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A little while ago I wrote a blog called "Washburn Mercury Series Part I" and after that the post "Washburn Mercury Series Part II". in those posts the focus was more on the US made guitars. This time the focus will be more on the higher end import guitars. The Washburn Mercury series were part made in the US and the other part were imported from Korea. I even read that later versions of the Mercury series had some made in Indonesia and/or Japan.

The Korean imports were built by Samick. In 1992 Samick opened their Cileungsi facility in Indonesia. So it could be that some MG's were made in Indonesia. They can be identified by an "SI-" serial number prefix.

I can't verify this, but some say there are also Japanese made Mercury guitars by Chushin Gakki. It could be true. If you Google for the Washburn Mercury MG700 you will find mostly Japanese sites.

In this article I will start with listing the more high end import MG's.
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A little while ago I wrote a blog called "Washburn Mercury Series Part I" in that post the focus was more on the US made guitars with Wilkinson tremolos. This time we will finish the list of the US made guitars. There were some with Floyd Rose tremolos, some even with Tune-o-matic bridges and tailpieces. Some others didn't even make the catalog.
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One guitar that's on my bucket list still is the Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. But the first time I saw this guitar at a music expo, I'm not sure if it even was a PRS or a Patrick Eggle Berlin Pro. I was just starting to play guitar and I still couldn't distinguish between them. Even their ads were similar in the guitar magazines. Years later I read in this article that Patrick Eggle had admitted to the writer that the design was indeed squarely based on the PRS Custom.
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The Patrick Eggle Berlin JS Legend is a limiated edition guitar. The JS Legend was designed by 'Big Jim' Sullivan and Patrick Eggle. It resembles the Patrick Eggle Berlin Pro, but the body is made of figured maple. The set-neck is of flamed maple and the ebony fretboard is inlaid with falling maple leaf inlays. The humbuckers on these guitars were two active Reflex humbuckers. There were 150 pieces made. The number of the guitar was indicated by the inlay at the 24th fret.

Other features are

Wilkinson VS100 convertible tremolo
Sperzel locking tuners
Volume knob
3 Way Toggle
Sweepable mid tone control
A notable player of the Patrick Eggle JS Legend was Rory Gallagher whose JS Legend was acutioned for £25000
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The Washburn Mercury MG722 is a Stevie Salas signature guitar made in Korea. A cheaper version than the Washburn Mercury MG130 which was made in the US. It has a bolt-on neck as opposed to the set-in neck of the MG130. The HHH pickups were the Duncan Designed equivalents of the Seymour Duncan versions on the MG130. Other features are:

Washburn 600S Floyd Rose tremolo
Sycamore top
Grover tuners
Coil-tap
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The Washburn Mercury MG132FR is a very rare guitar and part of the Washburn Mercury series. There were only 60 pieces made. It is made in the USA but never published. It did get published in a japanese catalog of 1995. It featured a quilted maple drop top. Seymour Duncan humbuckers and a Schaller licensed Floyd Rose tremolo.
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The Washburn Mercury MG130 Stevie Salas is a signature guitar and part of the Washburn Mercury Series. It looks like it has a neck-through construction, but is said to be a set-in. It has a flamed maple top, a three piece maple neck and a mahogany body. The HHH pickup configuration features Seymour Duncan pickups of which two have single coil housing.

Other features are:

A Schaller Licensed Floyd Rose
Matching headstock
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https://www.axeThe Washburn Mercury MG113 Performer is a unique guitar in the Washburn Mercury Series. The guitar was only made in 1996 and according to the washburn archive it featured an alder body and rosewood fretboard. There are sources that claim they have a version made of swamp ash and an ebony fretboard. Other features are:

Seymour Duncan humbuckers in single coil format
22 frets
Schaller Licensed Floyd Rose tremolo
Satin/Matte finishbition.com/electric-guitar/washburn-mercury-mg113-performer
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The Washburn Mercury MG142 is a rather rare Washburn Mercury guitar. It has a Tune-o-matic fixed bridge. The top is a 3/8" Quilted Maple Drop Top. With a honduras mahogany back. The HH pickup configuration holds two Seymour Duncan pickups. Other features are:

Ebony fingerboard
Schaller Chrome tuners
Graphite Nut-mg142
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The Washburn Mercury MG113 Performer is a unique guitar in the Washburn Mercury Series. The guitar was only made in 1996 and according to the washburn archive it featured an alder body and rosewood fretboard. There are sources that claim they have a version made of swamp ash and an ebony fretboard. Other features are:

Seymour Duncan humbuckers in single coil format
22 frets
Schaller Licensed Floyd Rose tremolo
Satin/Matte finish
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