Monday, May 10, 2010

Washburn #6 - 'KC90 V' transparent gold

So nice I bought another one.

Definitely a hidden gem these, where else can you get what is effectively an early 90s Japanese made Jackson fitted with real Seymour Duncans in great condition for under £150. The nicely aged JBJ pickup would sell for about £40 on its own.

The electrics on this one were a dry jointed badly earthed disaster and the owner had fitted an 'Iron Gear' bridge pickup. As he supplied the original JBJ an afternoons fiddling got it nicely sorted though. Still need to go back and replace the jack socket as it's a bit loose but it's 100% playable.

There's a little fret wear but nothing terrible.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Indie #21 - 'IJ1' trans orange

OMFG a Bigsby.

A friend bought this a while back as he wanted a 'Rockabilly' guitar, whatever that means. We messed around with it and changed the look a little but when it came down to it this is essentially a single-cutaway 335. The arrival of the Gretsch Tim Armstrong signature model ignited his lust so I've bought this from him to fill out another gap in my Indie collection.

First thing I did was remove the dice knobs and pinup stickers as they're not really what I want and put it back to standard.

Like I said it's essentially a 335 copy and even has the same pickups as my Indie Two-tone so it's only really the Bigsby that makes it stand out from that.

The roller bridge has made the Bigsby usable without totally taking the guitar out of tune but it's still pretty alien to me, much like vintage style strat bridges.