (Blues jr amp). Check ebay, there's a guy in FL selling one in a natural finish (isn't moving). The body is alder, maple neck w/rosewood fb and jumbo frets. Things done so far, I've leveled and dressed the frets, Removed the Floyd rose nut since the strings were too close to the edge of the frets they'd fall over the edge of the frets on pull off's. I made a bone nut and cut with proper string spacing, locked the trem (nothing wrong with just don't use) and intonated it. I'll eventually cut my own shelf nut and go with the Feiten tunings, currently I use Paterson's StroboSoft and sweetenings which sound very nice. The pickups and electronics were original, I replaced the scratchy pot but was never pleased with the sound. Thin and brittle high end, tone control was worthless. There's significant hum and buzz. I did shield the thing throughout, but have to position myself just so to reduce the remaing buzz. I did like the #4 position w/the humbucker split and not split. I'm in the process of loading a new pickguard w/Dimarzio Area 61/61/67 (bridge). These are noiseless single coils and vintage voiced to boot. There's a great guitar that was waiting to be born. It's taken some work but its all been very rewarding. All the little changes made incremental improvements in playablity and tone.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 08, 2009, 09:15:21 PM
tmenss..

I just bought that MG-400 you mentioned from that same guy on E-Bay in Florida. This is the exact same guitar I am asking questions about.

Thank you for your take on your MG400..
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on March 10, 2009, 08:24:24 AM
Spike, good job!  the natural alder body on that one makes me want to strip mine down and go with the same. Hopefully your electronics work out better, mine was (ab)used to some degree and the FL guys looked mint. My pickguard and electronics were substandard truth be told, manufacturing shortfalls robbed this guitar of tone but the neck is great, it plays well and the sound is there. Look at the neck slot for a plastic shim. If you can remove this and clean the slot, reset the trem a bit to compensate. You'll have better acoustic coupling. The neck vibrations will couple with the body better. You'll see, the whole guitar responds to the strings.It's alive! Good luck, these gems are hard to come by. Keep in touch. I'll be making several pickguard templates for singles, and different pickup arrangements...you may want to try some out.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 10, 2009, 11:38:05 PM
tmenss, I should get the MG-400 tomorrow, I just hope it arrives before I leave for work(I work nights). I am having my driveway extended also tomorrow so I'll probably not even by able to unpack it for another day.

I have gone back to e-bay to look at my MG400 everyday since I bought it. The natural color looks like a blond or butterscotch to me, but the photos were taken out side. I guess I will see just how mint this guitar really is. The seller told me that it sat in a shop since the 90's and never sold? I really hope this is that mint.

Now I have lots of new gear to play with, My Marshall MG100DFX combo arrived yesterday, My Digitech Scott Ian Black 13 came today, the MG 400 and the Zoom GFX-4 should arrive tomorrow. I almost want to take a guitar day and call in from work.

If you are making Pickguard's or templates for Mercury's I would absolutely buy one or two in Black and  turtle shell for my HSS style.

Later Spike
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on March 12, 2009, 01:24:29 PM
Spike you probably have the guitar already, hows it going? I copied the photos from th FL guys orignal craiglist post, all 11 of them. That was beautifully finished and I wanted to copy it, hence the photo grab. I don't anticipate getting into selling finished pickguards. These will be templates to hold different pickup configurations. HSS, SSS, HSH. I'll eventually route out my own pickguards, but I can send you tracings of the final configurations to make your own. Also I am sending Chandler at pickguards.com a tracing of my current Washburn MG 400 pickguard and point out to him a couple fit issues. Check it out they'll make Washburn pickguards (probably on a CNC, more accurate than routing). He'll have an MG 400 specific setup pretty soon.

A tortoise shell guard would be outstanding with that color body, an all matt black would be a cool look too.

Sounds like you have a great amp rig and tone chain. I'm no pro and just want to have gear to do some recording with. Right now I use a borrowed Pro junior, and a few pedals. My plan is to build a small recording amp and cab, a Guytronix Ardmore into a 2x10 cab, main pedals will be a Voodoo Sparkle and Xotic AC booster, eventually add a Holy Grail, and some type of delay. I  record mostly clean and overdrive tones, I can add alot of effects in software. Recording is a lot different activity than live, which is another way of saying... I don't have a large repetoire of music. Cheers!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 13, 2009, 12:22:26 AM
Hey tmenss, what's up? You said you do some recording, what kind of music do you play?

 I just put my new MG-400 down after an hour and a half of messing with it. It took me 30min just to tune it though, put on new strings, apply Dunlop deep conditioner to the fret board, find the right allen wrench for it's Floyd locks at the nut,(which are a 3mm by the way, I really thought they would be a American standard size, Oh Well). Also I think my Washburn 600 tremolo needs some oil or something, everything is just a bit tight on it like this axe has not been played for years.

As for the condition... Yes, this is a New Old Stock guitar from 1994 in mint condition. There is still half the original plastic left on the pick guard. The finish is even better in person then the photos. Since I opened this up after midnight I still have not even plugged it into my new Marshall yet. Actually I got my Zoom GFX-4 Processor yesterday and still have not even tried it out yet.. Thank God tomorrow is friday because I know what I am doing this weekend, messing with all my new gear.
 
By the way, where are you from? I am in Southern Maryland..

Later,

Spike
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on March 13, 2009, 03:55:28 AM
If the trem is tight, then the springs are the culprit ;-) check the condition of them....

