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OK, two MIK guitars, same model, same year of manufacture - 2002. I think they were import models only - they seem to have been distributed in the Asian market only (read: Japan), although I'm not positive... there's not a lot of info on these guitars, although they seem to be precursors to the Nuno Bettancourt series. Both of mine were acquired via Craigslist last year but from two different sellers, roughly 3 months apart. These are not exactly common guitars in North America... from my research, they seem to be pretty rare.

Yesterday I was photographing my guitars for insurance purposes, including listing all their SN's and shooting them where possible. That's when I discovered that these guitars are not only from the same year.... looks like the black one was made just before the purple one. That's right, they're separated by a single digit.

Meet the my Washburn WG-780 duo: N02050887 and N02050888.



Crazy, eh. What are the chances?

Now, I realize that the SNs might not denote the chronology, but I imagine it's likely they do. Kind of remarkable any way you look at it.

As an aside, the black one's been de-Floyded. My friend Mell threw in a nice maple block to match the maple extended cutaway neck. Seems to have made it a deeper, more resonant guitar. I'm thinking of doing something similar to its fraternal twin... I'm not all that keen on Floyd-equipped guitars. Although the neck access on these puppies is phenomenal.

Anyway, just had to share - cheers.
 

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The odds are less than the 6/49, you won the wrong lottery.........
 

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Wow! What an amazing coincidence! :eek:

You should feel proud, you've got a set of twins. :smilie_flagge17:
 

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Yeah, it's kinda krazy alright... hey Accept2, were you ever a member of the Washburn forums? I've run across a guy with the same handle as you and he to hails from Canuckistan.
 

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Ive been known to hang around there from time to time........
 

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Ive been known to hang around there from time to time........
Thought so... so, if you don't mind my asking, what do you have that's Washburn? Beyond the aforementioned twins, I have a low-end, late-model bass, a sweet sparkle-red X-10 that I got for cheap as product placement, and a nice '92 slim-line acoustic. They're all very nice guitars, BTW.

Dang... now my twin-guitar pic isn't showing up in this thread... I'm guessing .mac is screwing up. Grrrrrrrr.
 

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Ive dumped alot of my Washburns, but I still have a Slammer, 3 ECs, 2 Stages, a Wing, and 9 Custom Mercuries from when Grover jackson was there..........
 

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My main guitar right now is a washburn, i could never identify it, though. Anyway it's a sweet player.
 

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BlueZombie, yours is a WG Series. They were recent models from about 1999 or so and are still being pumped out..........
 

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Wow, Accept2... for a pineapple residing at the bottom of the sea, you certainly do have a boatload of Washies. I humbly bow in your exalted Washburnian presence. And I thought I was a bit touched in that department.

By the way, I didn't think the WG series were still being produced at this point. I thought they were discontinued a few years back. Best go to the Washburn site and check it out, I guess.
 

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Bluezombie, can you post pics of your axe, out of curiosity's sake?
 

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I dont think they even ever appeared on the site. They make them for other markets as well as certain retailers, such as Music 1-2-3.............
 

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Gotcha. Can be confusing when they do this kind of cross marketing thing... certain models available in one zone, nonexistent in another, renamed something else in still another... cripes.

Gonna check out this Music 1-2-3 site, see what I can find.
 

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Well, I took an admittedly quick gander.. it doesn't look like they're moving any of the WG series guitars. I'm guessing they stopped production of that line sometime in the last five years. I did see a pretty cool red 7 string WG on the Toronto CL site a couple of days ago, and it appeared to be in quite good condition... but I have enough Superstrats and I'm kind of hooked on the Stephens Extended Cutaway necks... which the 7 string lacked.
 

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that's crazy cool! and yeah definitely looks like the nuno precursors to me too.

nice pair! :p
 

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Yeah, it's that distinctive cutaway... so fas as I know, Washburn is the only company licensed to use that cutaway, and the Nuno series are the only ones currently using it. The original guitar maker, Stephens, stopped making guitars years ago. Wonder what the story is there. Great necks, anyway, and they bolt on very securely... five bolts arrayed in a curve. Solid rock maple with a nice satin finish... good stuff.
 

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The Nunos actually came out around 1990, many years before those guitars were made. The Stephens Extended Cutaway was liecensed to Washburn for the EC series guitars in about 1988. Its been used on the EC Series, a couple of acoustic models, the Nuno Series, the Nexis Series, this series, and a few others.............
 

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Thanks for the info, then. Seems they apply the cutaway neck from time to time and change up the lines... the weird and woolly decisions of marketing... so the WGs are simply following in the footsteps of other Washburn licensed SEC guitars, rather than the other way around.

OK, cool - I consider myself edumacated.
 
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