Washburn Orleans Archtop Jazz Guitar L5 style
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-08-10)
Price : US $401.01
Up for auction is a Washburn Orleans archtop guitar with a floating mini-humbucker. These are fairly unusual. They were also called the J-10 but you have to be careful when you look it up because they also made one called a J-10 that was a dual humbucker, ES-175 style guitar that was not nearly as nice as this. The guitar is in good shape for its age, with a couple of notable exceptions I will point out. The first thing you notice is how incredibly acoustically alive this guitar is. This is not a very wide ranging guitar in terms of sound. It is that incredibly 'right' sounding jazz box that you hear on classic recordings. The neck is straight and it plays well. Frets are in pretty good shape, kind of a skinny style.
Now for the problems. None of these affect playability or tone. The biggest is an area at the end of the fretboard, just as it ends. From the player side you can see the side of the fretboard kind of drooping. I think what happened is that someone was changing the pickup and got it too hot. It doesn't affect the playing at all because it is beyond the last fret, but it is there cosmetically. I paid a silly amount of money for this thing any way because overall it looks really good and the sound is great. Most people will never notice the droop but will certainly notice the quality of the finish and inlays. There is also an issue on the headstock where apparently a different trussrod cover was used. A couple of small screw holes are showing.%
This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-08-10)
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Actually the original J-10 with two p.u.s is a very nice guitar indeed. Made in Japan (not Korea) and built with all solid woods it is best described as a "super" ES175. They only made them for a year. They didn't sell well because of their price $1700.00 MSRP (which was very close to a Gibson ES175) not their quality. They are now sought after by jazz guitarists.