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Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Gorgeous tone and premium woods for a very reasonable price.

    The Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar now comes standard with the B-Band A3 preamp. This Washburn guitar is meticulously designed to provide comfortable, easy playing for all styles. Featuring a solid spruce top and rosewood sides and back, the C104SCE produces a rich, distinctive full-bodied tone. Washburn craftsmanship makes this cutaway guitar a favorite of novices and experts alike. Washburn includes a hardshell case with the C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

    Features

    • Deep extra cut style
    • Solid spruce top
    • Roswewood sides and back
    • 19 frets
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • Open gear gold tuning machines

    This is the perfect crossover nylon-string for the steel-string player or step-up guitar for the serious classical student. Put it in the cart.

     
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    WashburnC104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.4

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    Good for the money

    I've tryed out several brands of classicals before purchasing this one. I don't think there are many this playable in the price range. The guitar has a very even tone accross all strings. I...Read complete review

    I've tryed out several brands of classicals before purchasing this one. I don't think there are many this playable in the price range. The guitar has a very even tone accross all strings. I find the bass lacks the depth I have on my Yamaha C245SII and volume is not anything to brag about. But overall playing if very nice with the shallow neck and cut away.The guitar purchased from another site had a beautiful finish on the neck and back. The top which had nice tight perfect grain had several blemishs such as specs of foreign material causing fish eyes in the finish. The nut was cut about 1/8" to short for the neck. Also I'm not impressed at all with the electronics included with it. In interest of better tone I installed a bone saddle, new strings and lowered the action before ever trying out the guitar with my Fender DSP JR. There is the possiblilty that the bone saddle is causing problems with the saddle pickup so it may not sound as bad with the original plasic saddle.I have a stable of fine quality guitars: Martins, Taylor, Gibson, Fender etc but seem to me playing this one more frequently than the others. I'm finding after playing my nylon string guitars the others start sounding to metalic. I don't think you will find much better unless you want to jump up to the $1000 up range or get a deal on a old "70s" Yamaha.

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    Mixed bag

    I bought this guitar based on the many glowing reviews here and on Harmony Central. My only fear after reading all the reviews was the issue of fit, finish and overall quality of assembly....Read complete review

    I bought this guitar based on the many glowing reviews here and on Harmony Central. My only fear after reading all the reviews was the issue of fit, finish and overall quality of assembly. I was very pleased to have none of the "extra glue" or other finish imperfections some spoke of, in fact, the guitar looked nearly perfect. Sadly it was pretty much downhill from there. The action was absurdly high by any standard. A restringing revealed the following. A. tuners too loose or too tight. B. the bridge, saddle and nut appear to be plastic. C. The nut slots were too narrow so some strings would not sit all the way down causing multiple problems with tuning and string height. D. The A and D strings buzzed from the second fret all the way down to the 12th. E. The electronics "hissed" anywhere past 1/3 volume. F. The high E string was noticably lower in volume when plugged in. In fairness, I realize the instrument would have benefited from a proper set up, but the string buzz and electronics "hiss" was more than any set up could correct and more than I wanted to deal with. In this case MF's no hassle 45 day return policy was a blessing.

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    5.0

    Great guitar, great quality!

    By Jason Rugolo

    from Scottsdale, Arizona

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was really amazed when I received this guitar more than a year ago. The sound is so full and loud. I wasn't expecting to get a guitar with such an amazingly warm and resonant timbre, but I was wrong. I looked at several other highly priced guitars, in the $1000 dollar range, and few matched this in quality. I've played many Ramirez and Cordoba, etc., and in a strict comparison of quality, this is the better of those I have played. Furthermore, it is less than a third of the price as those others, and it came with a hardshell case! I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but with this guitar, Washburn has a real winner. I actually would like to buy a second because I'm so excited about the value, but I've had to refrain because that would be kind of ridiculous.

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    5.0

    chuck price

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    excellent guitar for the money. I lowered the action on mine and re-strung right away with higher tension pro artes and the c104sce is now very good. decent tone unplugged, b-band electronics are very good. neck is standard classical 2" width at nut. tuners are very good and the case is light and strong! very good deal for a nylon string.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By RamonDoReMi-yCbub

    from Thorndale PA

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I love my C104SCE very much. As a guitarist for aprox. 31yrs and owner of 4 other Washburn guitars, I can tell that I'd never heard such a nice sound coming out of a guitar costing less than. The B-band A3.2 reproduces the sound with good fidelity and the action won't kill you.Washburn is the leader in producing great guitars at afordable prices. Washburn Rocks!!!Ramn Romn