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Washburn HM-24V (proto) / KC 90v x2 (Red, Translucent)/ MG 74/ MG 800 / Fernandes Revolver Pro w\\Sustainer / Ibanez 540 Radius (91 HSS) / Chimera (coming soon)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on March 13, 2009, 10:54:15 PM
Spike Must be like xmas at your house, new guitar, amp, processor. Where to start! Tight trem? it's a knife edge so make sure the edge of the trem is sitting correctly on the studs.  Also you won't need all the springs to make your trem float. I use three with Ddario 10.5-48 To set the trem I used a piece of dowel and wrapped it with masking tape. I fit this between the trem block, the space towards the tail. Add or subtract tape by wrapping around the dowel. Gauge how much by looking at the edge of the trem in relation to the body. I have mine slightly dipping down at the tail end of the trem...the string blocks are actually parallel to the body this way. Now tune to pitch. the fine tuners should be neutral then lock the nut. Now you can fiddle with the number of springs and fine tune the spring tension by adjusting the screws on the spring plate. When you approach the proper float. the dowel will almost fall out with just the tiniest pressure on your trem.  Drop the block out this way when you feel you are close  with the trem angle. adjust the spring holder till the trem is positioned correctly. unlock the nut and tune. lock the nut. use the fine tuners to bring back into tune and fine tune the float with the spring plate. If all is ok you'll be amazed at how well it stays in tune with only the fine tuners keeping things in balance. Even though I don't use my trem I like the solid contstruction and love the fine tuners. I think MG400's were made in Korea...a metric country. There were some American Mercury Series non 400's. I'd love to get my hands on one to see what they are like. I live in St. Louis, MO, play mostly, classic rock, alternative and blues. I dunno, I've always loved the electric stringy chiming woody sound of tele's and strats. I like thier clean sound, transparency. Played well I think there's an immediacy and integrity of the players musical intent. Think about how really hard it is to solo with powerful musical purpose through a single coil bridge pickup. I;m so musically imperfect I may as well just leave the bridge pickup out of my guitar!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 15, 2009, 08:28:08 PM
Thank you for the input. I am taking this to my guitar guy tuesday and have him set mine up and adjust the tremolo. Actually the only thing I need to figure out now is how to remove the original plastic on the pick guard from 1994. It is really stuck on there and figure I'll have to remove the strings to get it all off. Honestly every time I pick up my MG-400 to remove the plastic I just end up playing it for hours on end instead.

I really look forward to having this great guitar set up properly though, then I will be without my Mercury for awhile. I do still have my Dean Z but I have just tuned that one to dropped D and use the Washburn for everything else now. Oh, well at least I have two great guitars to play.

Washburn DK20CET, Washburn MG-400, Dean Z-X, Marshall MG100DFX, Digitech Scott Ian Black 13, Zoom GFX-4
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Coverdale on March 17, 2009, 12:44:14 PM
Well, instead of my MG94...a trolley travel case arrived in the mail! :S
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on March 18, 2009, 12:01:09 AM
Since my MG-400 arrived less than a week ago I changed the strings to DR Dimebag 10's, and applied Dunlop 02 deep conditioner to the fretboard. Today I dropped off MG-400 at my guitar guy's house to set it up properly, Lower the action adjust the tremolo ect.. I was bummed at first to be without my fav G-Tar for a week but it should be all worth it next week.

I just went back to playing my Dean Z-X today, have not touched it since my Washburn arrived. I do still give props to Dean for making such a great guitar for under $200 but still like my MG the best. I was using my Dean for drop D tuning and the MG for everything else. I even put a Washburn sticker on the Dean Z case for my Dean Z-X.

I still cannot get the original plastic that came on my MG-400's pick guard off though, even my guitar guy thinks the best thing to do is put on a new pick guard. Problem is so far I have found no one that makes new or any pick guards for mine on e-bay. The best I can find is that they want me to send them a tracing of my pick guard or to send them (UHGGG)..my MG to custom make one, the later option is never going to happen though. Heck, I am a mechanic and at this point I would like to just find a blank 1.5 by 1.5 foot square pick guard and just make it my self but still can not find even that.

Maybe the Washburn Mercury gods will smile upon me soon and find me a solution to this.
Even if I have to live with my mint MG-400 with a screwed up looking pick guard oh well, I still have a mint condition 1994 Mercury.

Spike 1428
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on March 21, 2009, 10:11:44 AM
Spike
May try a hairdryer on it but keep the temp to around 140, it may soften the protective plastic and loosen the adhesive enough to get it off. I have copies of my MG400 pickguard (HSS, Floyd Rose). Email me and I can send you a scan, Currently it is sized to print 1:1 on an 11x17 sheet. Compare the screw holes, and the trem routing against your setup. Pickguards.com can make MG400, also search for CNC under the music section in eBay, there's a guy in NY that will do custom CNC routing.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: webwarmiller on March 25, 2009, 05:02:35 PM
First post on the washburn forum as I just bought my first washburn today.....an MG400 from the GC in La Mesa, CA.  I saw it on the CG used website, called the mgr of the store and it is being shipped out this afternoon (I live in DFW).  Only $150 after shipping and tax.....can't wait for it to arrive sometime next week....
(http://used.guitarcenter.com/images/products/105085529_lg.jpg)
(all pics from this GC have that old date - they need to set the date on their camera)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on April 02, 2009, 11:16:01 PM
I just got my MG-400 back from being set up. Now the action is lower but am getting way to much fret buzz. My MG is a N.O.S. with very little to no fret wear at all. Should I take it to another place and get it set up again or just get the frets dressed?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: G-man on April 03, 2009, 10:13:58 AM
quote:
Should I take it to another place and get it set up again or just get the frets dressed?



If it's NOS then the right neck adjustment, nut height, and bridge height should be enough if done right.

In other words if you get a setup and it's fretting out the guy is incompetent at his job.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on April 04, 2009, 12:28:58 PM
bummer, expecting more joy and all you get is trouble. If the buzzing is more pronounced after the 12th fret, I'd add neck angle to the mix that G-man pointed out. The neck is sometimes shimmed for various reasons. I had problems with the shim and removed it. I re-routed the neck pocket so the neck runs dead parallel to the body. [your setup may need some neck angle due to using a humbucker which may need more height at the bridge, I'm using single coils now]  Hope you can find an experienced person who knows how to deal with the complexities. Good luck!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on April 04, 2009, 09:53:30 PM
Today my neighbor came over to return my lawn rake and asked about the Mg-400. Seems he is experienced with adjusting the Floyd Rose tremolo so I am letting him mess with it now. He already noticed the tremolo was not set right and found the neck and frets to be in great condition.  

Actually we might have to lower the pickups a little as they are so high they are almost touching the strings. I am certain it will get set up right this time.

