Here is another great Washburn Jazzer - a particular liking of mine, having over the years owned/sold a good number from the range, including J3s, J5s, other J6s, J9s & a J10....the big-bodied models sadly now discontinued by Washburn.
Just been overhauled & set-up....I will re-check set-up when it has settled, but now ready to go!
Stock Number: VTG1082.
This is an exceptionally good deep-bodied electric archtop guitar heavily inspired by the iconic Gibson L5 CES design, or as the "Blue Book of Electric Guitar Values" describes it, "ES-5 style". The Blue Book gives the years of production as 1989-2004. Of all the hollow-bodied archtop electrics Washburn have produced since the 1980s, the J-6, and particularly the "Montgomery" model, which I think was introduced about '95, is clearly my favourite.
All original as far as I am aware, with just one exception, the replacement NOS Washburn Reso-Tone gold tailpiece, which seems to be standard on earlier models, giving a much more traditional looking fitment, rather than the later cast "W" tailpiece, which has never been my favourite piece of Washburn design.
The nearest equivalent, archtop style guitar in the current Washburn range is the J7. The forum comments you read on the net suggest that recent models have been Chinese made and not of the high quality of the earlier Korean made examples. Bearing in mind that the "Montgomery" version of the J-6 was introduced around 1995, from details in the Archive section of the Washburn Guitars website, I had thought that perhaps this one may have been produced a little earlier, particularly because the archive indicates that the guitars from 1995 & 1996 had Spruce tops, as this one does, whereas it indicates that those from '97 to 2000 are all Maple. The archive gives no details for the year 2001 & on, but it is assumed that the Serial Number, SK01013500, would date it to 2001.
Although my main interest is in Vintage guitars, and in the main acoustics at that, I am also very partial to what might be called "replica" guitars - quality guitars based very closely on iconic models such as the L5 - which can be of very good quality and often represent outstanding guitars (and value!) in their own right - you do have to ask the question as to whether the original is worth 10x plus? Hence my enthusiasm for the Washburn J range. To me, with it's bound "F" holes, Grover tuners and nice-sounding Washburn pickups, this guitar just has that "right look" and sound of a serious quality jazz guitar!
It hardly seems necessary to describe at length the features of such a well known style - I'm sure that the photos more than adequately show the great condition and quality looks, including the full multi-binding to the body and fingerboard. It really looks and sounds the part, from the Twin Humbuckers, with usual dual tone and volume controls, to the really classy looking split-block inlayed Rosewood fingerboard, and great to play with standard width 43mm. nut on quite shallow "C" profile Maple neck.
I checked the pickups....they are stamped Washburn 821 on the neck & Washburn 823 at the bridge. Again a difference to the Washburn Archive for the years up to 2000, where pickups are shown as 621 & 623. There is some information online suggesting that there is a little difference between the two series pickups....that the 600s are more of a rock humbucker, whereas the 800s are better voiced for Jazz....I can only report what is said, without verification, but it sounds plausible.
Great sound for Jazz and Blues styles!
**** DIMENSIONS ****
Deep bodied - 8.5mm. front & 9.5mm. back depth, 16.75"/42.5cm. body with, 648mm./25 1/2" scale length, standard 43mm. nut width.
For a mature guitar it really is in generally very smart condition, with in addition to normal light use wear, just a small number of very minor blemishes - you have to look very closely to find them.
As mentioned, fully original, except for the replacement NOS Washburn tailpiece. Original hardware of course shows some age wear and some loss of gold finish, whereas the replaced tailpiece is shiny new...but will no doubt tone down fairly soon! The frets have been gently stoned & re-profiled, and there is very little play wear to the fingerboard. I am just carrying the final set-up to be ready to go.
I hope that you will agree that the photos show that this remains a handsome & characterful mature guitar.
It currently has an excellent lowish action of around 1.5mm./2mm. at the 12th. fret, and I'm not expecting any significant change on completion of the final set-up. It is currently fitted with a set of Newtone Archtop 12-52 Gauge Jazz Guitar strings - Newtone website says "A Double wrap of Nickel Plated Steel over a Round core gives these strings a unique feel and sound. They are warm and mellow with less string squeal."
The guitar comes with dedicated, logoed heavy-duty Washburn Gig Bag, but I may be able to supply a Hiscox Liteflite case specially fitted out for this guitar. Large hard shell cases fitted for these big guitars are not so easy to come by, and this is dependant on one of their PROII GJ cases being available, but if one is available I will be happy to discuss and agree with you a combined price for guitar + case.