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Washburn J28SDL 12-String Cumberland Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar  

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The 12-string Washburn J28SDL Cumberland Maple Jumbo Acoustic is one of the most musical sounding guitars Washburn makes. The guitar's quilted maple ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The 12-string Washburn J28SDL Cumberland Maple Jumbo Acoustic is one of the most musical sounding guitars Washburn makes. The guitar's quilted maple back and sides and solid spruce top combine with a jumbo guitar body and the lush chorus of 12-strings to make room-filling sounds.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Quilted maple sides and back
  • Maple neck with trussrod
  • Tortoise shell pickguard
  • Signature black and white top binding
  • Rosewood headstock veneer
  • Neck and headstock binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard and butterfly bridge
  • Exclusive gold Grover 18:1 gear ratio tuners with ebonite buttons
  • Abalone rosette

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Washburn's Cumberland series Jumbo 12 string

By Luke Apperson

from Seattle Washington

I'm giving the guitar an overall of 9 because in the wide world there are simply (some) better guitars out there. But they are expensive guitars and not necessarily as good in some areas. For my part I would have given it an eleven in value and thats after several years of putting it through its paces.
For the price, its just difficult to find a truley great twelve string guitar. One that stays in tune like this Washburn. One that is quality throughout and mixes fine appointments like bound body, neck AND headstock with balanced inlay work of abalone/mother of pearl in several places... Quilted maple back and sides... Gorgeous! Solid spruce top... These are quality materials! Washburn really hit the mark in my opinion with the Cumberland Jumbo 12, they didnt cut any corners and it shows in many ways. I'm very pleased that they included and deluxe hardshell case. I guess I could go on singing sweet about this guitar on and on. But instead I'll just let it do the all the sweet singing now! Thanks for proving to me that I made a great choice Washburn! I will not hesitate to purchase other guitars from Washburn in the future.
The quilted maple back and sides and the solid spruce top pair nicely for an unusually "light" colored instrument. Stylish snowflakes (fret markers on neck) and rosette plus nice inlay on the headstock. I especially like that the guitar is bound not only on the front and back of the body but also the neck and headstock. The 18:1 gold tuners with black knobs help tune this baby precisely.
The "butterfly" rosewood bridge is an excellent touch!
The guitar was set up expertly from the factory. The guitar holds it's tune quite well. I did experience a minor fret buzz once while the factory strings were still on it- But I was hammering on it! (lol) and after changing out the strings there is none what-so-ever. Only 1 very slight imperfection in the finish which I must say I have to look for myself to find it (only noticed it when wiping the guitar down in an extremely brightly lit room). I paid full price for mine and would do it again in a heartbeat! I am greatly pleased with the quality of this instrument and also want to mention the plush deluxe locking hardcase (blue interior) SWEET!
I swear this guitar is actually sounding better and better. Have had no issues to speak of with the quality at all.
The value for me really is where this baby earns its keep. As I stated before, I would glady pay the same price for it all over again. The guitar hangs in there with the best of them. It plays great, sounds great, stays in tune and looks pretty sexy to boot!!
No, its not a Gibson j200......
No, Its not a Martin 000 but its not a gibson or a martin price either and I have had a hard time finding a twelve string that isn't problematic in one way or another.

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Best investment I've made in a long time!

By D Sipes

from West Tennessee

I just receive this yesterday and haven't played it much but the J28S12DL is impressive out of the box. I bought this as an upgrade from my D10S12.The set up is perfect. I tuned it and tried some of my main songs. It finger picks quite well. Awesome strumming sound. I almost cried (literally) when I heard this big girl's voice. The neck is not as thick as most of the 12s I've had experience with--very comfortable--so it's not like hold a baseball bat. The saddle and nut are Tusq or some other high quality material--definitely not plastic! I expect this one just might become my main guitar.

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Excellent Value-Massive Tone

By livininbatcountry A7x

from San Francisco , CA

I just recieved my guitar in the mail and opened the case to find the guitar still wrapped in all of the factory plastic with protective paper around the neck and a nice set of stings pre strung an loose from the Wahsburn factory. The guitar is absoltuley gorgeous the quilted maple and tight spruce grain on top gives this guitar a bright and HUGE tone... IT is without a doubt the best sounding 12 string for the money hands down and also beats the Taylor I tried out which was twice the money... I am extremely happy with this purchase, I can not say enough about the sheer beauty of the natural, un-died quilted maple on the sides and read. Also has nice abalone inlays everywhere.


great 12 string!!!

