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Baritone and other variations are setup strange and I hate touching them when it comes to modding/repairing

Looking for the above mentioned items or similar, lets see what you have for sale/trade

Dean Dime Flying V Razorback V255 for trade or sale; looking for Washburn Wing/Falcon or 70s Ibanez Artist Series

comes with hardshell Dean Case and Dean Floyd Tool.

General Discussion / Re: Hey, Washburn, we have an idea!
« on: June 02, 2015, 08:26:38 AM »
What turns me off from almost every single Washburn (new) is that I always know I'm going to have to swap the pups. Just put in the extra $75-100 in the cost and offer models with active and passive selections with different but well known pup configs. (SD-AH15, EMGs etc). The crap stock pups alwaaaaaaays ruin it when I see a kid pickup a Washburn in a store. They don't understand the value is in the rest of the build most of the time, but hey, if it sounds crap it sounds crap, stop it!


General Discussion / Re: Hey, Washburn, we have an idea!
« on: May 28, 2015, 01:53:16 PM »
on point man, I have a hard time supporting Charvel since Fender purchased them... I haven't even played my Charvel's since actually and even sold one.

General Discussion / Re: Hey, Washburn, we have an idea!
« on: May 25, 2015, 09:43:49 AM »
couldn't have said it better man.

And fwiw, I HATE Fender and Gibson. Or shall we refer to them as I sue everything and I sue everybody?

"Oh, your guitar has a *insert shape here*, and it's selling well? *sue sue sue sue sue*

So sick of that s**t.

X Series / Re: Washburn X-40 vs Ibanez RG?
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:39:16 PM »
Most of the blocks on the licensed Floyds are crap. if the Floyd says 02000 on it then just walk on by.

Tungsten blocks > everything else. However every single Washburn I've EVER owned has had a crap Zinc block in it (which, well, sucks).

IMO I'm not hating on washburn, but if you're looking for a really fast neck I would go with the RG.

Here is pictures of my modded RG

(Paul Chandler Custom Neck 24.5 short scale, Charvel Machine Heads, Original Floyd with Tungsten Block). This is behind my Dean V255 and ESP Eclipse for gigs.

X Series / Re: Washburn X-40 vs Ibanez RG?
« on: May 04, 2015, 02:34:42 PM »
As an RG player (heavily heavily modded), it sits about 12 guitars in front of any of my electric Washburns for stage use and I've used it on a few recordings... such a fast neck.

I love the build of most of my "electric" washys, but the pickups are bad and the blocks in the floyds are terrible. IMHO if I was buying a washy for gigging I would look for an old KC100 or assume I would have to mod whatever I'm buying with new pickups and a new block......

Also, I really hate buying electrics with less than 24 frets, I'm so used to my style of transitions when jamming leads that I die without it. However, not a big issue to other players.

Spelling mistakes on a Washburn (or its components) are par for the course. (sorry) lol.. just sayin.

The legendary darbel

General Discussion / Re: Hey, Washburn, we have an idea!
« on: May 04, 2015, 02:28:01 PM »
I can jive with that Tony, makes sense imo

General Discussion / Re: electric guitar "pure sound"
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:37:33 AM »
swapping your pots for 500k fresh posts would actually make a difference.

Signature Series / Re: Wtb washburn dimes
« on: April 16, 2015, 12:56:01 PM »
I have a Dean Dime Razorback ( I would let go for 3500.00

General Discussion / Cant believe I found one in perfect condition...
« on: April 09, 2015, 01:45:48 PM »

I know, Dean, but it's related to Washburn through player lineage ;)

General Discussion / Re: electric guitar "pure sound"
« on: April 02, 2015, 11:22:42 AM »
I may have not read everything but could also just be your signal chain or amp as well...

One of my guitars sounds like s**t through EL34s, but sounds AMAZINGLY hot through 6l6s. While it's the complete opposite with some other guitars. I find Active pickups through SS amps too actually sound better than through Tube amps. IMO you could almost get by playing some genres professionally with Actives and an SS head.

Anyways.. what kind of amp are you playing through? Do you use onboard power for your pedals or batteries? If your amp is Tube have you had the bias checked lately?

(looking at this from the non-guitar root cause point of view as it doesn't make much sense that it would get muddier)

Although you could of put on a set of dead strings, it does happen that a new pack is already dead when you put em on.

food for thought

General Discussion / Re: Hey, Washburn, we have an idea!
« on: March 25, 2015, 11:45:28 AM »
I think U.S. Music should create a seperate brand for all of the metal guitars (Parallaxe would be a great brand name) and make Washburn a more universal brand.  I'd keep the Idol, P, and hollow body guitars as Washburn, but the rest would go to Parallaxe.  Washburn is a classic, vintage brand with a history and appeal that should be  wide reaching.  The sheer number of  metal guitars alienate players from other genres. 

As far as the acoustic line, I would expand the solid wood line to include non-dreadnoughts/parlors.  I'd especially like to see an all solid wood Lakeside Jumbo.   

I'd redesign Idol  to a 25 inch scale, 24 frets, a tremolo, locking tuners, and push-pull pots for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase.  Make it a real workhorse.  Anybody who has had to lug around, tune, and play two or three guitars for a recording session understands the value in that.  That's why PRS has a lot of fans amongst working guitarists of all styles.   

Finally, distribution and marketing needs to be significantly expanded.  It's harder than hell to find a Washburn in my town.  It's a real shame, because I've only recently realized what a quality value they are.  I just got a used WD54SW off of Reverb ($235 shipped with hardshell case), and it's by far the best acoustic neck I've ever played on.

If the number of "metal" guitars alienate musicians then they clearly aren't musicians with any knowledge. When you think of an Explorer do you think of Clapton or Bob Mould? Better yet Gibson do you suddenly discredit them as making any quality instruments because of the SG or Flying V? What about big name Luthiers like Larivee who started off making Shred worthy Axes in the 80s before moving into Acoustics and becoming a legend.

I find comment pretty ill conceived to be fair, Washburn is mostly known for their Dime's, N4's and Acoustics right? 2 of the first 3 are for people who play metal. I play in 3 gigging bands, yes one is crossover/thrash but that doesn't mean that as an educated buyer I wouldn't be looking at specifically Washburns and Takamines when searching for a fair priced but great sounding acoustic.

I dunno, I just don't agree with that statement at all..  specially when late 80s washburns are in such high demand amongst a lot of metal playing circles and probably helps drive a bit of the name to this day.

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