Washburn KC-20V
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RickD 02/05/2008

Washburn KC-20V : la opinión de RickD (content in English)


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- In What Country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)
I believe this was made in Korea.

- How many frets, Pickup Type and Configuration?
If i remember correctly it's a 22 fret.
It has 2 single coils & one humbucker.

- What type of Bridge(Floyd, Wilkinson...)?
Oooh, now the tremolo on this is really basic, and it won't let the guitar stay in tune very well...it doesn't lock the strings at all. Best not used?
The strings go through the body, vertically, for added sustain (the guitar doesn't have much...).

- What are the setting controls (volume, tone, pickup selector position)?
1 volume, 1 tone, 5 position pickup selector.

- What type of neck?...
The neck is nice, narrow, & easy to play. It is bolted, not glued, so little sustain.
The body is nicely finished.


- Does the neck have a nice feel?
See above.

- Easy access to the top notes (last frets)?
Yes, not bad, but only 22 frets.

- Is it's design ergonomic(in terms of the shape, weight...)?
Yes, quite nice.

- Can one easily get a nice sound?...
Errm, no.
Don't even try. A good player will make it sound ok, i can't make it sound like anything at all.


- Does it suit your style of music?
Maybe with the right effects...

- With what amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it?
I never use this, it was my first, and i have a proper guitar now.

- What kind of sounds do you get and with what settings(clean, distorted,...)?
Poor sound whatever the setting.

- What are your favorite sounds and/or least favorite?
The best sound is the humbucker, quite loud and lots of medium & treble: great for slide. But i really can't see what else this guitar could be used for. Maybe rhythm with the selector on position 2 (both single coils).


- For how long have you been using it?
I used it for about 5 or 6 years. Looking back, i wonder how i managed to bear it for so long.

- What thing do you like most about it?
That i don't have to use it anymore.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Nope, was my first. I got a tiny 20w McKinley amp with it...no reverb, terrible sound...

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I paid 1980 Francs (£200) for it in 1991 (new), but you could find it for 1400 Francs (£140) at the time already if you looked around. I think it was very overpriced and i really wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even for a fraction of the price. Unless you're planning to change all the pickups...in which case it could be a decent guitar i suppose. Maybe i should do that...