Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol

Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol

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PI70 Pilsen Idol, LP-Shaped Guitar from Washburn in the Idol USA series.

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Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Washburn
  • Model: PI70 Pilsen Idol
  • Series: Idol USA
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 03/27/2006

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Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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iamqman's review"Good axe"

Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol
Washburn is a company has been really known for their inexpensive guitar insurance and primarily of their Nuno bettencourt series guitars.This guitar is a mahogany based guitar with the body in the neck with a rosewood fretboard. This is a pretty common would set up especially with the Les Paul style body guitar. This guitar also features the Buzz Feiten tuning system which is a little bit different the most of the normal tuning systems on guitars. It is set up to make your guitar in tune for longer time, but it also tuned a little bit differently. Overall this is a pretty good guitar for someone who is looking for a Gibson Les Paul style guitar. It is chaeper build and you will feel that but it god for the money.


Mahogany body
Carved maple top, single cutaway
Stop tail with tune-o-matic bridge
One piece mahogany set neck
Rosewood fingerboard
22 Jumbo frets
24.75" scale
Seymour Duncan® Custom Custom pickups
Exclusive Grover® 18:1 gear ratio tuners
Buzz Feiten Tuning System™
Built in the USA Custom Shop


If you've ever played any type of mahogany bass guitar such as a Gibson Les Paul guitar or a Paul Reed Smith guitar then you're good I know exactly the the tone you're going to get with his instrument. It does have a longer neck than most Gibson Les Paul guitar see you're going to be able to use a little bit more versatility and playing in the upper fret system. This is a one-piece mahogany neck you can get a good sustain out of this as well. Overall this is a fun guitar and if you're looking for something that's under thousand dollars than this is a good instrument by.


These guitars come in new ride at $995. That's a pretty good price for a guitar that does just about anything that you wanted to do. It does come with Seymour Duncan pickups which is a good pick up for this instrument. If you need the name of Gibson then you probably won't look towards this guitar but if you need the sound of a Gibson then this is a good guitar to look at. Overall, this is a nice enough guitar for someone who doesn't need the Gibson name and needs a full body sound of their electric guitar.

Doomfred's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol
- Guitar manufactures hand to US Washburn custom shop, located in the Pilsen Chicago (o the name of the guitar)
- Mahogany body / table carved by Rabl. Trs solid, at least the same weight as a Les Paul!
- Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets medium size
- Bridge and tailpiece Gibson type by ToneLock (a screw can Bloquet tailpiece and bridge, which remain in place when changing strings)
- Seymour Duncan Pickups: '59 in neck, custom custom in the bridge.
- Slecteur 3 positions, 2 volume, 2 tone push / pull splitter to the microphones.
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System for improved accuracy. Scale type gibson LP, 2 mm longer (because of Systm Feiten)

We can see, a guitar inspired by the trs Les Paul, which it takes in in all CHARACTERISTICS amliorant certain.


- The handle is much like that of Les Paul, pais, Submitted in hand without being Gnant. it is a little thinner than the Les Paul. Chapter regrets, rosewood key to silent average quality, too bad for a guitar of this price.
- CHAC is keen to correct, without being either DLIR
- Trs Ergonomics is good, it is noted, however, that the beautiful is its weight, it is massive trs! think it will have a very wide strap to avoid to ruin your back. The toggle switch, located as the LP, is very practical: they change osn in a snap. The knobs are a bit away from them by hand when you can play, so the plans Vitera violoning with Pilsen.
- The sound is excellent! completely on the Les Paul neck positions and intermdiaire and Les Paul sstroides often in the neck position! the microphone is split INTERESTED also, although this is not my opinion intrt the first of this guitar.

I put 8 / 10 for the quality of rosewood.


- I was looking for a guitar in the spirit of Les Paul without having to pay exorbitant sums, but approaching the really real feeling and sound of a good Les Paul.

- I use it mainly to play Metal, but should use any o ncessaire is a Les Paul. splitter positions offer more, especially for studio use (it is not empty juggling push / pull live ...)

Led Zep playing is fun guaranteed with this guitar! just get into position intermdiaire not splitter and the spirit of Jimmy Page in the flat pice!


- I use the Pilsen since 4 months
- I could compare it with inspiring home Gibson. Diffrent a bit, but in the spirit.
- The report is qualitprix trs good, even if it remains a relatively CHRE guitar (1600). It has fautl take charge to get comtpe one hand you pay a fine dj mass of wood, on the other hand, that the violin is made by hand and Manir treated.
- I do it again this choice without hsiter!

