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Offline Davido

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Am considering HB 30 or HB 35 - Any comments
« on: December 17, 2004, 09:08:36 PM »
I'm considering purchasing an Washburn model HB30 or HB35

I'd like to find out more about the pickups (emailed Washburn but no response to date)

Anybody know the Kohm readings for the pickups? (neck and bridge)

Any general comments about these Washburn models would be greatly appreciated.
Good machine heads? Stay in tune reasonably well?
Shielded wiring?
Quality pots?
Good raw blues sound? (or are the pickups warm and more for jazz)
Any specific concerns /issues?

Thanks so much.






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Offline atkinsg

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2004, 04:04:29 PM »
I have two guitars a fender strat and a washburn hb35
they have very different characteristics
The hb35 is a 93 which I bought used at songbird in ottawa
the finish is beautiful and has lovely tone.
After 10 years i cant find a flaw in the finsh
the fit and finish is very good,
I have a small issue with my tone pots (a bit scratchy, I suspect wear) I knew this when i bought it but at the price and the fact I know i can either clean or replace them for about $10
its not a show stopper as far as making a recommendation.
I suspect the previous owner used the tone controls quite a bit. as with anything mechanical.
if you find one at a good price ...buy it

 

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2004, 08:17:17 PM »
I have a OS OE30, which is very similar to the HB30 except for the neck attachment.  Mine has Washburn 400 series pickup. they are good humbuckers, sound great and surprisingly, were nicely wax potted straight from the factory. I repotted mine right away because I put covers on them, but if I hadn't wanted to pot the covers to the pickups it wouldn't have been neccessary. I am very happy with the Oscar, especially for the price (less than 150.00 on sale at MF and on ebay). It has quality construction outstanding finish and uses all top shelf fixtures (grover machines, tuneomatic bridge washburn electronics ect. Whichever one you get you should be happy.
 

Offline Davido

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2004, 07:03:50 PM »
A question for ScoutII (or anyone else who can answer)

Why did you repot the pickups on the HB 30 pickups before putting the
covers on? Is repotting essential? Do the factory pickups come
threaded for screw type adjustable poles*? (* if this is the correct terminology) Are the screw /adjustable poles standard threads/diameters?

I'd prefer covers on the pickups but I'm not fully confident regarding all the necessary steps/parts that are required to put them on.

Thanks for all the responses.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2005, 07:35:11 PM »
I'm trying an HB35.

Seems very nice so far.

No specs on the pickups from Washburn as yet.
 

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2005, 09:29:43 PM »
I got a black OE30 about a year ago. No problems so far. Good looking finish on the black. I replaced the knobs with top hats because the factory gold knobs looked stupid on it. I also glued the neck bolts after a couple of weeks. It started cracking when I would put my strap on because the bolts would loosen after several hours of playing. I also replaced the strings shortly after I got it. Mine stays tuned quite well. I get a range of tones from it, anywhere from warm jazzy tone to a pretty crunchy rock sound. I am very happy with the buy and I am sure I'll be getting the tobacco burst soon.
Breathe between the notes.