Washburn HM Series WM24VFRDBK Electric Guitar Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Washburn HM Series WM24VFRDBK Electric Guitar
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Here what I wrote in Harmony Central:

Made in China 2009. 24 frets, laminated top (mine is see-through red/black), 1 volume, 1 tone, 3 way selector, 2 passive humbuckers (Randall made), solid Mahogany body Flame maple top Mahogany/bolt on neck Phenolic fingerboard Grover?? Exclusive 18:1 tuners 25.5" scale Licenced Floyd Rose?? Trem System. Bought via Amazon for about $390, free shipping. Gig bag, cable, tools were included. Though a Buzz Feiten tuning system is supposedly included, I can't see that on the locking nut, it looks totally evenly cut.

Adding rant on Buzz Feiten: This must be the most overrated "Emperor's New Cloth" feature of guitars. I do understand that they improve intonation if they include a modified nut like the Earvana nut. But if they don't, all they can tweak with is the bridge, and everybody is messing with that when they change string gauges anyways.

Sound : 10
Pickups are a little darker than the DiMarzio's on my Ibanez. Works nicely with my Diamond Nitrox and home-made Eminence cabinet which is a very bright-sounding combo. Great for smooth sounding distorted sounds, or bluesy crunch.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 7
Here comes the bad. The action was very high to start with, and upon trying to lower the FR-licensed bridge, I soon found that there was one high fret (18 or so) that muted the one before. So right now the action is still pretty high, not low enough for serious shredding. Need to file down the offending fret(s). The locking nut could probably be cut lower too. The neck may be just a tad too straight, i.e. increasing the bow could probably actually help the buzzing.

Finish is plain awesome. Absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely love the body shape, the reverse headstock, and the red maple flame. Possibly more beautiful than my sunburst Jackson SL-1 I once had.

Reliability/Durability : 10
Looks pretty solid to me so far.

Customer Support : No Opinion

Overall Rating : 10
Playing for 30 years, on and off. Had plenty of guitars. Haven't bought such a cheap guitar in a long time, actually wanted the WM524, but it's about $1800 on eBay and other places it's 2,500. For under $400 this is the most amazing guitar I've ever owned. I think I will be able to fix the buzzing problems and adjust the action to my liking (looooow), and then it's going to be a real steal. The licensed FR is a little bit of a pain as the fine tuners stick out pretty high. Got spoiled by the superior Ibanez trems. Even though it has the buzzing problems I give it a 10 for its tremendous value given the extremely affordable price.

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Product Description:
Solid Mahogany body Flame maple top Mahogany/bolt on neck Phenolic fingerboard Grover® Exclusive 18:1 tuners 25.5" scale Licenced Floyd Rose® Trem System Buzz Feiten Tuning System™

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