Congrats! Solid guitar for cheap is never bad!
Just wanted to let everyone know about this.
I caved on the deal posted in the Great Deals thread:
This is the link:
Very busy right now so I have not plugged it in and no pics but I spent a good half-hour or more playing unplugged and checking out the fit and finish.
Maybe I got lucky but this guitar is one great value. Unpacked it and tuned it up.
Playable right out of the box with nice neck feel and no buzzing. Frets are fine, no sharp ends and looks like I won't have to do any work on them.
Nut is about perfect, especially the slot height. Very surprised at that. No need to work on it.
Played up and down the neck and Intonation seems fine to my ear, nothing sounded out of tune, but I'll check that with a tuner later.
I don't know if the strings are 9's or 10's but they feel like 9's and I use 10's so I'll probably put 10's on it at some point. The action is good but I might lower it. It would only need small adjustment (maybe 2/32 or so) and honestly you could leave it as it came and be happy playing.
The paint on the neck has a small imperfection by the binding near the nut at the first fret where your thumb would rest. So small that I wouldn't attempt to fix it. Think hairline width and a pen point would cover it completely. It's really almost nothing.
One tone knob needs to be pulled and reseated so the numbers are in the proper spot.
Some cons huh? I've gotten many bargain axes over the years, ranging from "you get what you pay for" to "with a little work it's a fine guitar". Very few were this good out of the box.
Gotta say this is one of the best "cheapos" I've ever latched on to. Perhaps it will turn out that I don't like the pickups (easy fix) or for some reason the axe just doesn't resonate when plugged in (doubtful since it responds nicely unplugged).
Seems like an LP killer to me at that price.
Thats pretty sweet. I worked for a Washburn dealer for a while and we never got guitars into the shop in nearly as good of shape as you describe.
HNGD! Holy cow that was a deal...
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Pics are here.
I had a pretty nice Washburn Idol WI-66. It played well and sounded great, but I gave it to a deserving friend who had to sell all of his vintage gear.
Alot of people don't realize that Washburn has been an instrument maker since the lat 1800's.
A guitarist I play with has a crazy nice Washburn acoustic, I think mid 90's import. Flamed/pearl everything, best sounding maple acoustic i've ever heard.
I had an Idol WI64. It was a great guitar. MIK (later they made them in Indonesia). The neck was too think for my tastes, otherwise I would still have it
And this is my 1982 D26S.