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Hollowbody & Jazz Series / Hollow Body J6S
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:00:19 PM »
Hi all!

Good to be back, it has been a while. I found an old Washburn J6S (I thought the S was a 5 at first, but after some research, I think it is the J6S) hollow body at a garage sale today. The guy had some speakers out on the sidewalk and I thought he might have some guitar equipment, so and after some hemming and hawing, said he had an old Washburn hollow body. Of course I wanted to see it as I have found some of the old Washburns to be some pretty cool finds.

He brought it out and I could tell right away that it was old and had some history. It was pretty dusty and had not been played in a while. Looked to be in good shape though, and the serial number on the back headstock is 9317418. The guy brought out a small create amp and I was able to play it, though the pots seems pretty scratchy and I am not sure the pickups were phased right (seemed the opposite of my Gibson when changing the pickups from neck to bridge). The bridge pickup seemed pretty weak. But I could tell that it had a great sound overall, easy to play, and had potential with a setup, new strings, cleaning up the pots, and maybe a new vintage pickup on the bridge.

The owner said he bought it at a bar (where the original owner was playing it and was very drunk, and sold it to pay off some debt) back in the 80's. Wish I had taken a picture of it, but I could see (under the dust) that it was beautiful and in good shape, natural maple look all around, very light. I wondered if it was a solid maple top (I think, after some research, have found out that the "s" after the J6 means it is solid, please help me verify this). He said he would sell it for not less than 600.00.

After some research, I found one on E-Bay in great shape for 500.00. I also read that it was probably made in Korea (or Japan) in the late 80's or early 90's, and may not have been a solid maple top. Conflicting info though on how good this guitar really is. Since it needs (I think) about 150.00-200.00 of work, I have been thinking to offer 400.00 to the guy.

Any thoughts on this? Can anyone identify the date the guitar (and place) was made? The guy said it was made in USA. I have never bought a hollow body before (though I bought a Oscar Schmitt Delta Blues for 160.00 about 6 months ago that I love), but as my first real jazz guitar, I think this one would be really cool, and for 400. (if I can get it) I think that would be a good deal.

Paul

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Washburn D21S
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:31:36 PM »
Thanks guys for all the info. I just got one because it was really cheap (75.00) and felt good in my hands with the ease of play. I have been playing all my life so I didn't really need it, but it will be fun to it set up to sound good. I definitely have GAS!!!

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D10 Series / Is this the right place to talk about the D21S?
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:16:20 PM »
Hi,

Just purchased my second Washburn, a D21S, #950658. It needs a bit of work on the saddle, a set up probably with new strings to play well, but it is in pretty good shape overall and it felt good in my hands. For a modal that had just been sitting in someone's closet for 10 years it still played ok, and I saw it had good potential to get back up to steam. I got it for 75.00. Any thoughts about the guitar?

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I bought a Kaman Montana (Hand crafted in Romania) in the "mother load" in California for my daughter in a antique shop in the late 1990's for 35 dollars including the case. I loved it from the first time I held it and played it. Very easy to play, fun, and well made for a "kids" guitar. I still like to pick it up and have some fun...

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Thanks evenkeel for your info. I have passed it on to the tech guy. Hopefully will have something to show for it soon.

I still hope to take a look at the DK20 as part of a package that includes another electric and an acoustic amp (though these Craig's List deals come and go pretty quickly so I may have lost the chance to check it out already). The guitar would be 100.00 so it would not be a high risk buy. I do have my D-18 Martin that I use primarily as my acoustic so I really don't need another hi quality dread that I could plug in, I just may want to have some fun with a cheap 6 string that I can plug in (and happens to be a Washburn). I do like what I have read about the EA 20 though, so I may go for something like that if I want to have a higher quality plug in.

The whole reason that I fell in with the EA 36 was that I was looking for another 12 string to go with my Giannini (1974) that has real nostalgic value to me but is in fact not a great 12 string (not a solid top). The Giannini is special though and the look is wonderful. It has pulled itself apart in the past and it needs to have the bridge replaced again. It is hard to get it to sound good anymore so I wanted another 12 string that I would enjoy playing. The nice thing is that getting back into talking to people and having these type of interactions is getting me back into guitars and learning a lot. For the past 5-7 years I have been into drumming more and that has taken my musical interest in another direction. But this is great. I never had a acoustic plug in so now the learning process has started in a new way.

