Washburn R360K Parlor Resonator Review – A Stylish Distressed Parlor with a Gritty Sound

Although the R360K looks like something you may have found in your great grandfather’s attic, it’s actually from a relatively new line of resonator parlors from Washburn. The resonators in this series boast timeless vintage looks and a couple of solid appointments that make the R360K a fine addition to our chart of the top resonators on the market. Let’s see what this cute roundneck resonator has to offer!

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Body & Neck

The R360K is just a beautiful instrument, especially if you like the rough n’ ready rustic look – this resonator has it in truck loads. With a compact 24.75” scale length non-cutaway body, the top is made from spruce, while trembesi makes up the back and sides – both woods looking aged and distressed. The elaborate f-holes are eye-catching, as is the intricate multi-ply binding on the top and back of the guitar.

The wide mahogany neck is very nice to play for both fingerstyle or slide players (in a regular position), and is finished in satin with a rosewood fretboard. This has 18 frets (12 in the clear), marked by 1890’s ‘fancy style’ pearl inlays, which just add to the cool vintage appeal of the guitar, while the slotted headstock oozes tradition. Ultimately this guitar has been designed to look like an early 20th Century model, and it succeeds.

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Hardware

Washburn justifies the R360K’s slightly higher price tag with a host of worthwhile appointments. There’s a good-quality biscuit resonator cone and rosewood bridge, featuring a decorative antique bronze coverplate (which includes easy bridge access – very convenient). This nicely matches the distressed bronze tuners, while a bone nut sits just below. The tuners – with aged plastic buttons – are fine and feel very sturdy, but they can be a little stiff in practice. Finally, the R360K comes strung with D’Addario’s EJ42 Resophonic light gauge strings, and also arrives in its own hardshell case (not the most attractive, but it does the job!), which is a decent addition.

Sound

If you’re looking for character in tone, the R360K has plenty of it. Similar to mahogany, the trembesi offers a dark, woody tone, while the spruce keeps things balanced and articulate. The guitar’s projection is good too – quieter than your regular resonator guitar, but the biscuit cone provides a boost to the volume, with a twangy and gritty sound that’s just perfect for classic folk and blues playing.

Conclusion

A lot of effort has been put in to making this parlor guitar a vintage treat for both the eyes and ears, and Washburn’s hard work has not gone unnoticed – we love it. The design is certainly a talking point, while it ensures it’s a guitar you’d be very happy performing with – whether that’s on a stage or on the front porch. Overall, it justifies its mid-range price tag, and is a nice alternative to some of the other more standard resonators we’ve featured.

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