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Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar Natural

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The Vintage Series recreates or resembles some of the great Washburn instruments that were crafted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Include...Click To Read More About This Product

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Solidly constructed recreation of early Washburn model with modern appointments.

The Vintage Series recreates or resembles some of the great Washburn instruments that were crafted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are parlor-sized models like the R320SWRK. In order to create the "vibe" of a 100-year-old instrument that has been well-played but not abused, Washburn has added a vintage finish and distressed hardware. Because this guitar is built using modern techniques and materials, the resulting instrument is more durable, and in many cases, better sounding than its century-old counterpart.

The R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Guitar features a solid spruce top with solid rosewood back and sides with quartersawn scalloped Sitka spruce bracing. The V-neck is mahogany with an 18-fret ebony fingerboard featuring "Tree of Life" inlays. Other appointments include a 45mm bone nut, distressed open gear tuners, and D'Addario strings. 


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FEATURES
Top: Solid Spruce
Back: Solid Rosewood
Sides: Solid Rosewood
Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped Sitka Spruce bracing
Rosette: Abalone
Neck Material: Mahogany V shape
Fingerboard: Ebony with 18 Frets
Inlays: Tree of Life
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 48mm
Scale: 24.75
Tuners: Distressed Open Gear
Strings: D'Addario EXP-16
Case: GC141

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WashburnR320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Practicing (4)
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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great country blues sound

By Figueroa38

from Marlborough, ma

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

    This guitar is great. I have played many guitars from really cheap ones to very expensive ones and this guitar feels and plays like a guitar that cost twice as much as it does. Every detail is amazing. If the sound you are looking for is a blues or country sound then this is the guitar for you. Is so easy to play and the case that comes with it looks great too. Don't even think about it just buy it.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect Companion

    By N

    from somewhere in the US

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Mountaineerspirit
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Front Porch Music Making
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

      Purchased as a companion to the Washburn style C tenor banjo that I own.

      It is the ying to my yang... the feminine completion of its' vintage masculine predecessor... It is Perfect.

      Rosewood back and sides, V shaped mahogany neck with beautiful inlay, Solid spruce top. The tuners look and work great. It is so small and yet has such a large full sound that I am amazed.

      It is my favorite guitar.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not blown away...

      By Pelu

      from Augusta, GA

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      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Bad Tuning Keys

      Best Uses

      • Back Porch Jamming

      Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

      Set up/action are nice out of the box. "V" neck was no problem. The case was kinda tacky and the tuning machines will probably have to be replaced. On the positive side, the look of the guitar inspires me to work on Blind Lemon and Blind Blake tunes. This is my third Washburn so it's pretty much what I expected.....playable and affordable.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very resonant, fun to play

      By Joe

      from Connecticut

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Composing
        • Couch Noodling
        • Traveling

        Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

        Cons:
        The neck profile is almost comically sharp... a little bit of shoulder would have gone a long way here.

        The three-on-a-plate tuners are functional, but if I keep playing this guitar, these have to go. Some Grover Sta-Tites, or StewMac Golden Age, perhaps.

        There are a few minor cosmetic factory imperfections on mine, most of them involving the binding. You wouldn't see these on a similarly priced Epiphone, in my experience. Similarly, I wish they'd just used some tasteful dots on the fingerboard, instead of tree of life with gaps and filler in evidence.

        Pros:
        A few turns of the truss rod brought the action right down to a very playable level. The bone nut and saddle have been cut correctly.

        The vintage vibe is achieved with this finish. All satin, and the top is a dark natural color, like you might expect of a 100 year old guitar. Mine has no light relic like I've seen on some photos. The finish feels quite thin, definitely no goopy urethane here. In fact, it's probably going to wear through on the edges pretty quickly, which will blend nicely with the vintage look.

        The main thing is the sound. It's LOUD, like you can expect from a 12-fret. And the "tone for days" saying... applies here. Open notes just ring and ring. LOTS of low end. If you're not used to playing a 12-fret, you'll be amazed how this big sound comes from such a small body. The solid rosewood back/sides certainly help here.

