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Washburn X50 Review

This is my review of the Washburn X50 and X50 Pro FE guitars with the Buzz Feiten tuning system.

Another manufacturer that I think is highly underrated is Washburn Guitars. For 100 years they have been making quality instruments, but since the 80’s Washburn has been known for making killer shredding machines at affordable prices. Gibsons and Fenders are great, but the cost is too high and they just aren’t very versatile. Their cheaper counterparts (Squier and Epiphone) are a laughable joke quality and price wise. In addition there have never been improvements made to essentials such as tuning and intonation or electronics.

It’s funny, even thought you can’t (currently) find a Washburn guitar in any Guitar Center store, you can still find them in small music shops all over. In addition, modern touring bands are using them every day – like Puddle of Mudd, Theory of a Dead Man, Sevendust, Anthrax, Goo Goo Dolls, Sammy Hagar, As I Lay Dying, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Meatloaf, Kiss, Black Label Society, All-American Rejects, Neil McCoy, Shinedown, Fall Out Boy, Brooks and Dunn, Derek Trucks, Hawthorne Heights, and Breaking Benjamin.

The 2 guitars I’m going to talk about today are the X50 and X50 Pro FE.

Washburn X50 Pro
Washburn X50 Pro FE

You used to be able to get the X-50 Pro for between $400-$500 and and the X-50 Pro sold for $600-700. The X50 Pro comes with a Duncan ’59 reissue humbucker pickup in the next and a Duncan Custom Custom in the bridge. The X50 Pro FE comes with EMG 81 and EMG 85 active pickups. The X50 pros have quilted maple tops, and the X50 Pro FE’s have flamed maple tops. Each Washburn guitar features the Buzz Feiten tuning system, which you can read about here. The X50 series also uses Washburn’s patented VCC or “Volume Contour Control” system. Basically the volume control is a coil tap, and when pull it out it splits the humbuckers in half…but the way that the VCC works is that when you back off the volume control, once it reaches 50% the coil tap automatically kicks in chopping the humbucker down to a single coil.

There have been stellar reviews of both models, Washburn posted a 2004 review of the X50 Pro from Guitar World.
Both Harmony Central and Ultimate Guitar reviews were very high. The thing that has amazed me is when watching these models in eBay auctions for a few weeks, most of the auctions received 40+ bids – which is very high for most guitar auctions. Then, once I read of the features (like the electronics and the Buzz Feiten) – I now know why.

Pickups are a very personal choice, and I think that the Duncan Custom Custom and ’59 both are great choices for many guitarists and amp combinations. Lately though, I am very partial to EMG pickups (especially the 81 and 85) because I find that they work like “peas and carrots” with a POD (I have a PodXT Live). The active electronics just seem to give a certain extra “clarity” to everything that comes through my POD. Many players favor 81/85 pickups – like Zakk Wylde.

You don’t see a lot of X50’s on eBay, usually only a few at a time. They don’t sell them new anymore, so this guitar is a little more rare than it used to be. This page will always have the latest live auctions for Washburn X-50 and X50 Pro FE’s, bookmark it now!

Here’s what’s on eBay right now –

Washburn X50-PROQ electric guitar With OHS case

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Washburn X-50 Profe See Through Red Good Condition Soft Case From JAPAN

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Washburn X50VPRO-Q Regular Condition Soft Case from Japan

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If the X50 series isn’t for you – there are hundreds of Washburn guitars on eBay right now in different styles, models, and colors, check them out!

The Chess Box : Muddy Waters Review

The best thing I can say about this Muddy Waters Chess box in this review is that it’s one of the best (and only) recordings I actually went out of my way to purchase in a store in this decade. If you don’t have this in your blues collection – then you don’t have blues!

