World Music Supply | Fender Squier Vintage Modified

Hey guys, it’s Brian from World Music Supply here yet again to bring you your usual dose of gear and guitar news. In today’s review we’re going to cover some cool guitars from the Fender Squier Vintage Modified line of guitars. Squier came up in the midst of the CBS ownership of Fender, first coming into being in the mid 60’s as a company that would produce strings for Fender guitars, it wasn’t until 1982 that Squier guitars became a reality. You see, at the time, Fender was having a tough time competing with the huge number of Japanese made Fender copies that were flooding the market, as now anyone could have a guitar that looked and roughly sounded like a Stratocaster, for a tenth the price.

Fender did their best to compete, with lines like the Lead series which was an attempt for American made instruments to meet a similar price point as their Japanese made counter parts, the problem was, people weren’t buying. Fender soon realized that if you can’t beat them, you need to join them, and they bought up a factory in Japan to begin producing cheaper variants of their U.S made guitars under the name Squier.

The initial idea of creating Fender guitars that anyone could afford has stuck with us through the years, and though their factories have migrated, with some being made in Indonesia, Korea, and even a few in the USA, Squier has always delivered on creating great sounding, and great playing guitars at an affordable price. The Vintage modified series is a great example of this fact, as they are guitars based around an excentric grab bag of classic Fender style and function. Reflecting the myriad of modifications that people have made to their beloved Fenders over the years, the Vintage modified series was designed to give players what they normally would only be able to get from either pawn shops, or through hours and hours of rewiring, and in some cases, wood working their classic Fender instruments.

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster Red

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster Red

First up in today’s review, is the Squier Surf Stratocaster which is exactly like a typical Strat, except that instead of the typical staggered pole pieces, features retro style lipstick tube pickups. Lipstick pickups are a very straightforward style of pickup, with a cool history, and an even cooler sound. See back in the 60’s, a company called Danelectro needed to keep costs down on their new line of solid body guitars; they did everything from making guitars out of masonite and plywood, to using surplus lipstick tubes as the housing for their pickups. Now while plywood guitars never caught on, the strange, jangly sound of lipstick pickups did. They have a very round tone to them, with a very mellow bass response, full sounding mids, and a very smooth treble tone to them, that helped shape their distinctive surf tone.

This guitar is called the Surf Stratocaster for this very reason, as it has all of the jangle and smooth attack that a 60’s surf band could ever dream of. While it for all intents and purposes looks and feels like your typical Stratocaster, plugged in it certainly has a totally different sound. The sound is definitely more transparent than your typical single coil, with less of a twangy edge, and a very smooth attack that is so round, it’s almost jazzy in its execution. Plugged into a Randall RT503H with the reverb cranked, and the bright switch engaged, this guitar suddenly had all of the cool swinging surf tones that made bands like the shadows and Dick Dale and the Deltones so famous back in their day. The smooth, round tone is very reminiscent of a typical single coil tone, but at the same time, has its own character and strengths.

The strength of the pickup is the fact that it is very clear sounding, with a roundness that is defined and smooth, which translates to chords that are very clear, with each string ringing out with a clear and distinct voice. This is useful, as you can drench the amp in reverb and delay, and still have plenty of clarity in your notes. However, this clarity can also prove to be a problem when you crank the amp, as those crystal clear tones tend to distort in an odd way.

Overdrive this guitar has a character that is wholly unique, and if you’ve ever played a guitar with lipstick pickups, you should know what I mean. Where typical single coils follow the telecaster strategy of having a very bright, and twangy pickup in the bridge, and a more “acoustic” sounding neck pickup, the lipstick pickup is warm and clear across its whole range. Sure the neck is warmer sounding than the bridge, and you can still get some twang out of the bridge, it certainly doesn’t have nearly as much snap as a typical strat pickup in the same position. This means that when it distorts it has a very fluid sound, which is good for single note runs, and lightly overdriven chords, but doesn’t lend itself as well to drop tuned power chords quite as well. While this guitar does have a very unique sound, with a clarity and warmth that is hard to find in many modern guitars, it won’t suit the needs of many hardcore, or straight ahead rock guitarists, but if you’re an alternative guitarist, a lover of surf rock, or just someone who wants a strat that is a little outside of the norm, this guitar gets a solid 9 out of 10.

