This guitar is probably one of the best buys on the internet, as they can readily be had, new, for $150.00-$175.00. Since I bought mine, three other players I know have purchased one, after checking mine out.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $165.00 (new)
Where Obtained: eBay
Made in Indonesia. All maple construction semi hollowbody (335 style) with mahogany bolt on neck. 22 fret rosewood fingerboard. 3way pup selector (standard toggle), 2 volume and 2 tone (knobs). Grover tuners. Washburn pickups. Adjustable bridge with stopbar tailpiece.
Excellent playability for a guitar in this price range, once properly setup, to taste. I couldn't get mine exactly setup to my likes, but it came very close and adjustments were fairly easy to make.
Once properly setup with a good set of strings, this is a very good sounding guitar, I use EB Power Slinkeys for a thick full tone. I also tune this guitar down one full step and produce some good bluesy rock tones. This is no Gibson 335 by any means, but it sounds better than many similar imports costing 3 times its price.
This guitar has been played and packed around, a bit. It is holding up very well. Since the initial setup I have made only minor intonation adjustments after restringing.
I saw these by chance on Musicians Friend closing out for $150, and I understand they're quite available on Ebay in that price range as well. I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a semi-hollow for $150, you can't even get a Squier solid body for $150 new. I'm very happy with it, now that I've swapped out the pickups (plus the chrome covered p/u at the neck just makes it look 10x cooler than exposed coils!) Very playable, if you know that it will need a good setup when you get it. Fantastic value from Washburn!
I'm going to give it a 5 based on the fact that it's $150. Obviously this is not going to be a Gibson 335. But for the price, it's a fantastic value.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
As I stated in the general description, maple semi hollow body, mahogony neck with rosewood board. HH configuration with V/T V/T and 3 way switch. It comes with Washburn humbuckers which I assume are USA made.
Came strung with .9s that buzzed a little, and were too easy to bend. Strung up a set of .10s fixed the fretbuzz and tension problem. No uneven frets, nut seems well filed although it is a cheap plastic one. Set up out of the box was not perfect, but that is to be expected from a cheaper import guitar.
The stock pickups lasted about 3 days in mine. Not to say they weren't good, but I'm very particular about my sound. I replaced them with a Duncan Designed Detonator (couldn't justify spending $75 for a pickup for a $150 guitar) and a DeArmond neck humbucker left over from my solid body M65-C. The Stock pickups just didn't have enough character for my tastes. They had a decent clean tone, but not much in the way of distortion.
I haven't put strap locks on, because the strap buttons seem good enough. I haven't had to adjust it other than from when the string guage was changed. The neck is bolted on tight, with no huge gaps. The Jack needed a slight twist, but thats true for every guitar and bass I've ever owned.