MGR/Scott 07/31/2004

Washburn D10S : MGR/Scott's user review

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Purchased from my local Sam Ash music store. Paid $199 (they also sell it for the same price at www.samash.com)
The local store is a better deal because they helped me pick one with the best spruce grain. They tuned it and checked the action. I looked at Yamaha, Takamine, Olympia and a few others. They all produced good guitars in this price range. The Washburn D10-S had a slightly wider fretboard making it a little easier for my fat fingers. It also had (in my opinion) a richer sound than the others.

Bang for the buck! This guitar sounds great and costs only a few dollar more than most spruce plywood top guitars. The quality of materials and workmanship is suprisingly good. The tuners are good. It has inlay on the back and around the sound hole.
I can't over emphasize how good this guitar sounds. The solid spruce top makes this $199 guitar a steal. I can see why it has been rated the best guitar under $500.

I wish it had a satin finish instead of a glossy finish. Other than that, I can't find anything I don't like.

This is a very good guitar. The quality of materials and construction are better than I expected. The inside of the D10-S is clean, with good wood and no excess glue. The frets are straight and even. The bridge and nut will last for years. The tuners are smooth with no backlash. The finish is free of defects.

There are many $200 guitars on the market. I have no doubt you can find worse ones. I don't think you will find a better one.



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