*** New First Listing - 02/03/2013. ***
*** I describe the diet of guitars coming through my eBay Shop and Website as it says in the title - there is Vintage - and there is Traditional. This one I would regard as in the Traditional camp, for the time being, but a bit of serial number/catalogue research suggests that it is well on it's way towards Vintage status, even if not there yet, and certainly not looking it's years! The Catalogues clearly show the headstock shape, Dot inlay position markers, through body stringing, bridge type, etc., identify it as a 1980s model, and the Serial Number, that it dates from 1988.
The previous owner had the pickups changed and professionally fitted, using pickups out of a Les Paul for a more Jazz sound, but the original Pickups, described in the contemporary catalogues as Washburn "Power Sustain" humbucking pickups, are also included. I am quite a fan of the J and HB Series Washburn guitars, having sold J3, J5, J6 and J9 models before, finding them all to be excellent. My understanding is that 1980s Washburns of this type were Japanese made, and although there is nothing on the guitar to confirm this, it is a beautifully finished, very handsome guitar of iconic 335 style, in exceptional condition!
Note - I have updated the description to read "1980s", rather than "1988", on the advice of a collector and eBayer from Germany, who has two examples of this model, from 1982 and 1983, and is convinced that the Serial Number of this guitar - 833234, and it's styling, indicate that it was produced by Matsumoku, in Japan, in 1983.
WASHBURN HB-35 DOT 335 STYLE 1980s ELECTRIC BLUES/JAZZ GUITAR - MADE IN JAPAN - REPLACED COVERED PICKUPS WITH ORIGINALS INCLUDED, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION, EXCELLENT PLAYING, SOUND AND VIBE.
Although, as you may have gathered, my main interest is in acoustic guitars, and vintage ones at that, since acquiring a Washburn J9 many years ago, which I foolishly let go in a deal to acquire another guitar, I have developed a particular liking for Washburn's Archtop and Hollow-bodied, Jazz and Blues Guitars, as I mention above.
In addition to the various "J" models I've had over the years, I've seen quite a few HB-35s, but not one as early as this, or with the particular styling detail, and I think that these 1980s models, which I believe were the earlier Japanese production, seem to be much scarcer that the more typical later style, as with the one showing in the YouTube clip shown below. Not everyone is a fan of block inlays, and many prefer the "Dot 335" style, as this one. Catalogue illustration show that the selector switch and jack socket positions have changed at times, and of course, the headstock shape is different on later models, but I rather like both the shape and more direct stringing lines of this type, and the quite unusual "Washburn" logo name-style, which I have to say I had not seen before.
The original Pickups were uncovered, as mentioned above, and I will be checking the replaced covered Humbuckers and the electrics overall on my visit to the luthier this coming week, and will ensure that all is working properly, as it certainly appears to be at the moment.
The only other feature of particular interest is the bridge, which I think on later models was changed for a Tune-o-matic, but on this model is Washburn's own design, known as "Harmonic Lock", which combines with through-body stringing! If it's good enough for Fender.........wonder why they abandoned the idea, which has always seemed an excellent method to me!
Really super-smart for a 25 year old (and we are now told in fact that it is 30 years old, which makes it's condition even more remarkable) guitar! Very light play wear and the smallest of finish marks. I think that you will agree that the photos show that it remains a very handsome late 1980s Dot 335 Style guitar, retaining vibrant Cherry finish colour, and additional photos can be seen at vintagetraditionalguitars.co.uk
As far as I am aware the guitar is entirely original, except for the covered humbucker pickups - the original uncovered Washburn p/ups are included. The pickups installed are labelled, at the neck, Epiphone 57CH(G) Dot:Neck.Bridge LP:Neck BHC, and bridge, Epiphone HOTCH(G) LP:Bridge BHC. Checked at the luthier's workshop, worked fine, and I was assured that the replacement was professionally undertaken.
Chrome finish to the hardware is generally good, although there is a very little age related discolouration on the bridge. The original covered "George Washburn" decaled tuner machineheads work fine. The string through bridge will also be checked over prior to sale, but again, no problem is evident. The frets show just a little play wear, but the Rosewood fingerboard with Dot Inlays does not really show any play wear.
ACTION, STRINGS & CASES.
The guitar plays well, with a good action at around 1.75mm./2.25mm. The neck is comfortable "C" shaped profile, and the the nut width is approx. 41.5mm, with typical 24.75"/629mm. Gibson scale length. It is strung with recently fitted D'Addario strings, which I believe are 11 gauge.
There is no case included, but if you would like the guitar sent in a case, I do have available a top-flight TKL case, and would be happy to discuss with you a combined price for the guitar + case, and to adjust the invoice accordingly.
I cannot provide a video demonstration of this guitar, but the following YouTube clip by "frissell1968", of another later style MIJ HB-35, but with block inlays, sounds very good, and there are clips of various other HB-35s on the 'Tube.
DELIVERY AND CONTACT.
I would be very happy if you are able to come and try it out, and of course, you are welcome to collect in person. Otherwise I will pack well and post as soon as possible. If you would prefer, I may be able to deliver/ meet part way to hand over, at a reasonable distance, for a similar cost to postage.
If you need further information or advice, please contact me via eBay Messaging, telephone on 01543 677140, or via my mobile number 07970 832955, and will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you for looking and please take a look at the other guitars in my eBay Shop. I do have a stock of other guitars, some in course of preparation for sale. If what you are looking for is not there, please let me have details - who knows, I may be able to help!
Royal Mail Special Delivery service, including up to £500 insurance/compensation, is available, but please note that if you stick with the cheaper Parcelforce option, the included £100 insurance figure cannot be increased for musical instruments.
EU buyers please contact me before purchase to confirm shipping cost/arrangements as cost shown is only approximate and will vary according to location. Please also note that a £100 compensation limit applies to Parcelforce services to the EU and that there is no alternative RM service to Europe. However, there are cheaper postage services to Europe, a condition of which is that the guitar is posted in a hard case - Please Enquire! - the case + postage on one of these services may not be more than the postage figure quoted in the listing!
In the last 4 years or so I have sold and safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe, with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.
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