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster

Next up, is the Vintage Modified Telecaster, with its more or less classic tele features, but adding in some cool Fender approved mojo. First thing that you are sure to notice is the oversized early 60’s style Jazzmaster headstock. The second thing you are sure to notice is that the typical nickel covered neck pickup has been replaced with the giant neck pickup off of a Jazzmaster, and as I have mentioned in previous blogs, these giant pickups were not modeled on P90 pickups as many believe, but rather based on steel guitar pickups, aiming to have a much wider frequency response with a clearer, more direct sound.

Through an amp this guitar certainly delivers on that idea, with all of the snap and treble of a tele in the bridge, and all of the jazzy, hollowbody esc tones you typically get from a Jazzmaster in the neck. This design feels like something that would have made Leo Fender laugh back in the day, as it combines two markets that he viewed were completely separate from one another, the Telecaster with its country style spank and swagger, and the Jazzmaster with it’s artsy tones, and crystal clear response. Oddly enough the marriage of the two seems to have worked out wonderfully, as this guitar certainly has all of what you would want from both guitars.

Through a clean amp, this guitar delivers all of the classic Tele tones, but you also can creep into the world of jazz guitar by switching to the neck, or live in a strange world in between the two in the middle position. The middle actually proved to create a very distinct, and frequency rich tone combining the clear twang of the brass plated bridge pickup, with the bell like sound of the neck, making a very round, and warm tone. Strumming chords proved to create an almost acoustic guitar like attack, with plenty of percussive bite, but at the same time, long bell like sustain.

Switching to a dirtier channel, this guitar had a life all its own. The swampy textures of the bridge pickup contrast nicely with the smooth, spacey textures of the Jazzmaster neck pickup. The two together create a sort of “super Tele” kind of sound, with far more of that round neck pickup tone in the mix than a typical Tele. This guitar even distorts well thanks to the typically aggressive quality of the Tele bridge pickup, which takes distortion and over drive with ease, and the neck pickup sounds amazing as well, with a very round tone that sustains for days. The Jazzmaster neck is appropriately comfortable, and fast, allowing you to travel effortlessly along its length. The Vintage Modified Telecaster has a very beautiful voice which would be at home in any situation either of its parents, the Tele or the Jazzmaster would be acceptable in, from country to alternative, to even jazz, this guitar can do almost anything. If you’re looking for a cool Tele with a slightly different voice, this guitar could very well be it. It’s thanks to this versatility that the Vintage Modified Telecaster earns itself a 9 out of 10.

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Sunburst

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster Sunburst

Last up in today’s review, is the Vintage Modified Stratocaster with the Duncan Designed Humbucker in the bridge. This guitar is a veritable dream team of classic Stratocaster design. From the oversized 70’s style head stock, the classic finishes from charcoal metallic, black and classic three tone sunburst, and the engraved neck plate. The genius of this guitar, is it takes a mod that became so common that it eventually became an actual standard guitar for Fender, the Fat Strat, the idea of placing a hot humbucker in the bridge to fatten up the guitar might not be anything new, but what is new is the fact that this guitar uses three Duncan designed pickups.

The Duncan designed pickups are blisteringly hot, which allows this guitar to play all of those classic Strat sounds, but still have all of the punch and clarity that a modern guitarist would need. Playing this guitar through a clean amp was a treat, as the pickups can easily nail all of those classic clean Strat tones, but at the same time are powerful enough to drive most amps into that weird almost overdriven, yet still clean world that Strat players love to live in.

This guitar also can live in the purely distorted realm with no problem, as the hotter pickups allow it to lay down big down tuned chords with ease and play flutey lead tones for days. This guitar can live in any world it chooses, from snappy hot country licks, blues runs, rock & roll rhythms, or searing metal chops, this guitar can do it all. For that fact alone, this guitar easily earns itself a 10 out of 10.  

