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D10 Series / Re: 06 D10sce-N construction.
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:48:59 PM »
First, this was purchased by my wife who knows nothing about guitars but, recognized the washburn name. Thats why I'm trying NOT to discard it. I'm trying to spare her feelings. To keep her from feeling bad because she thought that she had done something good. Had I been there to try out this guitar, it would have never been bought. It would probably ended up on Ebay being sold by a reputable seller ( like it's original seller, Guitar Center , if you can call them reputable). That why my friend's store personally checks every guitar that comes into the shop, new, used, or otherwise.
So, it's all arranged. This one is going to have the bridge removed, top patched, and replaced with a slghtly shaved bridge. That should give it more years service than it has had so far.  I dont know why anyone would want to replace the top. As thats not even close the the normal repair procedure for this kind of problem. Because as soon as the new top starts to belly, as they all do, you're back to square one. The normal fix is a neck reset.
I have a stable of acoustic and electric guitars from cheap to fairly expensive. I have ordered many and never seen a guitar like this make it out of the factory without being deemed a "B" grade. I have had solid tops, plywood tops and everything else. But I have never had to call a company to see how expensive a model is required to be for the QC's to pay attention.
I am the local guy all the young guys run to, to check out their guitars, ask advice, and check their newly purchased  $1000 gibsons to make sure the "professional setup" from guitar center is up to par. I have had beaters. Just handed one down actually, that's the reason I needed the replacement ( I have a pre- gibson epiphone, a J-200 custom gibson and a Dixon dg6 hummingbird in acoustics. Not to mention my electrics). But I have to say, if a newbie walks into the shop and asks about a washburn, I'll have to point over to the wall at a Indiana scout and be like " That is a good starter. It's neck is good. It has decent tuners, so it will stay in tune. Yeah, it has a plywood top, but it doesn't sound too bad. It will last you until your ear develops and you can save enough to move up to something better. I've had one washburn, and it wasn't a "beater". It was a piece of crap that came from the factory that way. Stay away. Far away."
So, since this forum has been as helpful as the washburn company, I don't need to come back here anymore.

D10 Series / 06 D10sce-N construction.
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:11:06 PM »
I ended up with this guitar as a result of stating that I needed a "beater", so that I could keep my good guitar out of the hands of certain people. So, she ran across this one and bought it for me because "it was pretty". I was psyched when I saw it was a washburn "because nobody around here plays them, (and I have been playing for 30 yrs). I quickly started setting it up. Setting the neck relief from being almost straight to specs and then cut a custom bone saddle (action was a little high but not too bad, for the already low cut saddle). I cut the saddle pretty much standard compensated "B" style and then stated tuning it up. The intonation was way off. Measuring the scale length showed 25 & 1/4 to the front of the saddle slot. So I came to the washburn site and looked up the specs. 25.5 scale length! Uh oh!
So a short trip to my buddy to check this thing out and keep it secret from my wife. He looked at it without even checking it out and said "firewood". " Two to one says it has a dowel neck. And possibly epoxied. And washburn is no help at finding out". Then he showed me the belly (which is low but there) saying it was probably ok when it left the factory, but doomed as soon as the belly started to develop. I told him about the scale measurement, and he put his saddlematic on it and said the saddle needed to go back at least 3/16th.
He said the best that he could probably do without it costing more than the guitar is worth, would be to put a oversized shaved saddle on it. Which wouldn't be cheap, because it may be epoxied on.
So, does anyone know about the construction of this guitar? I emailed washburn a few weeks ago asking about their construction methods on this guitar and got NO response. Now I know why the only washburns that I see around here are electrics. :(

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