Ratings: 5.0 from total of 20 ratings.
Price: $49.98
 

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For the completist, this three-CD, 72-song box remains the definitive collection of one of the leading lights of Chicago blues. The collection spans 25 years, beginning with rare early recordings with pianist Sunnyland Slim and moving through Waters’s peak ’50s period, which offered the legendary support of Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Otis Spann. Luminaries including Pat Hare, James Cotton, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Pinetop Perkins all make valuable contributions to his ’60s work. Along with his original hits and his noteworthy Willie Dixon interpretations, Chess wisely includes his lesser-known covers of Big Bill Broonzy, Howlin’ Wolf, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, and Sonny Boy Williamson. –Marc Greilsamer

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The Chess Box :Muddy Waters

The Chess Box [Box] by Muddy Waters (CD, Nov-1989, 3 Discs, Chess (USA))

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Willie Dixon - The Chess Box [2 CD Box Set w/Book] f/ Muddy Waters, et al

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SEALED MUDDY WATERS CHESS BOX 3 CD SET WITH 32 PAGE BOOK MINT CONDITION

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THE CHESS BOX:MUDDY WATERS 3 CD-BOXED EDITION WITH BOOKLET.EXCELLENT COND.

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MUDDY WATERS CHESS BOX VINYL 6 LP set

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Muddy Waters Chess Box 3 Cassette Box Set 1989 MCA Records

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THE COMPLETE MUDDY WATERS 1947-1967 RECORDING SESSIONS CHESS BLUES 9CD BOX SET!

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Led Zeppelin Fillmore West Concert

I signed up for Wolfgang’s Vault a few weeks ago, which is pretty cool. They have a lot of old concerts for sale and download, but there always seem to be free ones as well. I got an email yesterday with the link to the 1969 Fillmore West concert with Led Zeppelin that was awesome, and this is “How Many More Times” from that concert.

There are lots of cool videos of Zeppelin on YouTube, many of them uploaded by the official LedZeppelin.com web site! Take for example this rare 8mm footage of the Zep playing “No Quarter” in Chicago in the mid-70’s:

Here’s another rare 8mm film clip of Led Zeppelin in New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1977 playing Whole Lotta Love / Rock and Roll:

Lynyrd Skynyrd Freebird Video Live 1977

Watch this Lynyrd Skynyrd Freebird video from 1977 and you’ll be blown away!! It’s just a 10 minute masterpiece of the original lineup in their heyday before that fateful accident. If your a guitar player in a cover band, you probably hear people holler the ubiquitous “freebird” in a drunken stupor nearly every night….but no one every dares to try play it. Why? Just watch this video – do you know what it would take to even come close to this masterpiece? First you have to have a slide player in the band, and then you need at least 2 guitar players….and you need to be able to play as much lead in this one song as you would in nearly an entire night! I only dream I could close out my show with a decent 10 minute rendition of Freebird!

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping [CD New] 5011781174625

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The Definitive Lynyrd Skynyrd Collection 1991 ( (3 Disc Set BMG Club D 217026)

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD - CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO: THE CLASSIC TENNESSEE BROADCAST NEW CD

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin Fancy [New Vinyl]

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ORIG. SEALED LP LYNYRD SKYNYRD STREET SURVIVORS ORIGINAL FLAMES COVER BANNED

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Various Artists - Steel Guitar Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd / Various [New CD]

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD SHIRT & PROMO BOOK! INTERNATIONAL FAN CLUB! EDGE OF TOMORROW! XL!

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits [New CD]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets [New CD] Rmst

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 45 MCA 1976 PROMO Gimme Back My Bullets M-

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Dimebag Darrell Incredible Solo and Sound

Listen to the original full length video of “Cemetary Gates” by Pantera and listen to the incredible range and defining guitar of Dimebag Darrell. He not only had an uncanny sound that was edgy and nearly unduplicatable, but his playing speed combined with the clarity of his runs was incredible. You can tell this is something he worked on for years…

Something you probably haven’t seen is the 1984 11 minute solo from “Diamond Darrell” in his “glam” phase back in the 80’s hair metal bands. You sure can tell who his influences were, since you hear near complete rips at times from both Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen’s live solos. You even hear a bit of Zeppelin. This was definitely at a time when Darrell was still figuring out who we has and defining his sound. He had some incredible speed, and you can see how he molded this into his later Pantera signature sound – this was how he built up those chops.

