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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!

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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. :)


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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....

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Show Us Your Washburn / I did it again...a new Washburn WC150SW
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:37:12 PM »
It seems I've done it again...I've purchased a WC150SW classical guitar!   It has a solid sitka spruce top with solid mahogany back and sides.  It won't be here until next week.  Looking forward to that!  Here is a pic...


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Classical Series / New life for my C104SCE
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:02:31 AM »
My C104SCE was getting on my nerves lately.  It just didn't seem to sound the same as when I first got it.  I always "tweak" my instruments to get the most out of them, and I confess I was just about at the end with this one.  I like the concept of "polished" strings, like the EJ51 D'Addarios, mostly for reasons of less string "squeak" when playing.  I tried some other polished strings as well.  When compared to a guitar I recently bought to repair (a Cordoba C5-CE), I was heartbroken.  The Washy just couldn't compare.  I also noticed that the C104's soundboard is very thick.  So, as a last measure, I bought a set of Savarez 520J Super High Tension classical strings.

Eureka!  I mean EUREKA! My guitar has come alive with tone, vibrancy, sustain, projection, and clarity that I haven't ever heard in her before!  Just as an experiment, I put the EJ51s on the Cordoba.  The sound took a nose-dive!

Given this happy conclusion, what are strings that those of you who own Classical Washburns find to your liking?  No string-dissing here; different guitars seem to "like" different strings.  Any input welcome!

Mark

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Vintage and Rare Washburns / The time has come....
« on: April 02, 2010, 02:28:15 PM »
Ominous sounding, isn't it?

I believe it is time for surgery for my W240.  After a few months with a Bridge Doctor (which did help, BTW), the situation is that my 37 year old 12er must have a neck reset.  The bridge has a hairline lift on the back, also.  A thorough inspection underneath the top (with a good light and a 2.5 telescopic mirror) reveals NO loose ribs or gaps of any kind.  The bridge support isn't cracked, either.  Time (and my guitar top!) has crept up on me.

In addition, the body isn't exactly pristine.  There are numerous chips and tiny dints and troughs on the surface of guitar, and the back is in dire need of a polish - there are so many micro-scratches that it looks hazy on the back.

Now, a guitar like this is worth about $200.00 in decent condition, right?  So that means I won't be taking it to a shop to have the work done.  Well I could, but it wouldn't exactly be cost effective.

So...I'm doing the reset and restoration myself.  Crazy?  I don't think so.  I relish these kinds of challenges.  So, I'm beginning to read up and tool up for the new adventure.

Don't worry, I have mechanical, shop, paint and body work experience, piano repair/restoration experience and woodworking experience.  This just takes these skills to a new level.

Wish me success!  I'll be taking photos and documenting this project as I go.  And no, it won't be done by next Saturday. [;)]

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
'85 Ibanez DCL St.Chorus
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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Classical Series / The sound of my C104SCE
« on: February 14, 2010, 08:54:30 AM »
I thought I would post something of how my C104SCE sounds.  I know I'm pretty green with classical guitars (and not perfect!), but here is my version of Bach's Prelude in D for cello recorded using a SM48 mic.  The B-Band is nice for live performance, but you'll get a sweeter and more delicate tone with a mic.  I used Photo Flash Maker software to make a slide show featuring some of the beautiful scenes of Glacier National Park (My brother Tim's photos!)

http://www.go2album.com/album/m/c/l/o/u/mcloud10/4b76c0523b7/Bach_Prelude_in_D.swf?fs_path=http://www.go2album.com/album/m/c/l/o/u/mcloud10/4b76c0523b7

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C104SCE Classical
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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I tried out several Washburn Classical models:

C114K - Vintage Classical with laminated cedar top/lam. rosewood sides and back/ebony fretboard and bridge:
    Least desirable sound out of the four I tried.  Great looks, truss rod, case, but the frets were not all consistent - on two different models.


C80S - Natural Classical with solid cedar top/lam. rosewood sides and back/rosewood f/b and bridge:
    Great sound, good action, truss rod, compensated saddle, etc.  Not sure I would want to drill holes in it for a pickup, though!


C64SCE - Natural Spruce with solid top/lam. mahogany sides and back/rosewood f/b and bridge:
    Good sound, not as nice as cedar.  Probably has to break-in.  Good action, truss rod, compensated saddle.

