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WGO26s -- This is the "plain" grand auditorium model without binding on body or fingerboard. I've noticed a comment re: the thickness of its cedar top.  The sound hole edges have a doubled reinforcement giving the impression of greater thickness, but this is confined to the immediate area around the sound hole, not the entire top.  Another fun fact: Absent top & back binding, the edge of the solid cedar top and laminated "rosewood" back reveal quartersawn grain lines for the solid top (as expected) and a very thin rosewood lam ply over mahogany on the back -- virtually a mahogany body with paper-thin rosewood veneer.  So, Pleasantly earthy sounding, somewhat like a mahogany D18.  I also have a WG26s model which appears to be rosewood laminated to rosewood for the body, and feels much heavier, sounds brighter.  So maybe all lams are not the same.

General Discussion / of necks and serial numbers
« on: October 31, 2016, 03:49:45 AM »
I have a theory: my recent Wash acoustics are a '13 WSJ60sk and '15 WP11sns and both employ a neck/peghead joint at the nut.  Several older acoustics (ser# prefix "C" or "CC", '10-11 dated WMJ21s, WG26s, WGO26s, WJ45s) have this neck-to-peghead scarf further up the neck at about 2nd fret. Corresponding with the "new" construction details, a prefix "SC" appears in the later serial numbers...Wonder if this denotes Samick/China? Are they from different factories? These necks work well for me, and the similarity from model to model is handy sometimes. 
    I'm always curious how many of the acoustic models have been made & sold, or for that matter, where these instruments are assembled, where parts come from, how designs have evolved. Some history and perspective... for example: I have a WG26s with tapered top braces which I prize for its sound. specs & every other Wash I've seen has scalloped braces.. .  How'd that happen in a CNC workshop?

ps actually, on closer inspection, not only the WG26s, but also my WGO26s, have tapered X-braces and scalloped tonebars, whereas my WJ45s, WSJ60skelite, WP11sns, and R320sw are all braces scalloped.  Ser. #s beginning "SC" have neck-to-headstock joint at the nut, others at 2nd fret., suggesting,  perhaps, a different factory...

General Discussion / WG26 variations
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:32:15 PM »
I recently purchased a second WG26s.  This new guitar (C11060768) shows rosewood inside, in contrast to the mahogany showing inside my first WG26s & WGO26s. (A paper-thin rosewood exterior layer covers WGO's mostly mahogany body-- resulting in a   woody "mahogany" sound).  The neck on the new WG26s shows a different scarf joint at the peghead, rather than under the 2nd fret. Neck is slightly beefier as well, (more similar to neck features of WP11sns parlor).  "New" WG26s' bracing  tapered rather than scalloped, sound like rosewood guitars I've played.  Tight and crisp, just plain loud.  Fit & finish are flawless and shell trim & maple binding very classy.
   So, is this a "new" neck? alternative top bracing? different factory? What's with the rosewood interior lam body wood?

Announcements & News / production numbers for acoustic guitars
« on: November 19, 2015, 02:37:50 PM »
I have a WGO26s #110708165. tag dated: 11-07-14. I understand this guitar was manufactured July 14, 2011. Am I correct that 8,165 represents the run sequence for this model? Approximately how many WGO models were produced altogether?

General Discussion / R320SWR vs R320SWRK
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:47:11 AM »
What's the "K" and the end of model designation signify?  What's the difference between "SWR" and "SWRK"??

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