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Japanese craftsmen. It's
very likely they were
designed and built at
the Yamaki shop, in
Suwa.
Yamaki was established in
'67 to make classical guitars
by Kazuyuki Teradaira, who
with his brother, Yasuyuki,
had previously worked at
Zenon (or Zen-On). Yasuyuki left Zenon five years
earlier to start a wholesale
operation ca lled Daion,
which distributed Yamaki
and Daion-branded guitars.
Yasuyuki's son, Hirotsuga,
joined his father in '74
and subsequently designed
Daion guitars as well as
Washburn's Wing and Stage
Series.
Even a cu rsor y comparison of the Daion Power
and Washburn Wing tells
you they're twins. Both
are neck-through doublecuts; the Wing has equal
cutaways, while the Power
has a slightly extended upper horn. Both have maple
necks with rosewood fretboards, each with slightly

different layering. The
Wings have brass circle
inlays while the Powers'
mini-dot brass inlays look
like punch-outs from those
circles. T hey have brass
nuts, identical pickups, and
the same bridge assemblies.
They're both definitely Yamakis.
The Stage Series was introduced via promotional
literature in 1980 (though a
source at Washburn says '79,
which is plausible). The Stage
is particularly noteworthy
because it was one of the
f irst Japanese guitars to
adopt exotic shapes favored
by guitarists playing the
emerging heavy metal and
new-wave music. Trying
to establish their form as
"different," they reinforced
the image with guitars that
escaped from the LP/Strat/
Tele dominion of the previous three decades. This was
Washburn's 1985 ad (top) for the
BBR series featured the Stage.
Nancy Wilson with her Washburn
Wing.

1985
Washburn
Stage A-10V
with the
German-made
WonderBar.

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