Washburn Heritage Series Acoustic Guitars - NAMM 2016

Washburn Guitars unveil their new Heritage line, an expansive collection of acoustic guitars that cover multiple wood configuration and shape.

Washburn Heritage Series Acoustic
Washburn HJ40SCE

The current line up is divided into four series of guitars, the Heritage 10 Series being the most affordable and feature basic specs. The other three include Heritage 20, Heritage 30 and Heritage 40, each one offering improved specs and increased price tags.

As the name implies, these acoustics are inspired by traditional acoustic guitar designs, featuring the popular dreadnought shape, along with folk and grand auditorium styles for the 10, 20 and 30 series. The Heritage 40 Series have a jumbo body style, allowing for more acoustic volume and low end.

The main difference between the four series of guitars within the Heritage series is the choice of wood for the back and sides, Heritage 10 features mahogany, Heritage 20 has rosewood, Heritage 30 has Tamo Ash and finally, Heritage 40 comes with flame maple back and sides.

The Heritage 10 Series comes with 9 models that follow the company's philosophy of providing quality workhorse instruments at lower price points. This series feature solid spruce tops, which is quite impressive especially considering the price. Finish availability varies depending on the model, options include natural, black and tobacco burst. There are also left handed models available.

Another common feature found on all Heritage 10 Series guitars is the use of mahogany for the neck and rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. Diecast tuners, Washburn's tortoise pickguard, and a custom soundhole rosette completes the guitar's classic appeal. Acoustic-electric models are also available, equipped with Fishman 301T Tuner/Preamp and cutaway body. Also available are models with solid cedar and solid mahogany tops.

The Heritage 20 Series feature rosewood back and sides, and for a more classic appeal - they sport Ebonite tuners. Other specs remain the same, including the neck. Only two dreadnought models are currently available, one of which has a cutaway and built-in Fishman 301T electronics.

The Heritage 30 Series goes a step further with tamo ash for the back and sides. Another important distinction of this line is the use of gold finish tuners. It also currently features two dreadnought models, with one being an acoustic-electric having the same cutaway body and Fishman 301T Tuner/Preamp.

Finally, the Heritage 40 Series feature jumbo style body with flame maple back and sides. Other specs are similar to the Heritage 30, which means that it also feature gold finish tuners. The HJ40SCE from this line features a jumbo cutaway body and upgraded electronics, i.e. the Fishman 501T.

For more information on these new guitars, you can head over to Washburn. You can also visit Washburn Guitars at the 2016 NAMM Trade Show, at Booth 5740.

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