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Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Pike on February 17, 2010, 12:47:26 AM
American built D51SW Apache & D55SW Cherokee, 1995 vintage.

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/Washburn1995-05-D51SWD55SW.jpg)

 



Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: mcloud10 on March 31, 2010, 02:19:15 PM
I bet that Cherokee sounds sweet!  Didn't you say you own one, Pike?

Mark

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Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Noun0 on April 19, 2010, 08:09:52 AM
Another style for the Apache was at Frankfurt (April 1995) , with one feather instead dot markers...

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/3228/apachewashburnnew.jpg
Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: jimsmithsr on April 19, 2010, 07:35:22 PM
NounO:
   You're right....the production Apache had one feather at the 12th fret position.  The Apache shown in the catalog (posted by Pike) is one of the prototypes built by Bourgeois.

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Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Pike on April 21, 2010, 12:02:55 PM
quote:
I bet that Cherokee sounds sweet! Didn't you say you own one, Pike?

Yes Mark, I own one of the earlier ones with the smaller bridge plate.

 
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Another style for the Apache was at Frankfurt (April 1995) , with one feather instead dot markers...
Here's my Apache Noun0, with the single featherr inlay...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/DSC_0112.jpg)

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/DSC_0101.jpg)

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/dd757e04.jpg)

Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Noun0 on April 22, 2010, 06:31:07 AM
Nice , very very nice.... How does it sounds compared to the Cherokee ?
Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Pike on April 22, 2010, 02:35:10 PM
Well, as different as rosewood and maple Noun0, the Apache is the best sounding spruce/maple dreadnaught I've ever played... the deepest woodiest bass you'd ever want, but crisp and balanced highs and mids as well... a DB masterpiece. Here's a pic of her back side...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/fc672a4a.jpg)
Title: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: nogin007 on July 23, 2011, 08:54:23 AM
I watch a show on RFD-TV, on Friday nights, called Country Family Reunion. It's a show with many of the older country writers and performers from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I always see a Washburn Cherokee on the show, being used by various singers. I think the Cherokee is owned by Bill Anderson, the host of the show, as I've also seen it pictured on a couple of his older albums. The Cherokee always sounds good, and seems to be preferred by the performers, over other guitars sitting on stands near them.
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Tio Kimo on September 04, 2012, 03:11:52 PM
maybe you're like Pike and are blessed to own one(or more) of these, or you're simply an ardent admirer, and well aware of the special heritage of these guitars. Either way your opinion is requested.

I'm not crazy about the Grover Tuners on my Cherokee. Something about the big hulking chrome just doesn't sit right. I had thought of replacing them with Waverly tuners .Waverly are typically considered top of the line and used as OEM by top builders on their guitars, including Bourgeois, who uses them on most of his builds.

So what's your opinion? Heresy? leave the thing stock? or, if done right, go for it. Cosmetic and operational improvement?

What's your view?

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(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/tiokimo/44efcee3.jpg)
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/tiokimo/ff17b38f.jpg)

The Waverly replacement...

(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/tiokimo/Waverly_Guitar_Tuners_with_Butterbean_Knobs_for_Solid_Pegheads_sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: ship of fools on September 04, 2012, 07:00:09 PM
I personally love the open waverlies, but I have found that on a few of my guitars in the past where I have changed out the tuners I also got a slightly different sound from my guitars also. But you can always change it back if you don't like it. I just passed on a D-55SW just a bit to rich for my wallet with retirement and no income from work and also I am still looking at a few custom builds instead.ship
but if he comes closer to a price I would be willing to pay, you just never know.
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Tio Kimo on September 05, 2012, 12:23:14 AM
I personally love the open waverlies, but I have found that on a few of my guitars in the past where I have changed out the tuners I also got a slightly different sound from my guitars also. But you can always change it back if you don't like it.

Well, yes and no. You could change it back, but if I go Waverly's, they use a second top screw, like Klusons, so you'd end up with open holes in the headstock. Perhaps the grovers would cover them but I'd hate to have to find out. You really experienced a significant change in sound by changing machine heads??!!!??!!!??!!
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: ship of fools on September 05, 2012, 07:57:27 AM
The only thing I can attribute it to was that the posts were just slightly higher I swapped out the Grovers for Gotoh Delta 510's so back went the Grovers.ship
oh and yep you are probably not going to be able to cover that other hole without having it refilled and covered over
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: cmac84 on March 24, 2014, 11:23:33 AM
Well, as different as rosewood and maple Noun0, the Apache is the best sounding spruce/maple dreadnaught I've ever played... the deepest woodiest bass you'd ever want, but crisp and balanced highs and mids as well... a DB masterpiece. Here's a pic of her back side...

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/Pikeusa/fc672a4a.jpg)


I want this guitar so bad right now, it's just asking to be dropped to open D with a banjo capo with the finger picking letting loose.
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: danielsan73 on March 24, 2014, 11:58:06 AM
Well, yes and no. You could change it back, but if I go Waverly's, they use a second top screw, like Klusons, so you'd end up with open holes in the headstock. Perhaps the grovers would cover them but I'd hate to have to find out. You really experienced a significant change in sound by changing machine heads??!!!??!!!??!!


 The sheer mass of the Tuners can cause a guitar to change tone by adding or removing mass at the headstock. Tighter engineering and higher mass can lead to an increase in sustain and changes in the tone of the guitar, although there is no real way to say which way the tone will go.........trial and error is king!
Title: Re: Washburn Natives ad
Post by: Adsixnine on June 05, 2018, 11:07:29 PM
Nice!!

I love it.