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Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on April 16, 2010, 05:07:39 PM
I was thinking of getting this built one day. I'm waiting for the
Custom Shop to be ready to pull off all out custom one offs again.
Its sad how the economy has screwed things up at the shop.

(http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss146/3ST4me/50SoloistWashytemplateSlimer333-3Sm.jpg)

Quilted Maple (Dime 3 Style Slime Stained ) WM 526 Concept Specs:
 
-High quality perfectly matched Quilted maple top on both body and head stock.
-Clear coated mahogany on the back of the body, neck and head stock
-Body and head stock with the same electric green Dime 3 Slime Stain just like the late 90s Dime 3 Slime
-24.75 inch scale length
-The exact same neck dimensions as the old 2000 Dime USA 3ST Stealth
-Dime USA 3ST Stealth fretboard radius as well.
-Exact same sized jumbo frets used on the old Dime USA 3ST Stealth
-Bill & Becky Bill Lawrence Unshielded L500XL in the bridge
-Bill & Becky Bill Lawrence Unshielded L-500 in the neck
-Chrome Monsters Washburn decal logo instead of the standard version Washburn logo
-Custom Pearl lightning bolt inlays if possible
-Black binding on body, neck and head stock
-Ebony fretboard
-Pearl side markers
-Mahogany body
-Mahogany/set neck
-Grover Exclusive 18:1
-Buzz Feiten Tuning System
-Two volumes
-Original Floyd Rose trem
-Built in the USA!
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: BlueBuddha on April 16, 2010, 05:54:19 PM
why 24.75 ??! 25.5 works far better for lower tuning, less flappy.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on April 16, 2010, 09:32:06 PM
25.5 or 24.75, I love both scale lengths for different things. I may just go for 25.5 in the end. Either way it will be awhile til a build like this will even be possible in the Custom Shop I've been told. :(
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: vheissu on April 17, 2010, 12:11:23 PM
Either way, looks damn sexy!
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: cfhmachado on April 17, 2010, 07:43:59 PM
that would look amazing. any indea on the price? Here my that im doing at home.
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x3/cfhmachado/023.jpg)
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x3/cfhmachado/022.jpg)
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x3/cfhmachado/021-1.jpg)
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: darreno27 on April 18, 2010, 01:16:29 PM
That would be an amazing piece of art when finished.  I don't know how the custom shop is taken orders and such at the moment, but for the right price I'm sure they could work something out.

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Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: BlueBuddha on April 18, 2010, 01:54:25 PM
cfhmachado your project guitar is stunning, please don't paint it! that wood is just awesome.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: cfhmachado on April 18, 2010, 07:27:27 PM
just tung oil finish for this one
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: Bloodrose on April 18, 2010, 11:01:26 PM
Both are amazing!!   CFH, is that a stripped WM526 with a figured top or what??
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: BlueBuddha on April 19, 2010, 02:51:57 AM
Good man, a long distance High-5 for you.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: cfhmachado on April 19, 2010, 08:21:09 PM
I bought it that way. i guess washburn had a couple of these figured top ones in mind. it would have been great to see what they would have done with it.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: Bloodrose on April 23, 2010, 12:30:21 PM
I agree!  Gorgeous! My Wm526 is about the best playing axe Ive ever played. Id love to have one with a beautiful figured top too.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on June 05, 2010, 11:29:36 PM
Hope they put them back into production and the economy picks up.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: cfhmachado on June 06, 2010, 04:47:07 PM
can u photoshop one in snake skin?
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on June 06, 2010, 10:57:32 PM
if need be,

email me..
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: Tio Kimo on June 07, 2010, 02:40:45 PM
not directly on topic, but I don't think the custom shop production issues are directly economy related, but more a function of the new owners paradigm of product/market/interest. I just don't believe they want to own a high end custom shop. They'll knock out a proven mover like the N4 or the Paul Stanley models in decent numbers, but really I don't expect to see anything truly custom again, unless you're asking for some particular appointments on one of those two models. They'll seek their percentage on volume and call it a day.

Just my view.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on June 07, 2010, 02:54:50 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Tio Kimo

not directly on topic, but I don't think the custom shop production issues are directly economy related, but more a function of the new owners paradigm of product/market/interest. I just don't believe they want to own a high end custom shop. They'll knock out a proven mover like the N4 or the Paul Stanley models in decent numbers, but really I don't expect to see anything truly custom again, unless you're asking for some particular appointments on one of those two models. They'll seek their percentage on volume and call it a day.

Just my view.



Its a valid view I'd say.

With that said, I still hope they get their custom shop back up and running to be able to pull off all out customs again.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: joetraff on July 06, 2010, 09:27:51 AM
I would agree with you.
It's really a valid view.