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World Music Supply | Fender Acoustic Guitars

Hey guys, it’s Brian from World Music Supply here again, to supply you with your usual dose of guitar and gear reviews, and today I have a few cool acoustics from our friends over at Fender. Fender has always been a company that really tries to push the limits of what a guitar really is, and in the past they took this mentality to the rather conservative world of acoustic guitars. Many of these guitars went by rather clever monikers, like the Kingman, the Malibu, and the Newporter. Fender tried to introduce their “reinventing the wheel” style of production which had served them so well in the world of electric guitars, basses and amplifiers, however, in the hyper traditional world of acoustic guitars, their efforts failed for much of the companies history. Guitarists just weren’t comfortable having an acoustic with a bolt on neck, or an intonatable metal bridge on their flat top acoustics.

        For many years, Fender just couldn’t figure out what to do to with their acoustic guitar line to make them more acceptable by the mainstream world of guitar players, and it wasn’t until Fender was bought from CBS by FMIC that the quality of their acoustic guitars improved substantially. Nowadays, the acoustic guitars being produced by fender are some of the best selling, and best sounding in the industry. For today’s review I am going to start with the Fender CD-220SCE which features a solid spruce top, laminate ovangkol back and sides, and a fishman pickup system.

The Fender CD-220SCE Solid Spruce Acoustic Electric Guitar

The Fender CD-220SCE Solid Spruce Acoustic Electric Guitar

        The Fender CD-220SCE might seem like a relatively standard acoustic affair, with some relatively standard tones, and some rather typical looks, but while on the surface it looks simple and straight forward, it has so much more depth. The CD-220SCE has a very comfortable neck profile, which is slightly more reminiscent of an electric than a normal acoustic, and the body of the guitar, while being labeled a dreadnought, this guitar feels slightly more slimmed down, and more comfortable than a standard dread. The attached strap button is a nice addition, as surprisingly many acoustic guitars still don’t feature one, and I’ve personally had to install a few on acoustic guitars and am always worried what it will do to the guitars overall value. The inclusion of a strap button makes this guitar extremely comfortable to hold on stage, and the fast playing neck makes it easy to do everything from basic chord work, to lead runs and all the familiar electric guitar style work that acoustic guitars sometimes keep us from executing correctly.

Unplugged this guitar has a very warm tone, with plenty of snap and bite on top. The tone of the CD-220SCE is very modern with lots of bite and chime, the tone is exactly what you would want from a solid spruce guitar, and the ovangkol back and sides add just enough bite to help boost the slightly darker tone of spruce up out of the mix. Plugged in this guitar has a very true acoustic tone, with a nice darker spruce style tone, with enough of that nice piezo sizzle to help really lift your guitar out of the mix. The snappy tone really does a lot for this guitar, and the CD-220SCE is surprisingly resistant to feedback despite the very resonant spruce top.  The CD-220SCE is a nice straight forward acoustic electric, with plenty of modern sound and stage worthy power. For its ability to cover so much ground, at such an affordable price point, the CD-220SCE earns a solid 8 out of 10.

The Fender CD-230 SCE Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar

The Fender CD-230 SCE Cedar Top Acoustic Guitar

Next up is the CD-230SCE which is a slight variation on the CD-220SCE in that this version features a solid cedar top and mahogany back and sides. Cedar features a slightly more vintage sound than spruce does, and has a more “worn in” feel to it, and this guitar features the same super comfortable mahogany neck as the CD-220SCE. Unplugged the CD-230SCE certainly features a more worn in sound than the CD-220, with a lot more mid range warmth. This means that the CD-230 sits in a mix in a nice comfortable place, where it sits along side vocals without taking up any of the frequencies of the singers’ voice, and instead just lives around it.

Plugged in this guitar has a similarly powerful sound to the CD-220SCE, but instead of the darker tone of spruce, the 230SCE has the nice, strident midrange focused tone of cedar, which is great when playing with a band, as it avoids the frequency ranges of the lows of the bass, and the highs of the cymbals, allowing the guitar to cut through the mix with ease. The comfortable neck profile is great for playing lead lines, and the added body in the mix that cedar provides definitely helps fill out the sound, and make your acoustic playing really pop. For its more full bodied tone in comparison to the CD-220, but still retaining the comfortable feel and style, the Fender CD-230SCE earns itself a solid 9 out of 10.