I plan to probably replace the pickups as the humbucker sounds great I am getting some noise issues with the singles and get the plastic off the pickguard soon also. Still it was a great $300 find on e-bay. Oh-well back to playing my Dean again which is never a bad thing as I like Dean and Washburn equally now.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on April 05, 2009, 10:49:19 AM
I love the floyd rose on the washburn it's solid. What are you using as the parallel reference: the base of the floyd ot the string blocks? I advocate using the string blocks as a parallel reference. This seems counter intuitive and it may restrict the whammy travel the lower you set your action. My reasoning is that you loose string angle at the point where the strings cross the saddle pieces. On low action setups with the base of the FR set parallel, when you dive bomb the string tension gets transferred to where the strings enter the blocks and may break strings more frequently. More important for keeping as much string angle at the saddle are all the tonal reasons, better sustain, and transfer of enegy to the tremolo springs. While on the subject of springs....if you're mixing old and new springs and new strings... it wil take a while for all the new stretching material to settle in. Just something to keep in mind. Hopefully this doesn't give you a headache. I couldn't figure out why single coils where so bad, mine were potted and shielded but they were noisier than other sc's and just didn't sound all that good for the mainly clean stuff tones that I look for. But then again I wasn't about to throw another couple hundred into it for new pups. I did like the humbucker too but it was still too fat a sound, I found myself splitting it and using the 4 position. May I suggest that you check out Bill Lawrence pickups? He has the very affordable Keystone line and 50's vintage sounding 200's. I don't know how they would balance with the exisiting humbucker though. He has some hotter 280's but I hear they can be touchy to setup. I bought the l45s. they are a very smooth even toned and crystal clear. They're not for everyone though. My next pickguard setup for the MG400 will be a couple of Bill Lawrences, PAF style with a 200 set in the middle. Oh, most of Bill's pups are noisefree. Her also invented the Fender SCN noiseless pups.
Hang in there!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on April 07, 2009, 11:21:07 PM
Thanks for the advice..

I will probably get the guitar back this Sat. I work nights and my neighbor works days. I really liked they way the MG-400 felt and played before getting talked into having it set up. Everything on this guitar is original except the strings.

As for the pickups, I may change them out but not anytime soon. I need to get rid of my Zoom GFX-4 guitar processor and get a Boss ME-50 first. I just cannot dial in the Zoom to get a good sound. My Marshall MG100DFX sounds great with my MG-400 and my Dean Z though.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on April 08, 2009, 11:03:13 PM
Got the MG-400 back today and everything plays and feels great now.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on April 09, 2009, 04:50:38 PM
Congrats! Now crank up that Marshall and let'er rip man. I wanna hear that gitar all the way back here in St. Louie bro. This Buds for you!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Spike2428 on April 14, 2009, 12:15:31 AM
Well, my MG-400 is better but still getting fret buzz. I play dropped D, S.O.D. to standard tuned Metallica. Maybe the Washburn Mercury's are not suited for my type playing. I have actually cased my MG-400 and put it next to my Acoustic on the wall that I have not even touched for the past month.

I have gone back to my $199.00 Dean Z for now. I will try a couple more times to get rid of the fret buzz on the MG-400. I am totally fustrated with it though as of right now if someone offered me the $300 that I paid for it I would sell it and get a 79 Dean Z.

I really liked how this guitar played untill the first guy tried to set it up. My neighbor unF#%ked it for me the best he could and it is a lot better now, he said we can still raise the action a little to get rid of the buzz and I trust him. My neighbor is an Officer in the Air Force and never charges for working on my guitars so I'll let him have another go at it.

I really love my MG-400, if I could get the plastic off or put on a new pick guard this guitar would be in as new condition. Also if I can get this set up for my style playing it would be absolutly perfect. I guess this is like my restoring my 71 Plymouth Satellite, it took me a year and a half and a road trip across 6 states just to find the correct year 8 3/4 posi sure grip rear end. So I guess it could take a little longer to get what I want out of my Washburn.

Spike
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: tmenss on April 14, 2009, 12:54:18 PM
Spike Does it cause fret buzz at random areas and when playing at different fret posiions? Possible that fret leveling is needed. If it is more specific to areas above the 12th fret then truss rod below the 12th it could neck angle/bridge height...generally. Even if this is a NOS neck you may see flattened spots on the frets where the factory levelled frets....ONLY to get rid of fret buzz for the factory setup job. The problem is, was the levelling done after the neck was set to neutral flat (a correct workflow procedure) or was this done after the truss rod was adjusted (wrong procedure....You'll never know for sure so the only procedure is to have the frets properly levelled and dressed then a setup and intonation performed. I did level and dress my frets and I have very low action on standard tuning  10.5-48 (Xl112+?) Dadarios. I don't play metal though.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: robin766 on April 17, 2009, 11:45:59 AM
Hi guys, I'am Robin from Malaysia. I bought a Mercury Series from a guy over the net many years ago and been wondering if its US made or Korean. I think its MG300 with 611, 612 and 623 on the pickups but its written on the Floyd as Washburn 800 S. Number 3040407. Its kinda confusing. Anyone can help identify this one? And ah u guys have any fotos of the same model? Thanks n Cheers
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Coverdale on April 17, 2009, 08:49:15 PM
Korean. USA Mercuries have Duncans
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: robin766 on April 17, 2009, 10:00:36 PM
Thanks Coverdale.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: robin766 on April 20, 2009, 09:29:50 PM
Ryan of Washburn said it could be MG 740 CS. The only difference is mine is rosewood neck, gold 'washburn' tuners and gold floyd (all metal parts are gold, well not gold plated, but gold finish). Then again, it could have been a mod. Thanks Ryan.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: robin766 on April 20, 2009, 09:49:23 PM
here's the photo
(http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss341/robin766/160420091166.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: robin766 on April 21, 2009, 03:02:44 AM
Looks like MG700 too...nvr mind. I just keep on rocking
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Fusion1 on June 10, 2009, 09:58:25 AM
All this talk about MG-400s I looked and low and behold one just sold for $118 and $35 shipping.  I was watching it and wanted to snipe it for $139 my internet got slow and I miased out on it.  Not sure if I would have won it but it looked sweet.  Gloss natural finish, black hardware and they even added a Camoflage Dimarzio Paf Pro (these colored pickups cost $110 new) and a Camo guitar strap.  I am so pissed I missed out on this.  The Mercury Gods were not smiling on me today....

