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Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar  

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  • Washburn

    A Grand Auditorium style guitar with a cedar top and abalone trim.

    The Washburn WG 16S grand auditorium acoustic guitar is made with a solid cedar top, and mahogany back and sides. This instrument has a mahogany neck that is topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Quality construction features include quartersawn scalloped bracing, rosewood bridge, chrome die-cast tuners, and bone nut and saddle. Appointments on the Washburn guitar include a gloss finish, abalone rosette, abalone purfling, binding on body and neck, and rosewood capped headstock with mother-of-pearl Washburn logo & stylized W inlay.

    Washburn dreadnought guitars represent some of the best values on the market today. These handcrafted guitars use premium woods & materials and sound as great as they look. Compare the Washburn WG 16S guitar to acoustics costing twice the price and you'll be amazed at the tonal quality and value that is unique among guitars.

    Features

    • Grand Auditorium style
    • Cedar top
    • Quartersawn scalloped bracing
    • Mahogany sides and back
    • Gloss finish
    • Abalone rosette
    • Abalone purfling and wood binding
    • Satin finish rosewood neck with two-way truss rod
    • Neck and headstock binding
    • Dot fingerboard inlays
    • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Rosewood capped headstock with mother-of-pearl Washburn logo & stylized W inlay
    • Chrome die-cast tuners
    • Comes equipped with D'Addario strings
    • Case sold separately

    Order a great sounding Washburn guitar today.

     

    WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar Specifications:

    • Scale length: 25-11/16"
    • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
    • Number of frets: 20
    • Fretboard radius: 16"
    • Dimensions:
      Upper bout: 11-1/4"
      Waist: 9-9/16"
      Lower Bout: 15-11/16"
      Depth: 4-5/8"
      Total length: 40-7/8"
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    WashburnWG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar
     
    4.5

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not a Bad Little Guitar

    By Jeffrey Brown

    from Southern Indiana

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    Purchased this used a few weeks ago. Came in the original packaging. I assume it was a return. Strings were dead right out of the box and the action was a little high. Replaced the strings and lowered the action before playing it. It has a fairly good tone and reasonable sustain. Seems to lend its self to finger style playing. Works fairly well with moderate strumming but does not like to be played hard. Gets a little buzzy. Purchased it for a campfire guitar so I could leave the Martin at home. It will work just fine for that purpos

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    buitifull

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    Washburn WG16S
    I have owned another Washburn that sounded much better.
    This Guitar has great materials.
    The company gives it a life time.
    The intonenation is very good.
    The tone of the guitar is not good at all.
    First guitar I have sent back.
    Even my grandson, a begginer was not pleased with the sound.
    I have spoilled him with the sound of a Taylor and another high quallity all solid guitar. (Silver Creek).
    For some just starting out it is just OK.
    Plays easy enough.
    Great features
    Materials are good.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unmatched quality for the price

    By Andrew Bean

    from Texas

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    Great guitar, great price, you will not be disappointed no matter who you are. I would recommed strongly for singer/song writers, fingerpickers, and lead players for it's punchy midrange and medium projection.
    First off, let me state that right out of the box, this is a very pretty guitar. The binding and inlay, which I was very surprised to see on a guitar for this price, is implecably done. I've had guitars in past costing several times what this one does that weren't nearly as good looking or well set up. I've seen a few complaints about the width of the fingerboard, but if you are soemone like myself who switches between fingerstyle and flatpicking ona regular basis it has a great balanced feel I think you'll appreciate. the neck is comfortable yet substantial, and the action is low enough to facilitate speed without being buzzy. I dare you you to find me a better appointed of setup guitar under twice this price. I'm waiting.
    As stated above, you can't argue with the quality here. the features this guitar has at this price with be impressive if executed half as well, and as a longtime fan of a certain much more expensive acoustic guitar maker that shall remain nameless in this review I feel a bit foolish for not having bought one sooner. I've been knocking this baby around for a couple days now and it's handled pretty well everything I can throw at it. It has great projection without being overpowering if you are playing and singing solo, and it has a great bright sound without a being thin.
    There's no more I can say with out beating a dead horse: for the money, you cannot beat this guitar. This just replaced my favorite steel-string, and it costs about 1/5 as much. if you can find me a better guitar cheaper, I will buy it right this minute. Until then, you owe it to yourself to check this guitar out.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Other than the tuning machines, you get a deal.

