Price paid: $ 148
Purchased from: Elevation Music
Sound — 8
The X12 has a great sound for the price. I play mostly rock and alternative but you can play a wide variety of music and they all sound nice. Only used it with my little 20 watt practice amp so far, and the sound that comes out is good. Get a nice amp if you want to really hear this baby roar.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is very versatile, but it suits rock music best. If it were lost or stolen I would definatly get another. Can't beat this guitar for the price. The feel of the guitar is really nice. Every time you pick it up you'll feel proud that you own it. I was unfortunate enough to get an X12 with a slightly defective nut, but I'm sure most are just fine. Don't let this one flaw keep you from buying this overall great guitar. Some better pickups would have been nice, but the Washburn HH ones that come on it are better than most in this price range.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Being a $150 guitar many people wouldn't trust the X12 on stage. However, I would use it on a gig. It's a solid little guitar made by a reputable company. When you feel the X12 in your hands you can tell that it's a nice instrument. I can definatly see this guitar lasting for a good while. You should have no problems with the finish wearing down. Strap buttons definatly aren't goin' anywhere.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Out of the box the guitar was set up fairly well. I did have a slight buzzing at the first fret 'cause the nut wasn't cut very well. With a little tinkering, it was a quick fix. Action was actually very nice, no adjustments were needed to make it better.
Features — 8
- Year: 2004 - Frets: 24 jumbo - Body wood: alder - Neck wood: maple - Fretboard: rosewood - Body style: standard/Strat - Bridge: HardTail - Controls: 3-way toggle, tone, volume - Pickups: Washburn HH config - Tuners: Schaller tuners - Accessories: instrument cable.