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Idol Series / Re: WI14 camo - just picked up for my son, any info?
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:38:33 PM »
The following is a spec listing that I cut and pasted from the Musicians Friend website.  There are 44 reviews about the WI14 model on that site.  Various video reviews are out there on the web too.  It ranks pretty high as a good beginner guitar.  Basswood bodies are often used on mid to lower end guitars, but they have a fat, but well-balanced tonality with good midrange.  Washburn stock pickups are not the greatest in my opinion.  The price of better pickups might be close to 1/2 the value of the guitar.  I don't believe that the WI14 design would have gone through any changes other than finish. 

Basswood body
Maple bolt-on neck
Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
22 frets
14" fingerboard radius
24-3/4" scale
42m nut width
Washburn stock humbuckers
Hardtail bridge
3-way toggle switch
Separate volume and tone pots

12 years after Dime's passing and Dean has pretty well saturated the market.  They even have a new division called Dime Amplification.  Then there's the Dime Time neck humbucker.  Dean is going to milk the cow until it's dry and then some.  I'm all for keeping Dime's memory alive.  I've been a fan for years and would rather buy a Washburn (bad past Dean experience), but I seriously doubt that Dean will give up any control unless certain Dime family members had good reason to believe that they could expand their income.  Just my opinion... 

General Discussion / Re: Washburn dn61
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:40:57 PM »
Is it supposed to be a D-61 verses DN61 ?

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: G-10V WonderBar
« on: October 02, 2016, 12:26:30 AM »
I Googled "WonderBar tremolo instructions" and saw that someone has the pages from Washburn's manual out there on Pinterest.   Just a suggestion...  I'm not sure what electronics has to do with it, other than maybe a grounding point.

General Discussion / Re: Please help: Washburn 333
« on: September 26, 2016, 05:57:55 PM »
China for Funky Munky limited run 333 models... (late response)

A blank opinion regarding playability...  Don't let that bias you.  I personally LOVE the playability of my Dime guitars.  Playability deals with details that affect comfort.  The mentioned Snow Camo 333 has a front strap connect location where the (top/neck) horn would be verses behind the neck joint as with many Korean and USA Dime models.  It helps the balance when playing standing up, but the other location works fine for me too (not a big deal IMO).  The lack of a top/neck horn is comfortable for me since I'm not getting jabbed in the chest when I play setting down.  The shape on the bottom edge sets perfectly on my leg. The alder wood body is a medium-weight wood with a full-bodied sound and good sustain qualities.  The weight is almost the same as my mahogany Les Paul style guitar.  I have a preference for resting part of my forearm in the center of the the top/rear horn that just feels right to me.  The neck shape is relatively thin with a flatter D (larger radius) shape.   I have a collection, but they get played.   

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My Dime Guitars...
« on: September 25, 2016, 08:30:21 PM »
A previous owner put in the Blackouts (AHB-1s).  I might replace them.

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: Rs8v fretboard
« on: September 25, 2016, 09:55:20 AM »
Composite fretboards are basically a blend of carbon plastics with a percentage of glass filler and epoxy.  I've engineered products in my work life out of different composites and there are a multitude of materials to choose from depending on applications.  Parker and Washburn are somewhat related through US Music Corporation.  I recall Washburn advertisements for a WM526 that stated the use of Parker's technology for the composite material.  Of course, that was after the 80s...  I sort of think that you are in a better situation with the fretboard cut grooves verses Parker's arrangement.  At least you can probably get by with readily available stainless steel fret material.  Material deformation from the original fret install would likely take away from press-fit retention and so a glue would be necessary in that case.  However, I'm not a luthier.  Just a mechanical gear head / tech geek... 

Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Re: Rs8v fretboard
« on: September 24, 2016, 06:00:47 PM »
Interesting topic...  The following link shows a method that effectively uses heat off of a soldering gun to loosen the glue and remove frets from a Parker guitar.  Oddly enough, Parker used frets that aren't a typical design and are just bonded to a slightly modified fretboard surface verses within typical cut grooves on a fretboard.  Stainless steel frets seem to be standard for composite fretboards in order to allow for long life with minimum wear to avoid the hassle of refretting.  So... I'm not sure if your frets are pressed into cut grooves or not, but if it's similar to a Parker, it looks like there is a method of removing them.  Good luck with your endeavor...

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: how do you insert add photos to a post here
« on: September 23, 2016, 06:30:53 PM »
Photos have to be stored elsewhere online such as Photos cannot be directly pasted into a posting or uploaded to the site. Several people here seem to use Photobucket, but there are a few other free sites out there to choose from.  After your photo is stored, use the share selection (at Photobucket, ect...) to show link options.   Copy the IMG link and paste it into your forum message.    ;)

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: HELP, Please!!!
« on: September 20, 2016, 10:27:19 PM »
I don't really have much spec info to share, but it's a 1984 A-5V-BBR Stage Series.  V stands for vibrato.  It has a mahogany body and maple neck.  It was made in Japan by Matsumoku.  The following link just has the listed $499 retail price from 1984.  The site is missing other info on it.  Hopefully knowing the correct model helps a little with your info search.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: D12CE/B
« on: August 21, 2016, 12:03:23 AM »
I'm going to guess that it's black (B) in color.   Maybe...?

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: My Dime Guitars...
« on: August 14, 2016, 02:39:46 PM »
I’ve just added this Snow Camo 333 (WE333SC) to my multitude of guitars…  It’s fortunately in pretty good shape.  The setup was ridiculously horrible as received, but I’ve made adjustments to my liking.  The pickups had been upgraded to active Seymour Duncan Blackouts, but I’m not very impressed and will likely replace them with a Dimebucker and 59 combination.

I also bought a F.M. Polka Dot 333 about 3 months ago.  I’m in the process of doing some repairs and upgrades to it.  I’ve been too busy with other factors of my life, but I’ll have a few photos to share in the near future.

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