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Mercury Series (MG)

The Mercury Series replaced the KC series in 1992. They are Strat-style instruments with a variety of features. The MG series took place between 1993-1996 and was Grover Jackson's invention while he was in charge of the Washburn Custom shop. The Mercury I series were produced from 1992-1993 and the Mercury IIs were produced from 1994-1996. The USA configurations of the Merucry I series are considered very high end instruments with advances such as the Wilkinson tremolo and direct-mounted pickups.

Most of the Mercury IIs were imports except for the USA MG900 Viper and the Steve Salas signature (which also had an import version). The Mercury I series had "chunkier" necks when compared to the Mercury IIs. The series was discontinued when Grover Jackson left Washburn in 1996.

MG90 (U.S. MFG.)  
- offset double cutaway Honduras mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side locking Gotoh tuners, Wilkinson VS100 tremolo, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil pickups (HSS), two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in oiled Natural finish, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $900
MG94 (U.S. MFG.)
- offset double cutaway alder body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret maple or rosewood fingerboard with offset dot inlay, six-on-a-side Schaller tuners, Schaller Floyd Rose licensed tremolo with locking nut, two exposed humbucker and one single coil pickups (HSH), two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black Cherry Metallic, Green Iridescent, Ice Pearl, Iridescent, Metallic Red, Midnight Blue Metallic, or Sunburst finish, mfg. 1992-93. Last MSR was $1,000
MG100 PRO (U.S. MFG.)
- similar to the MG90, except has a swamp ash body, available in Antique Natural, Trans. Blue, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1994-96. In 1995, Antique Natural and Vintage Sunburst finishes were disc. Last MSR was $1,200
MG102 (U.S. MFG.)  
- similar to the MG122, except has a solid swamp ash body, available in Antique Natural, Trans. Blue, or Trans. Red finish, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $1,100
MG104 (U.S. MFG.)  
- offset double cutaway alder body, quilted maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret maple fingerboard with offset dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, Schaller Floyd Rose licensed tremolo, two exposed humbucker and one exposed single coil Seymour Duncan pickups, two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Trans. Blue, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1992-93. Last MSR was $1,100
MG112 (U.S. MFG.)  
- offset double cutaway alder body, bound quilted maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, six-on-one-side Gotoh tuners, two exposed humbucker pickups, two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Trans. Blue, Trans. Purple, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1993-94. In 1994, a swamp ash body, Floyd Rose Pro tremolo, and Black, Trans. Blue, and Trans. Purple finishes were introduced. Quilted maple top and Trans. Red finish were disc. Last MSR was $1,200
MG113 PERFORMER  
- offset double cutaway swamp ash body, bound quilted maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side Gotoh tuners, Schaller Floyd Rose licensed tremolo with locking nut, three single coil Duncan pickups (Hot Stack bridge and Cool Rails middle and neck), one knob, five-way switch, black hardware, available in Natural Matte finish, mfg. 1996 only. Last MSR was $1,250
MG120 (U.S. MFG.)  
- offset double cutaway Honduras mahogany body, bookmatched figured maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side locking Gotoh tuners, Wilkinson VS100 tremolo, one exposed humbucker and two single coil Seymour Duncan pickups (HSS), two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Trans. Blue, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $1,300
MG122 ARTIST (U.S. MFG.)  
- similar to MG120, except features two exposed humbucker Seymour Duncan pickups, available in Trans. Purple, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1994-96. Trans. Red finish was only available in 1994. Last MSR was $1,499
MG142 (U.S. MFG.)  
- similar to the MG112, except has a .375 in. quilted maple top, and an ebony fingerboard, available in Trans. Red or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1993 only. Last MSR was $1,700 Please send pics of your MG142 to Darren@vintagewashburn.com
MG154 (U.S. MFG.)  
- similar to the MG104, except has a .375 in. quilted maple top, and an ebony fingerboard, available in Trans. Red or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1993 only. Last MSR was $1,800 Please send pics of your MG154 to Darren@vintagewashburn.com

 

The main visual differences between the imports and USA versions:

-Imports had the "W" symbol on the pickups and also did not say "USA" on the headstock. The USA MGs also had the custom shop neckplace with an eagle visible.