By John Lennon and George Harrison

from Valley Springs CA

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I play this guitar at band practic, and let me tell you its plays great! The neck is realy comfortable for a 12 string and the tone sounds real even. Although tunning and changing strings is a pain, but other than that its a great and I mean a great Guitar. And if you want a 12 string go and buy a Washburn J28S12DL Cumberland Jumbo 12-string acoustic guitar. Its Great!!!



By Old guy-hTiLE

from Globe, AZ

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I have a Guild dread 12, have had 2 Martin 12's, and an assortment of cheaper made 12 string guitars. I was leary of buying this as it is made in China,, but I was wrong. Perfectly set up from the factory. Incredible looks, playability, sound and quality in this guitar. My Guild just sits here, and I don't miss my Martins even a little bit. The fairly low price is just a bonus. I love this guitar.


I will never part with this guitar.

By MPO1988

from Massachusetts

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I have had this guitar for about 3 years now. One of the most important thing with buying a 12 string guitar is, "Will it last in the long run?" well 3 years may not sound like that long, but this guitar is just as good now and still sounds as great as it did when I bought it. It's sounds great acoutically and it sounds great when you attach a pickup to it.When I first played it, I was in a music store that was open in my area at the time and I traded in two electric Jackson guitars just to be able to buy this one, and I haven't looked back once. 3 years later it is still one of my favorite guitars. It's a great buy.



By Bryan-JUJJJ

from Orange Park, FL

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I was hesitant to purchase this guitar for my wifes grandfather as he already has a Gibson Dove 6 string and is quite insistent on having ONLY the best. At this price, I was not expecting this caliber of an instrument. The grain in the SOLID "AAA" GRADE sound board is very tight and reflects that of many book matched customs. This guitar has a huge sound and quickly thundered over my Guild as we played together. He was pleased and I struggled to give it to him! The photos are deceitful and give this world class instrument no justice. The flamed Maple back and sides project a warm but brilliant tone. I do miss it and kinda wish I had bought him a neck tie and kept it. My only minor complaint was that the action, though really good was not PERFECT. It took 1/8th of a turn on the adjustable truss in the neck (about 10 seconds) to get it there. Bear in mind, I complained about the same when I bought my Martin D-28. I would value this instrument in the $2,500.00 range if I were to put a guesstimate on this level of craftsmanship and flawless materials. If you are purchasing this as a gift for some one, I suggest you get two.



By BlueRecluse

from MIssion,TX

I got this guitar for my birthday and I just love it. It sounds great and the action is perfect. The only drawback is that the wood is a lighter shade then I expected but it's still looks great.


Washburn J28SDL Cumberland Maple Jumbo 12 String

By Kerry Leigh

from Sacramento, CA

I've owned my Washburn Cumberland Jumbo 12 String for over a year and have played and recorded with it extensively. I also own a Martin D35, a Guild JF30, I purchased this guitar as a re-conditioned/used model from Musician's Friend for $399. I had played every 12 String for sale in the Sacramento area and had not found anything I liked so I took a chance on this internet purchase. I'm very glad I did. The guitar has a small finish flaw on the back and one on the neck that I would have to point out for anyone to notice. The action and playability of this 12 String is outstanding. This is one of the easiest 12 Strings I have ever played, which makes it the first guitar I grab when I begin to practice. The black lacquer finish is stunning, but the best part is the tone. This Maple Jumbo produces brilliant highs without sacrificing the bass. The result is a 12 String with strong projection that fits extremely well in a mix with other acoustic or electric instruments. You can hear what I'm talking about by going to: and downloading the track ?Broken Cowboy? which was recorded with the J28SDL Cumberland Maple Jumbo 12 String. This is exactly the sound I was looking for and a tremendous value. You are going to have to pay $1000+ more to find another 12 String that comes close to this guitar. Best guitar purchase I've made in 35 years.


I love this guitar!


from Huntington Beach, CA

I've been playing for 40 years and own A Martin, and two Guild 12 strings. I bought this for giggles as it looked cool, was cheap, and I could leave it out and not worry about it.Wowie- big surprise- this is a great guitar. Really playable- Good sound... not a boomer by any means but for the money- this is a great guitar. Really good action and overall attention to detail for an inexpensive guitar. It is way better then I anticipated. It came out of the box set up perfectly. This is the first guitar I've ever purchased that I've had to do no work to at all. NOTHING! Crazy considering the price. No brainer- buy it.

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