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Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: Oluap on August 08, 2010, 12:08:25 PM
Tis one is great too. Great work painting.
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: CMCgtrs on September 10, 2010, 04:17:11 PM
Let me know if you want to get that Slime Green HM526 built.  I am a Washburn Dealer and I am working with Washburn to do 12 more HM526's.  I want each one to be unique.  There were only about 150 HM526's ever made so for those of use that are fans it they will be collectible in a few years.  Anyway, these will all be Custom Shop Guitars.  I want to see if I can get some interest and some buyers committed.  They will take at least 6 months to make.  If anyone is interested contact me at info@cmcguitars.com

Thanks.

Steve
www.cmcguitars.com
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: brad22386 on September 23, 2010, 02:36:22 AM
quote:
Originally posted by CMCgtrs

Let me know if you want to get that Slime Green HM526 built.  I am a Washburn Dealer and I am working with Washburn to do 12 more HM526's.  I want each one to be unique.  There were only about 150 HM526's ever made so for those of use that are fans it they will be collectible in a few years.  Anyway, these will all be Custom Shop Guitars.  I want to see if I can get some interest and some buyers committed.  They will take at least 6 months to make.  If anyone is interested contact me at info@cmcguitars.com

Thanks.

Steve
www.cmcguitars.com



Hell Yeah, is any one reading this?! ^

Man I wish I had the Ca$h right now. Wish you were doing this 2 months ago, I would have been all over this.

Let me know when and if you do any limited run USA Washburn X-series models (aka X81 Face Eraser*).
Title: Quilted Maple Slime WM 526 Concept Idea
Post by: CMCgtrs on October 10, 2010, 09:25:15 PM
Hey Everyone,

I am sorry for the delayed response.  I wanted to provide everyone an update at the same time.  Thank you for the inquiries and your patients.  Here is the deal.  Washburn is being a little difficult.  Here is the entire story.  I’m sorry if it is a little long winded.  But I thought I’d give you everything.  Washburn which is owned by US Music Corp was bought out last year by a company in Canada.  They still have operations in the US.  When this happened Washburn started downsizing their US Manufacturing.  You may have noticed over the past year a flood of great deals on the market from Washburn dealers selling Washburn Custom Shop Guitars at unbelievable prices.  That was because Washburn was blowing out every guitar body and neck that was in good shape.  Many of these necks and bodies became Voodoo’s which have the Satin finishes.  All of the wood working was done all they had to do was throw a finish on them and get them to the dealers.  Satin finishes are the most inexpensive and fastest to do....hence all of the “voodoo” finishes.  Well once all of the spare parts were gone that was it.  The only USA made guitars going forward were only going to be the Paul Stanley and the Nuno guitars.  

Now I come along and stir things up at Washbrun.  It tell them about my idea and the initial response is that they say I’d have to at least do 12 and they asked that I gather specs.  That is when I posted my idea and you guys responded with your dream WM526’s.  I planned to get one for myself too because I was always going to hold on to one but I ended up selling all of the ones I had.  So I go back to Washburn and the story changes.  Now they need to do at least 36 of them and they were going to approach a couple of other dealers about it.  In addition they put all kinds of restrictions.  They all had to have Floyd Roses, they could only have EMG’s, Duncan JB Bridge PU’s, Duncan ‘59’s Neck PU’s, or Duncan El Diablo’s.  That is it.  In addition they would only do the Gloss Black or the Gloss Red that were standard or they would do Satin Black or Red.  And I would have to order 4 of the same color at a shot.  For instance, I’d have to order 4 Gloss Black, or 4 Satin Red.  They agreed to do Maple Tops for me but it would have to be either Black Burst or Black Cherry Burst.  

So I asked “what is the deal with all the restrictions?”  They said all the machines that made these guitars have all been broken down and that they have to retool everything.  So doing “one-off’s” like the Jackson or Charvel Custom Shop does is off the table.  The only way for them to do anything and remain profitable is do them in a batch.  The bottom line is the Washburn USA shop has been stripped down.  With the new ownership they expressed interest this week of making a commitment to rebuild it but it is going to be a slow process.

Oh yeah....the prices.  For the standard guitars without the maple tops we are looking at about $2800 each which I think is way too much.  Adding the maple tops will put it over $3k.  

Needless to say I am bummed about it.  

There is one bit of interesting info....Washburn also started kicking around the idea last week of doing an entire new version of the WM526 calling it the X526.  It would have the El Diablo’s or EMG’s.  It would be the same as the WM526 but they would not be doing the reverse headstock.  It would be like the old school Washburn headstock that kinda looks like the Ibanez headstock.  There was no price set on this model yet.  It is still in the dream stage.

The bottom line is I think it is a dead idea unless everyone is will to pay close to $3k for each guitar which I doubt.  I will be finding out more info this week.  I will keep you all posted on what develops.  Washburn makes some great guitars that are highly underated and passed over.  I don’t have to tell you guys that.  I am hoping that they can pull it together and continue to put out some great guitars.

I am open to your thoughts or suggestions or interests.  Again, I will keep you all posted.  Peace.....