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Oscar Schmidt OE40 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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You'll get great sound from the large-size Oscar Schmidt OE40 Hollowbody Electric Guitar. Washburn Eliminator Jazz Series pickups deliver warm, vinta...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Gold hardware

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 162 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This big fat boy really plays!!

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....Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This big fat boy really plays!!

By Elvis_56

from San Francisco

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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!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oscar Schmidt OE40

By JWill

from Sacramento, CA

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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 .

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible guitar

By Graybeard19

from saint joseph, MO

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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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Blues Box

By Rudy-qgeEH

from Atlanta area

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A pleasant surprise

By Joedeco

from Vero Beach, FL

When I ordered this guitar, I was not expecting much because of the low price. I've used this guitar in a big band and it sounds sweet aside from a bad grounding job. Cosmeticly it has a couple of imperfections but it is undetecatble from a small distance. I am very satisfied with this product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By blanchae

from Calgary, Alberta

Pros

  • Plays itself. Light strings, low action

Cons

  • Heavy and must change the internal wiring

Best Uses

  • Beautiful jazz sound, great all around sound

First thing: change the internal wiring to better quality shielded cables and ground pickups. It was very noisy when I first got it. It was setup almost perfect from the factory. It really likes light gauge strings. It's one of these guitars that almost plays itself. You pick it up and wow, you are one with the universe! It is heavy because it is a jumbo guitar so you will need a wide guitar strap. Very beautiful warm sound, the dual pickups allow you to dial in the sound that you want.

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4.0

Needed to return

By LoveMyOscar

from Albany, NY

Why would I rate an instrument highly, that I had to return?Simply put, the return was for replacement, and other than receiving a guitar with a defective pickup selector switch, this unit was WONDERFUL. Amazing finish, great feel, and warm jazz tone. A nice contract to my Tele.Like other reviewers, I noted the lack of setup (no problem, I would have done that anyway), and lousy OEM strings. Hardly worth complaining about at these prices.Can't wait for my replacement to come in. A superior instrument for just a few beans.

 
5.0

Outrageous Axe!

By 2 Guitar John

from Stevenson Ranch, CA

I've bought many, many guitars over the 40 plus years I've been playing. No guitar I have ever seen, played, or owned was flawless. This OE40 is no exception. Mine has a finish flaw on the back that is noticable. Apart from that, the axe is truly a wonderful instrument. Comes with some funky light weight strings that I have yet to replace. The sound is great and the action is very good. If your a little bit guitar savvy, you'll adjust the thing immediately. I know this will sound excellent with the proper thick strings. I love the D'Addarios. They maintain their tone even at the end. Yes! I am blown away at the value of this 0E40 Jaz guitar. You simply will NOT get a better deal anywhere! I suspect this guitar will increase in price soon. This is a rather large box of a guitar.

 
5.0

Nice

By feloniousFunk

from Phoenix, AZ

I sorta took a chance in buying this, but thank God I did. A little buzzy, but mostly, the buzz makes it sound awesome. Very vintage feel for some reason. Also, the pickgaurd sorta fell off. I'm gonna take that in to a repair shop to get it fixed. The black one is unrealistically beautiful. Don't even consider the natural.

 
5.0

Oscar Schmidt OE40

By Ed P.

from Ventura, CA

What a great guitar! It has such a bright, vibrant tone, that it sounds like it's being played through an amp with reverb when it's not even plugged in! However, I don't recommend it for players that aren't expecting a kit when they get it. It does require considerable adjustment like some of the others have mentioned. The rear pickup mount was broken. No big deal, just go to your guitar shop and buy a new set for $5.00. I wouldn't even try to get a replacement, because the original equipment ones are pretty cheezy. Also, the high E broke when I tuned the guitar. Again, no big deal, that cost me $1.00. The floating bridge is a little different. You have to experiment around to get it in the right spot so the open string and fretted at the 12th are in tune. It's not rocket science, but it takes a little patience. The original strings sound OK, but I'll probably replace them with some George Benson signatures or other top of the line set. At $189.00 with free shipping and the Musician's Friend and Oscar Schmidt warranties, go for it! I got the natural finish and took the pick guard off and am displaying the OE40 proudly in my living room.

 
5.0

A guitar worth so much more.

By M.D. Shinn

from New Jersey Pinelands

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So I was considering buying a new guitar and started viewing Musicians Friend web site for price and value. I came across the Oscar Schmidt OE40 and saw the picture and price tag listed and just had to read what it offers. After reading favorable reviews I ordered one for myself. I just finished setting it up today and it sounds great. What a beautiful guitar with excellent features and sound. Yes, I may make a few changes such as string gauge but, this was well worth the price. I am 39 years old and have been playing since 1980.I also play a 1993 Strat Plus & an Ovation 1868 Elite. This guitar sits with good company and is as pleasing and easy to play as any. I plugged the OE40 straight into my Fender 2x12 Hot Rod DeVille and BINGO..... Jazz & Blues was rolling off my fingers and pouring out the this guitar like it should. You would be cheating yourself out of an exceptional guitar if you don't get one at this price.Kudos to Oscar Schmidt & Washburn...

 
5.0

Set-up heavy

By the ian

from philadelphia, pa

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Had to send my first one back for a variety of reasons, ridges in a bunch of frets, pickups installed totally wrong (they were at a 45 degree angle, yikes) scratches and chips all over the neck. Second one I got is absolutely gorgeous. Like another review said, out of the box set-up is totally nonexistant, setting up this baby is labor intensive. New strings (came with the lightest gauge strings i've ever seen), fiddled with bridge height/position to get intonation right, getting the pickguard cover off was a pain in the rear (gee, i'm not being nitpicky here) and the pickups defnitely give off alot of buzz, i'm about to attempt the wire fix.Nonetheless, this is a gorgeous guitar and you can't beat the price. Action is extremely smooth, not a buzz to be found anywhere. i strongly disagree with the review that says it gets bad sound unplugged, it has better projection than a gretsch country gentleman I played at a local music store. Highly reccomended as long as you don't mind setting it up.

 
5.0

Kevin from Charlotte

By Kevin from Charlotte

from Charlotte, NC

Have played 43 years.I own 7 guitars and basses; Takemine, Hamer, BC Rich, Epiphone, Gibson, Fender... bought this on a whim, 'cause I didn't own a "fat body jazz guitar"... absolutely was overwhelmed by workmanship, playability, tone, and especially price. Just a great guitar! I bought the natural, and the wood is gorgeous!

 
5.0

Amazing Value

By Wild Bill-RrCcR

from shreveport, LA

Yes the strings need to go and be changed often so that's not an issue. The one problem I encountered was a hum in the pickups. May change them. Guitar finish is perfect in my natural and the playability is damned good for a box of this insane price. It has some cheap parts but the bones are fantastic. I have owned and played many guitars over the years and have to say that its a real value when you consider how hard it is to find a good guitar at all these days unless you want to spend large.

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