In the event of nuclear war, only three things will survive: cockroaches, Keith Richards and the Washburn Idol. This long-running series is part of the furniture, but credit to Washburn for shaking up its cash cow, with this year seeing the launch of the Mighty Idol.
Front-on, you’ll snort that it’s just another ‘50s singlecut, but spin this baby and you’ll find it’s a slim slice of mahogany/maple that’s far more svelte than the LP and its brethren. After the Hamer, the Mighty Idol is a veritable feather.
But if you want old-school thrills, you got ’em. The body’s put together in bulletproof fashion, while the neck’s set deep and fills the palm in style, combining with a smooth fingerboard and subtle fretwire for a pretty flawless playing experience.
The setup feels professional, but more than that, it has flair. The Duncan USM humbuckers might not have the cachet of ‘real’ Seymour Duncans, but rocked harder than the own-brand units in its class, with the seething high-output gain settling down into a delicious bell-like clean tone and a snappy singlecoil option too.
In fact, the only niggle is that you can’t squeeze world-beating sustain from that slim body.