NGD Washburn Idol Standard 26

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  1. jwguitar

    jwguitar Well-Known Member

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    I just received this guitar the other day and I have to say it is a great (and IMHO a better quality) alternative to a Gibson SG. These guitars have ebony fingerboards, grover tuners, near perfect fretwork, and Seymour Duncan pickups. I have always been a big fan of Washburn electrics and this guitar is definitely no exception. Does anyone else own this particular model? I’m curious to hear others opinions.

     
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    Yup, I've got the base model (WI64) with the Duncan Designed pickups and I hold it in the same regard as you although I still haven't figured out what the Buzz Feiten Tuning System is all about. I replaced the harness but the stock one had a unique wiring setup where you could adjust the amount of the coil split :

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    Mine has that same type of wiring. I am not much for splitting coils so more than likely I will always leave the tone knob up. As far as the buzz feiton tuning system goes, I think that the space between the first fret might be slightly shorter. Supposedly this helps get better intonation on the neck. I believe Washburn has been using it now for almost 20 years or more on their guitars.
     
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    I have a wi64dl that I am thinking of restoring. It is missing the pickups, pots and needs a new nut. Do you have any idea what nut would go on these?
     
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    Pretty much this. From the research I did.
     
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    I believe the nuts that are used on these guitars (at least the current ones are graptech black tusq. It’s basically a graphite nut. I’m not sure what Washburn was using for the Idol model in the mid 2000s.
     
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    I’ll have to check mine. I’ve had it since 2006? I don’t know what year it is
     
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    Looks like anything 1 5/8" in the Gibson/Epi style will do. The Epi LP/G400 nuts are 1 11/16" but the string spacing is the same so a couple swipes with a file on the ends should do it...
     
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    If you look on the back of the head stock the first few numbers in the serial number should indicate what year it was manufactured.
     
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    I’ll have to check it out when I get home. It was a nice guitar. It’s a red translucent top. The DL I guess means deluxe for the top.
     
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    Thank you. I’ll probably just pick up a black tusq and fit it. The nut chipped on mine when before I owned it.
     
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    Congratulations!

    I wanted a WI64 so bad a few years ago. I couldn't find one and got a WI66v instead.

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    The WI64 had the VCC also, right?
     
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    The WI64 had that same vcc slipping as this guitar does. It looks like the WI64 has a different finish in that it was a translucent cherry like an SG. The guitar that I have is a metallic Red. This also has an ebony board vs. from what looks like a rosewood one for the WI64
     
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    That guitar looks to be the thickness or approaching the thickness of a Les Paul. Am I correct on that? Or are those bodies very thin also?
     
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    Threads like this give me gas
     
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    I am a fan of Washburn electrics as well Joe. I wonder, do you play out with a Jazz Trio? You certainly have that style down nicely.

    I own a Washburn Les Paul style I got from World Music at a fantastic price and it is a beautiful, well made instrument. It came with Duncan Design pups, I think the set that approximates the JB/Jazz set of "real" Duncans.

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    I remember those guitars. I never owned that particular model but I have seen them in store when they first were released. To answer you question I do play in jazz trios and duos etc. Often times my gigs are solo but I enjoy playing guitar in any musical situation.
     
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    If you were closer I would certainly venture out to hear you play.
     
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    I love those guitars. They look very cool to me.
     
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