Weird thing is it looks pretty identical to a Mercury MG-40 I sold recently other than the finish color.  So what exactly is the difference between a MG-400 and a MG-40?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: thebigdanbowski on June 25, 2009, 06:13:17 AM
Hi. I have what i think is an MG 701 (24 fret, wilkinson trem, H/S/S pickup config. Does anyone know what its approx value would be in near mint condition? Considering selling it as I play a Strat and PRS more often.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on June 25, 2009, 06:54:18 AM
I think the three figure models are newer - I think the MG xx were approx 91-93 and the MG xxx were 93-96 IIRC

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Washburn HM-24V (proto) / KC 90v x2 (Red, Translucent)/ MG 74/ MG 800 / Fernandes Revolver Pro w\\Sustainer / Ibanez 540 Radius (91 HSS) / Chimera (coming soon)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: dikan on September 11, 2009, 05:43:01 AM
Help needed!
I'm thinking to purchase guitar on the photo. The seller only knows that it's Mercury II Series serial No.4070501. Pickups are 411, 412, 423. Please can you tell me model of the guitar so I could see how much it worth.
Thank you in advance. Sorry for the size of the photo.
Branko
(http://images.kupujemprodajem.com/photos/ad/5/15/82115/big-82115_WM.JPG)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: dikan on September 12, 2009, 06:43:03 AM
quote:
Originally posted by dikan

Help needed!
I'm thinking to purchase guitar on the photo. The seller only knows that it's Mercury II Series serial No.4070501. Pickups are 411, 412, 423. Please can you tell me model of the guitar so I could see how much it worth.
Thank you in advance. Sorry for the size of the photo.
Branko



ANYONE THERE?

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on September 12, 2009, 07:10:12 AM
Hi dikan, the serial number makes it a 1994 model. I have put a link to the relevant page of the Washburn Archives, check to see if your model matches any of those. Happy Hunting.

http://www.washburn.com/images/stories/documents/archives/1994.pdf
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on September 19, 2009, 03:29:00 PM
It looks like the 03 MG 600F I have except with the full Floyd instead of the non locking Shaller on mine.
 Those are well built guitars and have nice necks but the stock pickups aren't so hot.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/For%20sale%20stuff/DSC01311.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/For%20sale%20stuff/DSC01310.jpg)

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype ,  1999 WM4. 2000 Stealth 002
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Red one off 100 watter built for Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Black combo modded to a 1/12
Late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75's
Avatar Red 2/12 with Vin 30's.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on September 19, 2009, 03:32:30 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Ascension

It looks like the 03 MG 600F I have except with the full Floyd instead of the non locking Shaller on mine.
 Those are well built guitars and have nice necks but the stock pickups aren't so hot. Unfortunately they don't bring much $ and that one should sell in the $200-300 range if nice.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/For%20sale%20stuff/DSC01311.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/For%20sale%20stuff/DSC01310.jpg)

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype ,  1999 WM4. 2000 Stealth 002
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Red one off 100 watter built for Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Black combo modded to a 1/12
Late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75's
Avatar Red 2/12 with Vin 30's.




Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype ,  1999 WM4. 2000 Stealth 002
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Red one off 100 watter built for Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Black combo modded to a 1/12
Late 80's Fender 2/12 cab.
Avatar Blond Oxblood 2/12 with GT-12 75's
Avatar Red 2/12 with Vin 30's.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: 1flooky on September 20, 2009, 04:26:06 PM
Just a quick thanks to Arykala for your reply last year re my sons MG74 lefty. Unfortunately he cant get on with the floyd rose so only just got around to fixing it lol. Are there any special pots or will any do ??
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: lostdogsfan on September 22, 2009, 01:26:38 AM
member wrote, It is a beautiful guitar. It is transparent green, pearl effect pick guard, Wilkinson bridge, pickups are Washburns 511, 512 and 523, head stock reads...Washburn Mercury designed by Grover Jackson, Tuners are Grovers, serial #4120466

My son just traded for a guitar that is exactly like what is quoted  above, but it's a '95. TRG isn't listed as a color for a '95 mercury, but CS has confirmed that this is a 1995 MIK mg401 Deluxe. Probably had an original street price around $500??? So what's a guitar like this worth today? Could end uo for sale. Any cool info anyone has on this guitar appreciated.

(http://i692.photobucket.com/albums/vv288/lostdogsfan/100_4383b.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: davidk111 on September 23, 2009, 06:57:03 PM
Hope someone can give me some advice. I have the chance to purchase a Washburn MG-52 Mercury Series for $150 + $25 to ship. I have read a lot of good things about the Washburns but would like someone to let me know if this price is a great deal, a OK deal or not a good deal. Here is the pics I have.

(http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz240/davidk111/BTy0wQ2kKGrHgoH-CIEjlLl26yBKIEeVzgQ.jpg)
(http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz240/davidk111/BTy31BGkKGrHgoH-DcEkJw2KwwWBKIEejkZ.jpg)
(http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz240/davidk111/BTy5nQB2kKGrHgoH-EEjlLl0TJBKIEernbC.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: athlane on November 01, 2009, 11:21:32 AM
Please help me to identify my Washburn guitar!

http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16533

Attila
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: hansvaneven on November 05, 2009, 11:13:38 AM
Wow, these all ook very cool, please bring 'm back ;)

Cheers,
Hans

http://www.hansvaneven.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0g8t5MZDEc
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: GoesTo11 on December 22, 2009, 02:15:19 PM
Does anybody know the stock nut string (E to E) width and bridge string width of the Stevie Salas?  Just bought one that had both replaced.  High (small) E string falls off side of fret board on first three frets.   I replaced the nut with a 1 5/8 and still have the problem (not quite as bad as before.)  Also, does anyone know if the stock bridge was the low (PRO?) or normal Floyd Rose.   Thanks.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on December 22, 2009, 02:33:43 PM
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11

Does anybody know the stock nut string (E to E) width and bridge string width of the Stevie Salas?  Just bought one that had both replaced.  High (small) E string falls off side of fret board on first three frets.   I replaced the nut with a 1 5/8 and still have the problem (not quite as bad as before.)  Also, does anyone know if the stock bridge was the low (PRO?) or normal Floyd Rose.   Thanks.


 Don't know the nut width and the Salas is not listed in the archives. The stock bridge if it is set neck USA was a Shaller Floyd if it is the import bolt on guitar it was the 600 Washy unit.

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype ,  1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Red one off 100 watter built for Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Black combo modded to a 1/12
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: jemiddle on December 27, 2009, 10:00:32 PM
I have a Red Finish Mercury II MG-821....

Bought it a long time ago and just wondering what the deal is with these guitars, value-wise, etc.

Any feedback would be great.

Jeff
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: TheRook on December 29, 2009, 09:59:11 PM
This is the second Mercury I've owned, and I believe they are the best value in used guitars today.  I usually buy an inexpensive electric to take with me each time I get deployed, and then I sell it before I return home.  I've purchased an MG-700, new Ibanez 350DX, new Ibanez RG3EX1, and now this MG-74.  I can honestly say that the MGs smoked the rest and I spent half as much on them.  

