I was looking at a Hamer Artist before buying this guitar. The Hamer sported a beefy 'square' neck which I found difficult to play enjoyably.
The Washburn was a true looker and has rather a distinctive body shape. Plays very fast and easy. I would replace it if lost or stolen. I later learned that its precursor, the WV64 had earned a Guitar Players award for best guitar under $1000.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $725.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
This is a Korean made solid body 22 fret string through guitar with a somewhat unique single cut, quilt maple top, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard, twin humbuckers and floating bridge tremelo. The body, fretboard and headstock are nicely bound with black and white pinstripe. The tuners are Grovers 18:1. My particular model has a solid maple top that is 1/2" thick at the fretboard so it is more than just a thin cap.
It is equiped with the Voice Contour Control system which allows the humbuckers to twang like a Telly or go bassy, similar to, but not obtaining, the Les Paul sound.
The fretboard is thin and fast. It may also be a little delicate since there is absolutley no heel. The set neck is nicely crafted into the body of the guitar.
It is equipped with the Buzz Feiten Tuning system.
The floating bridge tremelo with detune the guitar quite easily.
The guitar is extremely fast due to its thin neck. The upper register is easily accesesed due to the single cut design. It is somewhat lighter than a Les Paul, but not much. The VCC system may take a little getting used to, but the sound quality it produces makes up for it.
I use this guitar through a Peavy Reknown 500, a Fender Princeton and a multitrack recorder. Sounds great through each device.
It may be a little delicate for heavy gigging due to the heeless neck.