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Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 01, 2009, 11:30:44 AM
So it arrived yesterday!!

huzzah!!!

First things first, great service from teh Funkeh Munkeh!!  would definitely buy from them again!

so the guitar, still not 100% sure about the finish, but it's not as bad as i first thought, but Nick says that the rest should have a relicing more like the N4s, as they've now shown the Indonesian guys how they do it.

I can't compare it to an N4, unfortunatly, but it completely outstripped the N61 i tried a while back.  feel wise i think it's pretty much the same as the N2 relic i tried a little while ago, which would make sense!!

to play it is a very nice guitar, better than anything i already own (which includes a US 57 reissue strat, Epi les paul, KC-40)  can't give you any technical detail about neck shapes, or fret sizes, cos i don't know about that gubbins, though the frets are bigger than anything i have.

it has been well put together, small gap in the SEC but the frets are niceley dressed, no sharp edges, everything seems level, action is nice and low, slight buzz on the 6th string, but it's traveled a lot so can't expect everything to be set up perfectly (i've bought guitar with much worse set ups in the UK)

Again sounds wise it's brilliant!!  the BL USA L500 could almost be described as a bit harsh (certainly compared to anything else i have), washburn neck PUP is obviously mellower, coil tap to the single coils brightens everything up, but no real loss of volume.

the sustain seems to go on forever!!!  very very impressed by that!!

it has the matt clear coat finish like the other N2s which i quite like, arm glides accross it very smoothly!!

Got my self a form fit case as well, figured it a good idea as it was the prototype.  the case is amazingly small, and fits the guitar absolutely perfectly, definitely a good idea for your N!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 02, 2009, 03:48:29 AM
Here's some pics to go with it!!

SO it fits perfectly in the N4 form fit case

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-12.jpg)

Little gap in the SEC nothing major

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-11.jpg)

Bridge is nice and tight to the body (well compared to my KC any ways!!)

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-9.jpg)

Humbucker mode

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-8.jpg)

Split coils

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-7.jpg)

Neck at the nut end

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-6.jpg)

Neck and the fancy end

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-5.jpg)

Coulda had an extra two frets in there  =OP

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-4.jpg)

Back of the SEC

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-3.jpg)

Some bugger's written on it!!!!

(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-2.jpg)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Cornish Boy on August 02, 2009, 05:54:10 AM
Nice one Jake, glad it arrived safely. Play Away.
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Junior88 on August 02, 2009, 06:52:49 PM
I feel so dumb! I have had my N2 for over a year, and your picture of the split coils (by pulling the volume up) just told me how to actually do that! Geez... I'm going to go sit a corner... Don't mind me...


Sick guitar, btw!

The small, but mighty collection:
Washburn N2, Barracuda Strat Copy, Art & Lutherie Acoustic, Greg Bennet D-5 Acoustic, Roland Cube 30
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 03, 2009, 02:08:56 AM
Silly!!!

you shoulda asked someone!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Junior88 on August 03, 2009, 11:55:28 AM
Probably should have. Lol. Aw well, I was doing fine with just buckers, But now im doing awesome with the coil split!

Besides, The guys at the local guitar shop are... Well... Kinda dimwits...

The small, but mighty collection:
Washburn N2, Barracuda Strat Copy, Art & Lutherie Acoustic, Greg Bennet D-5 Acoustic, Roland Cube 30
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: funkymunky on August 03, 2009, 12:44:55 PM
glad you dig it!

I played that thing for 45 minutes when it showed up!  that guitar is a great platform for washburn to move forward with and expand!

(are you guys listening!?!?)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: WB-Nick on August 04, 2009, 08:55:05 AM
quote:
Originally posted by funkymunky
(are you guys listening!?!?)



Always!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Greg M. on August 04, 2009, 09:26:53 AM
How much are these guitars going to run?  Other than the weird and unnatural relicing, I'm not seeing anything negative about it at all.  Great idea to go ahead and do the coil split, which many players wind up modding theirs to do anyway.  I like it.
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 05, 2009, 11:15:35 AM
The finish is growing on me, but then that might just be because it's my guitar!!

i believe the standard price will be $699, but i'm sure Jon will correct me if i'm wrong!!

i'd definitely reccomend them!!! =O)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: cedwards on August 05, 2009, 02:22:56 PM
quote:
Originally posted by the_high_number
Some bugger's written on it!!!!

Sweet! Laughed hard.

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Title: Washburn N24
Post by: digitalscream on August 11, 2009, 06:20:43 AM
quote:
Originally posted by the_high_number

i believe the standard price will be $699, but i'm sure Jon will correct me if i'm wrong!!



Same price as the N61, then?

