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Title: Anyone familiar with the model W-1 hollow body?
Post by: rocket launcher on June 24, 2017, 03:07:58 PM
Hey there friends,

There is a nice used hollow body for sale locally for a good price for its condition.  The label says its a "W -1", but i cant find any info on that model?  Any of you have any experience with this series?
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/Rocket_Launcher/Wash%201_zpso17n9plh.jpg)


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/Rocket_Launcher/Wash%202_zpsw7elqtcp.jpg)

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Title: Re: Anyone familiar with the model W-1 hollow body?
Post by: rocket launcher on June 24, 2017, 03:18:39 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/Rocket_Launcher/Wash%204_zpsjh5zgqdf.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with the model W-1 hollow body?
Post by: rocket launcher on June 26, 2017, 02:18:11 PM
Man, I tell ya, its like this thing never existed.  Maybe a stripped version of the J-10 Orleans made in mid 90's?
Title: Re: Anyone familiar with the model W-1 hollow body?
Post by: Tony Raven on July 08, 2017, 10:23:19 PM
Firstly, I hope you've actually BOUGHT it by now, if you sincerely want to OWN it. This site gets checked regularly by all major search engines; if we were to say it's definitely worth a HUGE amount of cash, the seller might read it before you act, & be intelligent enough to jack up the price. :o

I'll as AND answer the Usual First Question: "Is it worth a lot of money?"

Probably not.

It's a nice-looking guitar in really good condition, & likely plays great (& would be even better after proper maintenance). Washburn has made very few half-arsed guitars since the 1970s, particularly with their archtops. I wouldn't be surprised to find out it was a Japan build, maybe even Yairi.

It's certainly NOT "a version of the J-10." At a glance: snakehead, different soundholes & cutaway, dots -- it'd likely be ebony fretboard, too. It may have been a predecessor,but that's not saying much, really. (FWIW, I think the "Orleans" was the second J-10 version, 1995-7.)

A J-10, in GREAT shape, with OHSC, might sell for ~$750. (It's easy to find a NEW J-3 for under $500, J-7V for $700.)

As detailed elsewhere, most Washburn models were built in runs of 200. The models that didn't sell quickly enough were simply never re-ordered. This "rarity" means little as so few models have a significant market demand.