DD60 review by Washburn

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 3.5 (8 votes)
Washburn: DD60

Price paid: £ 169

Purchased from: Back Alley Music

Sound — 8
This guitar being the old signature model of Dan Donegan of Disturbed does have all the sound capabilities of a metal guitar. I play mostly metal and it plays great through my 150 watt Line 6 amp. The pickups punch out heavy rhythm tones and palm mutes sound amazing on this thing. The pickups also suffer because of this as they sometimes sound too bassy. However, keeping the volume on a low setting restricts this from happening. It also makes high speed solos sound muddy so slow hard rock solos are more suited to it. As for getting Dan Donegan's sound this is achievable but anything from "The Sickness" sounds amazing on this guitar.

Overall Impression — 9
I love this guitar. I would not be caught without it, it plays great and looks good. The only problem I would possibly have with it in the future would be changing the pickups. The pickups are great for metal but can be muddy and bassy at times. I would never part with this guitar as it is miles ahead of anything I have played or owned. I would definitely buy this guitar again but with some better pickups.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I honestly would not go on stage without this guitar. I would confidently go on stage without a back-up for this guitar. I originally bought this guitar for the easier holding and setting of lower tunings as my two other guitars both have licensed floyd rose tremolos. The Grover tuner are great and stay in tune for days. The hardware is all rock solid and seems will last for many years to come.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I received the guitar the low E string was a bit too high but because of the tune-o-matic and a flat head screwdriver this was solved in a matter of seconds. There is some overspray of black paint on a flame just at the neck but this can only be seen on close inspection. Its quite hard to describe the shape of this guitar as it was especially designed for Dan Donegan. My best attempt at describing it is that its a very bulky SG with an elongated left wing. Even though it is quite bulky it easy to play sitting down aswell as standing up. The cut away at the bottom horn gives great access to the lower frets.

Features — 10
This monster was made in Indonesia. It has 22 medium sized frets on an ebony fingerboard with abalone dot inlays. The body is made from alder and has a bolt-in neck with chrome hardware. The neck is quite fat at the first fret but slims down as you move down along it. The pickups are a Randall SL in the bridge and a Randall UL in the neck. It has a string through body with a tune-o-matic bridge. The strings provided were Vinci 10 gauge. The tuners are Grover positioned in the classic style of three-a-side. It also has one volume control, one tone control and a three way selector switch. The body and neck are finished in dark red with black flames running down the body. The guitar also came fitted with a Buzz Feiten Tuning system which stops any fret buzz no matter how low the tuning is and is an exclusive system I believe to Washburn guitars. The guitar was also sold with a heavy duty gig bag, a cable and an allen key.

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    Washburn has always delivered consistently good instruments. Although the review above is slightly vague and a little bit too overrated, I'm pretty sure, from my past experiences with Washburns, it's a good metal guitar. I know it looks weird, but, hey, that's the way Dan Donegan wanted it...
    "Buzz Feiten Tuning system which stops any fret buzz no matter how low the tuning is" LOL! The Buzz Feiten Tuning System has nothing to do with fret buzzes, it's a nut/bridge system designed to provide a more accurate intonation.