        Conclusion: it's good for the price. If you can afford a bit more, Eastman is a lot better built for not that much more money. But if you're stretching for this one, you won't be disappointed.

         
        5.0

        I believe this is a great instrument. I highly recommend it

        By Bob

        from Anchorage, Alaska

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Case is not as sturdy as I'd hoped

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

        It's essy to play and has a great old time sound

         
        4.0

        A solid wood parlour guitar with real presence...

        By Uplander

        from East Coast

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertaining myself
          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

          This is a nice little guitar, with some real old-school beauty, quality woods (no laminates), and a great feel. For the price a lot more guitar than you get with others out there, even among the other big name brands and significantly more expensive guitars. I will use it for old-time and string band music, with some significant volume and bass to bring some deeper tones into the mix. The mid-bass booms like a 12 fret should, and though the low E is not quite as booming as the mid-bass, it is still quite solid. Playing it with a mic, I had to back the mic down considerably so the volume did not clip!

          The small body should not lead you to believe this is a quiet parlor guitar, it is significantly loud. While it might be a little lost in an outdoor jam (what isn't?) I think you'll find enough volume for any other purpose you can dream up. The magic of 12 frets even with a smaller body. The neck is very old school, and while you might be wondering about the v shape it is really comfortable and easy to maneuver. Reaching around with the thumb was a concern with the deeper neck but it seems to work out just fine.

          I saved some cash buying the open box, which was actually a great choice, though I did have to back the action off a little to get it to play properly. It was very tight and gave a little buzz. Even backed off to a more normal setting the action is low enough to be fast and superbly comfortable to play.

          I have played a 1910 Washburn that this seems partially modeled on, this is a spectacularly better guitar in almost every way. If you are reading all the reviews because you are seriously thinking about it, I'd say it's worth taking a chance, this is a lot of fun in a little pretty and very historically inspired package.

           
          4.0

          Beautiful little fingerpicker

          By Dewey P

          from New Jersey

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Looks Great

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fingerpicking on the Couch

            Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

            I've been playing for 55 years. I own Martins,Fenders and Gibsons. I love this little Washburn. I've been looking at them for several years and when I was able to get a good discount on Black Friday, I pulled the trigger. I love the antique look of this instrument. I've been wanting a slot head, 12-fret for quite a while. I was not sure I would like the v-neck, but it actually makes the neck feel thinner than usual and my hand is liking that. It has a thunky woody sound that I like, very nice for being lightly fingerpicked. I leave it on a stand by the couch so I can grab it to play for 5 minutes or an hour whenever, and it just looks so nice. The first one I received was returned because the 6th fret was higher than the adjacent frets and the high E string buzzed pretty badly. I called MF and it was no problem to exchange. I was told it was on backorder and would be a month and a half before the new one shipped. To my surprise I received an email two days later saying the new one had shipped. I had it in time for Christmas and couldn't be happier with it.

             
            5.0

            Can't get over the sound!

            By Rainspcg

            from Lindsay, CA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

              I play for church as well as community events. The sound of this guitar is equal to any Martin 00 I have played.

               
              5.0

              Definitely a fun guitar

              By AZNfish

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Washburn R320SWRK Vintage Series Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

                Fingerpicking is my Bucket "bag" and this retro Washburn is just fun to play. It was setup perfectly and there are no cosmetic flaws. Resonates nicely, very good sustain, and I'd say very decent sound (some friends were impressed). Downside: Tuners have to be replaced (already ordered some from StewMac), I'm replacing the bridge pins with ebony pins, and when those arrive I'm changing the strings (factory strings are a little oxidized) to Elixir Phosphor Bronze Lights. This is a definite keeper. It's irresistible, I'm constantly picking it up - plucking and smirking, plucking and smirking. Can't beat the price.

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