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General Discussion / Future Shop now carrying Washburns
« on: December 22, 2008, 02:05:46 PM »
I just recently saw that Future Shop electronics here in Canada is now carrying several guitar lines, including a few Washburn models.  Interesting.

Comparing their prices against what the Washburn website suggests, there is about $200 - 300 in the difference, of course there is exchange that I haven't factored in yet.  Example, the Washburn site lists the Paul Stanley PS7200 for $1299 US.  At Future shop, $999 CDN.  Also, there was almost $300 difference from the WI64 and WI45 models.

Any comments?

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I originally posted this in the Electric Guitar Section, but it saw very little traffic and nobody replied to it so maybe someone in the Acoustic Section can give me an answer.

I looked at a new WI67 Pro a few months ago at a Washburn dealer close to home. A beautiful guitar it is with its f-hole and beautiful binding. The shop also had a few other Idol models (WI24, WI64, WI66 Pro and WI68) but the only one I physically held was the WI67 Pro. I never had time to plug it in so I can't comment on its sound.

Now, what I've always wondered about semi-hollow guitars is what benefits / disadvantages do semi-hollow bodies bring to the table? What special characteristics do the semi-hollows add that would make you pick one over a full solid body? Is it just the look? Is it weight savings? Does the semi-hollow body impart a certain sound / tone?

This may be a guitar I'd buy in the future. What is the general feeling about semi-hollow bodies?


Sorry to cross the electric - acoustic boundry, but I'd really like to know and there seems to be more people paying attention to the Acoustic Section compared to the Electric.

Thanx.


Brent

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I looked at a new WI67 Pro a few months ago at a Washburn dealer close to home.  A beautiful guitar it is with its f-hole and beautiful binding.  The shop also had a few other Idol models (WI24, WI64, WI66 Pro and WI68) but the only one I physically held was the WI67 Pro.  I never had time to plug it in so I can't comment on its sound.

Now, what I've always wondered about semi-hollow guitars is what benefits / disadvantages do semi-hollow bodies bring to the table?  What special characteristics do the semi-hollows add that would make you pick one over a full solid body?  Is it just the look?  Is it weight savings?  Does the semi-hollow body impart a certain sound / tone?

This may be a guitar I'd buy in the future.  What is the general feeling about semi-hollow bodies?




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General Discussion / What makes you tick?
« on: August 26, 2006, 12:53:23 PM »
Hey everyone.  There may be a similar thread to this out there, but I couldn't find one.

While reading this forum everyday, it has made me realize that there is such a wide variety of Washburn lovers on here.  We all have our own unique ways of doing things and expressing ourselves (some more unique than others).  Anyway, in my line of work, part of my job is to try and figure people out and determine what makes them tick.

Well, I got to thinking (again).  It might be interesting to start a thread where we can tell a little something about ourselves.  You can give as much or as little detail as you are comfortable with.  I realize some of this info is found in our profiles, but it is a little time-consuming going through all the profiles - and even then, the info is pretty vague.  If you think this is getting too personal, don't post anything.

I'll start.

First Name:  Brent
User Name:  Alpha Male

Story Behind Your User Name:
In Miramichi we have a Junior A hockey team called the Timberwolves.  I used to be on the team's executive board for a few years.  My wife and I are involved in the billet program and we have a player or two that lives with us every year for the entire length of the season.  Anyway, on the Timberwolves forum, I use Alpha Male as my name.  I liked it so much that I started using it elsewhere.

Reside:  Miramichi, NB, Canada

Age: will be 38 in September, 2006

Family:  Married for 8 years, 2 children (Andrew 7 and Sarah 3)

Occupation:  Chemical sales rep to pulp and paper mills

Wife's Occupation:  Medical Secretary

Hobbies:  My kids, deer hunting, baseball, darts, hockey, golf, playing guitar

Why do you like this forum?:
1) the people
2) there is a lot to learn
3) sometimes it is funny as hell

When did you buy your 1st Washburn?:  Christmas 2005

Why did you buy your 1st Washburn?:
1) Got a great deal
2) Liked the sound and the look

Future Plans:
1) To take guitar lessons
2) To get my motorcycle license and tour all of North America after I retire (the wife and kids can follow in the RV)
2) I'd like to start a Corvette collection - I love Corvettes (any year, any style)

Something Most People Don't Know About Me:
I used to be a nationally ranked dart player.  I got to travel and play in tournaments all over Canada and some of the US.  I once had a chance to make the Canadian team to travel to the World Championships in England, but got nervous and screwed it up royally.  Went to England anyway to watch the world championship and had an opportunity to play against some of the top pro's in the world - I won some, and lost some too.  Chicks dig dart players. [8D]

Brent

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2005 D34SCETS Augusta

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General Discussion / Grover 18:1 Tuning Machines
« on: May 12, 2006, 05:35:33 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how much should you expect to pay for a set of the Grover 18:1 tuning heads?  The gold ones with the black ebonite keys.

I have a set on my D34SCETS and a friend was looking to put the same ones on his guitar.

Thanx in advance.


Brent

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General Discussion / Trouble with BBand on D42SCE
« on: March 19, 2006, 08:50:18 PM »
I ran into an old friend today and we got talking guitars.  He has a 3-year old D42SCE that has had problems with the BBand system for over a year now.  

