It’s not often you can find a great sounding acoustic guitar for right price mark. Usually you have to wade your way through a lot of no-name brands and low quality models before you find one that ranks above the rest. But rest assured they do exist!
Fortunately, there are a handful of well-known manufacturers that make some great beginner acoustic guitars that are perfect for budget-conscious musicians to pick up. One of those brands is the historical company, Washburn.
Washburn has been making guitars since 1883 as a division of stringed instrument maker Lyon & Healy. Since their inception, they have developed quite a reputation throughout the century and maintained a solid commitment to building high-quality instruments that excel in playability and tone.
Many professional artists turn to Washburn guitars as their primary instrument. Players like Nuno Bettencourt, the late Dimebag Darrell, and film composer and former guitarist for the band Yes!, Trevor Rabin, all played Washburn guitars.
A Look at the Washburn WD10S
If you’re in the market for a great budget priced instrument without a lot of frills but uncompromising on quality, then they’ve got just the model for you.
The Washburn WD10S (from the Heritage series) is going to be about one of the best sounding guitars you’ll ever find at such a low introductory price tag.
First off – the build quality of this instrument is exceptional. Everything about it from the wood choice (solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and rosewood neck) to the detailing is extremely well done.
There’s something about that solid dreadnought design and natural finish that feels elemental in a good acoustic guitar.
Right out of the box the WD10S comes to set up with nice low action and great tone. It doesn’t have strange vibrations or rattles like most guitars in this price range will have. The guitar also does a wonderful job holding some very nice sustain.
The WD10S comes standard with D’Addario strings which gives it a vibrant and surprisingly loud sound. You’ll also appreciate the fact that it doesn’t easily fall out of tune like most lower-end guitars are notorious for doing.
Another thing I like about this guitar is that it has a comfortable neck profile for ease of playing. No sharp or rough frets to avoid; a nod to the 52-checkpoint inspection of Washburn’s commitment to quality.
A Sounding Guitar for the Price
Even though you could easily buy an acoustic guitar from other well-known companies like Fender or Yamaha, I wouldn’t write this guitar off as just another introductory priced option.
Washburn has a strong reputation for craftsmanship and has done a fine job creating something in the entry-level market.