Washburn Guitars, the Chicago-based manufacturer has released a multitude of new acoustics.
The first new line is the Solid Wood series (pictured), a naturally coloured range ideal for experienced players seeking a full-bodied instrument, as well as durability and quality.
Two body styles are available – dreadnought and classical – and both feature solid spruce or cedar tops and mahogany necks with a choice of solid mahogany, rosewood or ovangkol back and sides. Rosewood fretboards and bridges, as well as abalone rosettes and either mahogany or rosewood bindings will be included with the dreadnought version.
The classical shape option will offer low tension, nylon strings with greater spacing for the benefit of classical guitarists’ playing styles. Both variations will deliver a full-bodied tone that will improve over time and a high quality look and feel.
These new Solid Wood acoustics will range from £459 to £649, including VAT and will be available from Q2 2011.
Washburn has also expanded its line of Nuno Bettencourt signature N-Series guitars with three new Limited Edition models.
Features such as the Stephen’s Extended Cutaway and angled, reverse headstock might be the same as on the previous N4 models, but these latest additions now offer a new tonal spectrum.
The new N4Walnut, N4Korina and N4Koa instruments were designed in collaboration with guitar legend Nuno Bettencourt. The open grains on the walnut guitar help produce a brighter tone, a complex midrange, solid lows and smooth highs.
The N4Koa generates warm, bright tone and greater response at the upper end range and the N4Korina delivers a more responsive midrange due to its light weight and the dramatic figure of the Korina used in its construction.
All three models in the N-Series provide versatile playability and an attractive appearance thanks to their stunning wood grains. All are made in the US and include a Seymour Duncan ’59 bridge pickup and Bill Lawrence L-500 bridge pick-up with Floyd Rose bridge, ebony fretboards with dot inlays and Grover Exclusive 18:1 tuners.
The N4Korina is expected to cost £2,799, the N4Walnut £2,999 and £5,699 will be the RRP for the N4Koa.
The last new line from Washburn is the Woodline series. These mahogany, rosewood and exotic wood acoustics have open pre matte finishes and solid spruce or cedar tops.
The finish enables the wood to breathe and dramatically improves the tone, resonance and sustain of the instrument. Dreadnought and grand auditorium body styles are available and optional Fishman Isys+ 3-1T or Presys+ 501T electronics can be fitted on select cutaway models for great tonal control and flexibility when plugged in.
All Woodlines feature a matte finish mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with maple dot inlays, rosewood bridge, and mahogany or rosewood bindings. Die cast tuners are also included for extra tuning stability and all of the above combine together to create an affordable, unique and versatile series of acoustic guitars that sound great whether at home, on stage or in the studio.
The Washburn Woodline Series guitars will be available in Q2 2011 priced from £279 to £399 RRP including VAT.
For more information, contact Washburn's UK distributor Sound Technology on 01462 480000 or visit the website here.