This particular MG-74 (Ser. # 2051821) was an ebay snag - $142.00.  From the photos I could tell it had at least one aftermarket pickup, but I couldn't tell if the bridge was the 600, or the much better 800s.  Its a miracle it got here in one piece, as the guy basically wrapped one piece of ultra thin foam around it (no case or gig bag) and shoved it in a flimsy box.

When it arrived, it was missing one of the string block clamps from the 800s bridge saddle, but I had one of my guys fab one from a spare bolt and it worked like a charm.  I'm very impressed with this guitar!  Aftermarket pickups, 800s bridge, coil tap, and perfect neck.  I won't be selling this one - I'll ship it home to refinish.

This leads to a few questions I was hoping you all could help me with:  

First, can anyone identify the bridge PU?  Its hard to tell tone from my micro-spider amp, but it sounds similar to an L-500.  The neck PU sounds more modern than a '59.

Second,
Does anyone know if this is a Mohagany body?  It has a flame maple top and feels very heavy compared to alder and basswood.

I am planning on stripping it down and finishing it with an oil similar to the N-series guitars.  Any suggestions on what to use to strip the finish off?  I am also going to make a new pickguard out of wood, changing the location of the volume knob and ditching the 5-way slider in favor of a 3-way toggle.

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn103/silvrsurfr37/IMG_0773.jpg)

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn103/silvrsurfr37/IMG_0774.jpg)

(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn103/silvrsurfr37/IMG_0775.jpg)

Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ncmreynolds on December 30, 2009, 04:23:30 AM
quote:
Originally posted by TheRook

First, can anyone identify the bridge PU?


Looks like a Dimarzio X2N, but could of course be one of the many cheap rail pickups kicking around.



2 EC29s, a KC90 and a whole load of Indies
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on December 30, 2009, 04:31:15 AM
Hi Rook, I've put a link to the Washburn Archives for the year 1992 which gives you a few specs.
I've got exactly the same model but all original with a Pearloid scratch plate. Really nice guitars.

http://www.washburn.com/images/stories/documents/archives/1992.pdf
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: TheRook on December 30, 2009, 05:14:09 AM
Cornish Boy,
Thanks for the link!  Thats great info.  Does yours have the flame maple top as well?  What is your opinion of the 800s bridge?  I had one on my MG 700 and I was very impressed with it.  I've got less than four months left until I go home and refinish it.  I can't wait to fix this one up.  
J
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on December 30, 2009, 05:29:04 AM
Hi again, no worries. Yep mine has the exact same finish as yours, Trans purple. As for the 800s trem, better than the 600 but an Official Floyd still can't be beat. I haven't had this one long so still considering swopping out the P'ups for S.D, JB+59 to get it up to the standard of my MG 94 USA which does sound the business at any level. But having said that I don't play out anymore and the stock P'ups sound ok through my computer, so might just keep this one stock. I'll get some pics up when my boy gives me my camera back.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: TheRook on December 30, 2009, 08:19:27 PM
I'm looking forward to those pics.  BTW, any recommendations for what to use to remove the finsih?
J
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on January 01, 2010, 05:24:00 PM
Cool guitar  looks like a 92 MG 72. That indeed looks like a Dimarzio X2N in the bridge.
 The clear pickguard was standard on those. That top is not maple it's Flame Sycamore and the body Alder.
 Why refinish it? I like that trans Purple.

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 100,102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1996 USA A-30, 1999 WM4.
Carvin Customs 1989 V220R, 1990 X220C
Amps
Fender Custom Shop Prosonics
Red one off 100 watter built for Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Black combo modded to a 1/12
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: TheRook on January 01, 2010, 06:56:32 PM
Ascension,
Thanks for the info!  I like the trans purple as well, but I want to refinish it for a couple of reasons:

First, this guitar has its share of dings and scratches, especially the two massive ones on the edge of the body below the volume/tone knobs.  I want to strip it down and sand them out.
Second, I can't stand the placement of the volume knob - it is constantly in my way.  I am going to move it down closer to the tone knob.  I am also going to ditch the middle pick-up (never been a fan) and install 3 way toggle instead of the 5 way slider.  Obviously this will require a custom made pickguard, but that's why I bought all those power tools, right? :)

I never expected this guitar to be such a player.  I just needed something to keep my hands in shape while I was overseas, so I didn't care about the dings and knob placement  But now I see this guitar as a legit backup/alternate tuning gig-able axe.

J Rock
2007 EBMM JP6 Pearl Red Burst
2008 Washburn N4 Vintage
2007 Washburn N5 Cream
2003 Washburn N3
1992 Washburn MG-74
Mesa Boogie Roadster, 2X12 Recto Cab
Line 6 AX212 Combo
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: diernan on January 09, 2010, 08:31:35 PM
Hello from Argentina. Sorry about my English. A few years ago I bought a white MG20. This has 411s, 412s and 423h. The serial number begins with 3, so it was done in 93, but in the pdf file says that the MG20 was made in 92. Is it really a MG20? I know that is the cheapest, but very comfortable, although the sound is not good, I think it will improve with other microphones. Very good forum. Thank you.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Sikufanya on January 21, 2010, 04:55:02 PM
I have an MG44 that purchased new in August 1992 and will NEVER sell. Over the years it's had a few mods and now has separate on/off switches for each pickup, Dimarzio PAF Pro at neck, HS1 in middle and FRED at Bridge. It also has push-push pots for tapping the two humbuckers. It's a gorgeous guitar and the original Mercury series guitars are still some of the best looking guitars ever made.
 I am personally les of a fan of the mercury II series. They are still nice but I thought at the time that Grover Jackson had ruined them. The problem with a 24 fret guitar is that the neck pickup is closer to the bridge so you lose a little tone over a 22 fret one. Grover Jackson took the Mercury, and as well as moving the truss rod adjuster to the body end, pushing the neck pickup even further towards the bridge, he made the body thinner so it looked more like a Jackson,and put the blobbier headstock on, replacing the more sharply defined one on the original.
 He did however, introduce the Wilkinson trem, which for those who don't need the bombastic nature of a Floyd is absoultely brilliant, a major leap over the original Fender unit but still easy to string. Looking back on these Mercury II guitars now, I think I was a little harsh on them but I still prefer the originals.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: TheRook on January 21, 2010, 09:33:14 PM
Sikufanya,
You should post some pics of your MG!