    By Jimiwannabe-Tjeet

    from The beautiful U.S.A.

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    This is a good second acoustic if you've already got a solid spruce top and want something that has a different flavor, but you don't want to pay throught the nose.
    Solid top at this price? Wow. Very nice look also. Very easy/comfortable to play.
    I had to replace a tuning peg right outta the box. Since I already had spare tuners, I didn't think it was worth the hassle of an exchange considering the price I paid.
    Like I said- hard to beat at this price with a solid top. Even though I had to replace a tuner, I think it was still worth it.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Washburn guitar

    By George Prancik

    from Fort Myers, FL.

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    This guitar is an awesome in quality and sound for the money. The craftmanship and attention to detail is great. I bought this guitar as a gift for my daughter for Christmas and I know she is going to love it.

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    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A pleasant and intriguing surprise of a guitar

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    If you were to combine the body of a Taylor, the neck of a Martin, and the pricetag of a shopping cart full of groceries, this is what you'd get. So stock up on some ramen and grab one of these while they're still on sale!
    Let me first begin this review with a word of caution - this guitar is not for everyone. If you like the power and projection of a spruce-topped acoustic guitar with rosewood back and sides, it's quite possible that you're not going to like this guitar. The difference between the two is night and day. At first glance, you might expect a full-sized guitar like this to be loud and have forceful projection. If you've also read the description of it and are familiar with the tonal characteristics of mahogany, you might also expect a deep, booming bass sound from this guitar. And if that's what you're looking for in a guitar, you'll need to look elsewhere.
    Now that I've pointed what this guitar IS NOT, I'll explain what it IS. It's very pretty. The cedar top looks nicer than any spruce top I've ever seen in my 22 years of playing. I was skeptical about the top being solid wood at this price point, but that does appear to be true. The back and sides are laminated mahogany, however, but the tone is moderately rich and full, albeit not very loud. There's plenty of flashy abalam and pearloid, as well as a very pleasant surprise about the binding - it's not plastic or ivoroid, but actual wood. Maple, it looks like. This binding surrounds the body of the guitar, both front and back, as well as the fretboard and headstock.

    Setup out of the box was great. The strings feel like light gauges and the action is relatively low compared to most acoustics I've played in the past, which makes fretting notes practically effortless. The neck thickness is fine - not too thick and not too thin. However, I find myself grumbling a lot about the width of the nut and the string spacing. It's a bit too narrow for fingerpicking. If you prefer to strum with a pick and want a guitar that feels and plays like a Martin but costs a fraction of the price, this just might be your dream guitar. The main thing I feel that I need to point out, though, is the tone. It was a surprise to me and not everyone likes surprises. Therefore, I'll try to explain it.

