Anybody Ever Play One Of These? (washburn Parallaxe)

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  1. Mossman

    Mossman Well-Known Member

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    I only know my speed
    Washburn has always been a guitar brand at the periphery of my awareness. I know they have a long and storied history as an acoustic guitar maker, but most of the Washburn electrics I see in stores are usually bare-bones, entry-level guitars with barely a finish and wonky body shapes.

    In my never-ending quest for guitars that I could potentially want, but not know it yet, I decided to check out the Washburn website to see if they had anything new and exciting. Not much appealed to me there, but this looks pretty frickin' sweet:

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    Anybody here ever play, or better yet, own one? Looks like they go for about $350 used.

    Now that I have the Toneriders in my 3100MCC, I really have no need for another LP-style with HBs, but.... I have a disease. :confused:
     
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    Nobody? Will I have to be the Guinea pig?
     
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    I watched one on my local Craigslist for a long time but never pulled the trigger. I don't remember what they were asking for it, but it was more than I was willing to gamble.

    I say go for it! And then if you like it, maybe I'll go back and see if I can find the one I was watching:)
     
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    @Mossman I've played them before, not bad at all but not above the level of your every day Agile. Just a typical well made import. I certainly wouldn't pay close to a grand for one.

    You're better off with an older Washburn, some of them are GREAT guitars and you can often snag one well under $300.
     
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    It's a cool guitar and a cool name but wow am I surprised those went together. As soon as I read the title, I thought what an excellent name for a Super Strat!
     
  6. Mossman

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    Well, that particular model goes for $650 new, and I wouldn't even pay that much for it. I don't have a searing case of GAS or anything, but I've never seen one of these before and was wondering if it might be worthwhile if I came across a used one for a decent price. My next planned guitar purchase is a rootbeer flame 3010 with P90s, and buying another LP-style guitar with HBs would be a little redundant for me, but it sure is a nice piece of eye candy!

    There are actually a few different styles in the Parallaxe line, including Super Strats:

    PXS Series

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    PXM Series (I just noticed that this is the Trevor Rabin signature model)

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    Solar Series

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    Priestess Series

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    And the LP style is the PXL Series

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    And there are various models within each series with different features and price-points. You can check them out here:

    http://www.washburn.com/parallaxe/
     
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    I'm a bit of a washburn booster, but DAMN! look at that upper access!
     
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    Oh yeah... I forgot to mention that. :D
     
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    Even the lefties look sick:

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    I know these are geared towards metal heads, but I dunno... I really like this design.

    I'd get the HSB or the natural mahogany. Kinda softens the metal stylings a little.

    [edit] oops... scratch that. The brown one's got 24 frets. I guess it's the HSB for me.
     
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    I like the looks a lot!
    I am going on memory, but the headstock looks like a Hawker headstock (I think). Perhaps they are made in the same factory.
     
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    i dig the Vs,firsbird and superstrats !, the single cut
    is not for me.
     
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    Look pretty darn pretty. And you know they're built well as it looks like they're another World Musical Instruments built guitar in South Korea. I haven't played any of their new solid body stuff... but I do loves me some J7 action.

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    And I did play an Eagle back in the day... I always thought those were pretty cool too.
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    This speaks to me in places I dare not mention. It's likely just the color and top combination... but it will haunt me for a while.
     
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    I'm not into jazz boxes, but that J7 looks nice, and that Eagle is pretty cool!

    I'm a sucker for trans blue and green on figured maple myself.
     
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    On the LP style, the headstock (and cutaway) look like ESP to me, with just the middle peak of the ESP headstock removed. Looking at these guitars I am thinking maybe made in same factory as ESP/LTD.
     
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    It does look very ESP/LTDish, but the cutaway on the Washburn has more of a scoop to it. I never liked the shallow cutaway on the ESP single-cuts.
     
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    It's one of their older models but if there ever was sleeper guitar, the WI64 is it and you can usually find used ones for low bucks. They also come with a coil split option that instead of a push/pull on/off, is a regular pot so the split is gradated as you go from 1-10. The one with the TVYish finish is particularly sharp:

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    Washburn WM-40 . Heavy Metal Series . Has stainless steel frets synthetic ivory fretboard, Schaller Floyd Rose. Gotoh tuners. one ceramic and one alnico pickup.

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    Yep, the Washburn has a deeper cut, better upper fret access, and a more balanced look. I love ESP/LTD, but like the look of the Washburn SC better for sure. Do like the ESP/LTD headstock better, but not enough to sway my vote.

    Honestly, wouldn't mind having one of all of these, in every color. Just need my monies to come in from PCH Sweepstakes. 7K a week for life will buy me lotsa guitars.

    I really like the one Washburn guitar I own. Very good quality Axe.
     

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