World Music Supply | Hamer Guitars

Hey guys, it’s Brian here with World Music Supply again, to bring you another dose of gear and guitar reviews, and today I am pleased to bring you some more tasty treats from our good friends over at Hamer. As I’ve mentioned before, Hamer guitars was founded by three guys in Illinois during the early half of the 1970s, all united by their shared love of vintage instruments. They all worked to revive the craft of guitar making in a time when the art of making guitars had fallen to the lowest point it has ever been in electric guitar history. So for today’s review, I want to take some time and look at three finely crafted guitars all crafted with the same love for fine guitars that made Hamer so famous all those years ago.

Hamer SATP90-GT Arched Gold Top Electric Guitar

Hamer SATP90-GT Arched Gold Top Electric Guitar

First up on that list of finely crafted guitars is the SATP90-GT, which is a classic double cut design, with a vintage styled gold top body and two Hamer designed Soapbar style P-90s. The SATP90 has a lot of very vintage style to it, with a body that conjures up the classic double cut LP shape that is so iconic, but with a style and craftsmanship that can only come from Hamer. The body features a nicely carved maple top, which is always smooth and comfortable, and covered in that vintage gold top finish that is so endearing. All of that is mated to the Mahogany body, and that is fitted with a set mahogany neck which is just about the perfect size, not too big that it’s too hard to play lead, and not so thin that it’s uncomfortable to chord on.

Plugged in, this guitar has a sound that is about as vintage sounding as possible. The P-90 pickups have a plenty of bite to them, but never sacrificing the body that you would expect from a guitar like this. Clean this guitar has all of the sounds you expect out of a double P-90 guitar, with plenty of fat single coil tones, but with the added body and resonance of a maple topped mahogany body. The sparkle and jangle of the P-90s is always something that you really have to play to understand, as the added girth that a P-90 adds to that sparkle that you get from a single coil is really amazing. The neck pickup had a very acoustic sounding speaking voice as well, but with a slightly warmer tone than you would expect from say, a tele in the same position.

Running into a dirty amp however proves this to be a very different beast, suddenly this guitars real voice really starts to show itself, having the added body of a p-90, the chunk and power that you can drag out of this guitar is impressive to say the least. Suddenly I was able to get thick singing sustain, and big, bouncing rhythms, the added output of a P-90 really does wonders for an overdriven amp, as it just adds so many extra harmonics than a standard strat style single coil, or a typical humbucker.  It’s because of this ability to do everything from the most sparkling of cleans, to the raunchiest distortion that the SATP90-GT earns a respectable 9 out of 10, simply because I know the vintage vibe won’t float everyone’s boat.

Hamer SFX2-BK Electric Guitar Black

Hamer SFX2-BK Electric Guitar Black

Next up on the block is the SFX2-BK, which is a variation on the double cut design just like the SATP90-GT was, except this time, they’ve replaced the standard maple topped mahogany body and mahogany neck, for a basswood body, and a maple neck. This does a lot to the tone of the instrument, first and foremost being, Basswood has a much different sound than mahogany with a much more focused midrange, with a  softened high end response, and a much tighter bass response than its mahogany cousin. The maple neck, while sharing a similar shape to the SATP-90’s neck, has a vastly different tone. Maple imparts a snappy and almost twangy feeling to notes, while mahogany tends to have a much warmer, softer attack. Add to that the set of hot Hamer designed humbuckers and you start to get the picture that the SFX2 is a much more focused sounding guitar.

This becomes readily apparent when plugged into an amp. The SFX2 has a much dryer, more funky sound than the SATP-90, which had an almost acoustic tone. The tone of the SFX2 was more akin to what you assume an electric guitar will sound like clean, with very jazzy clean sounds, as opposed to acoustic sounding, which is actually pretty cool. The sound was warm, with just enough bite to really cut through the mix. The basswood really did lend something nice to the two Hamer humbuckers as they had a very modern sound, with plenty of snap and jangle, albeit with a very electric voice. The bridge pickup was nice and full without being overly bright, with just enough snap to really do what a bridge pickup needs to do, and the neck pickup was dark and jazzy, without being so dark that it becomes bland and droning.