 

Early Imports

Info taken from BlueBook Inc. - Check out their online subscription for estimated value.

MG20  
- offset double cutaway hardwood body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset dot inlays, black angled headstock with six-on-one-side tuners, classic style tremolo, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil pickups (HSS), two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Metallic Red, or White finish, mfg. 1992 only. Last MSR was $400
MG24  
- offset double cutaway hardwood body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black angled headstock with six-on-one-side tuners, classic style tremolo, two exposed humbuckers and one exposed single coil pickup (HSH), two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Metallic Dark Blue, or Metallic Red finish, mfg. 1992 only. This model is also available in left-handed configuration (MG24 LH, available in Black or White finish only). Last MSR was $420
MG30  
- offset double cutaway hardwood body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, Floyd Rose licensed tremolo, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil Washburn pickups, two knobs, 5-way switch with coil tap, chrome hardware, available in Metallic Red, Pacific Blue Rain, or Tobacco Sunburst finishes, mfg 1993 only. Last MSR was $480
MG34  
- similar to MG30, except has a maple fingerboard with black offset dot inlay and two exposed humbucker and one exposed single coil pickups (HSH), available in Black, Metallic Dark Blue, or Purple Rain finishes, mfg 1993 only. Last MSR was $500
MG40  
- offset double cutaway alder body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, 6-on-a-side tuners, Floyd Rose Pro 600S tremolo, white pickguard, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil pickups (HSS), two knobs, five-way switch with coil tap, black hardware, available in Black, Ice Pearl, Metallic Red, or Pearl Blue finishes, mfg 1992-93. Last MSR was $570
MG42  
- similar to MG40, except has two exposed humbucker pickups, available in Metallic Purple and Midnight Blue Metallic finishes, mfg 1992-93. Last MSR was $570
MG43
- similar to MG40, except has a maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlay and 3 exposed single coil pickups, available in Black or Metallic Red finishes, mfg. 1992-93. Last MSR was $550
MG44  
- similar to MG40, except has a maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlay, and two exposed humbucker and one single coil pickups (HSH), available in Black, Black Cherry Metallic, Metallic Red, or Midnight Blue Metallic finish, mfg. 1992-93. Last MSR was $590
MG52  
- offset double cutaway hardwood body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, white pickguard, two exposed humbucker Washburn pickups, two knobs, five-way switch with coil tap, chrome hardware, available in Metallic Dark Blue or Tobacco Sunburst finishes, mfg 1993 only. Last MSR was $430
MG70  
- offset double cutaway alder body, bookmatched flamed maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, Floyd Rose Pro 880S tremolo, transparent pickguard, two knobs, five-way switch with coil tap, gold hardware, available in Trans. Blue or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg 1992-93. Last MSR was $700
MG72  
- similar to MG70, except has two exposed humbucker pickups, available in Trans. Purple or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1993 only. Last MSR was $700
MG74  
- similar to MG70, except has a maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlay and two exposded humbucker and one single coil pickups, available in Trans. Purple or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1992-93. Last MSR was $720

 

 

 

