INVENTORY 3.2: AVAILABLE NOW! - ARCHTOP JAZZ ELECTRIC - WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS 1997 SPRUCE/FLAMED SYCAMORE 17" DEEP-BODIED SINGLE P/UP RARE/LIMITED PRODUCTION GUITAR! - VTG1547.
Fine example of Top-of-Range Washburn Floating Pickup Jazz Guitar only limited production period in the '90s, so hard to find, excellent condition, Quality hard case.
£949
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AVAILABLE & READY TO GO!
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Rare Opportunity to buy a Mature Top-of-the-Range Washburn Big-Bodied Jazz Guitar, which even in the mid-'90s sold new at a list price of around $1,500.
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Extract from the 1996 Washburn Archive demonstrates the 50% original price differential between the J-10 & the J-6, I also currently have available...........

J-6 MONTGOMERY N, TS $999.90 SPRUCE TOP / SYCAMORE BACK AND SIDES 648mm SCALE / 43mm NUT SET NECK MAPLE /ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD WASHBURN 621 & 622 ROSEWOOD FLOATING BRIDGE GOLD GROVER MACHINES
SHELL SPLIT BLOCK INLAYS.

J-10 ORLEANS AN, TS $1,499.90 SPRUCE TOP / SYCAMORE BACK AND SIDES 648mm SCALE / 43mm NUT SET NECK MAPLE /ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
FLOATING NECK HUMBUCKER ROSEWOOD FLOATING BRIDGE GOLD GROVER MACHINES ABALONE INLAYS.
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WASHBURN J-10 ORLEANS:1997 Honeyed Blond Spruce & Flamed Sycamore, 17" Deep-bodied, Gold Hardware, Single Floating Pickup, Single Spruce Pickguard-mounted Control, Fully Bound Rosewood Fingerboard & Headstock, Shell Inlays, Imperial Style Tuners, Adjustable Ebony Floating Bridge & "W" Reso-tone Tailpiece - Professionally overhauled, with partial fret stoning & re-profile and set-up, since when the guitar has had virtually no playing at all.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1547.

A classic, large, hollow-bodied Archtop Electric Jazz Guitar! High-Quality & Stunning Looks!

Serial Number S97054759 appears to indicate production in 1997 in the Korean Samick plant. The J-10 Orleans model appears in the online Washburn Archive for the years 1994, 1995 & 1996, but does not show in 1997 Archive itself, nor either later or earlier years. I suspect this is an omission from the 1997 record, but it does indicate that he period of production was limited, and that these are therefore scarce guitars.

Not unusually, when little information is available, various statements are made by sellers in advertisement listing details, which are not verifiable....in the case of the J-10 you will see repeated references to "solid top", or even "carved solid top"! I have no information at all to support either version, but all I can say is that I have plenty of experience of both solid & solid carved tops produced by mass-manufacturers...I'm particularly thinking of Harmony, and on the other hand it is well known that high-end makers like Gibson frequently used pressed laminate tops in their archtop guitars....not a question of good or bad...each guitar has it's own sound and, in terms of sound quality, how it is put together probably has the most influence, and perhaps better to think in terms of differences, rather than good-quality or poor-quality.

Dimensions........Fingerboard Radius:12". Neck Profile: C. Nut Width: 43mm./1.69". Scale Length: stated in Washburn Archive to be 648mm, but appears to actually measure 650mm./25.6". Body Dimensions: 43.2cm./17" x 8.4cm./3.3" (front), 9.4cm./3.7" (rear).
Condition
I'm sure that the photos more than adequately show the great condition and highest quality looks of this splendid guitar, which has been checked over by Colin Keefe, the Luthier I work with before sale....any use marks are of the most minor nature.

The guitar was professionally overhauled, with partial fret stoning & re-profile and set-up, about 3 years ago, since when it has had virtually no playing at all.
Action, strings & cases
Action......excellent at approx. 1.75mm./2.25mm. at 12th. fret.

Strings.....expected that buyer of a high quality Jazz guitar of this type will fit their own preferred strings....not absolutely sure what the existing strings are, but could well be Newtone Archtop 12-52 gauge?

Case........Traditional "Gator" finish hard case in great condition, with just the odd minor nick, and quality deep black internal lining, and two keys!
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There are quite a few YouTube demo clips of the J-10 Orleans, mainly from the same source as the embedded clip entitled "J 10 95 SOLD Japan Washburn Carved Solid Top Sweet Tone This Is A Great One" by "polkzoo"....although again some statements not supported...."Japan......".

Additional Link #1 is a very useful clip of a J-10 Orleans played unplugged....haven't taken up his plugged in follow up, as I notice that the pickup has been changed on his guitar, but that obviously does not affect the acoustic sound....which is beautiful!
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Useful links
Additional YouTube J-10 clip - Washburn #2.mpg by mainlinemusicstore
Additional YouTube J-10 clip - Carlos plays "Sabor a mi" with Hartmut Ehl - carlosamps
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