Washburn Festival Series Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Friday, September 16, 2011

Washburn Festival Series Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar
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I purchased this guitar for under $450.00, which I consider a fair price. The price at Amazon now fluctuates from $348.19 - $799.99.

The guitar comes set up very nicely for playing; intonation is correct, the string action is close to the frets, very nice tone, etc. The guitar's electronics (for amplification), while not outstanding, are more than adequate; they produce a nice, natural sound.

A few things that I don't think should be an issue with a guitar with a "List Price" of $1,099.90:

~ I had to get inside the guitar (by removing the electronics) to vacuum out wood debris (you could hear it rattling around inside).

~ The wood was rough in the slots of the sound-hole cut-outs; I had to sand inside of them - this is DEFINITELY something that should have been done at the factory.

~ The wood is very thin between the sound-hole slots; I would have liked to have seen some sort of internal reinforcement there.

~ This guitar has gold-colored Grover tuners (which work very nicely), but it has a silver-colored instrument cable jack. This isn't a big deal, but would it have really cost them that much more to make the jack gold-colored also?

~ The built-in tuner is OK, but not as accurate as I like. When making minor adjustments to the tuning, you can hear slight changes in the pitch before the built-in tuner picks them up. I usually end up using my Korg AW2G Clip-on Chromatic Guitar Tuner, which isn't a big deal; I use that tuner with every other guitar I'm playing anyway.

All in all, I'm happy with my purchase, but would have been happier if a little more finishing effort was put forth at the factory...

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Product Description:
Washburn Festival Acoustic Electric Cutaway Series, Quilted Maple top, back and sides, Gold hardware, Slotted soundhole, Fishman electronics, Bound body, neck and headstock

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