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Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar  

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  • Washburn

    Easy-to-play starter guitar.

    The Washburn WI14 is a great way to start! If you like the shape and design of the award-winning Idol guitar but are just starting out, this axe will increase your enthusiasm to begin playing. Comes in a high-gloss finish in four colors with a comfort contour cut into the body to make it easier to play. If you are an experienced player and looking for that reliable guitar to take in the car, this may be the one for you.

    Features

    • Basswood body
    • Gloss finishes
    • Comfort contour
    • String-thru-body
    • Maple bolt-on neck
    • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
    • 22 frets
    • 14" fingerboard radius
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • 42m nut width
    • Washburn humbuckers
    • Hardtail bridge
    • Bolt-on maple neck
    • 3-way toggle switch
    • Adjustable truss rods

    This Washburn is great for newbies and old hands alike—order it right now!

     
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    WashburnWI14 Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 44 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Well Worth The Money

    I got this guitar "lightly used" because I was looking for a no-frills strung-thru hardtail guitar for an "experiment". I have to say that I am impressed with this...Read complete review

    I got this guitar "lightly used" because I was looking for a no-frills strung-thru hardtail guitar for an "experiment". I have to say that I am impressed with this guitar overall compared to the Squier Stratocaster I started with (and still own). When looking for a starter guitar most people will be looking at units from Squier, Peavey, and Yamaha because they come in a package. I feel this Washburn is a better starter for one reason.....the hardtail bridge. Most beginners will never use the fulcrum "Fender" tremelo that comes on the other units and will struggle with keeping them in tune, not to mention the difficulties that come with string changes and tuning afterward. I like this WI-14 more than my Squier strat, the body is more comfortable and you get the dual humbucking pickups versus the three single coils that come on the strat. The hum pups give it a more full, smooth sound than you get with the stratocaster style guitars that have singles. You can tell the difference in these two while you play them, I played both guitars back to back through my Crate FlexWave 65 amp and they were tremendously different. In addition, you are able to adjust the sound more because you have two vol controls and two tone controls, versus the Squier unit that has one vol and two tones. This Idol series guitar sits nicely, is easy to handle, has a fast neck, and is fairly light. For a guitar with a bolt on neck, it has very good sustain. The bad with this guitar; the tuners are not great quality and on mine I have one that will back off every now and then. In addition, as with most low end guitars, the electrical is not great.......I've had no problems with mine, however the vol/tone controls are not spectacular and are pretty "undersensitive" compared to better ones. And the OEM strings are not so good. I chose to restring mine with GHS Boomer 10's and it plays, sounds much better. Also, a few of the frets needed filing on the sides because they were sharp, but overall this unit is well worth the money you spend. If you are a starter looking for a solid, no-frills unit that will be easy to learn on, easy to play, and easy to keep, you may want to look at this Washburn. I gave it high ratings not because it's the nicest guitar I've played, but because for WHAT YOU PAY I think it's an excellent deal.

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    Piece of Junk

    This guitar was a huge waste of money for me. The pickups on it sound pathetic. They're muddy and sloppy, tons of feedback, and with distortion on they give a horrible whiny and...Read complete review

    This guitar was a huge waste of money for me. The pickups on it sound pathetic. They're muddy and sloppy, tons of feedback, and with distortion on they give a horrible whiny and tinny sound. On top of that, everything on this breaks after enough time playing it. The string slots on the neck chipped of so now my low e string is held on by a zip tie. The input jack comes loose because the hardware is so cheap that the screws strip. My neck pickup fell completely inside the body cavity because another screw stripped in that. Lastly, the frets are horrendous. The spacing on them is so off that if you tune the strings to perfect by plucking them open, when you go to make a chord it is completely out of tune. Also, when you play on the higher frets on the high E and B strings, some of the frets are up to 20 cents flat. I strongly reccomend that you DO NOT buy this guitar

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    5.0

    Well...

    By Mr. Tee

    from USA

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    This is overall a pretty decent guitar. I've owned it for about 8 months, and it's held up pretty good so far. The tuners could be a lot better. It needs to be set up as well. The action on mine was fine, but the first few frets wouldn't produce a sound at all thanks to too-tall fourth fret. Once I messed around with it and got it set up, it only buzzes on certain frets. The pickups aren't that bad, but I recommend replacing them if you want to go anywhere with this thing. I happen to like it a lot, so I'm getting ready to throw a couple of SD Invaders in it. The picture doesn't do the guitar justice, it's beautiful for the price. Overall, a great guitar for the price.

