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    A sweet-toned jazz box for the old-school and new-school player.

    You'll get great sound from the large-size Oscar Schmidt OE40 Hollowbody Electric Guitar. Washburn Eliminator Jazz Series pickups deliver warm, vintage tone enhanced by the maple top, back, and sides. Appointments include pearl inlays on the rosewood fingerboard and snazzy gold hardware. This baby delivers looks and tone all out of scale with its diminutive price.

    Features

    • Eliminator Jazz Series pickup
    • Maple top, back, and sides
    • Pearl inlays on the rosewood fingerboard

    You won't find a sweeter deal out there. And our Dual Guarantees assure you'll love it or your money back!

     
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    4.5

    (based on 161 reviews)

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    Almost Perfect

    As a composer,producer and guitar player I own a lot of stringed instruments, not just guitars. I have been blessed to have a variety of beautiful and unique instruments either at my disposal...Read complete review

    As a composer,producer and guitar player I own a lot of stringed instruments, not just guitars. I have been blessed to have a variety of beautiful and unique instruments either at my disposal or as part of my personal arsenal for studio and stage work. I've been looking for years at big-bodied (usually very expensive) electrics and when I saw the ad for this axe I thought I couldn't lose if it was a bad instrument, I could just send it back, right? No way! This is a very high quality instrument with only minor deficiencies, and those being either easily overlooked by novices or overcome with a little more investment. Firstly, the workmanship is just impeccable. The woods are select and finely joined, no spaces or uneven surfaces, the hardware is attractive and sturdy, the finish is a little thick but I found not one bubble in the laquer. The neck is slim and tapered toward the nut and rounded like an ES-335 but a little blockier like an SG. After setting intonation I was surprised at how close it is with a nut that can't be adjusted. The thing plays in tune! The knob roll is smooth and even. The frets are even and the neck was straight up to the 15th fret where I found a slight buzz on the G-string. I raised the action about .002 and it is now fine. There were only two things I found not to my taste. The strings aren't grounded. This means that unless you are touching a part of the pickup or the input jack you will hear buzz. Not cool, for recording as is it would be nearly useless. This is going to my luthier to add a grounding wire (internally) between the jack and the tailpiece. Not a big deal really (for those that don't have a local expert try this for recording - if your amp has an open jack, maybe a second channel, patch a cord into it and stuff the other end in your shoe next to your skin. It completes the grounding to your body). The other issue is the pickups. I think these have a slightly thin sound. This could be remedied by replacing the pots, the pickups or the wiring or all of it - they all play a part in the overall sound. I will likely use the guitar as is for now, I can always make adjustments on the amp for live or with eq in the studio, but someday I just may spring for pickups that are closer to what I prefer. The current sound is still fullrange and not neccesarily lacking but to one who owns vintage collector instruments it could use a little more of a substantial character in my opinion. All in all this is definitely staying in my quiver. Its a beautiful piece of playable art and I'm sure it will find a place soon on a record or soundtrack. For the price, even three times the price, you are getting a great value.

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    It might take a little work

    Or it might take a lot of work. Let me start out by qualifying that I bought a Scratch & Dent so I knew going into the deal there would be some sort of...Read complete review

    Or it might take a lot of work. Let me start out by qualifying that I bought a Scratch & Dent so I knew going into the deal there would be some sort of issue. As received the guitar was very noisy, the pickups semeed to hasve a nice sound actually but a ground hum was ever present. Fishing out the electronics, resoldering all the connections and reinstall didn't fix it, rewired it, same pots and a decent jack and that took care of that (the output jack was stamped epiphone so it's likely the rumors that this guitar came off the same assembly line as similar epi models is likely correct) Next the strings had to go, the nut had to be cut, they just got the slots spaced but the depths were not even trying to be correct, adjusted the truss rod and then had to do a LOT of filing on the frets beyond the 13th, I think they only did any work on the first 12, the rest had to be hammered, filed and leveled and taken down frightenly low to get this thing to play decent and it still needs a bit more. The bridge doesn't inonate correctly on all the strings like all the other cheap bridges of this type and the string spacing was off which I corrected. I decided to put a file to the bridge and see if I could do a little correction and it ended up a bit better. once done the guitar really sounds tons better than it did out of the box. Put some 13 chromes on this baby and now it swings, as long as I don't go up too far on the neck then the notes flap out a bit but I think next string change I can rectify that. If I had it to do again I'd just pay full price and instead of buying the Scratch and Dent stock, hopefully get one with better fret work out of the box or sspend a few more dollars on a Joe Pass which I'm probably gonna try next. In all fairness I'm enjoying the guitar right now but it took a lot of work and I realize it IS a cheap Hollowbody but for what it is it's a very fair buy.

