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Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: HB35 very dark sounding
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:05:01 AM »
So, any updates on the Great Capacitor Miracle? ;)

+1 on an update.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: New J6 owner
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:02:59 AM »
I have to agree with a lot of points made in the last two points, and clarify one or two others.  Hot pickups are not the way to go with hollows and semi-hollow guitars.  Anything over 10.0k dcr is asking for bad tone.  Jazz boxes should not go over 9.0k.  I'll admit these are also aggressive numbers.

As for pots and caps, it's all a mixed bag.  All I know is that those tiny ceramic disks suck because they break down and can be more likely to break down or sound different due to climate.  I tend towards cts pots and Orange drop caps.  Not because there is any perceivable tone difference between them and the supposed higher level components.  Orange drops and cts pots are more consistent and reliable.  I have a PIO and a Orange Drop cap in a guitar of mine.  I cannot tell a difference at all.  But I could tell the difference between ceramic cap and Orange Drop.   I am sure a mylar cap would be just as good.  The fact that this J6 seems to have some upgraded components would be a good sign that the previous owner knew what they were doing.

Enjoy that beautiful J6.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: HB35 very dark sounding
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:12:23 AM »
The most common answer to his problem is to build a new harness for the wiring, specifically using some cts pots and some high quality caps.  To make the tone brighter, I would suggest Orange Drop caps (22 in the bridge pickup and 15 in the neck). This should be cheaper than pickups, and should be the fix you are looking for. 

FWIW, I did both the harness and pickups for my HB32, a darker sounding guitar than the HB35.  The pickups were DiMarzio Air Classic neck and the DiMarzio MoJoe in the bridge.  The MoJoe is very hot compared to stock, but it is not muddy due to the harness. 

Good luck.  Let us know what you decide to do.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: J9 Washington serial
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:06:28 AM »
I apologise ahead of time that I am not going to be much help.  But I would call into HQ.  They actually responded to my voice mail within 24 hours and got me the info I needed.

BTW, nice J9!  How does it sound and feel?

This is a chronic problem with some of the Ibanez Artcore jazz boxes.  I would recommend buying an aftermarket tailpiece from a well respected music supply vendor in your country.  In the US, I would recommend WD Music or Stew Mac.

Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Re: so far-disappointment with new HB35
« on: January 07, 2017, 11:43:28 AM »
I hate to bring this back from the dead, but I feel this is best to avoid an overabundance of threads dealing with the same topic.

I recently bought a 2014 HB-32 made in China from a first owner.  He bought it through, I believe, Sweetwater.  He played the guitar for a few days and then put it on a shelf for a year before selling to me.  He claimed he just did not bond with the guitar.  The guitar has absolutely no wear on it at all.  Pristine condition.  But I now know why the owner did not love the guitar.  The fret job was uneven, creating intonation problems not easily fixed.  I have also found the pickup selector switch to be a bit janky.  Sometimes it does not employ both pickups when in the middle position.

All told, these are fixable problems.  I paid for a setup and for a fret leveling.  $60 total.  The guitar now plays and intonates perfectly.  I will eventually fix the selector switch.  I just wanted to add my experience to this thread as it can serve as record for Washburn and future second hand buyers.  Don't be scared off, but know that there may be some minimal work needed to turn the HB series of guitars into fantastic instruments.

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