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    5.0

    Well Worth The Money

    By GJM

    from Massachusetts

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar "lightly used" because I was looking for a no-frills strung-thru hardtail guitar for an "experiment". I have to say that I am impressed with this guitar overall compared to the Squier Stratocaster I started with (and still own). When looking for a starter guitar most people will be looking at units from Squier, Peavey, and Yamaha because they come in a package. I feel this Washburn is a better starter for one reason.....the hardtail bridge. Most beginners will never use the fulcrum "Fender" tremelo that comes on the other units and will struggle with keeping them in tune, not to mention the difficulties that come with string changes and tuning afterward. I like this WI-14 more than my Squier strat, the body is more comfortable and you get the dual humbucking pickups versus the three single coils that come on the strat. The hum pups give it a more full, smooth sound than you get with the stratocaster style guitars that have singles. You can tell the difference in these two while you play them, I played both guitars back to back through my Crate FlexWave 65 amp and they were tremendously different. In addition, you are able to adjust the sound more because you have two vol controls and two tone controls, versus the Squier unit that has one vol and two tones. This Idol series guitar sits nicely, is easy to handle, has a fast neck, and is fairly light. For a guitar with a bolt on neck, it has very good sustain. The bad with this guitar; the tuners are not great quality and on mine I have one that will back off every now and then. In addition, as with most low end guitars, the electrical is not great.......I've had no problems with mine, however the vol/tone controls are not spectacular and are pretty "undersensitive" compared to better ones. And the OEM strings are not so good. I chose to restring mine with GHS Boomer 10's and it plays, sounds much better. Also, a few of the frets needed filing on the sides because they were sharp, but overall this unit is well worth the money you spend. If you are a starter looking for a solid, no-frills unit that will be easy to learn on, easy to play, and easy to keep, you may want to look at this Washburn. I gave it high ratings not because it's the nicest guitar I've played, but because for WHAT YOU PAY I think it's an excellent deal.

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    5.0

    I Stand by this guitar

    By Mr. Ian Rauch

    from Traverse City, Michigan

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    Ive owned this guitar for about 5 years. It still plays and sounds as good as when I bought it "used"... The durability, playability and sound on this instrument is perfect for just about any genre and will last through out the years. A smart man "or woman ;) would by this guitar.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Ben-LtTAV

    from St. Louis

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    Excellent Guitar, received it this week, and I love it.. Minus tightening a few screws and some minor shipping damage on the switch its wicked great.. Outstanding sound. The humbuckers sound great, a very quick tune and it was off and running... For beginners or intermediates, or maybe some pro's its a really decent guitar. Really satisfied with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Beginner or Back-up instrument

    By Bullet-HVaT8

    from Indiana

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    This is a nice low cost guitar. Very easy to maintain and seems to stay in tune rather well. The vibrant colors and nice finish gives it a higher end look. Well balanced and easily played.The Electronics in general could use some work. Seems the quality of the pick ups are not the best, and the 3 way switch seems to be low quality. The location of the 3 way switch could be repositioned to keep from hitting it while strumming.The tuners could be better quality such as Grovers or such, but are not bad either.Overall, I would recommend this guitar as a nice starter or as a backup. I would definately buy another Washburn, but would probably consider a higher value model.

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    4.0

    Great Cheep Guitar

    By Omar-mLb7d

    from Corn County Ohio

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    I own it. Have been playing it about 6 months. At First the neck pickup would go dead. I looked on the net just bad solder connections on the pots. I just soldered everything. Put some Ernie Ball regular slinkeys and some ghs nut lube on it Now it stays in tune well no buzz. And for the price it is a good little guitar. I got the walnut it looks much better than the photos show it. The pickups are muddy I was going to replace them but did not really want to put the into an guitar in this price range cause then you will do the pots and the caps too. I will just put that money into my next ax. But I felt this guitar was way better than the cheep Fender starcaster or others in the same price range as it. As I played several before I purchased this one. Plus I just let it set out in the stand so I can just pick it up anytime and play. So if it get run in to or my cat tries to play it I do not really care. It is made like a tank and has not signs of ware yet Great cheep guitar

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    5.0

    Trustworthy

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    This was my first guitar and I have owned it for a year and half. I have been very pleased with its performance, and have never had a problem with it. with a little adjustment the action on mine has been very pleasing. Not the guitar for a seasoned veteran but highly recommended for beginners.

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    4.0

    You get what you pay for

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    When I first got this guitar i was a begginer. I have played for a little over a year or two and it is starting to get really crapy. Going into Queen, Eric Clapton, with all the bends, the guitar is starting to go out of tune very easily. The pickups are not that great and I have a Line 6 which are very good amps!! Very good for begginers, but in the long run not worth it!

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    4.0

    Nice Guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    This is a nice guitar. It is not a great guitar but for the money I don't think you can get one any better. I really like mine and it has a good tone. The pick ups aren't great, but you get what you pay for.

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    5.0

    I love my Washburn

    By DY

    from Yonkers, NY

    Comments about Washburn WI14 Electric Guitar:

    This is my first guitar. it

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