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    5.0

    This big fat boy really plays!!

    By Elvis_56

    from San Francisco

    Overall not that bad of a guitar. Take some time and get her dialed in, this guitar is made with quality and is pretty close to the Gibson L5 or a Gretsch 6120. Great for 50's, blues," or even a little distortion ""Zeppelin"" blues! Great feeling neck", nice tone...if you find one..grab it. They don't make these anymore!
    Purchased this guitar second hand for look and feel, sounds great with the humbuckers for that early sounds from the 50's or pure blues. The guitar has a 3 way toggle, which give the guitar some great sound options. Has the vintage Gibson tone and volume knobs, a classic feel no doubt. This big pig can rock!
    The quality should have been better on the fretwork," I have a few ""off"" frets between the 8th and 12th frets. One of them has a little edge to the tip", and you can feel it! Otherwise, the neck is real nice and construction is close to a fat Gibson. Overall, if you get a tech to help you this guitar rates up there with the big boys!!

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    5.0

    Lordy Me...I love this blonde beauty

    By Dee Michaels

    from Michigan

    Smooth, beautiful, classy, rich, sultry voice. Yes, I am talking about my OE40N. The first time I saw this guitar at my friends, I instantly thought, Wow, now there is a real beauty. Then, I asked politely if I could play her. Oh man, I didn't plug her in yet. I wanted to just feel the fretboard and the action. Perfect. I offered to buy her right there...but he balked. He told me it was a rare guitar and they are no longer made. When I finally...after several months of telling him I just had to have her, he caved, and now I play her everyday. Its a wonderful thing. I have owned a lot guitars, played Gretcht, Epi's, and Gibbys. But there is something special about this guitar. Its a very rich sound, very solid. I use Line 6 Floor Pod Plus for effects, and I can get virtually any sound I want, from warm rich to thrashing metal. Its truly amazing...and the quality is phenomenal. Its really hard to believe this is an American guitar assembled in China. I got a great one..and I will never give her up.

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    5.0

    Fantastic quality and sound

    By walleye4401

    from Lansing,Mich.

    I totally agree with the reviews I've read. I've had my eye on this guitar for over a year and played it 3 times before purchasing it. With the right strings and set up I think it rivals an ES-355 or a Gretsch. I should have bought it the first time I played it. Great value and craftmanship for a guitar from an American Company Built in China.

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    5.0

    Impressed

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I repair guitars as well as build then from scratch (necks and all). My friend brought me one new in box to setup. Needed a little tweak but notas much as most. Neck was impressive washburn typequality. Bindings were impressive on a box of thisprice. Within 30 minutes was ready to go. Slightyfile nut slots, adjusted bridge, Neck was straight. Action was then excellent. Even with thefactory bridge upper fret tuning surprised me.I am going to upgrade the bridge later. Excellent buy for anyone who wants a arch top. He did pickthis one out of 6 they had in stock as he found slight flaws in several. I'm buying one for my nephew.

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    5.0

    Pretty Sweet

    By AJ-43Q-0

    from Nebraska

    Alright, I go to the music store, sit down, play a couple fenders, a gibson, and this guitar, and let me tell you this one is the best of the bunch. You don't even need to like Jazz I mean i was jamming and playing "Purple Haze" and some Nirvana songs. If I had the money at the time I would definatley buy it. I didn't really mess with the knobs so I don't know if they were broken. And it is heavy, duh, it's a hollowbody so if your like the "skin and bones" heavy metal guitarist, don't buy. If you like almost any type of rock, from like Ted Nugent to Guns n' Roses to Peter, Paul and Mary (like me) then buy!!!!(but save one for me...seriously)

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    5.0

    Awesome Blues Box

    By Rudy-qgeEH

    from Atlanta area

    I bought my OE40 with some caution but for the price I took the chance. Mine is flawless and the overall quality is that of a much more expensive guitar. The action is great and it sound great plugged or unplugged. The overall looks of this guitar is a killer, it's just a beautiful thing. I get questions and remarks every time I play it.

