I've always been a fan of Washburns as budget guitars. Sorry to all the Cort and Ibanez fans out there, but at the under 200 dollar mark, Washies are the business. My first guitar was an all laminate Washburn D10N. I loved it. It had red stained hog back and sides.
So I've been looking around for one as a "banger". I've been involved with my boys youth group the past few months, and have been taking the Larrivee to play the kids some songs, which at boys youth group is risky business. I need a youth group, campfire, "banger" guitar.
So I find this all laminate all mahogany Washburn D10 in translucent blue finish with a Fishman sonitone pickup hidden inside. For NZ 180 dollars. I think that's about 120 bucks. It's a good deal. I pulled the trigger, but only get it in November as I need to travel to Auckland to fetch it. The wife and I are going to a U2 concert there, so will pick it up on the way home.
I didnt plan to buy a blue guitar. It's a very dark blue. But I think the kids will dig it. I'm planning to put 2 white pieces on insulation tape on the lower bout to pinstripe it, like Mike Campbells Duesenberg. Maybe a sticker or two.
This will be my fireside banger. I hope it's not trashed. I've been assured the action is good. Heard some sound clips, and not too bad. Going blind. For 100 bucks, may be the best buy ever.
Congratulations on the new to you guitar. I like Washburn Guitar's, had a Washburn Parlour guitar about thirty years ago, really liked that guitar, had a real antique look about it. Then for some unknown reason to me, Washburn Guitar's just went of the radar, still don't see many now a days, but still have a good reputation. Bit of a long wait though, don't forget the photos. 😀
Yeh, it is a long wait, but I dont mind. I'll just need to be real careful with the OM40 until I can play the blues, so to speak. This is not my dream guitar, but I look forward to enjoying it for what it is.
It will be difficult to sell. I mean, who wants a blue guitar anyway But if I stickyfi it, and make it look like it belongs to some roady on a mission, it may actually pass off as a good investment in the long term. It will have character, and may inspire kids to play guitar. Who knows.
You have far, far more patience than I do. A lot of my past guitars have not lasted three months from purchasing to trading trading in for the next perfect guitar. Now just for your information, blue guitars may become far more popular than you my think, due to Faith Guitars (one of my favourite guitar maker's) I have two of there guitars, one is the Blood moon model, its one of there most desirable models, anyway Faith Guitars have just bought out a new model, wait for it, it's called "The Blue Moon", all solid wood, Mango, with Ebony fretboard bridge and bridge pins. If I can find more info will post later, l have posted a link to the Faith Guitar site below and in the other guitar section.
Excellent Derick. It will be interesting to hear what Mango wood sounds like. We had Mango wood furniture in our last house, and it has a yellow-light brown appearance. Its definitely a good wood for a stained guitar.
I typically do not flip guitars very often. If I do, they generally last less than two weeks. But if I keep them, they last for about 5 years, sometimes longer. My first two dreads lasted 8 years each.
I have a feeling this one is going to stick around a bit. Not because it's an inherently fantastic guitar, but it just ticks a lot of practical boxes. All laminate, hidden pickup, cheap, funky colour. Will be a good fireside guitar ot general banger!
That looks a nice guitar, the blue colour is a good shade, should make a nice to use anywhere anytime and not have to bother about temperature and humidity, and as I always say you can't beat a good beach banger.
Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it. I thinking all lam mahogany is a good choice for a guitar that will withstand the elements. I purchased an Alvarez padded gig bag for it, so that I can transport it easy on top of luggage, or inside aforesaid canoe!
An update on "Washie" - What a good blind buy!!! "Larry" now has a friend.
(RobertW , note you have started something here, I'm naming my guitars. I hear the ambulance coming to take me away.....)
So I've had the guitar for 2 months now, and I've played it regularly. Inserted strap pin and purchased padded gig bag. Its been to the BMX track, beach, skate park, out in the garden, even in some fine drizzle. It's got a lot of paint and thick gloss, and seems to be built like a tank. All laminate hog just makes you want to strum the Dickens out of it. It's got a loud dry uncomplicated tone, and really good for bluesy strumming and picking. It's a guitar you can get stuck into. Interestingly the 1.72 nut is not a big deal on this one, which is strange for me. It's very well set up.
I think it has a Fishman Sonitone in it. I havent plugged it in yet, but will be useful for an outdoor church service, or if I ever need to play something amped at a kids party
Now might just need a sticker or two on the lower bout. To ensure it's a keeper 😉
Yes great buy, very good looking guitar, pleased you like it. Blue guitars are getting to be very fashionable, my last guitar was an Art and Lutherie Parlour guitar and the colour was, Indigo blue burst, and very nice it is. Anyway enjoy the guitar, and it seems that the New Zealand way of life is been enjoyed by you and the family.