page updated: January 12 2003
|My main guitar
was always the Ibanez Universe 7BK, but had the Bird Les Paul as my backup
guitar. Unfortunately it showed some technical problems after a show and
because the neck isn't all that any more I decided I needed a better
backup guitar. That's where the Washburn RS-10V comes in the picture. I
wanted a backup guitar that was pretty well built, good action, easy to
modify, looked ok and above all not too expensive. So for a while I
searched for Les Paul copies, until I stumbled over the Washburn RS-10V on
ebay in Germany. The vocalist of my band has a Washburn RS guitar as well
and I always loved the way it looked (PRS shape with ESP headstock) and
played, so the choice was easy, especially cause no one else was bidding
on the guitar.
When I received the guitar I was quite happy. I thought it would be the same as my friends guitar, in metallic blue, but to my surprise it was shine through blue/green with a quite nice curved quilted maple top !. So now it not only had the shape of a PRS it also had some real nice wood on it too. This was one of their top of the line guitars in the beginning of the 90's, so it's not a toy guitar, it's pretty good. As always I had to modify some things to the guitar (and clean it as well, probably the first time in 10 years).
I removed the tremolo and took it completely apart, removed the volume
and tone pots, removed the lacquer finish on the back of the neck with sandpaper
and oiled it several times, put in a new volume pot, placed an authentic Les
Paul switch where the tone pot used to be and rewired the guitar, used
a mini switch to make tone on/off, put a piece of wood on the inside of the guitar
between the body and the tremolo to eliminate movement, installed straplocks,
completely cleaned the body, restrung it, intonated it and taped the guitar
strings on the headstock and the springs of the tremolo to prevent 'singing'
Replacing the tuners one day might be a good idea as well, and maybe change the old style Floyd Rose tremolo for a newer Low Pro Edge, they are not in the way when playing, cause I keep on cutting my hand open at gigs thanx to the Floyd Rose II tremolo. Maybe I should just take it easier on stage......
fretboard is extremely different, It looks like ebony, but its not. It's
actually a composite, kind of like plastic. That's why the fretboard on
that guitar is extremely smooth. Standard factory pickups are EMG select
passive pickups, factory specs are; 3-way mini toggle switch, one volume,
one tone, 24 fret with abalone inlay and dot markers on the side, set
neck, locking nut, 16-18 degree back angled headstock and licensed
Washburn Floyd Rose tremolo system. - Shawn
These guitars were NOT neck through, but rather a set neck with I believe it was a dove tail joint. The inlays are Abalone and was not seen much in the 80's. the guitars are made of hard rock mahogony with a quilt top and the neck is made of hard rock mahogony as well. These guitars sold in between $300 and $650 depending on where you bought it from. What they are worth today is only between $250 to $400 in mint and original condition with the OHSC. BUT, keep in mind that once a guitar reaches 20 years old it automatically begins to appreciate in value as it becomes a vintage, and beings that the RS series guitars are rare, only around 500 was produced in `87 and 450-500 in `88, they WILL be worth a lot of money.
Bare in mind that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these guitars were HAND MADE!!! If anybody has further questions you can contact me at Jeanclaud00003@cs.com Take care and enjoy those guitars. Also if anybody knows of someone that would be interested in trading one of these guitars for a Professional 12 channel mixer please email me as my RS 10v was stolen.
ps if anyone knows more about this guitar, please let me know.
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