Build and features
The Washburn HB range of semi-acoustic guitars has been around for a few years now, and during that time it seems that the brand’s quality control has steadily got better and better.
In fact, given our recent experiences with the maker, we were sure our review of the HB-35 would prove to be a worthy contender even before we had unpacked it. Happily, we weren’t disappointed. Not only is the guitar well put together and set-up, it’s pretty to look at.
The split-block fingerboard inlays, flame maple top and gold hardware give the HB-35 the look of a more expensive guitar. Bling in moderation can work wonders it would seem. The HB-35 has the chunkiest neck of all our round-up guitars. We’re not talking about the much maligned baseball bat here, but it’s no skinny puppy all the same.
Don’t be afraid, even as all that wood fills the palm of your hand you’ll still find the HB-35’s fingerboard easy to navigate. As they say, once you’ve had fat, you might not want to go back. Ahem.