C104SCE - Natural Cedar with solid top/lam. rosewood sides and back/rosewood f/b and bridge:
    Stunning!  Beautiful sound, great action, compensated saddle, B-Band pickup works great, too.


I was leaning toward the C114 because of the case, but the sweet sound of the solid cedar combined with the B-Band sealed the deal with me.

The C104SCE is a fantastic guitar!

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C104SCE Classical
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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I've been looking at some 125th Anniversary C114K's recently and noticed that everyone lists the top as spruce, the sides and back as koa.  In the 2009 Washburn catalog, however, the specs are cedar top and rosewood sides and back (all laminated, I assume).  

Anyone have any info on these??  I may pick one up this weekend and I'd like to have a better understanding of what was used in their composition.  I searched the archives, but didn't find much on the C114.

Thanks for any and all help!

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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General Discussion / Tusq saddle - What a difference!
« on: January 30, 2010, 01:56:16 PM »
Well, I broke down and bought a saddle for my D10SCE the other day.  WOW, what a difference!  I had already replaced the saddle on my classical C10N a few weeks ago.  Even though that guitar is a laminate, it made a noticeable difference (NOTE: When visiting in Houston, I dropped by a music store and asked the tech there if a saddle would make a difference.  He didn't seem too impressed with my Washburn and essentially told me that it was a waste of time).

This D10 has the Buzz Feiten system in it, and the compensated Tusq saddle was noticeably different than the BF one.  Other members have installed the comp saddle with no problems, but I couldn't get past the difference in design.  So, I used a few small micro-files I had at work and contoured the Tusq saddle to match the factory BF one.

The result is wonderful!  Yes, my wife noticed a big difference.  In addition, the guitar sounded MUCH better plugged in.  I think the difference here is quite stunning.

To any who are thinking about switching - DO IT.  One of the most outstanding upgrades I have ever done!  Last night I just couldn't put the guitar down.  She plays like a different guitar.

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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I've searched the archives and came up empty on this.  Somewhere in a review of a C104SCE, a reviewer mentions that the guitar had a truss rod.  Is this so?  I know my C10N does NOT have one.

If anyone who owns a C80S or a C104SCE could chime in and answer definitively on this subject I would appreciate it very much!

The reason, of course, that I ask is that I'm looking to buy one or the other (upgrading from the C10N).  I played a La Patrie Collection when on a visit to Houston recently, and they do have them.  I was seriously considering one until I read the C104SCE review.  I'd rather have a Washburn -- much better warranty.  It would really sweeten the deal if the Washburns had truss rods in them.

Thanks in advance,

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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Timbercraft Series / Timbercraft vs. D10
« on: November 02, 2009, 10:35:02 AM »
How does your timbercraft compare with the D10?  I know, apples to oranges, but still - how would you describe the two side by side?  I'm looking for specific tonal and sound characteristics.

As for my D10, I'm very impressed with the build, fit, finish, and quality of the instrument.  Whoever put this thing together over there in Asia is to be commended for their craftmanship.

So...tell me about the Timbercrafts!

Thanks,

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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D10 Series / A New Member to our Musical Family!
« on: October 24, 2009, 10:26:30 PM »
Hello, everyone,

  We went halves on a new guitar for my son's (#3) 17th (early) B-day present.  It's a D10QBK and very nice.  We originally were buying one that was blemished, but the seller could not find it.  This one was in the box, so he sold us the guitar (NO blemishes) for the same very low price!  I'll post pics when I can...

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
Washburn C10N Classical
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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Classical Series / Expecting a new arrival...
« on: October 24, 2009, 10:19:50 PM »
NO, it's not another kid!  I have 4 boys - no more, please!

I just bought an older C10N Classical guitar.  I'm waiting on shipment now.  Will post pics for all of you when I get it.  Not sure of the year.  Pretty in the sale pics, though.

Mark

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Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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A favor from those who own W240's...

Could someone post a pic showing the top and bridge profile (side)?  I'll post a pic of mine as well.  I've been reviewing the action on my 12 and I'm wondering if the top has warped.  It's definitely not flat anymore.

Thanks for any and all help!

Mark

-------------------
Washburn W240
Washburn D10SCE
Sivertone Model 319
Ibanez DCL St.Chorus 1985
Rocktron Compressor
DiMarzio Acoustic Pickup
Peavey Backstage Amp
Lots of Smiles ;)

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