Switching to a dirtier setting, the SFX2 suddenly had a very modern rock sound. Basswood has been a favorite for making super strat style guitars since the mid to late 80s as it adds a lot of mids, which Floyd Rose tremolos tend to lack, but on a guitar like this which is already rather mid heavy, the basswood gives it a lot of cut, and power without over doing it. This translated to rock tones that were clear, and present in the mix, without dominating the mix, which makes it great for rhythm guitar tracks, or leads that don’t need to be super in your face. The maple neck added a nice little twang to the sound, which was helpful at keeping the sound ever present in the mix, and keeping it from getting muddy. Overall the SFX2-Bk is a great guitar, with plenty of modern tones, and vintage style vibe, and it’s great for a guitarist who wants to keep one foot in the past, and one in the future, it’s for that do it all attitude that the SFX2-Bk gets itself a nice 9 out of 10.

Hamer STD-CS Standard Set Neck Flamed Top Electric Guitar Cherry Burst

Hamer STD-CS Standard Set Neck Flamed Top Electric Guitar Cherry Burst

Last up on today’s blog, is the STD-CS which is one of the shapes that made Hamer famous. The STD-CS is a stunning looking guitar, with its flamed maple top, mated to an alder body. Alder has a warm sound, with a deep, and tight low end, this makes for a really full sounding guitar when it’s mated to the maple top, and set maple neck. The combination of the sparkling highs that are added by the maple top, and the warm and distinct sound you get from alder is rather unusual, but it works for this guitar as the added density and mass of the body also create long, long sustain.

Plugging in the STD-CS, the raw power of this guitar immediately makes itself apparent. The clean tones, supplied by the duncan designed humbuckers, are big, and bold, as subtlety isn’t really this guitars forte. Chords are big, and in your face with a  power that a clean guitar tone doesn’t tend to have, lead lines are glassy and smooth, and running through a few U2 tunes with this guitar was just awesome. The tones are all there, but this guitars strange combo of maple and alder result in a guitar that has sustain for days, on top of having a very distinct sound.

Playing through an overdriven channel however was a treat. This guitar has a fullness and body to its tone that is familiar and foreign at the same time, as the sound of alder and maple really is a little different than the standard mahogany and maple in a number of ways, especially when overdriven. While they have a similar speaking voice, the feel of the sustain, and the way the guitar articulates the midrange and low end is a lot tighter than normal, this resulted in far more punch in a mix, which is always nice to have. The guitar was a joy to play, and the neck was that same near perfect shape, making shredding simple, and chords comfortable. The STD-CS is a gem of a guitar, with tones from the cleanest of shimmering cleans, and distorted barks that can run with even the biggest of names, and its for that power that this guitar gets a solid 10 out of 10.

World Music Supply | DBZ Guitars

Hey everybody, it’s Brian here with World Music Supply, and I’m here to talk to you about some of the cool new stuff that we’re getting here at WMS. Today, I want to talk a little more about DBZ Guitars. As I’ve mentioned before, DBZ is the brain child of Dean B. Zelinsky, who parted ways with Dean Guitars in mid 2008. In order to give Mr. Zelinsky “personal control over design, direction and quality” he started DBZ guitars shortly after his parting ways with his former company. Since then he has been crafting a lot of sleek, beautiful guitars, a few of which I’m going to discuss in today’s blog.

The DBZ Bolero

The DBZ Bolero

First up is the Bolero, a tasteful new take on the classic LP single cut design. This guitar is just different enough to feel interesting and just familiar enough as to not be off putting, it features the iconic mahogany body with a maple top, and a comfortable soft V neck profile on its mahogany neck. It features the DBZB/DBZ5 that I reviewed so favorably on the barchettas a few posts back, and they don’t disappoint here either. They have the right mix of bright and dark from the bridge pickup to the neck pickup so you never run out of useful tones in this guitar, and with the inclusion of a coil split, you also have some decent strat and tele esc tones hidden away in this guitar too. With its more iconic wood combination, of a maple and mahogany body, and a mahogany neck, this guitar tends to sound a little warmer than the Barchetta LT, and a little rounder the fire breathing monsters in the bare bones line. Overall this is a nice choice for the guitarist who wants to have an LP style guitar, but doesn’t want to look like everyone else, with so many powerful tones, and such handsome looks, I give the Bolero a 10 out of 10 easy.

