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Offline Southside Bucky

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What does 'R320SWRK' signify?
« on: October 17, 2010, 06:16:31 PM »
Hi guys.

My first post, although lately I've spent quite a bit of time reading up here because just last week I became the proud owner of my very own Washburn acoustic, when my wife and three daughters all chipped in to buy me a beautiful R320SWRK. Here's a photo:




It plays and sounds great...I'm very much in love with it.

A couple of things I was wondering about though: Firstly, what exactly does the designation R320SWRK signify?
I'm guessing that 'R' = 'Reissue', or maybe 'Replica'?
The '320' was a very early Washburn steel string model, yeah?
'SW' = 'Solid Wood'?
'RK' I don't have a clue.

Also, it has an interesting serial number; OI 10010001. I know that the first two numbers (10) relate to the year of manufacture (2010), but does anyone know what the letters and other numbers signify?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Bucky

 

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 07:05:22 PM »
Hi Bucky, she's a beauty! R for rosewood, K for comes with case...
 

Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 07:06:08 PM »
The first R is the parlor body style, other companies use various ways to say the same thing, i.e. Martin calls the same body an O model.

The 320 is the model number.

The SW means what you thought, solid wood.

RK

R rosewood

K kase (go figure why they use that)

Hope this helps ya somewhat. It is a confusing thing the way various companies designate the same thing. Digital Piano
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Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 07:09:32 PM »
Pike takes precedence,  he's much wiser than I am on these matters.

EDIT to add: You sure do have a nice wife and kids. Digital Piano
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« Last Edit: October 17, 2010, 07:11:18 PM by Quinn Spalpeen »
Nothing under the sun is new Watson. .... Sherlock Holmes

Washburn F10S (From Funky Munky, no G.C. stuff for me.)
Martin 00-15
Martin 000-28
Trinity College Bouzouki
Raul Emiliani Model 928 (Stradivari model)
Scott Cao STV-950 (Hellier model)
Eastman Master Model 905 (Stradivari model)
Roland F-110

Offline Rocket

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 07:23:44 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Quinn Spalpeen

K kase (go figure why they use that)

Because C already globally denotes: Cutaway.

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010, 07:50:52 PM »
As good a reason as any I do suppose. Now I no longer have that silly little thing to opine on. Digital Piano
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Offline radenshirinji

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010, 04:00:52 AM »
Well, that is a really beautiful guitar.
 

Offline Southside Bucky

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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 07:04:24 AM »
Thanks for the quick replies fellas. I feel like I know her a bit more intimately now.[:X]

I have to say, she's a delight to play, which was a massive relief to me 'cause I bought it blind from a private seller on Ebay UK.

I've tried many quality steel string parlor guitars over the last year or so in an effort to replicate the ease of playability that my 1953, small bodied, nylon strung, Landola SL-23 has. But apart from a couple of vintage Martin's (which were waaaay outta my price range), none of 'em even came close to the R320, which is very forgiving of my slightly clumsy finger picking style.

ATM, I've still got the factory strings on, but I thought I might try a set of silk 'n steels, which I'm hoping will give her a slightly warmer sound and make her even easier to play.

Regarding the serial number; I'm guessing that the 'I' in 'OI' is for 'Indonesia', but can anyone tell me, do the numbers after the first '10' denote its chronological number in the amount of R320SWRK's built, or the sequential number for ALL Washburn guitar models?

Thanks again for your time 'n trouble guys.

Bucky
 

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010, 07:26:48 AM »
Unless they have changed their system, 10= year, 01= month, 0001= number made that month. Which would mean the 1st guitar made in January of 2010.
 

Offline Southside Bucky

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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010, 10:30:24 AM »
Thanks for that info, Nogin.

The first R320 made in 2010, eh?...Nice one! [:)]

The guy who sold it said he purchased it four months ago while he was in the U.S. He then brought it home to the UK, only to find that his family had bought him a Martin dreadnought as a retirement gift, so the Washburn had to go...A decision I think he'll regret someday.

She's found the perfect home with me though.


 

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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2010, 02:55:05 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by Southside Bucky

The guy who sold it said he purchased it four months ago while he was in the U.S. He then brought it home to the UK, only to find that his family had bought him a Martin dreadnought as a retirement gift, so the Washburn had to go...A decision I think he'll regret someday.


Gotta agree with ya, Southside!  Dreads are a dime a dozen....especially Martins, that seems like the only guitar they make any more.  Parlors, now, on the other hand, those are COOL!  Your R320SWRK is a nice example, and we have a forum  member who authored a large thread regarding the 125th Anniversary models.  Check this out:

http://forums.washburn.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11620

Got any soundbytes?

Cheers from.....

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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2010, 06:01:01 AM »
Yeah Dugly, thanks for the reminder...that thread was my first point of reference when reading up on the R320 as to whether I should or shouldn't buy it. A thread so interesting in fact that I just scooted through it all over again and noticed that some of the questions I asked here were already answered there...Seems the Mrs is right; I really do have the memory of a goldfish.

Soundbytes? Well, funny you should say that 'cause I was thinking of putting a little demo of her up on Youtube. I looked hard there for R320 demo's before I took the plunge and pressed the 'Buy it Now' button. Far as I could see, there's only this one ATM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oFkOuZ_fDE

A few more would've been helpful to me before I bought it, so I was thinking that after I change the strings and get her set-up just how I like 'em, I'll probably upload something there myself.

If you're interested, here's one of me having a go at Charley Patton's 'Shake it and Break it' on a kid's 3/4 size student guitar that I found in the garbage while I was at work a while back...Don't laugh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imhaa2znw8U

Thanks again.

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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2010, 09:18:25 AM »
What are the tuners like on your parlor guitar? I've played six of these Washburn pre aged parlors, and they all had tuners that didn't work very well. That's the only fault I could find with them.
 

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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2010, 05:56:08 PM »
Hi DJN.

Can't say I've noticed any kind of problem with the tuners...What do you mean exactly? is it that they don't stay in tune, or that the mechanisms aren't smooth, or what?
 

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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2010, 09:22:30 PM »
The tuners were very difficult to wind when tuning, not smooth and easy like tuners should be.