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Thanks for posting that cool photo Jim!

There are no other Japanese or Korean built Washburns that have come up to the quality of the Yamaki builds. I've owned most all of them, and most of the Beckmen's. The Beckmen's were not high quality and were probably not built by Yairi and I haven't seen anything Japanese built other than the Yamaki's that were built to such high standards. I doubt seriously Yairi built any Washburns but nobody really knows for sure exactly who built what back then. Here is a Washburn Prairie Song Custom in Yamaki garb. Same exact guitar. Cleared over wood pick guard and all. And here is a guitar, except for the pick guard, identical to the Washburn W600, three piece back version built by Suzuki.  I owned one of the two piece back versions. Just average.

Yamaki built the Japanese Washburn acoustics but not the Beckmen Imports. I've owned both and still have an early Prairie Song custom. The Yamaki's were superior guitars, the Beckmen's just OK, not sure what factory they came out of but not Yairi. The Yairi's, like the Daion's and Yamaki's were of better quality. Matsumoku built the wing series electrics.

Good thoughts and prayers Louis...

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D 15 m
« on: February 10, 2016, 10:54:39 AM »
The D15M has a laminated mahogany top...

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: D 15 m
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:27:19 PM »
Probably a 1985 model. I have one, it's my beater but it does sound good....

It is, after all, a guitar Kio. We're not taking them with us. If I wanted to change up my Cherokee I'd have no problem with it either...

General Discussion / Re: Greg Tribbetts personal guitar
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:13:40 AM »
He also has or had a Washburn jumbo on ebay...

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Re: Washburn Need help finding info
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:06:29 PM »
Nice line of guitars those Yamaki builts, although IMHO the best sounding Washburn Harvests were the 1995 Korean built D42SW's....

Want to make an offer? There's a lot of play time on it now and it shows a bit of it. No longer mint but still 90+ %...

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: Washburn D-52-12 NS
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:27:38 AM »
Yes, I also saw that W500 and also passed on it. You know the condition of my W600. I am open to an offer.

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: Washburn D-52-12 NS
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:54:48 AM »
Hi Jim, just living Brother, thanks for asking, and playing the daylights out of my DB Indians... did you ever find a W600?

Show Us Your Washburn / Re: Washburn D-52-12 NS
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:57:01 PM »
Cool Jim. Leo prefers mahogany 12ers also...

They are truly something special. I tried, but can't bring myself to selling mine... I would sell my Savannah though...

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