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Washburn as a brand has fallen out with the community in past years, but they are making serious efforts to return to their former glory. When a brand is in this state of mind, you can naturally expect certain compromises you won’t otherwise see. Washburn WD25S brings a fair bit in this regard, which makes it one of the absolutely most complete beginner guitars on the market. Washburn has managed to fuse good performance, great aesthetics and decent build quality, which is something that is rare in this price range.
In terms of body shapes, none comes even close to dreadnought when we are talking about beginner guitars. It’s the most neutral, and often most comfortable style of acoustic guitars, which would explain why Washburn went with it. The top is a solid Sitka spruce design, combined with rosewood back and sides. With a mahogany neck, intricate binding, and a very refined rosette, WD25S is definitely among the most beautiful guitars in this price range.
Since good looks don’t make a good guitar, let’s take a look at what type of hardware Washburn chose for this model. Starting from the bridge, we see a standard rosewood design with a bone compensated saddle. To say that’s a good start would be an understatement. The nut is also made of real bone, while the tuners come in form of a pretty decent set of die cast machines. Truth be told, nothing about the hardware on WD25S is impressive, but it works. That is all we could care for in this price range.
Dreadnoughts have a very specific sound, however, it takes quality and craftsmanship to deliver that sound through a guitar. Needless to say, Washburn delivered in this aspect as well. The tone is pretty warm with enough lows and mids to give you a full, wide sound. Trebles are crispy and bring a good dose of definition. Compared to more expensive models of this type, WD25S comes across as a great bang for the buck guitar. Compared to most guitars in its own price range, it’s definitely in the top 10% in terms of performance. That is more than good enough for an intermediate guitar player, let alone a beginner.
At the end of the day, when you put the pros and whatever cons you can find on this guitar, the outcome is pretty predictable. Washburn WD25S might not be the most refined dreadnought on the market, but it offers a lot to those looking for value on a budget. Not only does it look great, but it has the performance to back up the aesthetics. Some of the features you can find on WD25S are simply too rare in its price range, which makes it one of the most well-rounded packages you can get right now. If you are a beginner looking for their first guitar, do yourself a favor and check out this Washburn. It’s worth it.