XM PRO2 FR Review

manufacturer: Washburn date: 07/13/2016 category: Electric Guitars
Washburn: XM PRO2 FR
This is definitely a good sounding guitar, and in its price range probably the best one in terms of features. The sound is daaamn good, and it really rocks the overdrive without any struggle.
 Features: 9
 Sound: 9
 Action, Fit & Finish: 7
 Reliability & Durability: 6
 Overall Impression: 8
 Overall rating:
 8.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 7.8 
 Users rating:
 8.5 
 Votes:
 2 
 Views:
 1,484 
review (1) 3 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 7.8
XM PRO2 FR Reviewed by: amoorthshetty, on july 13, 2016
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 550

Features:

  • 24 frets
  • USA Made (Apparently) - does lack quality though.
  • FLOYD Rose Special Bridge with Tremolo
  • Ultra Thin Neck (no shit!)
  • Mahogany neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Duncan USM Alnico 5 pickups
  • Grover Locking Tuners
  • 1 Volume 1 tone Control and 3 Way toggle Switch
  • Flamed Top
  • Whammy bar
  • Jumbo Frets
  • Passive Electronics
  • I got a free gig bag from the store.. Not sure if u get one with the guitar itself.
  • Got the L keys for the bridge too
All that for 550 bucks only! Washburn is throwing away this stuff?! Awesome eh? // 9

Sound: I mainly play rock or metal with this guitar. On distortion it sounds bloody good but it kinda lacks that tone when put through clean. The toggle switch was way to rough when I got it so it made that drag sound when I switched in the middle of a song, so that was a negative with the hardware. The pickups sound damn fucking good and have that raw power needed for rock songs. On clean though, the bridge pickup is a bit too cranky and gives some unnecessary shrill. Otherwise, for that price, this guitar has some amazing sound! // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar wasn't set up that well from the factory though. The major E and A strings buzzed because the bridge wasn't aligned well. The fretboard needed to be polished over so I had to spend more on a proper set up and service. The pickup selector was too noisy and obviously it got worse on overdrive. I found no problems with the finish on the paint job though. It felt like the one I got with my SG. Its got a damn thin neck so I can flow through solos very very easily. Its got a smooth finish so playing riffs is easy as hell. The guitar has a very light overall weight so it makes life easy on stage! // 7

Reliability & Durability: The grover tuners and Floyd Rose bridge do hold the tuning well for quite some time. It wouldn't last the whole show if you are gonna play thrash metal or so. The guitar lacks quality for sure. The bridge alignment gets ruined every now and then, and the sound kinda varies sometimes. I have been lucky not to have that on stage. I use a Gibson SG usually. But this one is on compare because of the price. Overall, I feel that this guitar isn't meant to last and will probably last a few years. It says USA made, but the quality is a question? // 6

Overall Impression: Overall. This is definitely a good sounding guitar, and in its price range probably the best one in terms of features. You'll probably get a basic Mexican Strat for 500 bucks. The sound is daaamn good, and it really rocks the overdrive without any struggle. The guitar only lacks quality and does not seem to be one that would survive years, so forget about the ageing thing. The guitar somewhat felt like Washburn wanted to give features out for peanuts. Floyd Rose bridge? Mahogany Board? 24 Frets? Duncan USM Pickups? All For about 550 bucks? STEAL! // 8

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No
Post your comment
Comments
BIU:)
Only "https" links are allowed for pictures,
otherwise they won't appear