Help identifying this 1987 Washburn (WP50-ish) !

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  1. usul1978

    usul1978 Junior Member

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    Hello,

    For my first post, a bit of an enigma...

    "Old" Washburn guitars are tricky because they are not well documented, sometimes built in Japan, sometimes in Korea by Samick, a lot of contradictory information on the net...not much discussed of on forums.

    So there is this Les Paul replica with probaby a 1987 serial, looks like a WP 50, but it has a bolt on neck, the toggle at the right place but the more modern headstock (not the ones with a v shaped cut at the top).

    The problem is that WP are made from 89, first in Japan (with the toggle alone at the top and V HS) then in Korea (with the toggle moved with the knobs) and all with set necks...

    A prototype ? Maybe...

    photo album here : http://imgur.com/a/EF3wo

    Any help appreciated !

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    PermissionToLand Senior Member

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    Link seems to be dead, but I would like to point out that the common belief that the first WP-50s with correct body shape and control placement were Japanese, is false. Only the WP-90 and WP-100 were ever made in Japan. The WP-50 and WP-80 were Korean from day one.

    http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/WP
     
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    usul1978 Junior Member

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    Good to know. I think I read that in an older post of yours.

    The problem is the "common knowledge" on forums, especially poorly documented on subjects poorly documented...
     
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    I am a bit curious about the guitar you're talking about though. Can you re-upload the pics?
     
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    Pics are up again.
     
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    Well, that is an interesting one. The body says Cort, to me. That dark burst finish and woodgrain are pretty common on Cort LPs and not on Samicks. If you have any shots of the control cavity, that could help as well.

    This is a similar Cort-made Tanglewood LP copy:
    tanglewood LP 2.jpg
    tanglewood LP.jpg
     
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    No shot of the guts...

    The body looks like it. Except the PU rings.

    I really like the dark burst !
     

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