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General Discussion / QC again
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:51:30 AM »
Has anyone noticed how many 'new' Washburn acoustics there are on ebay with blemishes. These have come from the factory, or the factory is outing them through various dealers. A lot of them are the Lakeside series and a few Solo Deluxe creeping in. I recently bought a Lakeside Jumbo and the first two went back. The second came from the UK distributor with a chipped and cracked neck.

I just bought the Solo Deluxe and it took the UK distributor two weeks to send it to the shop. They said the delay was QC????? One of the tuner knobs had some tarnishing on it. Was this the best of the bunch I wonder?


Show Us Your Washburn / My Washies
« on: July 16, 2015, 11:10:37 AM »


Show Us Your Washburn / WJ130EK
« on: July 15, 2015, 01:53:11 PM »
And now for something different, and this is. From the Vintage series, the WJ130EK Jumbo, made in Indonesia. It reminds me of the relic process that Gretsch use but without the silly price tag for the relic process.

It took me a while to adjust to the very different appearance of a new guitar. The sound is not too bad but I don't think the D'Addario EXP16 12's are the right strings for this. I think I will put 80/20 11's on and see what the difference is. Or even a combination of 12's on the bottom 4 and 11's on the top 2. With the factory strings the top two strings overpower the others when going from the third fret and up on chords. Bit like the top E string on my Lakeside.

I bought this as it will fit in with the band we have doing American Civil War re-enactments and the late 1800's Western era. Any marks can be blended in to the aged look using some wood stain.


Model LSJ743STSK

I thought I would let you know my impression of my first Washburn acoustic. In the past I have had Gretsch and Gibson electrics and Gibson and Epiphone acoustics.

This model is about the size of a Southern Jumbo but a little deeper, and this probably accounts for its generous volume when played.

The top is solid Sitka spruce with a very nice burst finish. The actual guitar is not as brown as the Washburn publicity photo; it has a slight reddish tint, but this does vary in degree from guitar to guitar.

The back and sides are Rosewood laminate with a Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard. The high gloss finish makes photographs difficult to do without reflections of what is around the guitar. I assume the gloss finish is polyurethane but I have not seen any documentation on that.

Visually it is really good.

This guitar was the third I received. The first was a display model and was put in its case and in a shipping box. It had scratches and scuffs on the back. Its replacement came from the UK distributor and the case was in the original box. Nice. But that had a chip and split in the neck. Not nice. I then got another from another dealer and was also quite a bit cheaper. The original box was in the shipping box and the case was covered in a poly protective sheet. Inside the case the guitar was also covered with a poly sheet. Excellent.

As with all my guitars it spent the first 24 hours on the stand adjusting to the humidity and temperature. After that it was time to tune it up and see what adjustments were needed.

The truss rod needed a small amount of tightening to get the neck straight. The action was a little high to my liking so the bone saddle was taken down a little. I was pleased with the quality on the bone saddle as my Epi EJ200SCE had a very poor saddle and I got a new one made. With the strings off I put some Fret Doctor on the fingerboard and Rosewood bridge, and Nut Sauce on the top of the saddle and in the groves in the nut. The bone nut could probably do with a little adjustment but I am always wary of making early adjustments to that as it is a lot of hassle if you cut it too low. Now it felt a lot better. No buzz anywhere along the board.

I have always used Elixir 80/20 Nanoweb 11’s so was pleasantly surprised with the D’Addario EXP16 12’s that are factory fitted. The lows were rich and the mids and highs were clear and bright. But strings and tones are a very personal thing and depends also what style of music you play.

This guitar puts out quite a volume and the sustain is excellent. So from that perspective I found this a very good guitar to play so it scores full points there.

However there are some issues with the quality of the finish. Even after being protected in the case with the poly sheet I found several marks in the finish. One was a slight scratch about an inch long on the top. It was only in the lacquer and could probably be polished out. It is just annoying. Another issue I found on all three of these I looked at is on the top each side of the bottom of the fingerboard. It looks like poor finishing. This one was not as bad as the other two.

Also all three had what looked like light scuff marks on the lower left corner of the neck heel.

The tuners could be better as I found they are not as precise as most others I have used.
I have never had or seen a badly finished Epi so a little disappointed with the Washburn. But I still think this is a great guitar with great sound. I just wish all manufacturers would put a strap button at the bottom of the neck.

More pictures here:


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Nitro or Poly
« on: July 09, 2015, 12:13:44 PM »
Just got my third Lakeside LSJ743STSK in two weeks and at last got a good one - I hope. First had scratches on the back as it was a shop display model; the second had ugly scuff marks on the top and a split in the neck.

Not done anything with this yet but it does not look like it was taken out of the box as it still had all the soft protective wrapping. Just going to let it breath on the stand until tomorrow.

It has a few very minor light marks on the top which leads to my question. Are these acoustics nitro or poly finish. I suspect you will say poly like the Epi's.


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Build quality
« on: July 07, 2015, 01:38:45 PM »
Is there a build quality with the Washburn guitars? I returned my LSJ743STSK as it had scratch marks on the back and the shop got me another from the UK distributor. That had scuff marks on the front each side of the fingerboard where it meets the body like someone had rubbed up and down with sand paper. It also had a chip out of the side of the neck just below the nut.

Not too impressed so far. I have never had a poor Epiphone but I want a solid wood top and not a Dreadnought. The only other Washie option seems to be the WSD5240STSK which is about the same size as the Lakeside box. Or I go vintage and get the WJ130EK.


What is the sound difference between solid trembesi back and sides and solid rosewood back and sides as in the R319SWKK and the R320SWRK. Both solid spruce tops.


A lot of Washburn body sections appear to be plywood or similar with a laminate to make it look good, unless solid wood is stated. So does it really matter what type of laminate is used? Does the tone change?


Show Us Your Washburn / LSJ743STSK
« on: June 30, 2015, 11:39:44 AM »

UK Washburn Lovers Unite / New to Washburn
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:21:38 AM »
I have just ordered my first Washburn - LSJ743STSK from Dolphin. I took ages to decide what to get as they are spread thin all over the country; no dealer has a sizable stock to look and try so I took a chance based on specs. At least it comes with a Washburn case so I don't have to hunt one down.

Can anyone tell me if the saddle on this will be bone or plastic?

I got this to play at the camps I go to as I did not want to take my Gibson Souther Jumbo TV, but still wanted a good looking and sounding guitar but not as big as my J200. From my talk with the dealer it sounds more like the Gibson J180/185 in size. I will see tomorrow.


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