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Timeless hollowbody design with state-of-the-art Duncan USM pickups.

Hollowbody guitars are typically lighter and more resonant than their solid body counter parts. This gives a somewhat mellower tone to the guitar making it well-suited to play jazz, blues or rock. The USM-HB35 features a double cutaway and includes a solid maple block in the center, increasing sustain and reducing susceptibility to feedback in high volume situations. Deluxe features include flame maple top, gold hardware, split block inlays and Grover 18:1 tuners. Includes case.

As the name suggests, the USM-HB35 comes with Duncan USM pickups, the result of a collaboration between U.S. Music Corp. and Seymour Duncan. The two companies have worked together for many years and have shared many artists along the way, including Nuno Bettencourt, Dimebag Darrell, Paul Stanley, George Lynch, Scott Ian, Warren Haynes, and many more.

Designed by Seymour Duncan's Santa Barbara-based engineers to USM's requirements, Duncan USM pickups are available in two voices, the HB-103 and HB-102. The HB-103 is a high-output humbucker aimed at heavy rock, metal, thrash and punk players. It's an extremely aggressive pickup with powerful coil windings ceramic magnets, but it will maintain string-to-string clarity even under the punishing picking assault heavy music players subject their guitars to gig after gig. The HB-102 is a classic, hot-rodded humbucker set that handles a wide range of styles from blues and classic rock to metal. The HB-102 bridge pickup has high-output coil windings and the neck pickup is backed off a bit. Both pickups use Alnico 5 magnets and are very musical with great high-end detail. The USM-HB35 gives you two volume controls, two tone controls and a 3-way pickup switch so you can get the sound you really want.

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FEATURES
  • Series: Semi-Hollowbody Series
  • Body shape: Hollowbody Series
  • Body: Maple Top, Back and Sides
  • Neck material: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Number of frets: 22 frets
  • Inlays: Pearl/Abalone Split Block
  • Nut: Graphtech Nubone
  • Nut width: 43mm cream
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Pickups: Dual USM Humbuckers
  • Pickup Configuration: H/H
  • Controls: 2 Volume/2 Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Tuners: Grover Exclusive 18:1 Gold
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Strings: D'addario EXL 120 light gauge
  • Includes case

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WashburnUSM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall a surprisingly good guitar

I've had my HB35 for several weeks now. I got the natural finish. I purchased it to replace an epiphone Riviera ltd that I was dis-satisfied with because the neck felt hollow and the...Read complete review

I've had my HB35 for several weeks now. I got the natural finish. I purchased it to replace an epiphone Riviera ltd that I was dis-satisfied with because the neck felt hollow and the tone was not what I was looking for (too warm). the color of the "natural" HB35 is somewhere in-between natural and butterscotch (at least on mine). I was hoping for a natural finish more like the the epiphone John Lennon Casino. I took the pick guard off. looks better that way in my opinion. also, the finish is more of a gloss rather than flat. didn't care for the quality of the binding around the f-holes -- a very cheap plasticized look. now, putting aside the negatives. there is still an elegance about this guitar, especially with the pick guard removed. the neck is solid, comfortable and plays well. the action is pretty good out of the box, but could be lowered just a bit. the case is of good quality. the tonal range is exactly what I was hoping for. the combination of maple top/sides, maple neck and rosewood fret board with Duncan USM pickups allows the guitar to have a broad tonal range. It can do a clean, bright sound (which my Riviera could not do), a warm resonant sound and pretty much everything in-between. the sustain is considerably better than I was expecting. standard arrangement of speed knobs -- 2 vol/2 tone, though I must admit that with the pick-up selector in the middle position, blending the two pick-ups seems to work unusually well on this guitar. This is my third hollow/semi-hollow guitar purchase (epi Riviera, epi Swingster). It is by far my favorite of the three.

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Did Not Come with USM Duncan PUPS

My guitar tech confirmed the guitar I received does not have the USM HB35 Duncan pickups. Had a hard time getting a good clean sound with the stock Washburn pickups through a Marshall tube...Read complete review

My guitar tech confirmed the guitar I received does not have the USM HB35 Duncan pickups. Had a hard time getting a good clean sound with the stock Washburn pickups through a Marshall tube amp.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Washburn HB35

By Jason

from Murphy NC

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anything You Want To Do
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

    I am 32 yrs old and have been playing for 19-20 years. I have owned many guitars both high and low end. I have 9 guitars now. This is hands down the best guitar I have ever had and I have a Les Paul and an SG. The action is incredible. The tone and sustain have made this one hands down my favorite guitar.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Overall a surprisingly good guitar

    By TonyR

    from Columbus OH

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

      I've had my HB35 for several weeks now. I got the natural finish. I purchased it to replace an epiphone Riviera ltd that I was dis-satisfied with because the neck felt hollow and the tone was not what I was looking for (too warm). the color of the "natural" HB35 is somewhere in-between natural and butterscotch (at least on mine). I was hoping for a natural finish more like the the epiphone John Lennon Casino. I took the pick guard off. looks better that way in my opinion. also, the finish is more of a gloss rather than flat. didn't care for the quality of the binding around the f-holes -- a very cheap plasticized look. now, putting aside the negatives. there is still an elegance about this guitar, especially with the pick guard removed. the neck is solid, comfortable and plays well. the action is pretty good out of the box, but could be lowered just a bit. the case is of good quality. the tonal range is exactly what I was hoping for. the combination of maple top/sides, maple neck and rosewood fret board with Duncan USM pickups allows the guitar to have a broad tonal range. It can do a clean, bright sound (which my Riviera could not do), a warm resonant sound and pretty much everything in-between. the sustain is considerably better than I was expecting. standard arrangement of speed knobs -- 2 vol/2 tone, though I must admit that with the pick-up selector in the middle position, blending the two pick-ups seems to work unusually well on this guitar. This is my third hollow/semi-hollow guitar purchase (epi Riviera, epi Swingster). It is by far my favorite of the three.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Washburn HB-35wrd