At the Washburn dealer where he bought it, they had a hard time tracking down the problem, so he took it to a different (yet much more knowledgeable) technician in the area who found the problem was with the actual pick-up itself.  But in order to remove the pick-up, he'd have to physically break it.  He was a little apprehensive as he is not an authorized Washburn sales/service guy and was not sure how Washburn would respond.  He does sell BBand systems, however.

So buddy brought the guitar back to the original Washburn dealer who agreed with the other fella's diagnosis.  So they began talking to Washburn about getting it fixed...  and a year later he is still waiting and the dealer keeps putting the blame on something that Washburn is doing (or neglecting to do).

What should my buddy do?  Is there anyone from the Washburn service department on this forum that might be able to move the progress along a little quicker?


Brent

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Show Us Your Washburn / FINALLY !!
« on: January 11, 2006, 09:06:42 PM »
My D34SCE arrived last night.  NICE!!  Has a nice mellow sound - what you'd expect from a cedar top.  Tobacco Sunburst looks better than I thought it would but I'd still probably prefer the natural - there is a little too much gloss / shine for my liking.  The quilted maple is very sharp.  There is 1 small crack in the binding where the binding from the cutaway meets the binding on the neck (about 6 frets up from the soundhole).  This may be why I got it at such a great price although there was absolutely no mention of this in the ad.  I might call the guitar shop tomorrow to see what they say.  Also, this is supposed to have the Buzz Feiten tuning system, but there is no sticker on the back of the headstock like most guitars - anyone care to comment on this??

Initially, I'm quite satisfied,.  But due to work I haven't sat down and gave it a thorough look-over.  The action requires only very minor tweaking which will be done tomorrow.  Thing was in-tune right outta the box, but doesn't seem to stay in-tune as I expect it should.  

One thing I found funny, there were no duty charges for getting in across the border - I can probably expect something in the mail next week.

Here are a few pics.








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General Discussion / Archive Section
« on: December 27, 2005, 12:50:11 PM »
I wish the Washburn site had a better Archives section.  Somewhere where you can get detailed information on discontinued models.  I'd really like to read what Washburn had to say about my new D34SCE which will hopefully arrive this week.  I'm guessing it was one of last years leftovers and I can't find any information about it on the Washburn site.


Brent

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Hi everyone,

I've been visiting the Washburn site for several month now as I've been looking for a new A/E since July.  I just started reading the forum this afternoon and I really enjoy it - there is a lot of experience and knowledge here.  

After being without a guitar for about 8 years, yesterday I ordered a new D34SCE Tobacco Sunburst from Funky Munky Music in Shawnee, Kansas.  IMO, I got an absolutely incredible deal and it should be here just before New Years - I can't wait.  I would have preferred the natural finish model, but none were available and the deal was just too good to pass up.  I'll post a pic when it arrives but I'm guessing most of you are familiar with them.

I originally had my mind set on a new Seagull M6 or a Garrison G20CE or G30CE.  Being from The Great White North, I am partial to the Canadian axe-masters, but this summer I visited some relatives in Cape Breton and got my hands on a D47S that sounded and played really incredible.  My wife's uncle bought it a little over a year ago for less than $600 CAD$.  So I added Washburn to my target list.  But eventually I still plan on picking up a Garrison - they are awesome, but I could not find the right deal.

The first Washburn I picked up was a D46SCE with the quilted ash back / sides.  Man was I impressed.  It rang beautifully and IMO it was more impressive than the D56S, the D54SW and the J28SCEDL that I tried that day.  The much cheaper D46SCE ($800 CAD$ taxes included) seemed to have 'more life' - but I guess this is just personal preference.  

So I started paying close attention to EBay, and just the other day I see this D34SCE Tobacco Sunburst listed for $400 US (add $60 US for a case and $25 US for shipping to Canada for a total of $485 US).  I searched the net for as much info on this model as I could find and yesterday I decided to make the 3 hour round trip to the closest dealer that had 1 natural finish in stock.  I really liked it - it sounded great (but not noticeably better than the cheaper D46SCE), it looked great, but more importantly to me, it just felt right.

So I came back home and I get on the phone directly to the music shop in Kansas and start dickering.  The salesman was awesome - his name was Thomas and he was a great help.  We eventually settled on $410 US shipped to Canada, including a case.  So for the guitar itself, I paid $325 US (what a steal!!).  Now remember, in Canada the D34SCE lists for $1099 + tax (no case).  The shop I visited yesterday quoted me $1050 tax included, but still no case so add another $100 for a total of $1150.  After exchange and duty, I'll have this in my hands for well under $550 CAD$.  But as I said, I would prefer the natural.

Over the years, I've been fortunate to own some nice guitars, although the amount of time I play and the skill-level at which I play do not justify all the money spent.  I've had a Tak EF349, a Tak EN-10C, an Aria Pro II strat-style and a Charvel slim body A/E with built-in chorus.  I bought the Charvel and quickly traded it for the EF349 straight-up.  Unfortunately, the EF349 and the Aria Pro were both stolen and I used the insurance $$ to buy the EN-10C.  But then I was forced out of work and someone offered me 3 months rent for the 10C so I sold it to a brilliant local musician who just loved it.  So now I have this new one on the way - hopefully I'll enjoy it as much as I think I will, and I don't plan to part with it anytime soon.

Sorry to be so long winded.  I get like that once-in-awhile, but next week I'll have something new to keep my fingers occupied and I'll have less time for typing - PROMISE!


Brent



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