I was actually looking at basses when I saw this guitar. As soon as I picked it up, I fell in love. I also bought a Washburn 12-string accoustic for my mom as well. If this guitar was lost or stolen, I would hunt down it or the guy who did it (and I'd hate to be that guy). If they were still producing them I'd love to get another. I really don't see how they could improve this, except maybe making it active pickups.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Don't remember
Made in Mexico, I believe. Maple neck and body. 6-string, 24 frets. Volume and tone controls as well as 3 way toggle for pickup selection (neck, bridge, or both). Passive electronics, dual pickups. Sunburst finish. Non-locking tuners.
Great for any playstyle and I play a little of everything. Slightly narrow neck which allows for faster movement along the fretboard. Best guitar I've ever played and anyone who's ever held it as offered to buy it off of me. Only flaw I've found in it is that the brass bridge and tuners tend to tarnish if not taken good care of.
Might use a fuzz box occasionally, but only when I want to sound a little gritty. I normally play bass, but I think of it as warm sounding and a little light. I play a little of anything I can learn style-wise, but like to play various Alternative styles most. Well suited for modern country, metal (with appropriate effects), and rock. Well balanced for sound and the tone control is excellent.
Farily reliable, I've not done much live playing, but I'd guess it'd do fairly well in that. I haven't had to do any adjustments to it. The brass is tarnished fairly bad now, but it was left in storage for over a year. The only problem durability-wise I've seen is that when the police broke into my appartment looking for a drug dealer who I never even seen, they warped the neck slightly, but it still sounds great and plays great.