J Rock
2007 EBMM JP6 Pearl Red Burst
2008 Washburn N4 Vintage
2007 Washburn N5 Cream
2003 Washburn N3
1992 Washburn MG-74
Mesa Boogie Roadster, 2X12 Recto Cab
Line 6 AX212 Combo
And coming soon...09 Davies reissue 2.0 N4 Padauk
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: themechanic345 on January 22, 2010, 04:49:22 PM
Hey everyone!
I have an MG-42 in purple with the black pickguard.
I think it's 1994...although I'm not 100% sure[?]
Good stuff tho.
Oh, and I have a question about it! What are trem posts supposed to be? Like, hex wrench heads, or what? Because the trem posts that it had when I bought it are philips head type.
Thanks!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: soundgardener75 on January 27, 2010, 11:17:57 AM
Hey guys!

I saw an MG-42 here for $75. I think I'm gonna get it after seeing a lot of praises over here. It would make a great project for upgrades: OFR, SD or DiMarzio pickups and such.

Should I?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on January 27, 2010, 01:52:26 PM
Did anybody ever post pics of an MG-154 or MG-142?
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on March 02, 2010, 05:16:18 AM
About time I put up pics of my Mercury series. MG 94 USA and MG 74 Korean, both cracking guitars.
Both made in 1992.

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/46traveller/USAMercury94.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/46traveller/Mercury74.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: scallyuk on March 17, 2010, 01:40:29 AM
Mine has a reverse headstock with a Mercury series label
a bolt on neck (4 bolt) with access to 24th fret. and a Tonewood inlay at 24th fret.
Serial number is stamped onto heel plate and reads 3071706
2 x humbuckers a 621 (neck) and 632 (bridge) with coil tap pull pot
finish is natural/clear - looks like oil rather than poly

bridge is a 600-s licenced from Floyd Rose
guitar has chrome tuners and locking nut.

I've checked the '93 listing on the guitar archive but it doesn't appear to match any of the mercury listings. Anyone got any ideas?

There is also a sticker on the neck near the body join reading MGXA-NM
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: arykala on March 17, 2010, 06:58:19 PM
Thats the Tonewood series - a bunch of different woods were used.

--

Washburn HM-24V (proto) / KC 90v x2 (Red, Translucent)/ MG 74/ MG 800 / Fernandes Revolver Pro w\\Sustainer / Ibanez 540 Radius (91 HSS) / Chimera (coming soon)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: 1flooky on March 18, 2010, 02:50:11 PM
Hi Guys, my sons MG74 lefty needs new vol and tone pots, do i need 250k or 500k types, and long or short shaft ? As u can tell I dont know a lot lol, but am determined to fix it this time. Also is there a wiring diagram available anywhere ?
Pics are on page 5 here if u wanna see it.
Thanks in advance
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Eraser on April 01, 2010, 04:22:40 AM
Hi! I've got MG-44. It has 24 frets, 3 sets of pick ups (521 neck, 523 bridge and i supposed that 512 in middle) Washburn 600-S Floyd Rose. Serial number is 3031382. What could you say about it additionally? Where was it made and when? The guy who has sold it to me couldn't give me definite information(
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on April 01, 2010, 04:33:00 PM
http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Electrics/Mercuryelectric.html

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www.vintagewashburn.com
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ashesh on April 30, 2010, 08:05:21 AM
yeah its mg 401
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: August S on August 06, 2010, 04:43:59 PM
Hi guys I have a  94 mg401 mercury II series, the serial is 4030814 ( so I guess 94, and it has no letters) but it says nothing more just the symbol of washburn and the phrase hand crafted since ....so how can i find wich factory did this one.(inside the gtr there is nothing, and the gtr camed with a paper of the time warranty, with the US adress, and nothing more.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: August S on August 06, 2010, 04:48:40 PM
it's the yellow one benith the mg401 especification that cames on the photos of this link:
http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Electrics/Mercuryelectric.html
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: jgimco on August 22, 2010, 08:57:58 PM
quote:
Originally posted by robin766

Looks like MG700 too...nvr mind. I just keep on rocking



yeah mg 701
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ertle on September 23, 2010, 06:34:50 PM
i;m; also new and thank the washburn group for all the info . I;m 48 playing 32yrs. I have 87 electrics ten of witch are usa washburns a mg100 pro ;mg120 prototype with 2 humbuckers gorgous wood. a rare custom shop eagle neck threw with pafs ; one off a n4 pydunk with custom wound hbs  a stock n6 ;a wi580 a laredo with a sparkle blue top rare tele. a silverado and a dd70 usa swapped out the pu;s to dark threw in a set of duncan super humbuckers world of differnce. I almost forgot the one that started them all a korean 2004 x50 pro with the x on the 12th fret. I was impressed with that guitar .I paid 247 on ebay cogniac burst 59 custom custom the buzz feinten system grovers coil taps i was impressed. This thing shredds. Really fast neck. My friends couldn;t believe it was korean. Has anyone bought anything made in places other then the usa or korea ;hows the quality. Its great being with guitar lovers my wife of 10yrs is good with it all. Maybe i can swap her for a mg 154 lol .,ertle
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on September 23, 2010, 07:28:42 PM
ertle it sounds like you got quite the collection.  You should sign up for photobucket and upload some pics of your guitars so we can see them all.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: sandimasc on October 01, 2010, 03:54:58 PM
Hi, here is my mg pictures (I do not know which model is)

http://img692.imageshack.us/i/hrimg1679.jpg/
http://img695.imageshack.us/i/dsc03381c.jpg/
http://img801.imageshack.us/i/dsc03383k.jpg/
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: ertle on October 10, 2010, 11:48:12 AM
i own a mg 100 pro mint ; a mg104 with a schallar hsh configuration and awesome top. and a one off mg122 with a honduras wood body. These are high quality usa guitars. I own everything from a-z in my humble opinion after 48yrs and 32 of active playing . These are a steal ,.the locking tuners can be a bit tricky but once you conquer that they play like a dream .You can;t compare these to anything because they are unique . Thats what washburn wanted . thants why they higherer Grover jackson. Their are a lot of subtle design features that i;ve seen on expensive custom shop guitars that these carry. The dirrect mount pickups ; either a schallar bridge or a wilkenson vintage vs100 bridge all expensive high quality. some of these pickups are custom made for these by duncan to grovers specs.The sound is not comparable to anytning except an exceptionally built guitar that will last you a life time for a reasonable price. That is until more people find out about these the price will skyrocket. I definitely can see these going vintage in years to come. Humbuly my opinion
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: juancarlin on December 17, 2010, 11:32:18 PM
I'm having trouble identifying my Mercury. Imagine a sunburst, almost exact stratocaster copy, 3 single coils, maple neck, maple fretboard, Grover tuners, on the headstock it only says Washbhurn and MERCURY on a smaller font at its right, no series or Designed by Grover Jackson or anything else. The bridge is a standard stratocaster fulcrum type bridge, no 2-point, no Wilkinson. There are no signs of any modification (other than the bridge pickup being changed to a DiMarzio SuperDistortion-S, I changed it myself). The serial is 7021517 and you can -barely, it is a bad, cell phone taken photo- see it on this post: http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19283