I bought my Martin ("82) back in 1985 when I got my first paycheck as a teacher...The Giannini was my first acoustic, and I got it similar to the EA 36, just knowing someone (on the road) who needed the money (about 125.00) back in 1975, my first year in college. It's like one of my best friends who has known me most of my life. Funny how the older instruments and equipment take on another personality the longer you have them, and there is such a strong connection to your past, the memories and experiences that took place when you first got that guitar, etc, what type of person you were. It seems the guitar has grown and changed along with me...

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Jimsmithsr,

The tech "Ed" at the GC wants to know what the dimensions of the Pick Up is for the AE 36. Here are his words:

"Also the preamp from ebay may work did Jimi say it was same dimensions?"

Hopefully somebody will know this, you or evenkeel.

Thanks guys for all your help so far!

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D10 Series / Would this include the DK 20 CET?
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:21:30 AM »
Hi Guys,

Have some more interesting possibilities (no...I do work...but I have been sick these last 4 days so I have had ample time to surf the net :-)

I just looked at a possible package deal on CL that would include a Washburn DK 20 CET. I have looked it up and it seems more like a starter guitar (goes for 200-250) but I have a chance to get it (used, I would need to check it out) for about 100.00 (included in a package deal for an Ibanez AS73 - for 200.00- and an acoustic AG15 Amplifier - for 50.00, all together for 350.00). Sounds like a deal I may not be able to refuse, but I would like your input on the Washburn. Would it be a good companion to the AE 36 12 String I just got and setting up to play electric? Or is the guitar just too cheap (quality wise?) to consider, and should I go eventually with something higher quality like what evenkeel mentioned (his EA 20)? I heard a Youtube of the EA 20 and that sounded really good. Should I look around for a good deal on that?

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Hi Guys,

Have some more interesting possibilities (no...I do work...but I have been sick these last 4 days so I have had ample time to surf the net :-)

I just looked at a possible package deal on CL that would include a Washburn DK 20 CET. I have looked it up and it seems more like a starter guitar (goes for 200-300) but I have a chance to get it (used, I would need to check it out) for about 100.00 (included in a package deal for an Ibanez AS73 - for 200.00- and an acoustic AG15 Amplifier - for 50.00, all together for 350.00). Sounds like a deal I may not be able to refuse, but I would like your input on the Washburn. Would it be a good companion to the AE 36 12 String I just got and setting up to play electric? Or is the guitar just too cheap (quality wise?) to consider, and should I go eventually with something higher quality like what evenkeel mentioned (his EA 20)? I heard a Youtube of the EA 20 and that sounded really good. Should I look around for a good deal on that?

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Thanks evenkeel and Jimsmithsr for your latest feedback and info for me. I really appreciate it.

 In talking to Ed the tech guy at the GC yesterday he mentioned that the two wholes in the back were probably what you evenkeel mentioned, and we have the same idea to just keep it the one jack too (it usually is a nice combo of jack and strap holder). I went ahead and sent him some of the feedback you sent me so he has a bit more reference and guiding for this project (hope he doesn't take offense to this, you know some guys are pretty territorial about their work :-). Jim I sent him the pictures you sent me of your AE 36 so that Ed has a good idea of how nice that back black cover plate looks, and I hope he can do something like that for me too...

Again, thanks for all the feedback and support, and hopefully it will all work out well. I will keep you posted on how it is going and hopefully send some finished product pictures.

Might by nice if you guys have any thoughts about amps for the acoustic-electric. I have a Fender Princeton 65 DSP (solid state) that I have had for years that I use primarily with my strat but I have never been really happy with the sound (I bit too tinny for me). I looked at the Fender site and they have a cute looking "Acoustasonic 15" that is reasonable $ but is solid state too (it is a small portable). I think a warmer sounding tube amp may be the way to go here. I do have an old Fender "Pro Jr" portable tube amp that I found on the sidewalk years ago with a "free" sign on it. That has a warmer sound but my daughter is using it now (I just got her a starter Delatone "Excalibur" that came along with the Washburn deal :-).

