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    Default Washburn Ukulele reborn?

    Just found this - anyone knows more about it?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/1514525...ectorid=229466
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    http://www.washburn.com/products/ukes/WU5318.html

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    I like this one better, personally...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Washburn-WU5...-/251700781147
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    I saw these a couple months ago when they were first rolling them out. Haven't seen any in person yet, so I can't comment. But Washburn is the parent company of Oscar Schmidt, so I would expect the quality to be the same. For what the Washburns seem to be, I think they're a bit overpriced. I might pop on that slot head tenor if it was about half the price.

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    Laminate wood I would think because they don't say SOLID wood. What kind of wood is Trembesi sides & back?

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    I believe trembesi is another name for monkeypod.

    And I think you're right about them being all-laminate. Washburn is very careful about indicating solid woods in their model numbers (on their guitars and mandolins anyway), using an 'S' if it's solid top and an 'SW" if it's all-solid.

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    that Koa one is pretty expensive if it's not solid...
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    They look pretty nice. I'm not into bridge pins, so not for me, but I wonder if they are on par with the Gretsch Roots line?
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    Trembesi is a mahogany-like wood (not related, though) It is very attractive and is a very good tone wood. I have a Washburn parlor guitar (R319SWKK) with solid trembesi back and sides and solid spruce top. It was inexpensive, is well-made, and was well worth the price. I played the laminate version of the same guitar, and cared much less for it.

    I agree that if Washburn doesn't specifically say "solid" on their website, you can assume that koa uke is built from laminates.
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    I know Washburn is still around since they made a version of the Oscar Schmidt ou5 about 4 years ago
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