Washburn. Good? or Bad?

This Discussion board is starting to disapoint me. Not many or any replies anymore.
But here's a shot at another quick topic i'd like some help with, if possible.

I would like to know any pros or cons about Washburn. Are they good? Are they shit?

I'm interested in the washburn T24 or T25. Unsure about the JJ pickups.

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Obviously Washburn are a sponsor of GuitarSite, so take what you will from my comments.

The best answer I can give you is I've found a lot of happy Washburn owners. There's always going to be complaints about guitar companies and Washburn is no exception. Yet compared to the likes of Fender these days, Washburn produce some fine instruments.

I was doing a lot of research a few months back, and the Washburn X50PRO was a serious contender for the price. I found issues with the EMG pickups on the lesser X50 model, but the pro model had SD's.

I recall GLW or someone saying they didn't like Washburn ages back, but yeah, that was ages back so I can't remember clearly.

Maybe 1B, Tim and co can shed some light on the bass side of the spectrum.

haha. that's funny. I didn't notice it was a sponsor.

Thanks for the input tho, although cryptically structured, it still helped some.

I hope some outsiders can give me some ideas.

hehe sorry didn't mean to be cryptic... I just didn't want to be seen as coming off as a spokesperson for Washburn, when I honestly do like their guitars.

Well, in that case that's even better.
I feared you were being discrete, in attempt to not mess around with the sponsors (which is probably somewhat true anyway).

Could you maybe give me an idea of their tone, sound, playability? Specifically the Taurus T24.
I've been looking for Ash, Maple, Walnut, or Mahogony body, the same scale, and look that this bass has.

I've never played one, so I dont know how it sounds. I'm looking for a punchy (but not twangy) low end, progressive rock thump. Low and sustained, but not ringing and droany. Definition in plucks, but not with too much treble, or "tone".
Something a Wal or Alembic would create. And, yes I know you can't really get an alembic sound or wal sound with anything accept and alembic or wal, but I want somehting that fits into that category of sound. I also need fast action.

Sounds I dont want: Fender Jazz, Music Man Stingray...

Sounds I like: Gibson RD Artist, Alembic, Wal...

This is for anyone who reads this, who can give me some insight.


Sorry, not intentionally ignoring you but I have no experience of Washburns at all. There is a fairly comprehensive review of the T25 on TalkBass:


but only the one, there is a few reviews of other Washburn basses which may be of some use?

Anyway, hope you find the info you need,


EDIT: Loads more user reviews at Harmony Central:

And my problem is being a lefty bass player. I just don't get to see many turned my way that I can try out. I made a start at building one; ironically using a Washburn neck. I don't think I can comment on them on the basis of owning a neck, though. Another place to have a look is The Bottom Line for comments. It's been more than four years I suppose since I used to look in and occasionally post there, but it had a very nice mix of pros, coaches, sessions, weekenders and beginners. All posts treated respectfully even if (as was often in my case) I'd posted some half-baked bollox.

PS - there is a knack to reading reviews on HC. I'm not knocking HC nor many of its reviewers - I've put up a few myself. It's just that many don't objectively discuss something they've paid money for. Either it's "awesome" or it's a POS - the middle ground is a lot thinner. TBF, amp and bass reviews suffer this less than guitar reviews on there.

Very true indeed.

Even finding a reliable source of information on this topic has been a bit of a nightmare. I'm glad I've found this site, tho i get the impression there arn't a lot of people involved in this one? Either way, I've gotten a start on this mission at least. The right information is coming gradually.

Thanks for all your help so far.

The last review i read about washburns, were that they did not make great rock, progressive rock, metal, etc... music, but more in the jazz and blues region.
Of course everyone has their own opinions about what sounds good for rock music. But if he was right, then it doesn't sound like the bass for me. (Not that i have anything against jazz, of course)
Could just be the pickups though.

What's the verdict on dimarzio? if you're familiar.
They have a great system on their website, to choose appropriate pickups based on the style sound you're looking for.

Michael wrote:
I recall GLW or someone saying they didn't like Washburn ages back, but yeah, that was ages back so I can't remember clearly.

It wasn't me.

I own one and I think it's a fine guitar!

(Please forgive me posting a guitar pic on a bass thread!)

I've also played Washburn acoustics in the past and was really impressed with their tone and playability.

Sorry GLW, heck knows where I dreamed that one up :)

Guitar picture... posted on bass cat... must find mod's button... must delete image... :lol:

Joking aside, a recommendation for the build quality and playability of the Washburn guitar bodes well for their bass products. Also, I've been meaning to address your perfectly valid point, Mack. It can get a bit quiet here in the bass cat, and I appreciate how you've hung around to pose some interesting Qs for discussion.

I'm in a bit of a quandary because, although I try to answer any Qs and contribute an op, I also feel that a "mods Tim and 1BL swap posts" section would be a turn off for passers-by. The soft option is to put up "favourite bass line", "favourite bass player" etc threads which often move people to write. However, this can and has been done by specialist bass fora such as The Bottom Line and I don't think this section can, or wants to, overtake those sites.

I have ideas for this cat, but I would prefer to maintain it rather than dictate. So (and knowing this sounds like a cop-out, but it isn't meant to be) I am mightily interested to see what bass players want to find here that's not well catered for elsewhere. I'll do a bit of research and thunking in the meantime but I'd welcome any "I'd like to see..." posts.

Again, I appreciate your point and I'll do what I can to help improve this section.

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