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leighannh2:
I've searched the internet over and can't find a model quite like the one I just put on layaway at a local store.  It's the D46CESPKIQ - What looks like the D46CESP with the IQ system.  

This guitar really grabbed me because not only does it look and sound great, it meets my needs - I currently play a yamaha and use a Korg acoustic pedal with it to enhance the sound.  So this guitar will also cut down on the hassle of set up.

I'm not really a good at accessing the quality of a guitar, and I just realized this one is not a solid top. Should I be concerned about that?

I will be regularly rehearsing and gigging with this guitar, and the main problem with my yamaha setup was feedback.  I won't be able to try out this guitar with the rest of the band until next week, so I hope it does better in that respect.

What do you think?  Ever seen one of these or used the IQ system?  I saw a video on youtube, and it looks great.

Tio Kimo:
quote:Originally posted by leighannh2


This guitar really grabbed me because not only does it look and sound great, it meets my needs

well there you have it. What else is there? You're in a band, so I assume you have a pretty astute ear as to what YOU want to hear....so you should feel pretty psyched that you found it.

quote:I'm not really a good at accessing the quality of a guitar, and I just realized this one is not a solid top. Should I be concerned about that?

it affects its sound, but you like the sound. so that's all good. It will not change in tone over time like a solid wood guitar, but again, you like what you hear, so cool. The other positive is that if you're gonna be gigging with it, a laminate guitar is very robust, it'll take the beating and humidity/heat/cold torment you'll put it through. And if it does get trashed, well, it's not a high priced guitar that just got toasted.

quote:What do you think?  Ever seen one of these or used the IQ system?  I saw a video on youtube, and it looks great.


I think it sounds like you got what you needed. Not personally familiar with the IQ, but I've seen the demo, it looks impressive.

And welcome to the forum! You'll need to submit pics when you get your hands on it. We'll want to hear your thoughts once you've put a few miles on it.

mcloud10:
The D46SP (and D46CESP) has a very nice sound.  My wife even noticed the difference as we progressed from D10 to D46 to the D46SP testing out guitars at a local store.  I don't think I would apologize at all for the laminate top - if it sounds good, use it!

As stated above, Washburn ran a demo of the IQ system.  You can find it in the News section of this site.  It will probably be on page 2 or 3 by now.  It may give some insight into its capabilities.

I'll second the welcome and the call for pics!

Mark

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leighannh2:
Ok, so I went and picked it up last night, and wow, I love it.  Such a nice full sound.  I've been playing with the effects, amplified it seems heavy on the bass but that could just be my amp.  Fixed that with an EQ adjustment.  I added a strap button, lowered the action just a bit, and put lighter strings on it, definitely an improvement, for me.  I'm still getting used to the size, my last acoustic was a smaller body yamaha and I'm not a very big person, but I'll get used to it.

The guitar is absolutely gorgeous, the grain of that spalted maple is really pretty.  I found a few flaws in the design around the soundhole, but I'm not really concerned about that.  It smells like pancakes, lol!

The real test will be Wednesday at rehearsal.  It already seems louder than my old guitar, and much clearer.   As long as there is no major feedback, it's a keeper.  I'll post again after rehearsal.








Leigh Ann
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Washburn D46CESPKIQ
Yamaha APX-5A
Acoustic AG60 Amp
B.C. Rich NJ Classic Eagle Deluxe
Crate RFS200x
Digitech RP355
and one very old handmade fiddle fitted with a Barcus Berry pickup.

leighannh2:
Just realized I didn't take a picture of the preamp.  But it is the DigiQ 10.  I'll try to get one posted later.

Leigh Ann

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