This video is Pantera playing live in 1992 “Cemetary Gates”, listen to Dimebag’s incredible live version of this solo, incredible!

RIP Dimebag Darrell, your guitar sound helped shape the entire sound of metal for a new genation and pushed guitar to new limits!

Deep Purple “Burn” Video

One of my favorite songs is Deep Purple’s “Burn”. It’s a song that hasn’t been performed live since 1992, you don’t hear on the radio a lot. Now, for all you young guitar slingers – here’s a little history lesson. You probably know Deep Purple for their signature song “Smoke on the Water”. You might know Woman from Tokyo or Highway Star as well. What you might now know is that the singer that made those songs famous was Ian Gillan – who was fired from the band in 1973. He was replaced by a young singer by the name of “David Coverdale” until 1976. The album “Burn” was recorded in 1973, and the title track “Burn” was what they opened each show with while David Coverdale was singer (replacing Highway Star as opening number).

In 1976 Deep Purple broke up and David Coverdale went on to found the band we all know him for – “Whitesnake”. Ian Gillan did return Deep Purple again (except for the time he was fired “again” from 1989-1992), but he would never sing a single song from the Coverdale era, which is why “Burn” was never performed live again, except during the 1989-1992 era when Joe Lynn Turner was lead singer. There’s your classic rock history lesson for the day kiddies, read the Wikipedia page about “Deep Purple’s Burn” for more info. This video is from the “California Jam” where Deep Purple played “Burn” as the opening number only 2 months after the album was released.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

“I don’t know why..ay..ay…” but for some reason “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was going through my head today. I’ve thought in the past that I would learn it, because it is one of my favorite guitar songs of all time. It is for many others too, and that’s why it’s been covered so many times. I’ve seen a lot of incredible versions of this song, so for you – today, I will feature some of them for you!

This first version of My Guitar Gently Weeps is a “special edition”, and that’s because it features George Harrision, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Phil Collins, Jeff Lyne, and Eric Clapton. Clapton actually plays a sunburst Les Paul in this version – which you don’t see him do much beyond his 60’s days of playing.

If you’re a newbie guitar player, or a longtime guitarist and want to hear the original version – here’s a great montage video of the Beatles performing the original My Guitar Gently Weeps:

This next one I saw a few years back on YouTube, it’s Jake Shimabukuro from NYC performing My Guitar Gently Weeps on a Ukelele. He gives a blistering and absolutely astounding heart-wrenching rendition of the song in the middle central park on his little tiny ukelele that will just leave you floored. This video has been watched more than a few million times and he’s since played it on Conan O’Brien and many other T.V. shows. It’s just incredible.

The next version of My Guitar Gently Weeps is very different, but one of my very favorites. The Pop / Rock band “Toto” is known for their hits like “Hold the Line”, “Africa”, and “Joanna”. But their guitarist Steve Lukather is a force to be reckoned with. He has more versatility and control and than nearly any pro-guitar player you can find and one of the few that could rip Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton new a-holes. He’s known for his incredible emotive style of playing and his raw passion shines through in this incredible blistering outro solo on this version:

Paul Gilbert is featured shredding up his keyboard in this blistering video version of My Guitar Gently Weeps. If you are a shredder or a modern guitarist – just watching Paul burn at the end of this clips over and over and over and over again will make your hand want to fall off! I think that he truly has super-human muscles in his arm!

This last version if from Jeff Healey, the incredible blind guitar player from Canada who because real big in the 80’s after his appearance in the movie “Roadhouse” with Patrick Swayze. His version is also a bit different, Jeff has a very raw and bluesy style, and it’s incredible that he gets the kind of tones that he does by playing the guitar on his lap. He has more emotion in his pinky and thumb than most guitar players have in both hands!