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Thanks very much gentlemen.

I've gotten a lot of joy out of playing them and their names, BTW, are 'Mo' and 'Jo' which kinda sums up what I think about them.

Mr. Edwards -- just wondering have you ever tried the new D'Addario Nickel Bronze strings on yours? Those strings work well with the Cedar to give these guitars an incredibly clear, clean tone. I go back and forth between the Nickel Bronze and EJ16 Phosphor Bronze.


Getting older and have too many guitars to give them the playing time they deserve.

So it would be nice to sell two, very hard-to-find Washburns -- a WG2S and WG4S -- here to someone who I know will appreciate them. I'll still be keeping my R321 SWRK parlor though.  :)  Can't find those anymore either except a couple still available in the UK.

Here's some photos:

Both the WG2S and WG4S have:

-Solid cedar top
-Rather stunning quilted ash back/sides
-Gold Grover 18:1 tuners
-Bone nut (1 3/4") and saddle
-Thin neck profile with Rosewood (I think) fretboard with fine 42-style abalone inlays
-Spot-on intonation
-Supremely psychedelic abalone headstock inlays
-Abalone rosette, top perimeter and backstrip
-Stylized rosewood (I think) bridge -- moustache style though not full-on like Gibsons and Taylors
-Ivoroid (I think) top, back and fretboard binding
-Excellent shape -- no dings or scratches, maybe a little swirling on the back
-Both come with a custom Washburn-branded hardshell case with an inner sleeve that covers the tops of the guitars

I have seen the WG2S described as a parlor, but it is closer to an OM with a slightly smaller upper bout. The lower bout is 15" and the upper bout is 10 3/4". It has a great tone -- lots of punchy attitude if you push it, but very good for finger style.

The WG4S, the bigger brother, is a mini-jumbo with 16" lower bout and 11 1/2" upper bout. It has more bottom end, balance and more refinement, but definitely can growl and crunch if you push it. I have found it to be a great guitar to write on.

IMHO the guitars are very complementary. They offer a great counterpoint. I've loved having both and personally I hope one buyer buys both.

Given their quality, condition and rarity, I think $525 each, shipped and PayPaled is a skookum deal. Not interested in trades.

Thanks for looking


I have a couple of limited addition Washburn acoustics, generally difficult to find, and was wondering if there is a For Sale area to post them.

Probably right in front of me and I just missed it.


Dread That Thought . . .

Just bought and should next week receive a hard-to-find WG2S Limited Edition, an exceptional little 0 body git.

For anyone interested, a store in Canada is selling them on Ebay at fantastic prices. Here are some forum threads on the WG2S:

From what I've been able to gather they were made about 10 years ago and are about as easy to find as abalone encrusted hen's teeth. They're wonderfully playable (I've played one), have a nice small body sound and, cosmetically and feature wise, they offer a beautiful solid cedar top with real abalone purfling and rosette, psychedelic abalone headstock details, striking (laminate) quilted ash back and sides, and gold Grover 18:1 tuners.

Not sure what the forum policy is on talking prices, but I doubt it matters in this case given that these guitars are older and next to impossible to find. The one on Ebay comes with a beautiful little blue, hardshell case with plush lining and gold Washburn on it, for $349. Believe it or not, I got mine with the case for significantly less than that, even though it's new, in the sense not having a previous owner, and in perfect shape. Can't wait to get it. As well, I think the company might have another one still, without the case, for around $200 because I nearly bought that one.
Also, for anyone who has wanted a WG4S -- same design and features as the WG2S, but Grand Concert 00 or 000 size -- there's one of those available 'for a song', but it doesn't come with a funky blue hardshell case.

Cheers . . .

Congrats on the R321SWRK and nice pickin'! Thanks for the details. Like you, on the basis of the marketing and photos, I didn't realize that the 321s are also distressed except for the top. I thought the 321 would be a full-on gentrified version of the riding-the-rails 320.

It’d really be great to see some pix of your guitar to get a better idea of what you’re describing.

No matter, these guitars, as I said in my initial post above, are incredible little instruments, regardless of their price. I’ve thought about upgrading the tuners and getting a bone nut and saddle, but at this point there’s no need to. I’m also still planning to buy a 321 at some point so I can keep either it or my 320 for alternate tunings. In fact, I was going to buy one last week but ended up buying a Limited Edition WG2S 0-body. If interested, see my post Hard-to-find WG2S Limited Edition w/case on Ebay at great price”.


Couple amendments to the previous post.

The 321 is not, at least according to the online photo, honey-colored but lighter-colored spruce, almost Engelmann looking. When I originally enquired about it through a dealer I also asked whether it's glossy -- not sure on that point.

Also, I got the 320 neck width wrong. It's actually a little more than 1 7/8 wide . . .


Thanks Pike and Bucky.

I've included a few photos for you Pike. Great guitar, and as with any new instrument -- in this case, due to the distinct voicing, as well as the ease of playability noted by Bucky (which I forgot to mention originally) -- this guitar has inspired me to write a few things that I mightn't have otherwise, just because the guitar seems to want to sing them.

Agreed, Bucky, about the traditional 1 13/16 wide and pronounced V neck. I love it, and so have a couple others who have played it. Knew I would as I already have a Martin HD-28 Vintage (whose V neck is not so pronounced) as well as Taylor 855ce 12er with a wide neck. So the Washburn combines the best of both -- a joy to play finger style. This definitely influences the musical places I go on it.

Regarding the finish, I actually like the red/brown, but my original post also speaks to your desire for a honey-colored (and perhaps also non-stressed) finish. The SWRK 321, according to Washburn, is basically a 320 with a honey-colored spruce top, and regular non-stressed finish and appointments throughout.

That's why I hope they bring it out soon, and plan to buy one as soon as I can. As noted, the 321 is already listed on the Washburn site in the parlors section.

Thanks again . . .

Couple months ago I finally got a vintage SWRK 320 parlor.

What a fantastic little guitar generally, and even moreso when you consider the price, given that it's solid spruce and rosewood with an ebony bridge and fretboard! I played quite a few parlors -- the usual suspects, all at least 2-3 times the price, some 5 times -- before buying, and for my money none of them could touch the 320.

The main reason: the 320 has a traditional period sound. This parlor has a distinct voice, unlike all the others where the manufacturers seem to be trying to create a mini-dread sound (as if people only buy parlors for ergonomic reason). The reason I wanted a parlor in the first place was because I wanted a combination of the early 20th Century blues sound, but also the European minstrel sound that Ian Anderson is known for, as well as the delicate, almost Asian sound of someone like Steve Tibbetts. The 320 does all this, where no other parlor I played even came close.

Anyway, all that said, a question for Nick, or anyone else who can answer: any word when the SWRK 321 parlor will be available? It was announced at NAMM this spring and is currently listed on the Washburn site. I'd like to buy one so I can keep the 320 for funkier tunings.

Thanks in advance . . .

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