I have consistently claimed that price and tone are not related in acoustic guitar, but I got a real surprise when visiting friends over new year. The lady had a Washburn D10 that looks to have had the same strings on since she bought it maybe five years ago. She lives in a salt air environment, so they weren't in good condition. I put some new strings on it (D'A EJ16s) and with the exception of my Bourgeois, I've never heard anything like it. It was clearly better than my other flattops, and I would have had to compare it side-by-side with the Bourgeois to decide which I preferred. You could buy maybe ten of them here in Oz for the price of the Bourgeois. It also had a very good neck angle and no sign of deteriorating geometry.

Washburn is one of those makes I generally walk straight past (ugly headstock), but this has given me pause for thought. I'm not suggesting anyone rushes out to buy one, but it certainly supports my view about the relationship between price and tone.
Last edited by Tony Done at Jan 3, 2016,
I was similarly surprised when I played a 12 string WD 10 a couple of years ago. One of the best sounding 12ers I've ever played. Nice easy neck with good action too. And selling for less than £200 new. Amazing.
I picked up a Washburn EA-25 (000 size body) on black Friday, mostly because Sweetwater was asking $200 off normal street pricing. IO bought it mostly to have a knock-around guitar but was pleasantly surprised at the sound and playability.
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Well, (and I always find myself retelling this story), back in the early 90's, I was in the market for a 12 string, (so business as usual). Washburn offered quite a few lefty models. Unfortunately, their actions were about 3/8" high. IMHO, they were certainly not playable, but they also weren't even within range of being able to be set up properly.

Washburn has long since given up their support of us lefties. Thank God for small favors I suppose.

I expect this was in the transition period from Washburn being made in the US, (were they ever? I'm guessing here), to being made in Asia.

I do know that Nancy Wilson was a spokesperson for them, way back when. I believe she played one of their electrics, a "White Eagle". (One has to imagine, if Gretsch had their, "White Falcons", a competing brand should at least one up them with a much larger raptor, not to mention it's our national symbol.

In any event, it's nice to hear Washburn is back on track and giving out great value per dollar with their current product line.

Unfortunately, they no longer offer left handed models. Quite a tease, wouldn't you say?

For my part, I will continue to salute them, (when the urge strikes), with my middle finger extended as if in prayer, (to the porn industry), toward their factories in the orient.

I'm on the east coast of the US. So, should I face east or west while praying? I want to make sure my prayers get there ASAP. I'm asking you guys, because Marco Polo is dead, or I would bother him with this issue.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jan 4, 2016,
Earlier this summer I bought a Gretsch Jim Dandy for 150 to learn to play fingerstyle on. I wasn't expecting it to be kinda a throwaway, not really used for live or recording. I ended up really loving the sound for singing with, and now I'm converting it to play lap and it's absolutely amazing. It's roughly the same size as a Weissenborn, and it's not like having a resonator blasting out my face. I was suprised I like it so much
I wasn't think specifically of Washburn, more the fact that you can find terrific guitars at any price point if you use your ears and a eyes - and not just to look at the name on the headstock!

I have a cheap Republic reso that sounds very good, but the construction was pretty ordinary. - But I don't mind fixing things like that.
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I wasn't think specifically of Washburn, more the fact that you can find terrific guitars at any price point if you use your ears and a eyes - and not just to look at the name on the headstock! ...[ ].....
I can't read anyway, I used to work for the post office.... Maybe this is why I was such a flop over at AGF, I couldn't make out the name on the head stocks....
I gave my Washburn WD7s to my dad for fathers day. Even after I lowered the ridiculously high nut action to get it playable and backed out the truss rod as far as it goes to get the neck relief close (still a tad low), it still buzzed on some frets and just didn't sound good(harsh). It was nice looking guitar but it just didn't agree with me. I don't doubt that washburn makes some good guitars but after the sample I got, I doubt I will look at them again.
I'd never tried many until this D10, because I didn't like the look, but my main point wasn't specifically about Washburns, it was about hidden gems in general. They could turn up anywhere, any brand, any price, any time. I have no idea how this particular one compares with other similar Washburns; I do know that one of their reilcked parlors I tried was a TPOS to my ear.