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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-11-2014, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Washburn N24FNMK

Hello. First of all I apologise for this noob question. And it might be posted several years ago. And yes I am sort of a newbie with washburns.

Here goes. Got my order of a Washburn N24FNMK last night. Open the box, took out the guitar and wow! It looks fantastic with the natural finish and flamed maple top. Started playing it and the neck feels so good (but not as good as the JEm and the JS though. Action was too high out of the box for my taste. Probably need a little setup. How do I lower the action on a washburn again?).

Anyway, my biggest gripe was with the sound of the guitar. I mean, compared to the JEM7VWH and the JS24P, heck even with my Fender Standard HSS MIM (with tone zone), the tone of my newly acquired beautiful guitar sounded 'brittle'. Like there is some sort of miswire in the pickup. It sounded very light (without the scream), without any punch whatsoever. I played it through a a BOSS ME80 and a Maple Leaf amplifier (yeah, some might think its the amp but the JEM, JS and Fender all sound good through it).

Is it suppose to sound like that? I heard a lot of good things about the Bill Lawrence pickup. Should I change it? Or should I check the wiring first?

Any feedback is appreciated. I felt like I got the deal of a century when I ordered it (considering it costs more than a grand locally) and I was full of anticipation waiting for it. But now I feel like bubbles are bursting around me.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Washburn N24FNMK

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 09:02 AM
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Re: Washburn N24FNMK

I bought an N24 a few years back and while I dont play it much, it sounds great. Maybe you should get someone to checkout the wiring or something. You might have a loose wire somewhere. Take it to your local luthier and I'm sure he will workout whats up with it.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 03:13 PM
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Re: Washburn N24FNMK

I have a N4 in padauk. The L500XL is a very tight and articulate pickup. It is very sensitive, so aggressive picking can sometimes produce some odd 'chirpy' tones, which may be what you are describing as 'brittle'. However, I can't imagine a L500XL sounding 'light' or not punchy, so it could have a wiring issue.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the L500. I don't dislike it, but there are numerous bridge pickups I prefer.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-18-2014, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Washburn N24FNMK

Brought it to a local guitar shop here and he says he needed to re solder some of the electronics. (In my anxiety, I forgot to ask which one :-( Anyway, it sounded so much 'fuller' now. But still it does not sound like my other guitars. I guess I am so used to the DiMarzios.

On another note, I did some tweaking and adjusting and this Washburn guitar feels amazing to play now. low action without buzz. Maybe I will change the pickup soon. Will a tone zone sound good in an agathis body? I am tempted to try the bareknuckle warpig but i dont have experience with them. Any views?
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