Dish1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol
Guitar factory in the United States, Chicago in a neighborhood dnomm Pilsen.
This is a Custom Shop MODEL, version trs amliore and treats of SERIES MODELS.
We are not in a guitar prsence ordinary or standard but a MODEL to carastritiques dmentielles: it breathes all the quality level Mcaniques goove 18.1, mahogany al key Rosewood treats, Seymour Duncan Pickups high-flying, Table stocky, Push-Push for incredible versatility of vritables slecteurs of Tone (finally), and simple design lgant both Opening black beauty for technical innovation Buzz Feiten tuning impressive precision (Ouuhhhh!)


Certainly it's weight but what PSE UFO!
Access in acute optimized! Forms makes it enjoyable when you play standing up, it is well balance and do not look forward nor rear. Enjoyable, comfortable, easy to handle if a ... rve!



1. Potato and compares standard single coil guitars ...
2. Extreme versatility: unlike the opinion prcedant, I do not think the bridge pickup is loud or too dominated by acute frquences. Huge sound for rock (riffs) or casseroles funk. Intermediate position, shuffled the two sources allows an incredible range and quality of tonality can dig vritablement sound.
3. Push engaged and it seems to play with single coil pickups (I think it's the desire effect without loss of power, so grain (normal between a double and a single) but no gain. sublime finesse, it makes me think of a stratum of high bills.
4. Neck pickup on top! Its velvety warm and powerful, impossible not to fall in love ...


It is CHRE (around 1500-1600 euros) but it includes the first ds touch that Washburn does not mess with the Pilsen Idol!
The set is a quality irrprochable, finishes are exemplary, the perfect violin.
The most impressive is the precision of the instrument. It sounds with an accuracy dconcertante!
We also understand that it is built to last,
it is simply an instrument for professional musicians or demanding, with price, expect in return a height specifications.
Washburn did.

APRS qqs months of use I finally matrise all the sound quality of the instrument because it takes a little time to notice the dmentielle versatility of this guitar: D 'get it by double compltement lespaunien sounds and simple sounds fenderiennes of choice. It was crazy! this guitar is one of the two synthse sound utiliss brands in the world of guitar! While it is true that all possder rve a nice layer or a Les Paul but the bill is high both in one! I'm crazy, crazy about this guitar. I dare ever touch another, I even sold my Stratocaster Roadhouse and my telecaster baja! Yes it is the bar for rock or heavy seventies but frankly any guitarist finds his space with sound. I test on a Fender Twin Silverface version (Ouhhhh), my BJ Customs (Ouhhhh!) and last a Kustom Defender I just bought (Ouhhhhh!). On all these amps (although different from each other) it is standard!
Other models are prepared, if I have the opportunity (financire) I offer him a little sister.

Rungalaad's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" value for money unbeatable"

Washburn PI70 Pilsen Idol
Custom Shop USA
22 frets rosewood fingerboard
Mahogany body and neck with maple table
The combo of a les paul standart ...
Noted, Grover 18:1 toneprop ABR1 and bridge, what the top:)
2 push-pull single coil for switching the SH1 and SH11
Injury, the mail is a little cheap ... only downside ...


Channel pleasant approaching some of the sensations that I have on the profile 59 'in my studio but may be a bit bigger but not at a custom profile 59'.
The guitar seems well balanced but actually weighs the weight of a dead donkey ... Too bad ...

We could call it a "super-lespaul" in the sense, or defects les paul standard (no notch and heel of the handle troublesome for access to high) here are erased, so the ergonomics are good without being not exceptional (especially compared to my Vigier)

The simple push-pull configuration can quickly get usable sounds.


This guitar is clearly oriented in the records of the classic Les Paul, the famous SH1 clearly gives a color Les Paul neck pickup and will delight fans of rhythmic rock, metal and hard.
The SH11 is it a version of a vitamin FAP easel confusing at first, with a little attention and he usually lets mixtures made sympathetic to middle position and sent solos bleeding and cutting position easel.
Once we started to play with the push-pull, can get very interesting palettes tribute to his fenderien Anyway, it is of mahogany and a short scale, so should not expect to have a Start sound.


2 years of use, and still enjoy the show, I always find myself to be amazed by the beautiful sounds that can come out.
I have a Les Paul Reissue 59 (very "vintage"), a Les Paul studio and mounted SHPR1 2 (very versatile too, but the full mahogany body gives it another flavor) and this one in my arsenal type Les Paul and I find the qualities that others do not, they complement each other very well.
Given the equipment, but on a refined finish impeccable violin it is obvious that the value for money is undeniable and I will ever experience with this choice (I got a guitar for 600 euro for test with a large poc overtaken by luthier for 150 euro thus setting a case)

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