Still mucho irritating that Washburn prices in the UK seem to be $1:$1.
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: N4ESA_UK on August 11, 2009, 06:42:10 AM
couldnt agree more.  Maybe the limited number of Uk dealers just put the prices up as they see fit?
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Hodders_N4 on August 11, 2009, 06:46:23 AM
Its a shame as it often forces buyers to look further afield (the US) for better deals. (Theres a nice used MW N4 on the bay at the moment for under $800 if anyone is interested.)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: N4ESA_UK on August 11, 2009, 07:04:48 AM
Hows the N24 playing High_Number?  The more I see your pics the more I like it [:)]

Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 11, 2009, 07:23:31 AM
I know, it's a grower isn't it!!!

it's still fantastic, think the trem needs to come up a touch on the bass side, getting some buzz all up the fret board, but i can't be bothered to do it properly right now and take out all of the strings!!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: desertrider on August 12, 2009, 08:09:58 PM
anybody know when these will be more available?
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 13, 2009, 02:24:02 AM
Nick has said that these and the flame top versions are in production, i would guess before they go on general release they will need to get a reasonable stop to be able to make sure they can do a sensible release!!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: ZeGlobox on August 19, 2009, 03:05:21 PM
nick : why do the n2s have this horrible plastic-looking varnish ??
I can't imagine varnish being less expensive than oil/wax
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Junior88 on August 19, 2009, 07:28:39 PM
I agree, Do some without the relicing! Just oil the wood! (Leaving that open for a good joke!)

The small, but mighty collection:
Washburn N2, Barracuda Strat Copy, Art & Lutherie Acoustic, Greg Bennet D-5 Acoustic, Roland Cube 30
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: ZeGlobox on August 20, 2009, 01:56:07 AM
I'm not talking about the relicing.... all N2s, reliced or not, have this ugly plastic looking matte varnish... i can't see any good reason why, since it betrays the N4's spirit...
early N2s weren't varnished at all...
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 20, 2009, 02:19:33 AM
see, now i don't have an N4 to compare it to, but i do think it feels good under my arm!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: WB-Nick on August 20, 2009, 03:52:39 PM
i had a rep from the factory here last month and i showed him how we oil the N4s.  I'm hoping to get the N2 finish to be very similar to the N4 oil finish.

thanks,
Nick
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Junior88 on August 20, 2009, 08:38:04 PM
Sounds good Nick, Please get the finish to be the same! I don't mind my N2's finish... But oil will be awesome!

The small, but mighty collection:
Washburn N2, Barracuda Strat Copy, Art & Lutherie Acoustic, Greg Bennet D-5 Acoustic, Roland Cube 30
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: ZeGlobox on August 21, 2009, 01:15:14 AM
quote:
Originally posted by WB-Nick

i had a rep from the factory here last month and i showed him how we oil the N4s.  I'm hoping to get the N2 finish to be very similar to the N4 oil finish.

thanks,
Nick



awesome :)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: zipperhead2010 on August 25, 2009, 09:06:14 AM
So you could actually order that custom form fit case from FunkyMunky as well? I want one, it's hot man!! Can you take a picture of the inside of the case with the guitar out of it so I can see the shape?
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 25, 2009, 10:55:18 AM
Will try and remember later on!!Prolly wont get it posted till tomorrow though
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on August 26, 2009, 02:11:50 AM
Full case
(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-15.jpg)

and spares compartment
(http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp41/mr_leemur/photo-16.jpg)
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: duke808 on September 13, 2009, 12:50:40 PM
any more news on a date its gonna come out i'm seroiusly thinking about one as the n4 is outta my price range and my ability on the guitar cant warrant that expence
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: duke808 on January 20, 2010, 04:23:24 PM
anyone know if the n24 coming to uk i really want one i got an n2 but love the relic style and want the sec but want stickers on it which should i use n2 or n4 as n24 too much!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: N4ESA_UK on January 21, 2010, 04:08:49 AM
If I were you, I would contact Jon at FunkyMunky music.  I know he did have 3 in stock and from past experience I would imagine his prices, together with VAT and shipping, will be the same cost (if not less) than the UK retail price through Washy's UK distributor 'Sound control' in Herts.  

Title: Washburn N24
Post by: Calmante on January 21, 2010, 10:15:06 PM
I think the N24 is one of the best things to happen to the N-series.  Now, people who love the N4 but can't afford it have a true alternative.
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on January 22, 2010, 04:10:20 AM
dang it i could-a sworn i posted on this yesterday!!!

i agree with Sam, funky munky is the way forward, he's great to deal with, packs the items well, and keeps you well informed about what's going on!!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Washburn-N24-import-N4-Nuno-Bettencourt-guitar_W0QQitemZ390143765402QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item5ad6616b9a

He charged me $99 for delivery to the UK, so obviously you need to work out cost of the item, ((item price + delivery) * import duty 5%) * VAT 17.5%

go for it!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: duke808 on January 24, 2010, 08:48:58 AM
cheers guys. i just got to get the money together and sell my 2 N2's. i'm worried about buying abroad as there is no come back if there is a problem
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: the_high_number on January 25, 2010, 02:32:13 AM
while i guess no one can guarantee it, from what i've heard Jon is very good with his returns!!

drop him a mail and have a chat if you're concerned!!
Title: Washburn N24
Post by: duke808 on January 31, 2010, 11:46:18 AM
thanks guys just gotta sell my N2's now anyone interested?