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    5.0

    Incredible guitar

    By Graybeard19

    from saint joseph, MO

    I have one of the "Natural' finish OE40's, I have seen and lust still after the black finish model. They play great, and yes they are a bit wide and thick. BUT....great blues tones and jazz a plenty. Not to mention, sweaty teddy tones to boot. Great feedback potentials! I have heard all the hoopla about bad electronics, yada yada yada. Ok, mine is flawless, I got lucky I guess. But even if you had to put pots, and a switch on it...what $25? You would have to be crazy to pass on this guitar...watch the AC/DC video...."It takes a whole lot to rock and roll' one of the guys is playing a gretch thick body guitar..if this kinda guitar is good enough for AC/DC what are you wanting? BUY IT......you wont be sorry, when they are gone you will kick yourself! BUY IT

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    5.0

    Stands The Test of Time

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've had my blonde OE-40 for a couple of years now. I've jonesed over a big-body jumbo arctop for about 20 years. When I saw this in the catalog way back when....and for the cost, I said enough was enough. Yes, let the buyer beware, for the money, the worst case scenario I've have a shell, and some scrap parts to play with. It took a bit of work but it was definitely worth it then. Who DOESN'T immediately put new strings on a guitar? I always have! Bridge did need replacing and I recently just started having an issue with keeping it in tune so I took it to my guy, Dan, at Dallas Guitar repair...He must think I'm nuts, 'cause he knows what I paid for it, and I did drop it a set of Gibson 57 Classics in it, I've replaced the tuners and all the other bits and pieces except the pickguard. I totalled it up after Dan got done with it, After the purchase price, I've put another $400 in it...a little at a time, so the total is $525. Hassle? Not really, Do I have a stalwart working guitar that can do just about anything! You bet I do. I've played Super 400s before and I now own a 175 and a 335 (both from Gibson) and neither of them have the feel, soft touch or mojo this baby does! Seriously, I've read about 50 of the reviews here and am somewhat curious. Yes, occassionally a <$200 guitar will have finish flaws...mine didn't., but otherwise, show me someone who owns any electric and hasn't put some additional rent money into it...or a pedal or something along the lines. If you're not happy with the guitar, send it back. MF is a leader in retail with their customer servies...they'll make it right. You'll wind up with a killer guitar that won't cost you the same as a good used car, add a couple of bucks here and there, and I challenge ANYONE to come up with something else for under five hundred bucks that will compare!

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    4.0

    Big bang for the buck

    By B_Reynolds

    from Maysville, OK

    I was hesitant to buy the OE40 because I had purchased an OE30 a couple years ago and was not very impressed, had to change pick ups to get a decent sound. This OE40 is a horse of a very different color. The rich tomes makes it a perfect match for western swing, jazz or blues and it's ability to have bite makes it a fit for rock-a-billy and then it is able to get the twang for traditional country. I did have to do a complete set up on it when I got it as wells as put some decent strings on it (flatwound 12's) but other than that it plays like a guitar valued at many times the price. I currently use this guitar on most gigs, opting to leave my Fender tele and Martin acoustic at home. Not because it is a better guitar but because I can get incredible tone and not have the worries of damaging an expensive guitar. The only major draw back on this guitar is the weight. It is a pretty heavy guitar.

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    5.0

    Oscar Schmidt OE40

    By JWill

    from Sacramento, CA

    I bought this guitar about three months ago, and the only thing wrong that I could find was bad strings, and it does not set up at all. I adjusted the neck, replaced tailpiece with a B70tremolo, replaced the strings, and set up the intonation. What a beautiful Big Black Guitar, and the sound and tone are just GREAT. I just love this thing. The neck is a lot my old Gibson 400 very easy to play... Thanks Washburn .

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