Model : Washburn Idol Series WI64TRK – Trans Red
Music genre / Additional gear
The vocalist of one of the bands I used to play with, owned this Washburn model, so I played this guitar for some time. This is a very reliable guitar, fit for playing almost every rock related genre. We used to play with it even reggae and funk and it didn’t let us down. At our rehearsal studio, we had only two guitar amps, the Fender Hot Rod Blues Junior 15W Tube Combo and the Blackstar HT Club 40 Vintage Pro Combo. With the Fender Amp, we got a really nice clean and crunchy sound, while with the Blackstar Amp, the guitar delivered a vintage humbucker drive sound.
When choosing a new guitar pay attention to these following features:
- Body: Mahogany body.
- Neck: It has a 22 Frets Mahogany set-neck with Rosewood Fingerboard and dot inlays.
- Tuning system: The guitar has Grover Tuners and a Tune-o-matic Bridge.
- Pick-ups: It has two Dual Washburn Humbuckers. These are high quality ones, so there is no need to upgrade them.
- Control knobs: The guitar features 2 Volume/ 2 Tone with Voice Contour Control.
- Pick-up selector: A 3-way toggle Pick-up selector.
- Output jack: The jack is placed on the guitar body side and it holds the cable firmly.
I don’t know about the standard factory settings, but at my bandmate’s request I did some adjustments to this guitar. The action was too high for my liking, even for the rhythm part. I had to raise a little the Neck pick-up in order to improve the volume on the clean part. I was surprised that the intonation was well set and I didn’t have any problems with the Grover tuners or the Tune-o-matic Bridge. This Washburn model is a lightweight guitar, with a very comfortable Neck, even on the higher frets, making it easy to play at live gigs or long jam sessions.
The Washburn Idol WI64TRK is a well built model, that comes in a Trans Red Glossy finish. It has chromed hardware and a black Pick-guard, which kinda give it a vintage look. This is a great model for its price range, it looks pretty cool and it also allows you to play almost every music genre.
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