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Offline wully

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My new white WI45
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:04:03 AM »
I first became aware of the Washburn Idol series some years ago, but unfortunately,  you don't see these guitars as much as many other brands, and I didn't get the chance to try one. I always liked the look of the Idol, though.
I finally got to try a Trans. Red WI45 a couple of weeks ago, and really liked it. I think the strings were the originals off a '59 Les Paul Standard.. But the feel of the guitar was great! I only got to try it through a small Roland Cube thing. I liked the VCC system, and even though it might not give an authentic single coil sound, it does have a 'single coil-ness' about it, which I like. I'd rather have this, than have to play an actual Strat!
I decided to sell my Mex. 50's Classic Player Strat, (and a couple of pedals) as I couldn't get on with it. But I wanted something with a 'Strat-y' sound.
I'd considered a Variax, but then on an Evilbay search, I came across the Trans. Red WI45, on sale locally.
I fancied the red one, and also a sunburst WI66, but as times are hard, and money tight at the moment, I settled for the solid white. I didn't think it looked that great in the pictures I'd seen, and wasn't keen on the black hardware. I preferred the look of, say, the White Epi. LP Classic with gold hardware. But, I figured, it's the SAME GUITAR as the Trans. Red. And it's only a paint job.
When the guitar came, and I opened the box, I thought, Wow! It looked so much better in real life than in pictures! The black/white theme looks great! Picking up the guitar, I was struck by the weight. Not the heaviest, sure, but reassuringly weighty.
I had a good look over the guitar, and it really is a well put together instrument. The binding, apart from one little bit on the point of the lower bout, looks really well done. Better than my friend's 25th anniversary Les Paul! The white finish looks perfect. The inlays on the fretboard and headstock are beautifully done. The fretboard is nice and dark, almost black, in keeping with the black/white theme. I really like the overall shape and feel of the guitar. I really like being able to get upto the highest frets, too!
There are a few light scratches on the fretboard, parallel with the fretwire, in a few places. So that's 2 little things, neither of which bother me.
I plugged it into my Peavey Classic 30.
First impression was that neck felt wider than I was used to. Due I guess, to the binding. I thought it had better clean sound than my Gibson Explorer. With the VCC knobs turned down, it sounds to my ears like the inbetween sounds on a Strat. I don't think the VCC system works so well with a dirty sound, though. But with everything up it sounds AMAZING!  I got a great AC/DC sound straight away. I think it's a great guitar for Classic Rock, which is what I mostly play, anyway, but it really does sound great clean! The strings that came with it were a bit light for me, so I put a heavier set on more or less right away. The sustain is great. I'd been prepared to change the pickups before I got the guitar, but I might keep the Randalls. I won't get to try the guitar at full volume until band practice on Friday, after which I'll post an update. Or maybe I've gone on enough, already... But I get the feeling it'll come through with flying colours.
I paid 269 sterling for this guitar, which is stupid money for a guitar this good. I can't believe more people aren't buying these guitars, and that they aren't as big a 'name' as some other brands...!







 

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 10:08:46 AM »
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Originally posted by wully
I paid 269 sterling for this guitar, which is stupid money for a guitar this good.


That's the way I feel. Congratulations.[:D] Looking forward to band practice report.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010, 03:43:58 AM »
Hello again.
I took the new guitar to band practice last friday, and it was great! It cut through nicely. Really happy with it!
The other guitar player, who plays a Gibson Les Paul (Custom?) and a PRS Swamp Ash Special really liked it. He liked the look of it, right off.. especially the headstock. Got to say, although I think it's a great looking guitar, I'm particularly taken with the headstock! He also commented on what a good sound it had, and asked about the pickups.
I let him have a go with it for the last 10 minutes or so, and he was impressed. Cue raised eyebrows when I told him the price!
I did find the lack of tone knobs to be a slight issue once or twice, but I usually have everything full up! I'm going to take my Wah Wah pedal this week to use as a tone control. I tried it in the house yesterday, and was happy with the results. All in all, very pleased with the guitar. Love it!
The pics above really don't do it justice. I'll sort something out!
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010, 06:18:58 AM »