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Offline NelsonB

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« on: November 04, 2009, 11:36:54 AM »
I'm doing some research on-line on the Idol series, and can't get all the info I'm looking for.  The Washburn web site doesn't paint a complete picture.  I see the differences in pick ups, which is good to know.  My questions apply to older models not currently in production too.

1. Which Idol models have a true jumbo fret?  Think Ibanez, Jackson, etc.

2. Is the neck contours the same on all versions of Idols?  Fat round like a 59 LP, or thin 60s slim?

I like the idea of an alternate to a LP, or even an SG.  I like the 24.75 scale length, but also like the flatter fret boards and large frets of a shredder.

Thank you for any additional info….
 

Offline shaulin

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 01:04:15 PM »
I own 3 Idols, PI80, WI568 and WI64, all have medium frets
the PI80 has a fat wide neck, the WI64 and WI568 are both slim, but not 60s slim.

if you're looking for a shredding guitar, the WM526 is the way to go
flat neck, jumbo stainless steal frets and Carbon Glass Epoxy Composite fretboard.


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Offline NelsonB

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 06:06:45 PM »
I looked on-line at the WM526.  I have an Ibanez that does the Floyd style bridge and 25.5” neck scale thing very well.

I liked the idea of a 24.75” scale and a hard tail bridge design better.  I’ve never understood why the Gibson style guitars always get put into one corner of design only.  I thought from some of the reviews I read on Idols that maybe with the 14” fingerboard radius, and with some reported to have jumbo frets that this might be what I was looking for.
 

Offline shaulin

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 02:03:43 AM »
I owned one Ibanez, RG series
doesn't even come close to the WM526

stainless steel frets feel like butter, the epoxy composite is very sleek

I've never seen an Idol with Jumbo frets except for the HM series Idol.

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'04 Washburn X50 w/ Bareknuckle Mule & Black Dog
'04 Washburn WI64D w/ Bareknuckle Warpigs
'06 Washburn PI80 w/ Bareknuckle Warpig & Mississippi Queen P(ig)90
'07 Washburn N4
'06 Washburn X33
'98 Gibson Les Paul Studio
'08 Washburn WM526
'09 Washburn WI568
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'04 Washburn X50
'06 Washburn PI80
'07 Washburn N4
'08 Washburn WM526 (White)
'08 Washburn WM526 (Ferrari Red)
'09 Washburn WI568
'09 Washburn WI590

Offline GoesTo11

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2010, 12:50:16 PM »
NelsonB.  FWIW.  I have a WM526 that I love.  But, I also prefer the 24.75 scale hardtail setup.  I happened across a Peavey V-TYPE neckthrough, hard tail NTB, 24.75 / 24 jumbo fret, bound (for around $350 used.)  Of all my Gibsons (LP's, SG, Explorer, V), my strats and my Washburns, the Peavey NTB plays the best - although it's ugly.  The Peavey is the closest guitar I have to the WM526 for trying to play fast (Paul Gilbert type stuff.)   Now, having said that, a WM526 24.75 scale, bound, hardtail would be my ultimate guitar.