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Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 02:34:42 PM
I am a petite female pop & rock singer. Can anyone advise me on the best Washburn to get. I have an electric now and want an acoustic that can be amped.

I have been looking at these because they say made for smaller hands..

http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/folk/f52swce_f32s
ce.aspx

but these look great also

http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/dreadnoughts/timb
ercraft.aspx

Thoughts appreciated!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: deltacaster on March 05, 2008, 02:42:19 PM
In my opinion you sound like a PRIME candidate for our new baby jumbo guitar.

http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/jumbos/wb400.aspx

Very, very sweet playing, comfortable to play.  It was designed for just the situation you are describing.

Stacy
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Pike on March 05, 2008, 02:42:36 PM
Hi Goldie, your links are incomplete, but I had the Washburn F52SW. It wasn't the CE, but it was a very nice guitar. I'm sure you will truly enjoy a F52SWCE. I also played a D52SW Timbercraft and it was sweet also. The Timbercrafts are some of the best guitars for the dollar out there right now, bar none.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: strumsalot on March 05, 2008, 02:43:03 PM
Both are great guitars. The F52SWCE should be easier for someone small to play.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: magoo99 on March 05, 2008, 02:44:30 PM
MMMmmmm...Stacy....Great choice seem to be a nice guitar.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: sad_fingers on March 05, 2008, 02:44:42 PM
Hi welcome to the forum. Sorry the links are dead.

Sorry can't advice on a good Washburn to suit your stature but I play a D10SCE Dreadnought body but the neck is quite sleek. Many of the EA models have slim necks I believe and the body on a lot of them are quite low if your after a guitar which is less bulky.

That is my understanding others can advice more.

Cheers SAD

My Girls

Washburn D10SCE
Washburn W166 Pro

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Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: magoo99 on March 05, 2008, 02:46:14 PM
Sorry Goldia, forgot to welcome you to the forum.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: gregjones on March 05, 2008, 02:55:51 PM
Describing yourself as petite I would think you would be much better off with a folk sized guitar.  The D size is big and the J sizes are huge.  Both are oversized by historical guitar standards.

Be sure that you try one one for size before you lay out any money.

As for plugging it in---------------might as well get anything you like the looks of, and fits you.  Once you add a pick-up to a guitar it is no longer acoustic and it doesn't matter what it sounds like.  It's all gonna be controled by knobs---not craftsmanship.

[:)]

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got eight strings.

My correct email is gregajones@hotmail.com
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Mike Beatty on March 05, 2008, 02:57:00 PM
If you are only going to be playing through an amp, you might want to consider the festival series. It's a thinner body and we've had a few comments from women that it is more, um, amenable to the female body than say a dreadnought.

Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 03:24:24 PM
Sorry about the incomplete links. I am 5'2 and I do have small hands.
I am more pop dance than hard rock.

Ok here are two I am considering...And I will be playing it with an amp and without an amp so I want it to work very well for both.

http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/folk/f52swce_f32sce.aspx  (but when I read FOLK STYLE on the one guitar, it makes me wonder if the look of it will be to country or to large a body)
The other sounds slimmer but are you saying Browndog it may not be right for me since I dont want to always use the amp? I will really need good quality sound.

Stacy you mention this guitar....http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/jumbos/wb400.aspx It is very nice looking but it says under 6'4 and I am way under that...Could that still be to big for me.

And Greg are you saying these two are huge?
http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/dreadnoughts/timbercraft.aspx

Thanks everyone!!!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 03:33:17 PM
Mike, I just looked at the festival series.. I dont see info on the black one EA21HM which is sharp looking btw. But are you saying the festival series does not do as well without the amp?
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: strumsalot on March 05, 2008, 03:34:58 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Goldie

Mike, I just looked at the festival series.. I dont see info on the black one EA21HM which is sharp looking btw. But are you saying the festival series does not do as well without the amp?



The festivals are a little thin without the amp. They sound great plugged-in.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: SilentLegume on March 05, 2008, 03:40:44 PM
Ideally suited to players under 6’4”.

LOL, what does washburn think the average height of its customers must be?  

POLL: is anyone reading this over 6'4 tall (without your cowboy hat, of course...)??
(okay, I know that's asking for trouble).

// SilentL

PS: welcome deltacaster!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 04:07:45 PM
I think my best bets are ....

F52SWCE the folk style guitar
or
EA21HM ok ok I love the look and the slim body. Would that be a good size?

Pros and cons please?
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: gregjones on March 05, 2008, 04:28:48 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Goldie

And Greg are you saying these two are huge?
http://www.washburn.com/products/acoustics/dreadnoughts/timbercraft.aspx


Dreads are big.  Jumbos are huge.  You just have to try the size to see what suits you.  Just go to a guitar store or a pawn shop and give 'em a dance.  Don't concern yourself with brand a dread is a dread by any name (close enough---within fractions of an inch).  I'm just betting that you'll like something smaller.

If you shop around, you'll find the Washburn to offer more bang for the buck.  You'll be hard pressed to find a better value.

Also remember that fancy headstocks, inlays, bindings and other dressings do nothing for the sound or playability of your guitar.  A pair of blue jeans sounds the same as a pagent dress!!!!

[:)]

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got eight strings.

My correct email is gregajones@hotmail.com
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 04:39:02 PM
Thanks Greg..Can you or someone please give me an idea of the pros and cons of the two I mentioned, please?

F52SWCE the folk style guitar
or
EA21HM what would this be like size wise?

Thanks so much!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: strumsalot on March 05, 2008, 05:01:46 PM
This link (http://washburn.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11295&SearchTerms=small,hands) may help with sizes between folk and dread. I don't have any specifics on the EA, but it would be the thinnest from top to back. They'll both sound great plugged in, but I think the F52SWCE would be a better choice for unplugged.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 05:21:23 PM
Wow that pic is really helpful! Thanks Chad! I understand the EA would be thinner..but I looked it up and a description said it had a large body. Anyone have ideas on sizing of the EA20 or 21?

Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Goldie on March 05, 2008, 05:42:04 PM
Would the EA then be good for a small adult like the F52. You said it was thinner but is it larger in other ways?
How would you compare the EA21 to the EA20.

Should I also consider the F32?

Thanks so so much!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: workknot on March 05, 2008, 06:22:38 PM
Goldie; Take a peek at this one, I picked one up about a month ago. The neck is very nice and compares to slim profile of my Gibson 339.
http://www.activemusician.com/item--UO.OG8CEN?ref=fg&ovchn=SCU&ovtac=CMP&ovcpn=&ovcrn=Oscar+Schmidt+OG8CEN+Acoustic-Electric+Guitar+-+Natural

The width of the nut is 1 and 5/8 of an inch. At the 12th fret the neck is 2 inches wide. It is a very decent sounding guitar plugged or unplugged. The back side is slightly rounded, as the depth of the body at the base of the neck is 2 and 1/4 inches and in the middle it is 3 inches deep and at the strap pin end it measures 2 and 1/2 inches deep. This gives the back of the guitar a slight curve which is very comfortable to hold standing or sitting. The upper bout measures 11 inces the lower bout measures 15 inches. Total length of the guitar is 40 inches. It has the EQ7545R 4 Band EQ system with an undersaddle piezo pickup. This guitar is very reasonably priced and I was quite surprised with it after playing for a while. I find myself leaving my HB 35 and my Gibson 339 sitting in there cases. I do play it through an electrocoustic amp which brings the sound out very well. Good luck on you guitar shopping.
Regards; Pop's

MY HERD HAS THINNED !!!
Gibson ES 339!
Washburn HB35WR
With Gibson 57 Pickups!
Washburn OS OG8CEN soon to be STEREO capable!
Behringer Ultracoustic ACX 450 with extension cabinet!
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: deltacaster on March 05, 2008, 06:46:16 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Goldie

Would the EA then be good for a small adult like the F52. You said it was thinner but is it larger in other ways?
How would you compare the EA21 to the EA20.

Should I also consider the F32?

Thanks so so much!



You will find that some of the best sounding stage guitars, useful for plugging in with groups, are not always the loudest guitars when played purely acoustic.  Loud acoustic guitars will create more feedback when turned up through a PA or amplifier.  It's simply the nature of physics and amplified sound.  Many of the people on here have already advised you of that with some good suggestions.

I reccomended trying the WB400 because in all honesty, we just ran a contest giveaway with Womans World magazine, as we think it would suit a womans stature as a full sounding acoustic more than the other jumbo guitars that are popular.  It sounds great, is all solid wood, and just about every guitar player is under 6'4, I realize that :)

All being said, a thin bodies EA series guitar is still smaller, thinner, and probably more comfortable for someone switching from electric, but it's just simply not going to be as loud as a pure acoustic as the F52 or WB400 as they are not all solid tone woods like these models are.  It's all a matter of speculation until you get your hands on a guitar at a dealership.  I hope you make a decision you will be happy with, there are a LOT of options.

Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Rocket on March 05, 2008, 06:49:42 PM
If you can't find an F model Washburn to try, check out a Masterbilt EF-500.
My wife got the RA (Rosewood/Abalone) model few weeks ago and we're both thoroughly impressed with it. It's folk-sized EF (smaller body) but still 25-1/2 scale length. Thin matte finish, scalloped bracing, and light as a feather. Very high quality and sounds just like what one should expect from solid Sitka Spruce on Rosewood... Did I mention how well crafted & beautiful it is?
Trust this: Neither of us are easily impressed with guitars.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Pike on March 05, 2008, 06:53:17 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Goldie

Would the EA then be good for a small adult like the F52. You said it was thinner but is it larger in other ways?
How would you compare the EA21 to the EA20.

Should I also consider the F32?

Thanks so so much!

The F52 is of the Timbercraft series, the F32 isn't. The 52 will sound better than the 32, but of course you will pay a bit more for the extra quality, but break the cost increase down over the lifetime of the guitar, and it would be well worth it. My daughter is about the same hieght as you, small hands, and she has no problem playing any of my guitars, including some of the hefty necks on my Guilds. You just can't go wrong with a F52SWCE Goldie.
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Rocket on March 05, 2008, 07:09:51 PM
Size is really not an issue... anyone ever seen Emmylou Harris or Sheryl Crow playing their jumbos?
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Pike on March 05, 2008, 07:15:41 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Rocket

Size is really not an issue... anyone ever seen Emmylou Harris or Sheryl Crow playing their jumbos?

Exactly
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: Rocket on March 05, 2008, 07:24:34 PM
If it's a matter of reach, just get a shorter scale 24-3/4 instead of the standard 25-1/2. There's a ton of choices in either scale as long as you're not micro-seeking too many specifics like: Juiced Spruce on Rosewood Jumbo with Cutaway in 24-3/4 scale, (oh, hey... even that's available.)
Title: NEED ADVISE PLEASE on GUITAR SELECTION!
Post by: EmmitSycamore on July 06, 2011, 01:24:04 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Rocket

Size is really not an issue... anyone ever seen Emmylou Harris or Sheryl Crow playing their jumbos?



Seriously, Emmylou is a Godess, but not petite, by any standard.

Dolly Parton, another Goddess, is in fact petite. Well, except
for her reputation, which is said to preceed her ...

Just see any pic where the two are standing close together.

I'm male, just a bit under 6', and the Baby Jumbo is very
comfortable for me.

HTH,
Emmit Sycamore