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    3.0

    Good Idea but bad finish/workmanship

    By Rupinder

    from San Jose, CA

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I anxiously waited for my Washburn and it actually arrived ahead of time. But I got dissapointed real fast.1) The Cedar solid top was splotchy (uneven colored - poor quality wood). The grains were also not continous, and chaotic (low grade wood).2) Inside the hole I found what appeared to be little white paint splashes. No quality control!!3) The B-Band pickup is a definitely a plus. The laminated rosewood back and sides looked great. Neck was just fine.4) Some Tuners were much easier to turn but that can be fixed with a screw driver.5)The case is very good over all - go to washburn site and see hardshell classical case. However the seems did not fit well so one of the latches had trouble closing properly.6) Sound was good but nothing to brag about.I am going to return this guitar unfortunately.The Hardshell case and B-Band make a compelling price/feature selling point but it did not meet my expectations

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    4.0

    Good for the money

    By RW-fl4EJ

    from Lapeer, MI

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've tryed out several brands of classicals before purchasing this one. I don't think there are many this playable in the price range. The guitar has a very even tone accross all strings. I find the bass lacks the depth I have on my Yamaha C245SII and volume is not anything to brag about. But overall playing if very nice with the shallow neck and cut away.The guitar purchased from another site had a beautiful finish on the neck and back. The top which had nice tight perfect grain had several blemishs such as specs of foreign material causing fish eyes in the finish. The nut was cut about 1/8" to short for the neck. Also I'm not impressed at all with the electronics included with it. In interest of better tone I installed a bone saddle, new strings and lowered the action before ever trying out the guitar with my Fender DSP JR. There is the possiblilty that the bone saddle is causing problems with the saddle pickup so it may not sound as bad with the original plasic saddle.I have a stable of fine quality guitars: Martins, Taylor, Gibson, Fender etc but seem to me playing this one more frequently than the others. I'm finding after playing my nylon string guitars the others start sounding to metalic. I don't think you will find much better unless you want to jump up to the $1000 up range or get a deal on a old "70s" Yamaha.

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    4.0

    A lot of features for a low price = a good deal.

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    A solid-top and cutaway and preamp? All in one, and it's a B-Band, a name you should know. Great guitar, just two complaints. First there is a slight buzzing, when I strum, hopefully it's the cheap plastic bridge. Second, the 20th fret was cut very sloppy around the soundboard. VERY sloppy, in fact if it was on a more expensive guitar it would have to be marked as a second.But other than that, it sounds good both unplugged and plugged in. The action was great out of the box (lower than traditional classical) and the fretwork was pretty good.

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    5.0

    amin2n

    By amin2n

    from winfield, AL

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    probably the best classical for the money.

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    5.0

    I got this guitar for christmas, i love the sound

    By Artie-Ze4As

    from Orange County, California

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar for great price, I take it everywhere, the sound it produces is beautifull, its my #1 guitar.

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    5.0

    Easy to play

    By Great-lDYK-

    from Loves Park, IL

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I rated this guitar at 9 in quality only because it doesn't resonate and "speak" as well as my other guitars. It is made very well though. Another reviewer mentioned it's even tone from top to bottom and I agree. It is just a little softer spoken. The pickup controls are round (why?) and hard to adjust from the playing position but they sound good. This is the eaisiest gutiar to play of 4 my other classics. The neck is thin and beautifully shaped...I choose this guitar sometimes over my more resonant guitars just because I make less errors playing it. That is my dilema when I sit down and make a choice. I recommend the guitar because it is so easy to play and has such a good value.

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    2.0

    Mixed bag

    By Shpedly

    from Lexington, KY

    Comments about Washburn C104SCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar based on the many glowing reviews here and on Harmony Central. My only fear after reading all the reviews was the issue of fit, finish and overall quality of assembly. I was very pleased to have none of the "extra glue" or other finish imperfections some spoke of, in fact, the guitar looked nearly perfect. Sadly it was pretty much downhill from there. The action was absurdly high by any standard. A restringing revealed the following. A. tuners too loose or too tight. B. the bridge, saddle and nut appear to be plastic. C. The nut slots were too narrow so some strings would not sit all the way down causing multiple problems with tuning and string height. D. The A and D strings buzzed from the second fret all the way down to the 12th. E. The electronics "hissed" anywhere past 1/3 volume. F. The high E string was noticably lower in volume when plugged in. In fairness, I realize the instrument would have benefited from a proper set up, but the string buzz and electronics "hiss" was more than any set up could correct and more than I wanted to deal with. In this case MF's no hassle 45 day return policy was a blessing.

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