    This is not a loud guitar. It's not jumbo-sized or anything, but it's a pretty big guitar. The size and depth are practically the same as a dreadnought, so I was expecting the volume to be similar, as well. It's not even close. The only explanation I can come up with is the cedar top, as I've never played an acoustic guitar with a cedar top before, nor have I ever played a full-sized steel string guitar that's this quiet. You can strum on it nice and hard and it'll put out some decent volume, but keep in mind that cedar tends to get muddy-sounding at high volume. Therefore, it's not going to hold its own against a spruce/rosewood guitar, nor is going to sound good when you "rock out" on it. This guitar sounds best when strummed with a pick at a low to medium volume. When played in the right dynamic range, the tone is really sweet and warm with an almost ethereal quality that leads me to believe that it would work great for Celtic music or as an instrument for the modern-day bard. I've affectionately dubbed this guitar my "practice acoustic", due to it's quiet nature. It would also be great for singer-songwriters with softer voices, since it isn't likely to drown out their vocals. It's a very nice and interesting guitar. Just make sure you know what you're getting here and make an informed decision.
    I was quite impressed with how much guitar I got here for such a low price. The top may be responsible for its soft and diminutive tone that seems a bit out of place for a full-sized guitar such as this, but it's quite nice looking - sort of a golden amber color. The wood grain in the laminated back and sides is also quite nice, as well. The bridge, which is supposedly rosewood, appears to me to be something else entirely. I can't find the words to describe it's appearance, but whatever it is, it's something... different. All these components seem to be of decent quality, however, and I've no complaints about any of them. There was a small bit of glue and wood fiber mix around the bridge on the fingerboard, however, but it isn't noticeable from more than two or three feet away and it shouldn't be a dealbreaker unless you're an obsessive perfectionist. This could probably be cleaned up easily with a bit of masking tape and fine-grit sandpaper, if one were so inclined. Suffice it to say that the fit and finish of the wood parts of the guitar are the only quality flaws I can find, other than the slightly rough fret finishing job. Both of these are minor issues, though. The no-name tuning machines seem to be pretty high-ratio, so tuning precision is good and they seem to stay in tune quite well, even under hard strumming and blues-style bending. All-in-all, I feel like I got a great deal here for the price. Just be aware that you might need to give yours a little TLC to get it looking its best.
    Again, for the price, I can't complain. Then again, if I'd paid twice as much for it, I still doubt I'd have any complaints. Looking at things from that perspective, I'd say it's an exceptional bargain for the price.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Guitar Is Amazing

    By Duane Hess

    from Kentucky

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    I just recieved this guitar today and I must say I am totally impressed. I have had guitars over the years from Martins to this Washburn and I am blown away by the sound this guitar produces. It has a very punchy low end and the mids and high ends are very nice. The craftmanship of this guitar is something you would expect from much more expensive instruments. If you want a GREAT sounding guitar for a little bit of money this guitar is a MUST HAVE!!!!!

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The guitar of much excellence

    By John Payne

    from California

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    Excellent tone! A little bass shy naturally but very sparkly/chimey and has tons of mellow sustain- it's surprisingly punchy too! The note decay is beautiful and slow- I think the cedar top makes it sound warmer overall. It's designed for fingerstyle playing (which suits me because I'm normally a bassist). I expect this to record beautifully, I can't hear any woofiness or weird resonance in it.

    Again, for the price this was a killer deal. Honestly, this guitar is staying with me for a long time. I've played music for most of my life, [guitar for 12 years] and this is the first acoustic I've owned that really speaks to me. I likes.
    Cedar top, abalone inlays and mahogany back/sides are all gorgeous. The wood is a bit lighter than in the pictures. It's also the lightest guitar I've ever picked up. Seriously. No pickguard, but this guitar is more for fingerstyle.No upper bout strap peg, which would have been nice.
    No problems with build quality- it took a few days of tweaks to get the neck just right, but out of the box it was definitely playable. [Once again, knowing how to do your own setups is a huge asset.] Fretwork is solid, tuners hold a tune, bridge and nut seem fine, strings stay in place. Quite impressed overall. I still haven't changed the strings (about two weeks in) but I am going put some elixir phosphor bronze on it next and that is going to be pretty cool.
    I got this on sale. I don't think I could have done any better (even on CL or something).

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    what a deal

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    what a bargain!!!
    solid top
    beautifully built guitar with awesome tone
    nice mother of pearl and maple binding and on the
    rosette too.
    washburn is almost giving this guitar away.
    you have to buy it..
    NICE!!!

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    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not A Washburn

    By Vish Varnay

    from Northern California

    Comments about Washburn WG16S Solid Cedar Top Acoustic Grand Auditorium Mahogany Guitar:

    After I ordered, was not quite sure of the quality of guitar I was about to receive. By appearance you can't go wrong. It is a beautiful looking guitar, but one necessary critique here if I may. It is not an "Auditorium!" Too small, but never the less a good sounding guitar. With good "action."A major dissapoinment for me at this point is I was under the assumption that I was receiving an American Made, Chicago, product. Not so, tiny writing at the bottom of the label states "made in china." In other words a Walmart Guitar!Deciding if I am going to return it under this pretense.

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