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The inlays in the DC80 are going to be Mother of Pearl.  It continues to be difficult to navigate the letter of the law for Fish and Wildlife regs.

Ideally, do you know anyone in the states who is flying to your location?  I realize that there doesn't seem to be any absolutes in traveling overseas with your guitar.  If you could have someone bring it over on a flight, you will not have to file anything with FW if it declared as personal property.  I just flew American Airlines to the UK with a guitar with Pearl inlay and a rosewood board.  TSA was a breeze to get thru, and the American Airlines crew was very quick to accommodate by putting the guitar in the closet in 1st class.  No questions, issues, holdups or problems.  Hoping that might be an option.

Most of the single rod Washburn banjos can accomodate other single rod Washburn banjo necks.  If you are handy you may be able to install, but always better to take to a good, problem solving guy/girl with some history as a repairman of banjos.

Stock strings are Daddario EJ82 light gauge bronze.  I really like the Daddario EFT74, which are the med gauge, flat top strings with wound A strings.  The med gauge adds some fullness and the Wound A string is really nice!!!  Flat tops give you a bit less string "Zizz and Drag."  Really like these on my M118.

Washburn Dealers Section / Re: What washburn do i have. Looking to sell
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:18:32 PM »
Do you have pics? Need to know which model

Washburn Dealers Section / Re: looking for an washburn sbf 80
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:17:14 PM »
Hard to come by, I had one, sold off when child #2 came along.  Wound up acquiring a US made CB400 with the Early Fishman vrs the B-Band.   That is a nice guitar to keep in mind if you seek the semi hollow, thin body, resonant, comfortable EA guitar and you can't get hold of a SBF80.

Pups, where are you located?

Announcements & News / Re: SERIAL NUMBER
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:42:36 PM »
Bill, yours is a 2002!

Hey Ross...I think I contacted you at  Send a pic of the compartment area...we need to see the size of the tab that clicks into place.  respond on the guitar support site, with your complete shipping address and we will try and match and send!


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: XLR output
« on: May 02, 2018, 10:59:33 AM »
The XLR is best suited when you have a performance situation that has a great house PA system.  The lo impedance matches that of a good mixing console so the signal to the board is comparable to all the mics that are also in the console....all round easier for the sound guy to work with.  Great also when your house guy forgot to bring DI boxes!

Lot of acoustic amps are two channel, one channel usually has an can use the xlr channel of the amp as an option as well!

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: N4 Authentic production
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:14:39 AM »
I know that this was an older post but wanted to clarify the fact that the USA Washburn electrics are actually made in Cincinnati. I used to work in the production dept in Chicago so I have a lot of strong emotional ties to that facility and the guys and girls who made Washburns and Strandbergs during the last five years of the plants operation.  I have played, fixed and owned a good number of stringed instruments and there is something that you can in the first ten seconds of playing an instrument, whether it is special.  The Cinci Washburns have that vibe where you sit down with them, unplugged, and it's an "oh yeah" moment.  The Cinci guitars have that thing where you can feel the neck resonating with the body...unplugged. They are joy to play. 

Festival Series / Re: Washburn eat12b problems
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:41:20 PM »
The EAT12B may not be familiar to the US Markets as it was sold predominantly by our European distributors.  We did the EA12 in the states.  I have run into the white noise you've described a couple of times with the conical style pickups used in the Fishman 301's.  I have been dealing with piezos and their performance since I started working for Washburn in 1980.  The conical pickups are great.  The are easy to achieve string to string balance, and there is some real benefit from their 360* sensor ability. 

With the conical pickups, if the saddle starts to lean forward, it will to push the pickup to the back end of the saddle slot and you will not get that firm, complete contact that you need for full, fat, balanced sound. In a couple of these cases, I have encountered the white background noise.

I have a handmade tool, that can knock the saddle gently back to an upright position without harming the bridge or saddle. That is not an option for you right now.   I would remove the tension, slide out the saddle, gently lift the pickup out of the slot, smooth it out with your fingers and rotate it slightly so the saddle will rest on an new area.  to restring, I would start by hand tightening the B and A string, then the two outside E's, finish with the G and D all by hand.  In both cases where I encountered white noise, reseating the pickup and making sure it wasn't leaning forward reduced the white noise to a point where I could not detect it during normal gigging performance.  Give it a try.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: N4 Authentic production
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:27:32 AM »
There are still offices in Chicago for the product manager, marketing, international sales and some customer service.

Announcements & News / New Washburn Instruments for 2018
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:41:19 AM »
Head over to the News section of our Website to see all the new instruments we're introducing at NAMM this week!
Or view them all here:
135th Anniversary RSD135D
The Timeless Collection
Revival Series RSG100SWVESK
Comfort Series WCG700SWEK
Apprentice Series G-Mini AGM5K
Michael Sweet Signature Parallaxe V PXV-MS2FR

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: N4 Authentic production
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:18:51 AM »
The Chicago Shop closed. They're now made in Cleveland.

There was a courtesy wait time of 90 seconds for posts to be posted. I've increased it to 180 seconds. Hopefully that helps. It prevents spam posts. There are several other settings that prevent spam, like a 30 second wait between posts.

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