Washburn WI26 Joe Trohman

A signature guitar that's not over-the-top and packed with needless whistles and bells? Intriguing...

You could accuse Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman of being a bit, well, boring. We've played a few Washburn Idols now and, at a glance, this one isn't much different.

No Monkey Grips or fluorescent finishes here. It all looks very… normal. Most guitarists use signature models to express their uniqueness. What was Joe thinking?

Hands on

Digging a little deeper, it seems that Trohman and Washburn have been a bit clever.

They've added some features that matter to gigging guitarists, without wasting time on expensive gimmicks.

"I've always liked a bare-boned guitar," says Joe. "You've got two pickups, two volumes, two tones, a pickup selector and that's it."

For less than £400 you get pro features like the Buzz Feiten tuning system and Grover tuners, making this an unpretentious guitar designed to play well, sound good and stay in tune.

In use

Let's say it first: this guitar is outrageously playable. Guitar necks are about personal preference, but string bending is a breeze on this model.

Live, Joe mostly uses a bridge humbucker, but we're glad he added a neck pickup and tone controls, because they make it much more versatile.

Not a Fall Out Boy fan? Not an issue. The squiggle on the headstock and the keyhole inlays are the only clues that you're playing a signature axe, and it's no reason to miss out on this six string.

As a typical mahogany-bodied guitar with two humbuckers, the WI26 is good at a variety of disciplines – blues, classic rock, jazz and metal.

And by choosing a classic design, Joe's made a bargain axe that should be bulletproof against changes in fashion.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

High-end features like the BF tuning system. Unpretentious looks. Great neck.

Cons

Not the most imaginative signature.

Verdict

A quality signature model that melds understated looks with a raft of quality features, this could be a versatile workhorse for any gigging guitarist.

Available Controls

2 x Tone 2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector

Available Finish

White, Black

Features

Buzz Feiten tuning system, WB360 High-output humbuckers

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Guitar Body Material

Mahogany

Hardware

Chrome

Neck Material

Mahogany

No. of Frets

22

Scale Length (Inches)

24.75

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