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The Washburn D10 series was and still is the number one best selling acoustic guitar in the world.
Over the years I have been collecting different guitars, but when it comes to acoustic guitars I always fall back to one brand only, Washburn!
The series D10 started in late ’80 early ’90 if I am right, and 20 plus years later, on august 5th 2014 I could add yet another Washburn guitar to my collection.

I found this Washburn D10WH on a Dutch Auction website, in the description it said “the guitar had broken bridge saddle”, but apart from some minor changes that needed to be done to this guitar, I made the seller an offer and I could pick the guitar up the next day when he agreed to my bid.

There is not much of a difference between this Washburn and the Washburn D10 I all ready owned.
The main difference is the finished color and the played time this guitar had to endure which was none, but part from that all the remaining specifications are the same.
Probably the guitar was catching dust and nicotine smoke by hanging on the wall for 20+ years, since there wasn’t really any wear and tear on the guitar, but just some discoloration, mold nesting on the inside of the guitar which took me more that 4 hours to clean up.

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The Washburn D10WH is a dreadnought shaped body made with a Spruce Top with a Mahogany sides and back.
Routed into the body, on both the front and back you’ll see a black binding and the finish is done in a gloss white.
The bracing inside the acoustic is configured is an way that you will get a warm, clear and bright tone with the depth, power and dynamic ranch which you want from any guitar.

The bridge is a mahogany low profile tail with the “tuned” plastic string saddle.
One of the minor changes that I needed to deal with was the bridge saddle, this was split in half and glued back on by the previous owner.
A big NO! NO! in my point of view, and it took me a while to get it all out with out doing any damage to the mahogany bridge tail.
Little by little I could remove the glued in plastic saddle pieces with a Dremel tool, and from there I could replace it with a new one.

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One of the other minor changed I had to deal with where the tuners, they where discolored by nicotine smoke over the years, so I had to remove all the tuners and bracing rings and I started to clean and polish them with a simple can of Slivo and Brasso polish.
TIP: When you want to use this, be careful that you don’t touch any mechanical part, or you risk your tuning head to work properly.

The neck has a radius that gives you a solid good grip and stable playability.
The neck scale is a 25 1/2" / 650mm 20 Frets Joined at about 14th fret Nato Neck, with a Fingerboard radius 320mm Sonokeling Fingerboard Standard (2.7mm) 6500 fret wire.

The truss rod is adjust to a lower action on the neck, also because of the lower set Nut and bridge Saddle.
Like the body, the neck as a black binding around the fretboard to complete the overall look of this guitar.

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At the moment I am working on a new acoustic song project called “Acoustic Legacy” and all my Washburn guitar will be used for the recorded songs.
While setting up the right configuration and tunings I found out some really nice tricks that will really help you with your recordings.
The bracing from any acoustic Washburn guitar will help you to speed up the process and even give you a bigger sound.
 
What I do is really simple, I use the Shure sm75a instrument microphone at the body side angled in a 60 facing the sound hole of the guitar.
This is nothing special and really the basics that you need to know when you are recording, but the special part comes in when you take another microphone and you place that one about the nut in a 40 angle facing the headstock.
At this side a lot of resonation is happening when you strum the strings, and by putting a microphone here, you will not only record any little sound that the guitar is producing, but you will also get a little more punch to thicken up your sound.
You can also do this while you are dubbing your recorded tracks, so you can really bring the listener into your songs.

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To get the best sound of from this Washburn D10WH I stringed it up with relatively heavy string gauge, a Phosphor Bronze EJ16 string set, in the gauge .053, .042, .032, .024, .016 and 012 for a warm, bright and Balanced Tone, and it  gives your guitar more dynamic and depth compared to anything else.

At the moment there is no strap attached to the guitar, because at this moment it is only use at home for recording purposes.

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