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Title: D60E
Post by: evenkeel on June 11, 2017, 12:12:01 PM
This popped up on the local CL.

https://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/msg/6169214092.html

The D60E is listed in the blue book as a solid wood guitar, which is contrary to Washburn's usual naming protocol.  S suffix equals solid top, SW equals all solid wood.  I may give the seller a jingle and take a look.

Title: Re: D60E
Post by: YerDugliness on June 11, 2017, 02:12:07 PM
Nice looking guitar! The color of the sides and back resembles koa...but the graining isn't quite right, it's more like mango.  What does your blue book info say as to tonewoods?

Looks well kept!

Please let us know what you found out  :D

For me it might be just another (yawn...ho/hum...) dread, but for the right buyer that might prove to be a real winner! One of the things I love about my D61SW is the well done volute, and I notice that the volute in the pic is very nicely blended onto the head. Little things do make a difference for us old farts!!!

Dugly 8)
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: evenkeel on June 11, 2017, 03:53:30 PM
Blue book info is very limited.  No mention of what tone woods were used, but it does say solid wood construction.  I was thinking Koa but I agree the grain is not quite right.  Mango would be very odd for Washburn.  Guitar was only made for 4 years or so, '85-'89.
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: YerDugliness on June 11, 2017, 10:38:06 PM
I did some searching on Google and came up with two possibilities: it could be light walnut...or the other tonewood mentioned was ovangkol. I have never seen blonde (caramel) colored ovangkol, but I have seen plenty of light blonde walnut...I just can't remember seeing any THAT blonde!!

For a while I considered teak...but not long in the sun and almost anything made of teak turns grey. It's old enough that it would show SOME greying if it were teak.

The only reason I thought about mango is the caramel colored graining. New luthiers are using mango for classical guitars and it looks a lot like the pics our OP posted. You are right about it being a bit unusual for Washburn...but Washburn has recently been spec'ing Catelpa, and who would have thunk it???

My money is on light blonde walnut.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: evenkeel on June 12, 2017, 08:19:25 AM
I have a gibson J15 that is walnut back and sides.  Much darker, than the D60, but that could be a stain.  The grain is also a bit different, but of course it will vary.  In my research I also found a reference to Ovangkol.  That was the way I was leaning but I'm certainly not positive. 
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: MapleFlix on June 12, 2017, 01:39:50 PM
Nice find!
Looks like Ovankol to me.
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: bigcity2 on June 12, 2017, 06:27:14 PM
1986 Washburn product catalog is calling the sides and back of the D-60 E solid Ovankol.  Beautiful guitar....looks like it's in great shape.
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: evenkeel on June 13, 2017, 06:17:28 AM
1986 Washburn product catalog is calling the sides and back of the D-60 E solid Ovankol.  Beautiful guitar....looks like it's in great shape.

Great bit of info.  Thanks.  I'll add that to my Blue Book notes.
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: YerDugliness on June 13, 2017, 04:42:33 PM
I have it on good authority that the secondary tonewood is solid ovangkol. That is some very light ovangkol, but it does seem to be the likely culprit.

My D61SW has ovangkol sides/back. It feels like it was built like a tank! Mine may be stained dark like walnut and that's OK. The ovangkol in my D61SW sounds very much like rosewood...that's a good thing to my ears.

It does sound like a well made guitar with high-level construction, and well cared for, too. There isn't much to dislike. ???

Please keep us informed. It is an unusual item, increasing interest!

Cheers!!

Dugly 8)
Title: Re: D60E
Post by: MapleFlix on July 07, 2017, 03:40:28 PM
That one's gone!

Cheers to the lucky one !