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Thanks Jimsmithsr for the link to EBay for the EQ systems. I am pretty excited about this project and there does seem to be potential to get this baby back in shape without spending too much $. I am not much to do it myself (though it may pay in the long run to learn :-). Overall it is in good shape but there are some problems. There is another big open square in the bottom too, and it looks like there where two jacks also. I took it into Guitar Center (I am in SF) and had the tech look at it. I think he is going to give it a good try for me (I have been going to GC for drums and guitars for 12 years). He doesn't know why there is this extra cut out square at the bottom ("there's a lot of holes in this guitar"), but I think after we talked a bit about the project and what can be done, he took a liking to the guitar and I think it will be a fun project (maybe refreshingly different than what he is used to there)). He said that there was somebody at one time who did decided to put a lot of money into the guitar - new white bone bridges on the bottom bridge near where the strings attach to the pegs - and a fill in besides that bone on the bridge- (excuse me for my lack of proper guitar language here) and on the top near the stock head, the expensive tuners -, but the headstock work, though seeming done ok and strong, was not sanded down well. We are going to need two plate covers (probably some pick guard plastic that I hope will be double layered and maybe with some color variation vs one drab white or tan color). He said that he will look around for a used EQ system that might be in the store, that they have taken out of guitars brought in but can't be resoled for some reason. Anyway, I will send him the link to EBay if he has any trouble finding anything in the store, and it seems to be a better value than to order something. The major cost may be the labor, but right now it seems worth it to get it back in shape. I think it is a beautiful guitar and and the action is smooth right now. Would get you guys a picture of the bottom holes and headstock work but it is "in the shop" now.

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I finally figured it out, and here are the pictures of my first Washburn (EA 36 12 string that had PU system removed).







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Thanks Evenkeel for your thoughtful post and jimsmithsr for the the beautiful pictures. I'll look into getting it back to electric and into good shape and use a photo hosting site (can't use iPhoto?) to post some pictures. it is the birds eye maple vs the I believe sunburst which is shown on jimsmithsr's post. The seller told me that the replaced Sperzal locking tuners are far and away better then what was original (though they don't have much spacing between the tuners). I paid 120.00 for the guitar. Why would a previous owner take out the PU system?

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Show Us Your Washburn / Re: MY USA Dimes
« on: February 17, 2013, 11:28:03 PM »
How did you post your pictures?

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Hi all. Just new to this site, and just bought my first Washburn. Below is the seller's description of this guitar. Any thoughts on it? Want to post pics but not sure how to do this. If the pics do not post, can someone help me to do that?

The 12 string acoustic is a Washburn EA46/36 "Marquee" Festival series
single sharp cutaway thin body, bird's-eye maple top/back/sides, three-stripe bound body, 9 diagonal sound channels, mahogany neck, 14/23-fret extended rosewood bound fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay, Birdseye maple on bound peghead, three-per-side pearl button gold diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis Gold preamp, with hardshell case. The previous owner removed the preamp, additional inputs & left pickup unconnected. He also had a headstock repair which is stable. The tuners have been replaced by Sperzal locking tuners. M.S.R.P. $1000 new. Playable condition with excellent intonation up and down the neck.


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Hi all,

Just bought this today, and I had fun finding this site and looking up the info on this Washburn. I'll attach some pictures. (How do I do that?) Would like to know more about this specific type, year, etc. Also, below (the seller's info to me) states some of the changes and work that has been done on this guitar (different tuners, removal of the preamp, etc). I just tuned it and it plays easy and well as an acoustic (a little bit tinnier sounding than my Giannini 12 string), but i think I would want to make it electric again. Best (and most reasonable $) way to do that? Will it continue to lose value for each change without original materials?

The 12 string acoustic is a Washburn EA46/36 "Marquee" Festival series
single sharp cutaway thin body, bird's-eye maple top/back/sides, three-stripe bound body, 9 diagonal sound channels, mahogany neck, 14/23-fret extended rosewood bound fingerboard with pearl diamond inlay, Birdseye maple on bound peghead, three-per-side pearl button gold diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis Gold preamp, with hardshell case. The previous owner removed the preamp, additional inputs & left pickup unconnected. He also had a headstock repair which is stable. The tuners have been replaced by Sperzal locking tuners. M.S.R.P. $1000 new. Playable condition with excellent intonation up and down the neck.

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