Price paid: $ 215
Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 9
Believe it or not, this guitar is one of my favorites. I run an AC30 right now with a variation of pedals, and it does *anything*. I've covered Guns, Van Halen, some Country, my band's hard rock/trash. It's noisy at all. It's a full, rich tone that I love to death. Blows any Epiphone Les Paul, and most "lower" end Gibsons I've seen out of the water. Like I said, I'd like some dynamics with the pots, but that's a minor problem to me.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock, hard rock, blues, and it plays everything well. From clean tones to grit, to higher gain, it works. I love the guitar. If it were stolen, I'd order another one, and a WI66Pro, and an N4, and plenty of other Washburn products. They're one of my favorite guitar companies!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I put Schaller strap locks on it, as I do with any guitar, but the stock strap buttons were fine. I just don't trust any strap buttons, as I've ruined guitars like that. I've gigged with it several times with no problems. I wouldn't gig without a backup, because anything could happen in a live situation.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I said before I bought it new. But it had been sitting, with the factory strings on it, for ages. It was in great shape, nonetheless. I got it set up with 10s, how I like it, but otherwise, nothing's wrong with the guitar at all. It's beautiful. Literally everyone, from my family to other guitarists, say it looks great!
Features — 9
I bought this guitar new this year, but it is an '04. The pawn shop I bought it from had had it since then, and hadn't sold it. So they cut a deal, and it's great! 23 frets, solid guitar. Made of mahogany. Rosewood fretboard, Washburn pickups, tune-o-matic bridge. Les Paul-type guitar, but in my opinion, much better, shape-wise, at least. Normally, these guitars go for anywhere from 250-400 dollars, but I cut a deal. I ended up with one that's in a distressed finish, in that it has copper-colored hardware and is a stained body, but it is not a WI-64DL. It comes with Washburn's VCC (voice contour control), which replaces the traditional tone circuit, that supposedly dials humbuckers back to a more single coil-esque sound...it doesn't quite do that, but I keep it somewhere around 5 anyways, a result of my own experimenting with it. I don't love the volume pots, because I'm in love with Fender and PRS pots, but with that change made, I would love it!