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Offline Pike

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« on: August 04, 2009, 11:16:05 AM »
Any Chicago area Washburn fans, this is a lot of tone for not a lot of money. I have one of these, Yamaki built, great guitar!

http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/msg/1303206117.html
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009, 10:15:22 AM »
Hey Pike, thanks.
I had actually browsed that listing, and intended to inquire, but got sidetracked.

Can you share the book on this guitar? I shot the owner a note....

I'm blaming you if this develops into anything!
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009, 10:31:12 AM »
I don't see the Timber Ridge in the book Kimo, but here's  the info on it's rosewood mate. Prices should be similar. You won't be disappointed. Make sure the neck angle is good... Good luck.

D61 S(W) PRAIRIE SONG
- dreadnought style, solid spruce top, round soundhole, rosewood pickguard, three-stripe bound body,
five-stripe rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl
dot inlay, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, rosewood veneer on peghead, three-per-side
chrome diecast tuners, available in Natural finish, mfg. mid-1980s-1994.
Grading
 100% -----Excellent ------Average
--N/A -----$550 - 650 ---$325 - 400
Last MSR was $1,200.
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009, 11:12:46 AM »
Thanks Pike.
You say rosewood mate. Is the D60 NOT rosewood? the seller does not mention and the pics look like it could be a mahogany grain.....
Your listing says D61S(W)...solid wood? Is yours the timber ridge?

I know. so full of questions. sorry. [:o)]
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009, 11:52:23 AM »
It's solid ovankol b&s. I have both the D60SW Timber Ridge and the D66SW Prairie Song custom.
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009, 11:53:53 AM »
wow. That is a good price.
Waiting on a response. Thanks Pike
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2009, 12:04:46 PM »
Good luck Tio.  I was thinking about inquiring re: shipping but decided against that idea.  Hope you get the guitar.
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009, 01:06:31 PM »
well the story is too good to be true, so I'm reservedly optimistic. I'm gonna take a look but it might be a couple of days....

sounds like it's nearly never been played. If true, that's great, but this is still Chicago, and with the humidity extremes, combined with the sellers stated lack of use(translate: attention) this guitar could have issues related to drying out.

What can you seasoned buyers tell me to look for? Obviously, I can spot high action, cracks, lifted bridge, dipping soundboard around the neck/soundhole....are there other less obvious but telltale things I should look for?

I've bought two acoustics in my life. One was a 12 month old Larrivee....no concerns there. The other was an EA20-12, and I showed my ignorance. Salvageable, but it made me feel like a total Rookie. Crack in the headstock behind the high e tuner. Hoping to avoid a repeat of the latter, and with a 20 year old guitar, knowledge is power.




 
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009, 05:53:11 PM »
We must have members from Chicago, maybe someone could go check it out for you Kimo...
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2009, 07:13:25 AM »
Short list of issues to look for.
General appearance.  Signs of abuse not use.  Few scratches is fine, an impact ding is something else.  Look for cracks.
Sight down the neck and see if it's twisted or bowed.
Check the action at the 12th. fret.
Look for any bowing or shrinking of the top.
Make sure the bridge is not lifting.  Typically happens along the back edge.
Tap the top and backsides.  Listen for any dead or muffled spots.  could be a loose brace.
Bring a tuner with you if you're not comfortable tuning by ear.  Tune the guitar and play a bunch of first position open chords.  Get the tone well established in your head.  Then, finger pick a bit, play a few lead lines, whatever.

Keep us posted
 

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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2009, 11:26:30 AM »
Didn't see you were in Chicago Kimo. You should get there, first one that plays and hears that guitar will buy it...
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2009, 12:22:43 PM »
No question I'm gonna go play it.


Just wanted a few tips on some of the more detailed things I should look at. I've been playing a while now, and after getting burned on the 12'er, I'll be looking close. It sounds like I'll be looking at an as new 30 yr old guitar with many cold dry winters under it's belt, and wonder what might go unseen that would be of concern so I can look for it.

Thanks a ton for all your input.
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2009, 07:46:26 PM »
 

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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2009, 05:44:02 PM »
well, she's mine.
Story panned out. Saw the receipts with the dudes 1982 driving license name and number on it. Original warranty card etc.

He bought it locally in April 1982. Serial number 106069.
So it appears she's a 1981. The frets show no wear, but are very low. He insists he never had a pro touch it except for a restring about 3 years ago. Fantastic condition. One issue, a nick on the neck behind the 2nd fret. Other than that nothing.

Have to get back out the door, so I can't give the full run down, with photos, but you know I will. Plus the strings are 3 years old and the action is ever so slightly higher than I'd like, but not bad, the neck is straight and the top is flat, the bridge is high, so It's never been shaved. Sounds (his story) and looks as though it's had a 12 months playing time 28 years.

Two quick questions...

-owners of Ovangkol..describe the typical characteristics...seems
very bright. (my every day player is mahogany)

- Pike and others with vintage Yamaki guitars....what was typical for frets at that time. These seem small: narrow AND low.

Thanks for the heads up Pike. More info to follow.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2009, 09:10:37 AM by Tio Kimo »
http://www.oldtownschool.org/
'95 Washburn D-55SW Cherokee (Bourgeois)
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
'02 Heritage 535
'12 Heritage 150
'10 Larrivée RS-2
'11 Benford Tele
'12 Kirn Barn Buster
Marshall AS50D
Little Lanilei 3350LT
Champlifier
Boogie DC-2

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2009, 07:17:53 PM »
Congrats Kimo! Mine sounds great, not overly bright, very resonant. I'll check out the frets. Looking forward to the pics...