How does the Washburn WCG hold up to a detailed review?
The Washburn WCG66SCE-O is part of their comfort series of guitars, providing a well-balanced combination of stunning aesthetics and ergonomics that deliver the ultimate in playing experience. With a few unique features, excellent sound tonality, and an aesthetic that is sure to please almost any player, this guitar is ranked highly when compared to similarly priced alternatives.
Features & Build
Washburn has used solid western red cedar for the top of this guitar and for good reason. Not only does it give the WCG66 a distinctive look, but it also pairs nicely with the spalt maple sides and back to create a truly unique sound profile that’s characterized by its warm, well-balanced, and distinctive tone.
The WCG66 also utilizes the Grand Auditorium styling accompanied by a ventian cutaway for superb upper fret access. Whilst the Grand Auditorium shape is a little on the large side, it still feels very accessible and playable to most individuals.
One of the standout features of this guitar’s design, however, is the deluxe re-curve style ergonomic armrest that is found at the lower bout. It forms with the mahogany top binding and reduces any and all discomfort this guitar may have provided.
Furthermore, this unique styling provides a ‘hugging’ feel that makes both sitting and standing play extremely comfortable.
Moving away from the body, players will find a 25.5” scale length satin finished mahogany neck capped with a 20-fret Ovangkol fingerboard. In Washburn fashion, the WCG66SCE is completely devoid of inlays, giving the guitar a lifted sense of elegance to its design.
The bridge is also designed using mahogany bound Ovangkol and contrasts wonderfully with the light aesthetic of the red cedar.
Finally, the mahogany/maple headstock is finished off nicely with a mother-of-pearl Washburn logo and 18:1 ratio tuners – not forgetting the Washburn Parquet style rosette consisting of alternating maple and mahogany. As far as general aesthetics go, you really can’t knock this guitar one bit.
It’s by far one of the best looking guitars I’ve seen in some time, providing a classic look that shouldn’t go out of fashion any time soon.
Whilst this guitar sounds resonant and natural via acoustic projection, it also comes equipped with Fishman electronics – giving the WCG66 a stage presence that is definitely recognized. It hosts the Fishman 501T Presys+ tuner/preamp (to be exact), giving users endless amounts of tonal shaping and versatility, no matter how unique their requirements.
Ultimately – and to reiterate what I previously said – what we have here is one of the nicest looking guitars I’ve had the pleasure of using in some time. It not only looks stunning, but it comes with unique features that simply can’t be found on every guitar. With a sound profile that suits home, studio, and gigging guitarists, it’s hard to be negative towards this fantastic offering.
- Utterly stunning aesthetics that are hard to beat
- Unique armrest feature that provide unrivalled levels of comfort
- Red cedar and Spalt Maple combine to create a perfectly well-balanced, elegant sound
- Despite its good value, some will find it on the pricey side
I’ve been a huge fan of Washburn, ever since buying a second hand electric guitar from a now defunct music store… But that’s a story for another time! This really is a quality, thick and well-rounded acoustic that will stand the test of time and put a smile on any guitarist lucky enough to get their hands on it!