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Washburn WD18SW Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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The Washburn WD18SW Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar uses an expansive, solid, high-grade sapele top to pump out big volume with bright punch and tight lo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great value on a genuine solid-top sweetheart.

The Washburn WD18SW Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar uses an expansive, solid, high-grade sapele top to pump out big volume with bright punch and tight lows. Sapele sides and back are gorgeous and add to this fine guitar's great projection. Ebony fingerboard and bridge, gold Grover tuners, rosewood headstock veneer, abalone rosette, and tortoise pickguard add up to visual luxury in the WD18SW Dreadnought.

FEATURES
  • Solid sapele top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Gold Grover tuners
  • Rosewood headstock veneer
  • Abalone rosette
  • Tortoise pickguard
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4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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Exceptional Value & Sweet Tone

Was looking for an inexpensive alternative to a Martin D-15 solid Mahogany acoustic and ran across this sweet axe. Great warm tone, easy action and surprisingly good craftsmanship at such a reasonable...Read complete review

Was looking for an inexpensive alternative to a Martin D-15 solid Mahogany acoustic and ran across this sweet axe. Great warm tone, easy action and surprisingly good craftsmanship at such a reasonable price. Would recommend upgrading the saddle to either bone or Tusq, invest a few bucks in ebony bridge pins (which happen to match the fretboard and bridge) and switch to Martin 80/20 strings to improve the tone to its max potential. Have also removed the pickguard to reveal more of the nicely grained top and increase resonance a tad. All in all, a great addition to your arsenal at a great price -- highly recommended. Can't wait to hear how the tone will open up even more with age... definitely a keeper.

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Not Convinced

It's really hard to argue whether this guitar is truely a bargain in its price range. Yeah solid woods.... but how about a decent build and finish. Mine has clumps of laquer...Read complete review

It's really hard to argue whether this guitar is truely a bargain in its price range. Yeah solid woods.... but how about a decent build and finish. Mine has clumps of laquer and glue in the tight places. Not a big deal unless you look closely. But in addition, the pick guard was not glued completely and the edge that comes up as a result is rather noticable. I suppose too detailed of a finish job would add to the price and destroy the selling point, but most dissapointing is the sound. My Epiphone PR5E sounds brighter AND bassier. That's pretty sad considering the PR5E has a shallow cutaway body and all laminated wood. So is there really an advantage to the solid wood construction and unbelievable price point? I don't know. Words that come to mind: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You get what you pay for. Honestly I'm not really satisfied. I wish I would have purchased a reliable and well-made Yamaha, Alvarez, or Takamine. To top it all off, my Washburn smells like Copenhagen chew spit. Nothing like gagging along to your favorite song. In summary I've found the WD18SW to be a smelly, overpriced, average sounding guitar.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything Being Relative....

By StillCrazyAfterAll

from Jacksonville, FL

I purchased this guitar used (more about that later). I had a local guitar tech do a "set up" (normaly a $45.00 charge). I had him put a set of Daddario Exp10 Ctd 80/20 strings on it. When I picked it up he only charged me $18.00 (New string charge) said it did not need anything else). It rings like a bell(very Martin like)..is beautiful to look at,a joy to play and here is the kick..I paid $150.00 for it, a brand new Gator case, older model tuner, slide and capo. If it cost me $500.00 I would still be thrilled !!

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5.0

sick sound great guitar... period

By Ac - oo - stik neusence

from New Hampshire

this guitar kicks butt, just buy it if you are loking for a awesome sounding acoustic guitar it works perfectly and it is beutiful.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

20 Year Vet

By Rich Evans

from Central Florida

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I've been playing guitar for some time now, and I have to admit, this guitar was amazing right out of the box. The guitar sounds amazing. It has a soft, subtle tone that projects very well. The action was good to go out of the box. The guitar, being that it is solid wood, feels solid. The only gripe I have is that Washburn should have put a better decal on the headstock. I should also add that they should have left the pick guard off. Like they say on Wall Street, "Buy, Buy, Buy"!

 
5.0

wd18sw

By chuckwheelock

from Nashville, TN

One of Washburns Ltd Edition Acoustics, this guitar is one to add to your collection. If you are looking for the tone of a Martin with a silky smooth feel and a great price tag, look no more. I picked this bad boy up wanting just a neat looking guitar. I got more than I bargained for. GOOD JOB WASHBURN!!!!

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

First I love the look of the guitar it the dark wood. I also love the sound of the guitar it has a very deep worm sound to it which sounds great for more of a blues sound. I am very impress with the guitar for the price i payed for it.

 
5.0

Exceptional Value & Sweet Tone

By NamasteSuz

from Sarasota, FL

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Was looking for an inexpensive alternative to a Martin D-15 solid Mahogany acoustic and ran across this sweet axe. Great warm tone, easy action and surprisingly good craftsmanship at such a reasonable price. Would recommend upgrading the saddle to either bone or Tusq, invest a few bucks in ebony bridge pins (which happen to match the fretboard and bridge) and switch to Martin 80/20 strings to improve the tone to its max potential. Have also removed the pickguard to reveal more of the nicely grained top and increase resonance a tad. All in all, a great addition to your arsenal at a great price -- highly recommended. Can't wait to hear how the tone will open up even more with age... definitely a keeper.

 
5.0

excellent in all respects!

By bob lawson

from cincinnati, oh

this is the best sounding guitar around for the dollar. it sounds almist as great as a martin except it does not have the "volume". chording and fingering is easier on this washburn than a great many other guitars. jump on this baby, sit back and pat yourself on the back for making this choice.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Convinced

By Texan-PCUR4

from the South

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It's really hard to argue whether this guitar is truely a bargain in its price range. Yeah solid woods.... but how about a decent build and finish. Mine has clumps of laquer and glue in the tight places. Not a big deal unless you look closely. But in addition, the pick guard was not glued completely and the edge that comes up as a result is rather noticable. I suppose too detailed of a finish job would add to the price and destroy the selling point, but most dissapointing is the sound. My Epiphone PR5E sounds brighter AND bassier. That's pretty sad considering the PR5E has a shallow cutaway body and all laminated wood. So is there really an advantage to the solid wood construction and unbelievable price point? I don't know. Words that come to mind: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You get what you pay for. Honestly I'm not really satisfied. I wish I would have purchased a reliable and well-made Yamaha, Alvarez, or Takamine. To top it all off, my Washburn smells like Copenhagen chew spit. Nothing like gagging along to your favorite song. In summary I've found the WD18SW to be a smelly, overpriced, average sounding guitar.

 
4.0

Good Guitar with unique appearence

By dghmd

from Ohio

I have owned and played this guitar for about 1 year. It needed to be set up after I purchased it though. There is a slight bump on the fret board right where it joins the body of the guitar and this made the adjustments tricky. I replaced the strings a couple of times and have settled on GHS Bright Bronze 12-54s and it sounds good. It plays better than other guitars I've tried in this price range but plan on having it set up after purchase.

 
5.0

great sound and great deal

By Mainecooncrazy

from Milwaukee, WI

I bought mine as a blem model, and other that a couple VERY minor spots it looks beautiful, and sounds great! I have put ebony pins on it, taken the pick guard off, and added Martin strings to it. I have enjoyed practicing on this guitar, and everyone who sees it thinks it MUST have cost a lot. This is not only a great guitar for a beginner, but seasoned players will enjoy it. The action is great for a guitar this price!

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