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Offline BrandonM

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« on: October 23, 2008, 02:53:41 PM »
Ok, im posting this because, well my friend just recently got an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, and everybody is saying how good it is and how bad mine is, I have the D64SW Washburn ACOUSTIC, now I know that you cannot in any way, compare an electric to an acoustic, so all I want is personnal tastes, say why you would chose either guitar over the other, make a review if you will.

Heres a picture of my Acoustic:







And here is a picture of the same model of guitar he has:


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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 06:46:43 PM »
Welcome to the forum BrandonM.

Well it's a Fact that while you have a REAL Washburn, he only has a pretend Gibson so let's have less of the is it better thing. Somone has always got a better guitar when you are on the way up or learning to play. I play mainly electric but learned all the basics on acoustic and depending on my mood i'll either pick up and plug in or kick back and just strum and pick out a tune. Both types of guitars have their merits and both can, one way or another, be amplified.
So what are you left with ? Easy, learn to play on your beautiful Washy Acoustic and tell all your relatives that instead of them buying seperate presents for you at Christmas this year, could they PLEASE all chip in for an electric guitar+practice amp with a headphone socket!!!Just don't let them down by giving up the guitar six months down the road.
And as a final comment, as long as you play for enjoyment and not just to impress people you'll always sound better. I wish you all the best and may you one day be On Stage With One Of Your Guitar Heroes

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 06:46:53 PM »
What you have, Brandon, is a very high quality made in Japan Washburn, actually made by Yamaki company, one of Japan's very best builders, in an era when the Japanese were building some excellent guitars, yours being one of them. I have the non custom version of the Timber Ridge and it is a fantastic guitar. I also have your guitar's rosewood mate, the Prairie Song Custom, another awesome guitar. Be careful, I wouldn't doubt your friend has designs on your Timber Ridge.
 

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 08:00:07 AM »
Welcome on the forum.... the opinion of Pike and and C boy are perfectly right. You have a really nice guitar. And an accoustic is nothing comparable from an electric guitar !!!
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Offline BrandonM

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008, 03:41:35 PM »
Yeah, just fact is, people who allegedly play guitar say his ELECTRIC sounds far better in the acoustic department than mine does. Which I highly disagree. Also, i've been playing for approx. 1 year now, and guitar is pretty much the only thing i do :D
 

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2008, 11:13:46 PM »
Well, Brandon, I own acoustic guitars by both manufacturers (although 2 out of my 3 electrics are Epiphones), so I can shed some light on my experiences.

My best Washburn is my D61SW, MIJ just like your D64SW.  It is heads and tails above every one of my Epiphones in respect to lutherie, tone and playability.  Having said that, though, I must admit the only Epiphone acoustic I have right now is an AJ10, a low priced all laminate guitar I use for camping excursions, so there's really no contest, now, is there.  That is due to change soon, as I have an Epiphone AJ500RC on its way to me via FedEx as I write this, one of Epiphone's Masterbilt line of acoustic guitars, and once that gets here I might have a better chance to compare it to one of my Washburns.  However, knowing how well my D61SW is made, I doubt that even that would be fair to the AJ500RC, so perhaps the WD32SW might be a better comparison, both are about the same size and both are all solid wood guitars, so soon as the AJ gets here next Tuesday I can speak to build quality, tone and playability as I compare those two.

As for comparing your D64SW to your friend's LP Custom, it's like comparing apples to oranges--there's just no way to compare them as they are so different.  Electrics in general to tend to be a bit easier to play than acoustics, but I've played acoustics that are quite easy to play, too, so that's a generalization and not a rule.

And, oh, let me clue you in on Pike--he's sort of the historical guru here on the Washburn forum, I've said it before and despite his modest response to the contrary, I'll say it again--Pike has forgotten more about Washburn guitars than most of us will ever know, with perhaps the exception of jsmithjr., who has an incredible collection.  I mention this so that you'll realize that if Pike says something, you can take that to the bank, he's just that good.....your friend probably recognizes a very well made guitar and is badmouthing yours in hopes you might give it up someday.  We both know you would never do that out of respect and fondness for your grandfather, but that can't keep your friend from hoping, now, can it?