MG200 SPECIAL (FIRST VERSION)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, standard tremolo, Washburn Eliminator one exposed humbucker pickup and two exposed single coil pickups, two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Metallic Dark Blue, or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. 1995 only.Last MSR was $420
MG200 SPECIAL (SECOND VERSION)  
- offset double cutaway body, bolt-on maple neck, 21-fret maple fingerboard with dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, standard tremolo, white pickguard, one exposed humbucker pickup and two exposed single coil pickups, two knobs, five-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Black, Metallic Dark Blue, or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. 1996 only. The second version of this guitar more closely resembles a Strat.Last MSR was $350
MG230 SPECIAL  
- similar to the second version of the MG200 Special, except has three single coil pickups, available in Black, Pearl Blue, or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. 1996 only. Last MSR was $350
MG300  
- offset double cutaway hardwood body, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay,six-on-one-side tuners, Floyd Rose licensed tremolo with lock nut, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil Washburn Eliminator pickups, two knobs, 5-position switch, chrome hardware, available in Ice Pearl, Metallic Red, or Pacific Blue Rain finish, mfg. 1994 only.Last MSR was $500
MG340 STANDARD  
- similar to the MG300, except has two exposed humbucker and one exposed single coil Washburn Eliminator pickups (HSH), available in Black, Metallic Dark Blue, Metallic Red, Pearl Blue, or Purple Rain finish, mfg. 1994-96. In 1995, this model was changed slightly with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and different knobs, Pearl Blue and Purple Rain finishes were disc., and Metallic Dark Blue and Metallic Red finishes were introduced. Last MSR was $580
MG401 DELUXE  
- offset double cutaway alder body, figured ash top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, standard Schaller vibrato, white pickguard, one exposed humbucker and two exposed single coil Washburn Eliminator pickups, two knobs, 5-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Antique Natural, Blonde, Natural Matte, Trans. Burgundy, Trans. Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1994-96. In 1995, this model was renamed the MG401 Deluxe a pearloid pickguard replaced the white one, a 22-fret fingerboard replaced the 24-fret, Blonde, Natural Matte, and Trans. Burgundy was disc., and Trans. Red was introduced. Last MSR was $700
MG522  
- offset double cutaway alder bound body, book matched figured ash top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, two exposed humbucker Washburn Eliminator pickups, two knobs with coil tap control, three-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Tobacco Sunburst or Trans. Black finish, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $530
MG700  
- offset double cutaway alder body, figured sycamore top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, six-on-one-side Grover tuners, Floyd Rose 800S licensed tremolo, one exposed humbucker and two single coil exposed Washburn Eliminator pickups, two knobs, 5-way switch, gold hardware, available in Antique Natural or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $700
MG701 DELUXE PLUS  
- similar to MG700, except features a Wilkinson tremolo, locking Schaller tuners, and chrome hardware, available in Antique Natural, Trans. Blue, or Vintage Sunburst finishes, mfg. 1994-95. In 1995, Antique Natural finish was disc., and Trans. Red was introduced. Last MSR was $730
MG810 HAGAR  
- offset double cutaway basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret maple fingerboard with offset dot inlay and 12th fret Cabo Wabo inlay, six-per-side tuners, Washburn 600S tremolo with locking nut, two exposed humbucker pickups, single knob, three-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Bright Yellow or Metallic Red finish, mfg. 1996 only. Last MSR was $730
MG821  
- offset double cutaway alder body, bound flamed sycamore top, bolt-on maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with offset pearl dot inlay, matching six-on-one-side locking Schaller tuners, Wilkinson tremolo, two exposed humbucker Washburn Eliminator pickups, two knobs, 5-way switch, chrome hardware, available in Tobacco Sunburst or Trans. Burgundy finish, mfg. 1994 only. Last MSR was $780

 

Below is Jennifer Batten (of Michael Jackson) playing her custom MG113 performer from 1996.

 

 

Steve Salas Signature

There was an import and USA version of the Steve Salas signature. It was also known as the MG-133 -- The USA version of the Salas sig is the only set-neck MG model known.

1996

 

The Viper -- a.k.a MG-900

Below is a pic of the "Venom"

Below are pics of the "Viper"

 

Notice the similarities. The Viper is definitely a "Mystery Guitar" so to speak. Some claim is was made for Vinny Vincent, others say Joe Perry, and other say it was just a custom ordered guitar. Under the Washburn 1995 archives, the "Viper" is listed with no specs and an MSRP of $5,000 -- the perfect brew to create hysteria and confusion.

In the catalog photo, we see that the particular guitar is name the "Venom" and not the "Viper." The Venom is a custom ordered guitar for Joe Perry (of Aerosmith) and had an ebony fretboard with real mother of pearl dueling snake inlays. It also features a yellow quilted maple top.

 

The "Viper" is supposedly little sister of the Venom. Hence, Viper of Venom. The specs look identical to the Venom except it doesn't have the dueling snake inlays. There are supposedly 60 of these made -- some of them signed by Grover Jackson.

 

 

More to come.........

 

 

 

 
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