It has a white standard stratocaster 3-ply pickguard, 3 knobs,  a bullet truss rod adjustment -a la 70s fender strat-, standard stratocaster-like metal front angled jack assembly, and the 90s style neckplate (no eagle, the 90s Washburn logo and serial number, then hand crafted since 1876 on the 4-screws neckplate).
Any light on this one? Wiill be able to post a few pics in a few days (I'm away from it right now). THANK YOU!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on December 19, 2010, 05:57:02 PM
Pics would help in this situation.  The neck looks like it's an import version (MG).  The body doesn't match with many of the MG series.  Most of them had truss rod adjustments at the body and the pickguards look a little different. It still could be something Washburn put together when they ended the line in '96/'97.  Might be a parts mutt as well.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on December 20, 2010, 12:49:45 PM
Thought I'd put a picture of my Mercury 2 series WT 522 T,S. Korean made in 94. Haven't seen a lot of this model anywhere. Anyone else got one of these??


(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/46traveller/WT522.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on December 20, 2010, 01:44:33 PM
Wow I haven't seen one of those outside the catalogs.  It's basically the import version of the Loredo.  Looks pretty cool.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on December 21, 2010, 05:33:19 AM
Hi darren, first off mucho respect to you for the vintage Washburn Site.
Yep, really well made instrument, Wilkinson bridge etc. Pups are more than adequate (no idea of make, not gonna change 'em so not bothered). Got really lucky on ebay with this one, only marks on it were fingerprints. So far it's the only one I've seen, as you say Outside the catalogues. Two piece body, skunk stripe neck, every bit as nice looking as any other make, and in mho could cost treble if a different name was on the headstock. This guitar has got me back playing through an amp, as opposed to through my computers. Been messing (and that's what it is) with a Variax and Line 6 stuff for quite a while, this guitar sounds good even through a Marshall micro stack. Gotta say, Washburn got it spot on with this model, maybe I've been lucky with this particular guitar, but if another one crops up at some time, I'll try for it.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on December 22, 2010, 04:08:25 AM
quote:
Originally posted by sandimasc

Hi, here is my mg pictures (I do not know which model is)

http://img692.imageshack.us/i/hrimg1679.jpg/
http://img695.imageshack.us/i/dsc03381c.jpg/
http://img801.imageshack.us/i/dsc03383k.jpg/


 That one is interesting. It has the configuration of a 92-93 MG 104 but the later neck plate and headstock. Reminds me of a 95 I almost bought a couple of years ago from a dealer in Japan. It had been signed by Grover. That SN also is a ?? Sure looks like a USA MG but not a model I recognize maybe a proto of some type or a one off custom??  Cool guitar!

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1996 USA A-30,
Carvin  1990 X220C
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Zinky designed Fender Custom Shop Prosonic Black combo modded to a 1/12
 Marshall JCM 900 MK III High Gain Dual Master Volume 1/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: sandimasc on December 30, 2010, 05:16:35 PM
quote:
Originally posted by sandimasc

Hi, here is my mg pictures (I do not know which model is)

http://img692.imageshack.us/i/hrimg1679.jpg/
http://img695.imageshack.us/i/dsc03381c.jpg/
http://img801.imageshack.us/i/dsc03383k.jpg/

That one is interesting. It has the configuration of a 92-93 MG 104 but the later neck plate and headstock. Reminds me of a 95 I almost bought a couple of years ago from a dealer in Japan. It had been signed by Grover. That SN also is a ?? Sure looks like a USA MG but not a model I recognize maybe a proto of some type or a one off custom?? Cool guitar!

Hi Ascension,

     Thank you for answering my question about my guitar model, the serial number: 9608096.


Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Randall V2 on January 09, 2011, 05:53:14 PM
I could get a Washburn MG 44. Is this a good guitar, and how much is it worth?

Thanks,

Chris
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on January 10, 2011, 10:55:28 AM
The import MGs are decent guitars but they are not worth much.  You can get them here in the states for under $100.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: stecco222 on January 11, 2011, 11:53:02 AM
Hi guys im looking for a washburn mg 104... if you sell please contact me!
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on April 07, 2011, 10:11:50 AM
An addition to my Mercury family. Probably Korean built 1993 reverse headstock, sloped 621-623 pups, 600s trem, coil tap. Three piece body, one piece neck (with small added piece on headstock) marked Tonewood at base of neck. Only ever seen one other of these up for sale, any more out there??
(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/46traveller/DSCF0278.jpg)
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on April 07, 2011, 10:57:01 AM
That's the only slanted-pup MG I've seen other than the usa MG112 in the catalogs.   Not too many MGs around with that pickup configuration.  Pretty cool.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on April 11, 2011, 08:48:24 AM
Hi darren, done a bit of digging on this. Evidently the Model designation is MGX-NM, this is on a neck sticker on the only other model the same as this, which has recently been sold in the UK. Heavy build, it weighs in at four kilos, but balanced very well.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on April 12, 2011, 01:34:18 AM
quote:
Originally posted by darreno27

That's the only slanted-pup MG I've seen other than the usa MG112 in the catalogs.   Not too many MGs around with that pickup configuration.  Pretty cool.

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www.vintagewashburn.com
www.extendedcutaway.com


 True not many slanted bucker MG's around. I have a NOS USA swamp ash body and bound MG neck that someday I'm going to build out.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/NOS%20Washburn%20MG%20neck%20and%20body/DSCF0283.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/NOS%20Washburn%20MG%20neck%20and%20body/DSCF0284.jpg)
 Note the bound board and that the nut has never been slotted!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/rutledri/NOS%20Washburn%20MG%20neck%20and%20body/DSCF0290.jpg)

Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1996 USA A-30,
Carvin  1990 X220C
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Zinky designed Fender Custom Shop Prosonic Black combo modded to a 1/12
 Marshall JCM 900 MK III High Gain Dual Master Volume 1/12.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Cornish Boy on April 12, 2011, 05:46:45 AM
Hi Ascension, now that IS a nice project,I hope you get the time to build that. I for one would be interested in seeing that progress. I know you are up on the specs on the Mercury series, just wondering if you've ever seen another MG model either USA or import with a reversed headstock??
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: darreno27 on April 12, 2011, 11:30:39 PM
Thanks for the info.

