I checked out Takamine, Yamaha, Taylor, Dean, Ibanez, Aria to name a few, but settled on this one, & I'm quite glad I did. They were all fine guitars, but I really can't tell the difference between this guitar & the $2,000 Taylor I played on when plugged into an amp. An electric classical's tone/power/etc. relies more upon the amplifier, the performer's nails, & the acoustics of the room instead of the guitar itself. Now, an ACOUSTIC classical is a totally different story, but we're talking electric nylon here. I would definitely buy this guitar again if it were lost or stolen. I really don't know what Washburn could do to make this guitar better for the price, it's simply a winning combination. My favorite aspect of this guitar is the price. I mean $219 (including hard shell case, not a factory 2nd or B model, but a factory first model), just think of the money I saved! I would recommend this guitar to anyone, regardless of one's playing level. It is affordable, practical, looks & sounds good, & has enough features to comply to any musician at any level of playing. What more could you ask for?
Model Year: 2004
Price: $219.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Warp Drive Music
This guitar was made in Korea, I believe. It has a solid spruce top, rosewood backs & sides, rosewood fret board. It has 19 frets, the 19th being a partial but playable fret. It has the b-band active electronics that include a bass, mid, treble, & volume controls located on the top of the guitar. I like the location & size of these knobs. They're small, so you don't have to worry about accidently hitting the controls while playing, a problem I've encountered with other models. However, they're easyily adjusted when needed. The guitar also has a nice location for the battery compartment for the pre amp on top of the guitar, as well as a low battery indicator. It has a beautiful natural finish with a cut-away body style. The tuners are stock Washburn.
The action was, like most new guitars, a little lame. Don't get me wrong, it's perfectly playable right from the box, but I prefer to have it a little lower to suit my needs. It has a standard classical neck, & the neck is very comfortable to play assumming you're used to a stndard classical neck. I've not found any flaws, & hopefully can keep it that way! I'm rating it a 4 in this area due to the slightly high action. However, there is plenty of room to shim & adjust.
I use Marshall amplification, & this guitar does well with the amp I'm using (50 watt 2-12" combo). I plan on getting a Marshall acoustic amp soon, I'm sure it will relate to this guitar very well. This guitar is well suited for a wide range of styles, it's perfect for versatility! I play mainly classical & classically arranged material, & this guitar does very well. The sound is full, lots of punch. I would not describe the tone as dark or bright, but a good balance of both. It suits my playing style very well. I played on Takamine, Yamaha, Taylor, Dean, Ibanez, Aria, to name a few. I really couldn't tell much difference in the tone & sound quality when plugged into an amp. I've not encountered any feedback or noise problems yet, & I would not be afraid to use this guitar on the stage and/or the studio, it's well fit for either.
This guitar is built very durable, I believe it will last for years to come. It has not needed any adjustments other than the action at this time.