N1 review by Washburn

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  • Features: 8
  • Sound: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (15 votes)
Washburn: N1

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features — 8
2014 Made in Indonesia Washburn N1, strat body with 22 Jumbo frets on a Natural Matte Finish Maple Neck and Rosewood fretboard with a 25.5" scale. Came stringed with D'Addario Nickel Wound strings I think a 9-42 set, featuring a reverse headstock and dot inlays. Also features a fantastic Nubone nut with a nut width of 1-5/8" (42mm). Awesome chrome hardware, it has a 3 piece Paduak hard wood body with a Natural Matte finish, with a HH Pickup configuration, dual open coil humbuckers, a W623 in the bridge position and a W621 in the neck position. Has a fulcrum tremolo bridge, one volume knob, and Washburn brand nonlocking machine heads. The only complaint I can see there being is the 3 way pickup selector is a bit loose but other than that it's a top notch guitar for the money. Included with the purchase: 3ft Instrument cable, and 3 different sized allen wrenches.

Sound — 9
I play blues, rock, metal, r&b/hip hop, and it has no problem handling any of those genres. A very versatile guitar to say the least. I use a Line 6 Spider IV 15w plugged straight in with a Gold tipped Mogami Cable for home practice, and it sounds great. As for noise problems the only unwanted noise from the guitar is when using the loose pickup selector but its nothing major that can't be fixed with a quick swap. Has great harmonics, it can really scream and squeal if you make it happen, cleans are great as are the more crunchy/overdriven tones. Most versatile electric guitar at this price point in my own opinion. Would have been a 10 if it weren't for the pickup selector.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Sounded good, BUT had a horrible factory setup. Had to readjust literally everything. The pickup selector was the only loose hardware though which was nice. The bridge is slightly off to wear the High e is slightly a little to close to the edge but doesn't cause a problem playing wise as much as it's visually irritating. Other than that everything else was great visually, great woods, shiny hardware, only one ding on the back of the body from factory, but have to say very awesome wiring done very professional which is a surprise in such a low priced guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Haven't put it to the test yet but I believe after jamming out on it many times it could withstand live playing. I'll end up replacing all the hardware because of personal preferences although all the stock hardware is very solid equipment. Strap buttons have been great so far hasn't slipped off once even without strap locks so that's awesome. I would need to have a backup for this guitar in a gigging situation, but then again you should always have a back up in the circumstance something goes wrong during a gig cause it definitely can and will happen if you're a regularly performing musician, but these guitars also sell for around $100! So it's not like you have to backup a very expensive piece of equipment you can probably even get a good deal for buying a few so you can have them at your dispose (possibly for multiple tuning's, backups, etc.) The finish will only dent and scratch since its a Natural Matte finish, but it depends on how rough you play or under what conditions you put the guitar under. So it varies.

Overall Impression — 10
It works amazingly with the variety of music I play. I've been playing guitar for 7 years and I've played many guitars and I can firmly say this guitar is a great. If it were to be stolen I would laugh because there's little to no resale value to this guitar (another great reason to purchase one) and I'd definitely buy another one. My favorite feature of this guitar is the overall play ability and versatility. Was compared to all other guitars within' this price range and it was by far the best in all categories.

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