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UK Section => UK Washburn Lovers Unite => Topic started by: firstrebel on June 29, 2015, 08:21:38 AM

Title: New to Washburn
Post by: firstrebel on June 29, 2015, 08:21:38 AM
I have just ordered my first Washburn - LSJ743STSK from Dolphin. I took ages to decide what to get as they are spread thin all over the country; no dealer has a sizable stock to look and try so I took a chance based on specs. At least it comes with a Washburn case so I don't have to hunt one down.

Can anyone tell me if the saddle on this will be bone or plastic?

I got this to play at the camps I go to as I did not want to take my Gibson Souther Jumbo TV, but still wanted a good looking and sounding guitar but not as big as my J200. From my talk with the dealer it sounds more like the Gibson J180/185 in size. I will see tomorrow.

Bob
Title: Re: New to Washburn
Post by: firstrebel on June 30, 2015, 11:28:45 AM
It came today. Very nice, apart from the marks on the back. Seems it was a display model in the Birmingham shop. They are getting a replacement from the distributor so no issue there.

The top is not as brown as the photo on the Washie site, it has a red tinge, but looks real good. Not sure if the D'Addario phosphor bronze 12s are the best for Rosewood as the Gibson Southern Jumbo I once had was best on Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 11s.

I will wait for the replacement and break it in some before I change them.

Bob
Title: Re: New to Washburn
Post by: firstrebel on June 30, 2015, 01:22:02 PM
I have played this for a while and it is reminiscent of the Sheryl Crow Gibson Southern Jumbo which was Rosewood back and sides, so that is a feather in the cap for Washburn. But being a deeper guitar it does have a bit more volume than the SCSJ.   :)

I would put the volume on par with my Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage which is hog back and front.

I was pleasantly surprised by the sound as it was not as 'mellow' as I expected from the PB 12's in the mids and upper ranges. It was quite bright playing up on the mid fingerboard frets.

So I am very pleased with this. :D

Bob
Title: Re: New to Washburn
Post by: WEBgUy on June 30, 2015, 04:10:56 PM
The saddle on the LSJ743STSK is indeed bone.
Title: Re: New to Washburn
Post by: firstrebel on July 01, 2015, 10:51:53 AM
Thanks. As long as it better than the bone saddle that was on my Epi EJ-200SCE. It was dreadful but got a good one made. I'll see how good it is when I take it off to lower it a bit.

Bob