for Proworkshop.com by Mark King
I bought this Washburn Strat style guitar for $55 at a pawn shop in Jacksonville with my friend Paul back around Y2K. Here’s a pawnshop shopping tip, if you’re looking for a low priced guitar find one that does not work. The price of this Washburn instantly dropped in half when I showed the store it did not make any sound. I also got a non-working Squire Stratocaster for $50 which I fixed up and gave to my friend Captain Welsh, both of these guitars had very simple wiring problems.
The biggest problem with this Washburn was the sound, like most inexpensive Strat style guitars it was equipped with custom tone-less pickups, all mids, no real bass or treble tone.
|Before latest rebuild|
Back in about 2003 I put a full sized Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge position and a compact Little ’59 in the neck position. Overall the guitars tone still sucked pretty bad so it was mainly used for photoshoots.
|Original Washburn Trem block|
|New full size Fender vintage trem block|
NOT REALLY A STRAT
|3-position CRL selector switch up close|