N1 review by Washburn

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 7.6 (15 votes)
Washburn: N1

Price paid: A$ 350

Purchased from: ?

Sound — 7
This guitar suits mainly rock and Heavy Metal but really can play anything pretty well. I was surprised with the neck pickups sound, but quiet dissappointed with the bridge pickup. I play the N1 through a Peavey rage or Randall RG40 with either no effects or a DigiTech RP350 or Boss ME20.

Overall Impression — 7
This guitar does suit my style and was a good match. If it was for the super floppy low E and A strings this guitar would be a great guitar and I would proberly rate it about a 8 overall. If it was stolen I would not buy another one and instead go with the Washburn N2. It is one of the most comfortable guitars I have played.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar could withstand any live playing easily. It has been dropped multiply times on its body and neck and has no problems. The original strap buttons have been replaced with Straplocks so I can't comment on the original ones. It has a very good finish that could last through any thing. The hardware could survive any thing too but the selector Switch does become loose after short amounts of playing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The guitar was can with a poor setup and after setting it up it still had issues. The main issue is that the low e and a string were super floppy, it didn't matter what I had trouble with them. One of the tuners was not attached to the neck well and was out of line, but this did not effects the guitars playing.

Features — 7
It is a 2007 model made in China. Its got 22 Jumbo Frets with a rosewood fretboard, with a Hard wood body and a maple neck.its got some cheap tuners, a three way Switch and a three way selector switch. It has got a W621 and W623 pickups. It has a reversed headstock with a smaller body then a regular Strat in Natural Matte.

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    The guitar in the picture is an N2, which features a Bill Lawrence USA Bridge pickup, Washburn FRT, Grover Tuners and definitely different woods.