Stay the course....you'll be much happier with your D64SW 20 years down the road than your friend will be with his LP Custom, believe me!

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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2008, 11:59:56 PM »
quote:
Stay the course....you'll be much happier with your D64SW 20 years down the road than your friend will be with his LP Custom, believe me!
So true Dugly. And we're anxious to hear how your D61SW responds to the bridge/saddle re-do.
 

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 01:52:17 PM »
Brandon,

The D64SW Washburn is one fine, fine, FINE acoustic guitar. Just excellant.

Play it loud, and play it PROUDLY. Its a keeper.


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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 01:57:12 PM »
Brandon,

quote:
Yeah, just fact is, people who allegedly play guitar say his ELECTRIC sounds far better in the acoustic department than mine does.


Huh???

Thats the silliest thing I've ever heard. How old are these people...5 or 6???

Are they out of 1st grade yet???

Listen...I'm not a professional musician, but I've been playing guitar for almost 30 years. I've played with 3 traveling bands and played on a couple of CD's and a DVD.

Take a look at my signature and notice how many Washburns.

You've got yourself a great guitar there.


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Washburn D44SW
Epiphone AJ500RC 12 fret slothead
Martin D15S 12 fret slothead
Washburn D21S
Washburn EA20 Festival electric/acoustic
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Offline Bender 4 Life

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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2008, 05:54:37 AM »
Actually Brandon, concidering that his LP is at best Korean, but probably Chinese, his pickups are going to be nothing to sing about. It probably had to have been set up, and intonated just to be playable.
I bet the action, and tone of your acoustic were just dandy right out of the starting gate.
I own both types, a Washburn acoustic, and 2 Epiphone electrics, (none of which are LP's)
they're all good guitars, but both of my Epis had to have the action lowered before they were really playable.
Enjoy what you have....I wish it were mine!
You won't hurt its feelings boy, play it like you stole it!

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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 02:15:48 PM »
Dude, if I were you I wouldn't worry. By the look in those devil-red eyes, you obviously already met Satan [}:)] at the crossroads and sold your soul for some evilmad guitar skills.

When you play, the strings start to smoke and a vortex of black clouds start swirlin' overhead droppin' demons out the sky who dance in a frenzy at the wicked sound comin' from your twisted axe.

Only Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton have traveled this dark path, and neither were ever the same.
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 01:38:36 PM »
Welcome Brandon!

Make NO mistake about it......you have one FINE guitar there!

I don't know who the everybody includes in your post but, next summer when you and your friend are hanging by the campfire or at the beach, ask him to get out his Les Paul Custom copy to get a little jam session going to entertain the rest of the group.........enjoy the look on his face as he says I can't.  I need electricity.

Express your sympathy to him then go ahead and enjoy entertaining your friends.  I'll bet all of them (your Les Paul copy friend as well) will think your guitar sounds pretty good..........

As previously stated....it's like comparing apples and oranges.  It's a case of the right tool for the job.

Enjoy it and play the daylights out of it and it will continue to sound better as the top opens up while developing a sweet tone!

Notice there are a few Washburns in my signature too......and not ALL of them are guitars!





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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2008, 02:08:35 PM »
his looks snazzier, but really, let's be honest, electric guitars always look better and are easier to play.

as for epiphone vs. washburn, it depends on the model.  epiphone does well with their own models (the casino, sheraton, ect.)


oh, and one more thing.
keep practicing on the acoustic.  they're harder to play, and if you switch over to electric, you'll be better than your friend at playing his guitar.

(maybe an archtop like the washburn j5 or j7 would be good to have, they're electric, but plenty loud when not plugged in...  epiphone has their own fully hollow non-thinline archtops too, but i think they should be roughly equal in quality...)

the main thing is, have fun, no matter what everyone says.  your guitar is good.  his guitar is good.   his guitar has gold on it.  your guitar doesn't need to be plugged in.

now a washburn archtop through an epiphone amplifier...  that sounds good...  (washburn oe30, epiphone firefly 30 dsp...)
 

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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2008, 08:11:21 AM »
Its really like comparing apples to oranges, there is no comparison. On the subject of comparing electric guitars I will though, by and large, all the Washburn electrics that I've played are far higher quality than any Epiphone I've played, and believe me I've played (and owned) a few.

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