Washburn WI-64V review

  • £449

When you walked into a guitar shop in the '50s, you had a straight choice between humbuckers and singlecoils, and that was that!

Image 1 of 2 This Washburn comes with aged Gibson ish fittings
This Washburn comes with aged Gibson-ish fittings.
Image 2 of 2 It s got Grover tuners
It's got Grover tuners.

Our Verdict

Where has this guitar been all our lives?

For

  • Clever features backed with dues-paying build.

Against

  • Nope, we can't think of anything.
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During the shred explosion of the '80s, day-glo painted electric guitars offered big haired guitarists both formats (they called them 'superstrats').

Well, it's time to get your arse down there again to check out Washburn's WI-64V and its mind-bending VCC (Voice Contour Control) technology.

The WI-64V has been hewn from a slab of mahogany, and kicked about to make it look like it's been owned by a butter-fingered 60s session man.

Where most guitars let you choose between either a singlecoil or a humbucker tone, this axe lets you blend the sound in increments, unlocking a voice that's anywhere between the twang of the former and the warmth of the latter.

Washburn likens the concept to a dimmer switch - but it's much more exciting than that.

From the slim body to the manageable neck, the Idol's rocked since its launch in '99. The scuffing on this guitar is the icing on an already tasty cake.

Then there's the VCC system. There's a control dial for each pickup, so first TG turned both down to '1', bringing in a singlecoil snap that's perfect for biting riffs. Next, we rolled both up to '10', put both feet in the humbucker zone, and unlocked a thick roar.

Finally, we rolled both controls to '5' and started racking our brains for words to describe the warm-yet-cutting hybrid tone that spilled forth. You've literally never heard anything like it. The WI-64V is versatile, cool, and cheap. What's not to like?

Tech Specs

Available Controls2 x Voice Contour Controls 2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector
Available FinishBlonde, Black
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
HardwareAged finish Grover 18:1 tuners, Tune-o-matic bridge, Stop tailpiece
InlaysDot
Neck MaterialMahogany, set, one-piece
No. of Frets22
Pickup2x WB630 high output pickups