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NGD, Washburn Model WI-64DL

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tabdog, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    This guitar is a new discovery for me. It has
    a Buzz Feiten Tuning System? and a Voice
    Contour Control?

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    Discontinued 2004 Washburn Model WI-64DL.
    Endorsed by guitarist from bands like Sevendust,
    Breaking Benjamin, Alkaline Trio and CMA Award
    Winning Rascal Flatts.

    Specs,

    Modern carve top single cutaway
    Mahogany Body
    Quilted Maple Top
    Mahogany set neck
    Neck Scale 24-3/4 in.
    22 Frets
    Fingerboard Radius: 14 in.
    Rosewood Fingerboard
    Gold Hardware
    3-way toggle switch
    Bridge: Tune-o-matic
    Tuners: Exclusive Grover 18:1 gear ratio
    Pickups: WB630 high output
    Other:
    Buzz Feiten Tuning System
    VCC - Voice Contour Control

    What is Buzz Feiten Tuning System?

    Here's what Buzz Feiten says;

    A Buzz Feiten Tuning System Serial Numbered
    A professionally installed BFTS Shelf Nut.
    Made from high quality bone for the best tone.
    Logo Sticker on the back of your guitar's
    headstock. This proves authenticity and certifies
    that the shop doing the work is one of our
    Authorized Retrofitters.

    The Buzz Feiten Tuning System Tuning and
    Intonation Setup for your bridge saddles. Along
    with our Shelf Nut position, this brings the guitar
    into proper intonation that is in tune all over the
    fingerboard.


    What is Voice Contour Control?

    Here's what Washburn says;

    A unique coil tapping system that allows players
    to incrementally blend between a humbucking
    sound and a single coil sound without the hum
    normally associated with single coils. Similar to
    the concept of a dimmer switch but related to
    the tone of a guitar. Simple, stage-friendly tone
    controls. Turn the VCC knob up for a traditional
    humbucker sound. Turn it down... you get the
    character of a single coil. No batteries or preamps
    needed! A Washburn exclusive product!


    It needed a setup bad, but the neck adjusted to
    near perfection. Has a few small dents (who cares)
    Some of the gold is wore off (who cares) There's
    some small scratches that should buff out. It's in
    pretty good shape and plays and sounds great so
    far. It was one of those rare good deals at a
    pawn shop.

    The pickups actually sound really good for cheap
    standard pickups. It sounds good for rock, metal,
    punk, blues, basically anything. A very versatile
    sounding guitar in my opinion.

    It's not for everyone. Lots of folks have disabled
    the Voice Contour Control feature and upgraded
    to better pickups,

    Tabdog
     
  2. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    They are really nice guitars, especially for the money they sold for. Super high quality.
     
  3. Murky

    Murky Tele-Meister

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    I've got one of the same. It's a good player.
     
  4. twangr

    twangr TDPRI Member

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    One of my favorite guitars! Set it up correctly and it plays like butter.

    I really liked the VC pups initially, such a clean, clear sound. Unfortunately I did not care for the lack of standard tone control. I opted to change pickups in it so I opened the cavity and made a wiring diagram in case I wanted to restore the original pups at some point in the future.

    I had a 70's DiMarzio Super distortion so I stuck that in the bridge. I then added a Seymour duncan JB in the neck. Replaced the pots with CTS(?) 500k pots. WOW! This thing is AWESOME! closest thing to playing and sounding like an SG without being an SG/

    I really like the colors on yours. Mine is the emerald green with gold hardware. To me it's not really appealing but the tone and playability really make up for the lack of visual appeal.

    These guitars are really a great deal new or used.
     
  5. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    Thanks for responding guys.

    And thanks for the additional information.

    One thing that was not mentioned is how
    comfortable and light is. It's 6 lb 7 oz.

    Also the jumbo frets are done real nice and
    and like Twanger said "it plays like butter".

    Tabdog
     
  6. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    I've made some upgrades to my Washburn.

    I found a Gibson 490R bridge pickup on CL
    for $40. It's the same model that comes
    with the Gibson Les Paul Studio 2013 Gold
    Series,

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-les-paul-studio-2013-gold-series-electric-guitar/h90761000004000?src=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CN-dsuXDmbcCFQ9yQgodFlkAmg&kwid=productads-plaid^{[email protected]}-sku^[email protected]^PLA-device^{device}-adid^{creative}

    So I scored a Seymour Duncan '59 Model,
    Bridge pickup and installed them both.

    These two pickups are a wonderful match
    of "balls" and that sweet blues sound. The
    middle setting of the 3 way switch sounds
    great.

    Kind of a new look for my Washburn also,

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    I have about $250 invested in this awesome
    guitar,

    Tabdog
     
  7. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

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    Congrats! This one used to be mine; ultimately came to not like the look of that "clown 'burst," but did like how the VCC system could take the guitar -- with the right amp settings -- from almost-SG sounding to almost-Tele sounding...
     

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