MGR/Bluessmoke 10/27/2004

Washburn HB35 : MGR/Bluessmoke's user review

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Purchased new at Ardis Misuc of Mt. Clemens, MI. Paid $735.00 for guitar w/hardshell case. Wanted the sound of a semi-hollow body guitar.

I've read the reviews on this particular instrument series and could'nt believe the accuracy of the decsriptions of those I'd reviewed...all true! Foe the price of this guitar as opposed to purchasing a similar 335 style guitar made by leading manufacturers, this by far is one outstanding buy. The minute you pick one up it feels as if it was made for your hand. The neck has a distinct worn in feeling and the instrument plays like butter. It comes standard with .11 strings and a wound 3rd string. I replaced the strings with a set of LaBella flat wound strings and got the jazz sound I was looking for. The case for this thing is like a bomb shelter! Statndard tuners are 18:1 Govers and all gold hardware.

The neck pick-up is a little weak but again, for the quality of workmanship in this guitar, it's but a small feature to overcome.

I've put this to the test with others whom have purchased and played Gibson's 335 and admit if they were to do it again, they would have purchased the Washburn HB 35. For a guitar under $1,000.00, this thing is put together well.

If you're looking for a hollow-body and don't want to spend a huge sum of cash because of a name, this is the guitar for you. I've switched to use this as my main gigging guitar.

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