The DBZ Imperial in Cherry Sunburst

The DBZ Imperial in Cherry Sunburst

Next up on the chopping block is the Imperial line, a guitar that I am outright amazed by. It’s a relatively standard looking jazz guitar shape, like a semi hollow body, but without the hollow part, what amazes me is that the Imperial has such a thin body, and when I say thin I mean 5/8 of an inch at the edge thick, that is THIN. 

The DBZ Imperial

The DBZ Imperial

The body curves out a bit more in the middle, but by and large, this guitar is so thin, when you wear an Imperial, it almost doesn’t feel like it’s there, which is an interesting, and comfortable feeling. This guitar sounds a lot snappier than the Bolero thanks to this thinner body, it’s somewhere between a jazz box, and a telecaster, as it has a little bit more of a twangy edge when played clean and a little more presence in the mix when played distorted, but it also has that warm round bottom end that is reminiscent of big body jazz guitars. With the inclusion of the coil splitter this guitar can do basically anything, from twangy country licks, big bodied rock rhythms, and if you drop the tuning a little, it can even grind out some serious metal. The neck is the same as the Bolero, that soft V that fits your hand like a glove, making playing very long sessions so much more comfortable. For its plethora of awesome tones, and its unique razor thin body, the Imperial easily snags a 10 out of 10.

The DBZ Cavallo

The DBZ Cavallo

Then we have the Cavallo, which is a classic V style guitar, with the slight exception of having a heavily sculpted maple top. This carving seemed strange at first, but once you start playing it, you realize that it is thinned only around the controls, and where your arm would naturally either swing when playing standing up, or where your arm would rest when sitting down. The Cavallo is oddly comfortable, and the sounds are just as pleasing. The Cavallo has the same pickup combo as the rest of the guitars thus far in the review. Its tones are a little bit bolder than the Imperial, but not as defined as the Bolero, playing it through a little tube amp, the Cavallo gave me everything from bone dry clean tones, dirty AC/DC style drive, all the way to big hair metal style grind. All in all I like the Cavallo, and as far as V’s go, this one is easily in my top 3. I give the Cavallo a 9 out of 10, only because those carves in the top might be a little off putting to people who like a more traditional V.

The Floyd Rose Equipped DBZ Cavallo

The Floyd Rose Equipped DBZ Cavallo

However, stepping a little more away from the traditional V mold we do have a variant of the Cavallo which sports a locking floyd rose, a welcome change of pace. Now I was able to do light fluttery warbles in the clean setting, Van Halen style dive bombs when I had the amp dimed, and when I used some real distortion I got everything from Dimebag style squeals to Joe Satriani style screaming harmonics. Adding the agility that a floyd affords you to an already amazingly versatile guitar takes it from a 9 out of 10 to a solid 10 out of 10, who would have thought such a little change would bring out so much more potential in this guitar

The DBZ Venom

The DBZ Venom

Lastly in the line up is something way out of the traditional, but what we all honestly expected from DBZ guitars, a solid down to earth metal guitar. The Venom is a V style guitar that more closely resembles a battle axe than it does the 1950s era styling of its cousins. Along with the much more metal stylings, it comes in gun metal grey, and silver, both of which help to accentuate the battle axe feeling of this instrument. Unlike all the other guitars in this review, this guitar is equipped with different pickups, that’s right folks, the Venom is armed with a pair of USA made EMG 81/85s that just scream when you play this thing. Its clean tone is a tad darker than the rest of the DBZs as a result, but this isn’t a bad thing as these guitars probably wont spend much time in a clean, low gain setting. With a distorted tone, these guitars come alive, with full bodied tones that have more than enough output for any situation, and more than enough bark and bite to fulfill any hard rock or metal guitarists wildest dreams. With its Floyd rose trem, and its wickedly hot EMG pickups, this guitar deserves more than the 10 out of 10 I can award it. Lets just say this, if you are hunting for the cream of the crop of metal guitars, the Venom might just be it.

So there you have it folks, some amazingly versatile, and amazingly powerful new guitars from DBZ, all of them with a unique voice, and their own amazingly unique styling,  so how about you go on over to World Music Supply today and order your own DBZ today, and quit looking and sounding like everyone else out there, start being unique with a new DBZ!