      By GK

      from International Falls MN

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great guitar

      Cons

      • 1 Bad Tone Pot
      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

      The HB-35 is a well constructed great looking guitar. It had some flaws right out of the box, However I chose to work around them rather than send it back. The rear tone pot was bad from the factory and there is a little blem on the headstock that most people would miss. Musicians Friend did however compensate me for these items so how can you go wrong with that kind of service. After a new set of strings of my flavor, a set up to my preferences and a tone pot replacement the instrument plays as well as any out there.
      I LOVE HB-35s and for the money invested it is a great guitar.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect First Semi-Hollowbody Thinline

      By Jay Ira

      from Jacksonville

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • a little neck heavy

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

      I own over 25 guitars including many very high end models but I never had a semi-hollow. I wasn't ready to take the plunge for a 335 and I didn't really like the Dot, but I had a chance to play one of these and was shocked by the terrific action and great sounding Duncan designed pickups, so I decided to take a chance and order the Natural finish. It arrived almost exactly like the one I had tried - perfect action, wonderful full C shaped neck, great electronics for the price. The top was much more flamey than the model pictured on the website but it was very pretty. I certainly would play this guitar out, but I should note that it is easier to play sitting down, as the neck is a bit heavier than the body of the guitar and tends to dive if you don't hold it up when standing. That's certainly not a deal breaker though as most SGs share this trait.

      This one is a keeper!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Guitar

      By RCB

      from Washington State

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

        I love this guitar it's the first Semi-Hollowbody I've owned but has become one of my favorites. Sweet tone, great fretboard, and excellent feel,
        Unfortunately I wanted white so I purchased it somewhere else so I can't comment on service but Musicians Friend has always been great for service for other equipment I've purchased from them.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Did Not Come with USM Duncan PUPS

        By none

        from Texas

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        Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

        My guitar tech confirmed the guitar I received does not have the USM HB35 Duncan pickups. Had a hard time getting a good clean sound with the stock Washburn pickups through a Marshall tube amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great value!

        By MCL

        from Longmont, CO

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

          what a bargain. I am definitely on a budget and can't afford a super high end guitar. Went for the hb 35 for its great looks and it was under the maximum I was willing to spend. Had it for about 2 yrs, and I love playing it. The only change I had to make was new strings. Good action and great playability. Put some skull knobs on it for extra bling. People always think it cost way more than it did, they can't believe it was so little money. Sounds sweet though my tube amp sounds equally as sweet through my much less expensive fender solid state amp. Can't say much more about it that hasn't already been said by other customers.

           
          5.0

          Great guitar

          By RobRoy

          from Anchorage, Alaska

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

            I own many semi-hollow bodies, and this one right out of the box had nice low, responsive action, great feeling neck, and classic tone. Extremely happy that I got it on sale with the case. And the top is gorgeous, the flame maple top with the wine red finish is stunning. Great guitar! I would recommend this guitar to anyone seeking a semi-hollow body guitar.

             
            5.0

            USM HB35 is a good value and beautful.

            By Halo

            from Redondo Beach,, Ca.

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

              Good value and beautful, plays well out of the box.

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Austin

              from Hendersonville, TN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

                I have owned the USM-HB35 for several years now. It is one fine playing guitar. Great for any style of playing. I did some appearance customizing on it as shown in the photo. The strings I use are 9-46's as I mainly play blues. The USM-HB35 compares very well with the Gibson 335, but the Washburn has nicer looking multi-binding trim.

                 
                5.0

                Showed up playable out of box

                By Jay

                from Washington state

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

                  Guitar arrived in great condition! Picked up on level 3 discount. Only problem I can see is hard case has a cut in the bottom portion. No big deal. I am happy to even get a case at this price point. Musicians friend sent me info before purchase so I knew what to expect. Guitar looks great and has every upgrade feature you could want. Binding, inlays, gold hardware ect. I have numerous guitars in my collection from gibson,fender,ibanez,Epiphone and vox. This guitar is playable for sure,neck feels great and pickups sound good. Usually I prefer to play p90 equipped guitars but these humbucker's sound good. I will be keeping this one for sure. Set up out of box is playable with minimal buzz on low e only. Usually I expect to go to luthier for a set up with all guitars. Every now and then I get something I can play with no extra work,but not often. This Washburn is just what I needed!!

                   
                  5.0

                  Yes

                  By GK

                  from International Falls MN

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

                    For the money you can't beat a HB-35

                     
                    5.0

                    gorgous hollowbody 35

                    By Dean

                    from nipomo calif

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Washburn USM-HB35 Hollowbody Dual Humbucker Electric Guitar:

                      I pluged thew guitar in my peavey balzer sounded decent. ive only been playing for bout a year..when you get your guitar don't forget to pull the plastic off pickups an scratch guard..ive been playing for leadt 1 month with them on..sounds a lot better

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