Disney Hannah Montana 'Secret Star' 3/4 Scale review by Washburn

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  • Features: 7
  • Sound: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 6.7 (10 votes)
Washburn: Disney Hannah Montana 'Secret Star' 3/4 Scale

Price paid: $ 35

Purchased from: eBay new

Features — 7
Disney Hannah Montana Tele layout 7/8 size guitar. So odd, that you have to accept it for a project and make of it what you can. Think about this: smaller body, designed by Washburn and built for them with cheap components, but usable. Standard neck has a scarf joint (neck to headstock) and feels raw (likely 1 coat of sealer). Body is cheap wood, maybe basswood. Tele style bridge and string-thru body with ferrules (there's a plus!) and crummy grooved saddles that male the strings veer to one side. Dime pots and cheaply and poorly wired, but it did play and no switch or pot crackling. Volume, tone and a 3-way switch like a regular Telecaster. Tuners are the stretched out rectable cheapies, but if lubricated inside the cases, are adequate for a year or so. Rating a "7" since it does play, electronics work, finish is shot pretty well (design is cheezy) and the fretboard is decent with minimal fret end smoothing needed. It's a VERY cheap project to turn into a "flip" guitar or play at open mic for entertainment.

Sound — 7
It sounds barely passable stock. Pickups are tolerable and not much more. I replaced the bridge Tele type with a pretty good spare one I got free from a local pro. Neck pickup I will leave alone. It's bright and the capacitor for the tone pot likely needs to trim off more highs, so it will probably get a decent .047 cap and maybe a standard CTS or Allparts pot. Rating the sound, stock, as "7" because into a Princeton Reverb it can be made to be tolerable, but it is not a real Tele in the normal sense. It's more than a toy and it is small bodied, so it is worth making into a functional guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Finish is well shot with a purple back/sides and the headstock face and body top have Hannah Montana kid stuff. So a local luthier will shoot a couple coats of a dark color (black or dark purple) on those 2 surfaces only. The finish all over is perfect (guitar was never actually unboxed or played), so we have no dents or nicks to deal with. Rating it '8' since everything works, but are cheap components. The neck to body fit is very good and solid and the angle is right; likely no shim is required. Action was tolerable and the plastic nut slots can be deepened to get the "3rd fret test" right and I will have about 1/16" gap (string bottom to fret top)at fret 12. Frets cleaned up pretty well and chrome on control plate and bridge is nice. It was a cheap Wasburn, so it will not be miserably poor guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Rated "8" since it is a Washburn product and is a Tele style. It is very simple, not much to go wrong and all solid woods. Hardware is mediocre, but well chromed and the offshore straight row of tabs switch is crummy, but it does the job and is easily replaced. Strap buttons will be re-installed after yellow glue on a toothpick is wiped in the holes to strengthen them. It's a VERY cheap to buy project for a guy who wants a simple guitar to learn on and use his skills later on a Squier or Mexico real Telecaster. So there is a use for this small body Tele type guitar for fun and learning. But it is not a local gigging type guitar in any way.

Overall Impression — 7
Rating a "7" since it is a cheap all over guitar with basics that are tolerable and correctable as a project to practice on. I have real Teles and Strats and other types. But a project Tele style that is smaller bodied is a fun project. And I am guaranteed to get my money out if I sell it for $100! For a guy with a decent Tele bridge pickup to use, maybe a spare .047 capacitor for the tone pot, and a way to color the body and headstock faces (you do NOT want to go on a stage with a Hannah Montana Disney guitar...), it can be a fun guitar.

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    (you do NOT want to go on a stage with a Hannah Montana Disney guitar...) Maybe YOU don't. I'd be all over this in a speed metal band!
    Agreed... I think it would be cool to see this on stage as someone wails away on it. It's like Eddie Van Halen playing that mini Les Paul (by the way, I looked into the cost of one of those and they're like 3k!!!!).
    I agree! I'D PLAY THAT (if indeed I played) at a HUGE metal festival! It's not the "Stickers on the thing"... Any of Y'all seen Mike Portnoy play the" Hello Kitty" kit!? Getcha Pull Yo!
    I remember one of the guys in Linkin Park buying a Hello Kitty strat from a store nearby the gig and playing it that night for a couple of songs! Honestly, I don't think there's anything cooler than playing something ridiculously uncool without shame. Someone bring me a Daisy Rock!
    I would seriously consider it if there was left handed version and I'm not even joking He who would carry that guitar on stage and rip some awesome solo would be the coolest guitarist ever
    I think someone SHOULD be on stage Ripping up the strings on this Hannah Montana guitar! Like... Someone SUPER METAL!!
    Hannah Montana? Go get a Spongebob Squarepants guitar. Then people will laugh "with" you and not "at" you.