World Music Supply | Washburn Guitars

Hey guys its Brian from World Music Supply here again, and today I’m here to talk to you about some great guitars from Washburn. Washburn has always been known for making fantastic guitars, at bargain basement prices, and these are no exception. These guitars all sound, and play like instruments that cost three or four times as much.

The Washburn WIN14FVSB

The Washburn WIN14FVSB

Lets start with the WIN14FVSB, a nice single cut style guitar. The WIN14FVSB fits you like an old friend, it just feels right. The WIN14FVSB has a classic tobacco burst finish, with a basswood body, a bolt on maple neck with a nice carved cutaway, making it easier for your hand to slide up to the top of the neck. The power of the WIN14FVSB comes from the Washburn designed humbuckers, the sound of them is quite meaty, and musical. It filled out lead lines well, with thick harmonic sustain, and when I sat back and just strummed some chords, it was bright and resilient sounding, almost kind of twangy when in the bridge position, and in the neck position it sounded nice and round with all of the body and warmth you would expect. The control layout is slightly rearranged then a standard singlecut guitar, which is nice, because it makes doing pinky volume swells a lot easier. Overall I really like the WIN14FVSB, probably because I’ve always loved double humbucker guitars with basswood bodies, I give the WIN14FVSB a 9 out of 10, because I know people usually want a set neck on a guitar like this, but I love this guitar nonetheless.

The Washburn WINSTDCB

The Washburn WINSTDCB

Then lets move onto the WINSTDCB, which is a lot more typical of what you expect in a guitar this shape, carved mahogany body, maple top, and a bound body and neck. However you also get the extended relief neck joint, which makes it easier to slide up the higher frets, it also features a graphtech graphite nut, meaning the tuning on this guitar is a lot more stable than your average guitar. The WINSTDCB sounds big and fat, with more than enough sustain on tap for anyone, it has that classic sound that you can only get from a guitar like this.

Seymour Duncan USM

Seymour Duncan USM

The WINSTDCB also features Seymour Duncan USM humbuckers, which sound amazing, running it through a slightly overdriven tube amp I got plenty of classic blues rock style leads, with that nice fluid tone, that kind of sound that just soars when you bend it up just right.

The Washburn WINSTDCB

The Washburn WINSTDCB

Adding in some more gain, I got some serious chunk, with enough punch so it never got muddy. Later on, I dropped the tuning a step or so, and the WINSTDCB just growled and grinded through some chunky metal riffs, I personally love how versatile guitars like this are, it has all the right sounds for all the right situations, from bone dry jazz licks, to searing metal riffing, the WINSTDCB has it all. I give it a 9 out of 10, only because just like most LP style guitars, the WINSTDCB is a little on the heavy side, but it’s thanks to that weight that the WINSTDCB sustains as well as it does.

Lastly there is the WINSTDLITEG, a classic gold top style guitar, with a slimmer LITE style body. The guitar is a bit thinner than the other two guitars in today’s round-up, which means it weighs a bit less, meaning the WINSTDLITEG is more comfortable if you have to carry it around all night.  The WINSTDLITEG features a smooth and rather comfortable feeling carved maple top, ontop of the mahogany body. The set mahogany neck features a nice slightly slimmer profile then the other two, its not too thick to where it feels awkward to play leads, but it’s not too thin to where it feels uncomfortable to play chords, and just like the other two, the WINSTDLITEG is comfortable enough to play for hours and hours. The WINSTDLITEG has the same searing tones as the WINSTDCB thanks to those Seymour Duncan USM Pickups, with the same versatility as the WINSTDCB, with tones that range from smooth, warm jazz licks, to shred runs, this guitar has all of the power to give you the tones you want. Overall the WINSTDLITEG feels comfortable, and its slimmer body meant I could keep playing it for hours without it ever feeling heavy. I give the WINSTDLITEG a 10 out of 10 easy, because it has all of the tonal power of the WINSTDCB in a unique slimmer style body.

The Washburn WINSTDLITEG

The Washburn WINSTDLITEG

The long and short of it is, these guitars are awesome. You get all of the classic LP style guitar tones, and at a fraction of the cost. So if you’re looking for a great guitar, at a fantastic price, why don’t you go and head on over to WorldMusicSupply, and look through our long list of Washburn guitars and pick yourself one up today!