As for the reversed headstocks, I have seen one 24 fret USA and three import MGs with reversed headstocks.  I don't think there are too many floating around.
Title: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on May 12, 2011, 08:50:34 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Cornish Boy

Hi Ascension, now that IS a nice project,I hope you get the time to build that. I for one would be interested in seeing that progress. I know you are up on the specs on the Mercury series, just wondering if you've ever seen another MG model either USA or import with a reversed headstock??


 Sorry bro for the late resonse I have been out of pocket for a while. No I haven't seen one with a reverse headstock.
Tonight I scored this on ebay 92-93 MG 104 body! Who has a USA 24 Fret neck??
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=230618109776&si=t%252B505Qx7Yv7lAY0PhyCZk9E%252BXXA%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT


Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1996 USA A-30,
Carvin  1990 X220C
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Zinky designed Fender Custom Shop Prosonic Black combo modded to a 1/12
 Marshall JCM 900 MK III High Gain Dual Master Volume 1/12.
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: heartskater on July 16, 2012, 11:59:17 AM
Did you ever find out anything about this guitar. I have one also and was wondering the same thing.
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Christian73 on August 02, 2012, 01:14:16 PM
Did you ever find out anything about this guitar. I have one also and was wondering the same thing.

I've got one of these as well. It is an MGX-NM (Natural Matte) a.k.a Tonewood

I've heard that they were made in the Samick plant in Korea around 1992-1993, maybe as a run out model?. I've also heard that it was designed by Grover Jackson.

Here are some more Mercurys, but the MGX-NM isn't included for some reason:

http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Electrics/Mercuryelectric.html
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Sgtlogan on August 29, 2012, 12:56:32 PM
I have a MG 35 left handed Merc Series.....does this ring a bell with anyone

Ok.....I was working from memory....it is an MG-24 lefty....oooops
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Bradley on December 06, 2015, 04:42:59 AM
I recently purchased what I am pretty sure is a MG44. the neck is amazing , really nice guitar to play I'd post some pics but can't find the attachment button
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: choyt80 on March 17, 2016, 02:41:18 PM
The Mercury MG-42 was my first guitar my mom got for me and I played the heck out of it for 20 years. However, I never took the time to really care for it growing up as I knew how to play, but clueless when it came to setting up. I picked up a Parallaxe last year and knew if I didn't do anything with the Mercury, she was going to collect dust and I didn't want to sell her for chump change as it's sentimental to me for being my first axe.... Everyone remembers their first! 

One major issue I found with the Mercury is that the lower FR post hole wasn't to spec from the nut, about a couple millimeters longer. At some point the post broke into the block cavity and answered my question of why my lower strings had such crappy sustain. I filled the post holes added additional wood in the block cavity and drilled away. I ordered a Gotoh FR (GE-1996T) which has larger diameter post mounts. These wouldn't work because there's not much wood in this area. So I sold those and got the standard FR mounts which work great. If anyone is interested in upgrading their FR, I suggest getting a Gotoh as it's a direct swap for the 600s that was standard on Mercury. Also, a 40mm block will fit that really helps the sustain.

The only items that are original is the body, neck, and rear cavity cover. I stained the body and neck with Transfast blue powder and also mixed blue stamp ink to give it more pop. The finish includes many coats of Deft. I redid the frets myself and while studying on this task, seemed quite difficult. However, it takes patience and if you have it, it really pays off.

I've added a super 5-way switch to compliment the SD Distortion trembucker and Full Shred humbucker. I've since swapped out the Full Shred with a Screamin Demon in the neck and haven't put it down since. However the Demon is black and is not aesthetically pleasing so I'll be looking for a white one. Overall, took roughly 8 months of on and off work, and I probably dropped $600 into it which is high, but compared to buying another axe, you can't touch the upgrades that I've added for that price. Anyways, I'm happy that there are Mercury enthusiast out there as this is such a great axe and like many have agreed, Washburn needs to manufacture a line of these again. My stepfather has a wide collection of guitars from PRS to a 1969 Les Paul and he always wants to play the Mercury when I bring her over.

Please ask if you have questions!

(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag317/choyt80/FullSizeRender%206_zpsk02iafpa.jpg) (http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/choyt80/media/FullSizeRender%206_zpsk02iafpa.jpg.html)

(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag317/choyt80/FullSizeRender_zps2snqlvz2.jpg) (http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/choyt80/media/FullSizeRender_zps2snqlvz2.jpg.html)

(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag317/choyt80/FullSizeRender%2013_zpsy6s4sij3.jpg) (http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/choyt80/media/FullSizeRender%2013_zpsy6s4sij3.jpg.html)

(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag317/choyt80/FullSizeRender%2011_zpsxkifyutq.jpg) (http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/choyt80/media/FullSizeRender%2011_zpsxkifyutq.jpg.html)

(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag317/choyt80/MG42-11_zpsguwf3ebz.jpg) (http://s1371.photobucket.com/user/choyt80/media/MG42-11_zpsguwf3ebz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: LesPaul2014 on August 16, 2016, 09:12:04 PM
I have a trans purple 92 MG74, also came without a pick guard. Anyone know why these seem so rare, never seen a spec that didn't include the pick guard.
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: craigrhome on August 17, 2016, 06:01:40 PM
I just acquired a Mercury II Series, SN 4011640.It  has Washburn 511, 512, 523 pus, and Washburn bridge that is missing its tremolo arm.
No other markings on guitar....  Any help with model number, vintage, and source for tremolo arm would be appreciated.
Thanks
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Ascension on June 15, 2017, 11:29:40 PM
Lets try and resurrect some MG love here! Any of the old USA MG lovers still hangin around over here?
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Taldaran on October 05, 2017, 01:17:45 PM
I have a few Mercuries, none of them USA Models. I have been playing them onstage for years and buy them cheap, and  often refret them as well since most have been heavily played which is a testament in itself. Occasionally I have to do trem post resets, but not often. Even for an overseas model, very well built.
Title: Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
Post by: Randallthered on October 25, 2017, 06:28:14 PM
Can anyone tell me the neck radius for a 1996 Washborn Mercury MG401 Deluxe?