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Welcome to the forum!

That is a very nice rendition of Greensleeves, and a very nice sound from that old Washburn!  Hope you enjoy your new Washburn as much.  Happy New Year to you - and to all on the forum!


1) He's just amplified with a cheap mic in an echo prone room; he's recording remotely somewhere in the center of the room.  That's why it sounds like it does.

2) It's an XLR, not SLR. :)  You can pick up Nady, Audio Technica, Samson mics real cheap.  I bought some Audio Technica 4000s series that have worked very well for our youth outreach.  There are a host of low-cost mic options out there.  The "defacto" standard is the Shure SM58 for voice and SM57 for instruments.  You can find them fairly cheap used from time to time.


I thought I would post some pics of us playing at the reunion...

Here we are playing a rendition of "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun"...I'm in the middle with the cheesy grin...Levi is in the red playing my W240 12-string.  Matthew is behind everyone else.  We sang and played so much I deadened a new set of strings.

Here is Matthew playing an old Harmony that I fixed up for him.  He's more comfortable on classical guitar, but still loves to play steel string...Daniel, the banjo player has played in several bands and was VERY good!  He put us to shame! :)

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: W220 ???
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:12:53 PM »
I don't know why that thread would be locked.  He can find his answer in the Vintage guitar section of the site, since that is a Beckman instrument.  Here is one thread I found just by using the search criteria "beckman"...,16646.msg118488.html#msg118488

You have to go to the second page for the picks of the W220...Pike's beautiful W600 will catch your eye on the first. :)


This Labor day my family and I went to a reunion on my wife's side.  We all broke out our guitars, banjos and dobros and had a great time!  Pretty new to bluegrass flat-picking, but I'm hooked!  We've agreed to practice up 'til our next gathering and compare what we've learned new.

Man, what a good time!

It was awesome up there and we had a great time!  My only regret was that it didn't last longer.  I'm already thinking of where I want to hike next...:)

Classical Series / Re: check this out
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:08:53 PM »
Interesting.  A 12 string nylon guitar.  Wonder how it sounds?

I've been back for a few weeks, but wanted to post a pic or two of my pack at Rocky Mountain National Park.  We backpacked up to about 10,300 ft. and made it with the guitar no problem.  Played it and sang a bit before crashing (pretty tired after the 7 mile hike). 

Here I am on the trail...

And, here's our base camp, at Estes Park Campground.  My son Matt and I goofing around on the guitars. :)

Never tried a nylon Rover, I still have my steel string Rover that I recieved from forum members here. And I think its probably one of the best little guitars ever built for a 24" scale guitar and plays a hell of a lot better then any baby Taylor and Martin boat paddle guitar. Its quiet enough for hotels and yet loud enough so you can keep hearing what you are playing and keeps those finger tips going while one is away from home and it sure travels well. Its been to the US so many times and Alaska and Mexico and across the great white Canadian lands from here to Newfoundland and will be going back to the US Arizona soon.ship

I couldn't bear the thought of going to Colorado for a week and not playing guitar!  This baby's going on my backpack. :)  Besides, I've heard that the Rover sounds much better than the Martin Backpacker, too.

The Rover's neck is a bit thinner than a "standard" classical guitar, yet comparable to other widths of some Cordoba's; the C5CE for example (the Rover is about 1 29/32").

What is the deal with Nylon Rover (RO20) guitars?  Are they discontinued?

I just picked one up from Adirondack Guitar for a hiking trip in August.  Reasonably priced, and plays well!  My serial no. is SC11041910, which, by standard reckoning would be made in 2011.  Perhaps it's November, 2004?  Anyone know which is correct?

Anyway, I've got one now...will post pics shortly....

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: What Have I Got?
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:06:26 AM »
Truss rod - clockwise to tighten/pull neck back.  Don't get crazy with it!  A little goes a long way.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: What Have I Got?
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:38:40 PM »
A few pictures would help evaluate it...especially taken from the back of the guitar toward the neck to see that bow.  That high of action is usually unrepairable except by a neck reset.  The truss rod is adjusted (if it has one) by an allen wrench.  The adjustment area is just under the fretboard at the sound hole.  Likely won't matter much with that bow.  Don't know how much saddle (the white part that sits on the bridge) is left, either.  Pics would answer a lot of questions.


General Discussion / Re: All Wood Or A Wood Top
« on: March 08, 2012, 12:20:25 PM »

Well said, Dugly.   8)

Questions and concerns about Washburn products. / Re: crack in my D64SKW
« on: February 27, 2012, 12:31:25 AM »
The way I see it Washburn DID tell you what you needed to do.  1)Original purchaser, 2)Washburn dealer, 3)Washburn authorized repair shop.  Sounds reasonable to me.  How else do you expect them to properly evaluate warranty repairs?  I work for an automobile dealership, and NO warranty repairs are allowed on our cars anywhere except by an authorized dealership.  Issues happen with any product.  That's what a warranty is for.  But if you're not willing to follow their instructions and take it to an authorized repair center, then I don't blame them for not covering it.  Seems to me they went the extra mile already by offering to repair it even though the dealer you bought it from wasn't a Washburn dealer. 

Your complaint rings hollow.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: I did it again...a new Washburn WC150SW
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:33:37 AM »
Here is a short video of the WC150SW...I'm just kind of "doodling" around...

beautiful! the playing and the sound, very full. wow. are these very hard to come by?

Many online retailers have them, including those on E-bay.  You'll find many other models including the WC160SW, which is evidently the only model of this series that Washburn still has on their web site anymore.  6 months ago all of the WC models were listed (WC150, 160, 760, etc.) 

I originally was looking for tbe Solid Cedar/Solid Rosewood models, but in my research on tone I found I really liked the Spruce/Mahogany combo, too.  That's why I settled on this model (well...that, and the price was right!)

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