Washburn WA90CE Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar

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87 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$170
Washburn WA90CE Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar

The Washburn WA90CE is part of their apprentice series of guitars, aimed at beginners.

What separates this acoustic-electric guitar from other similarly priced guitars is its extra aesthetics, which include body and fretboard binding, along with a nice looking rosette.

This particular model sports a dreadnought with cutaway profile, following conventional tonewood configuration, mahogany for the back and sides and spruce for the top. The bridge and fretboard is crafted from rosewood, while the neck is also crafted from mahogany.

For plugging in, it comes with a built-in Isys+ preamp with tuner, volume control, basic EQ for adjusting treble and bass.

Specifications:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought Cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: Not Specified
  • Nut Width: Not Specified
  • Electronics: Isys+ Preamp with Tuner
  • Pickup Type: Active

Pros
Washburn knows how to please the eyes, and they do so even with their entry-level instruments. And this effort to make their instruments beautiful are always well received by guitarists, and is a common theme in many reviews. The WA90CE looks more like a premium acoustic, but it's not just about looks, because there are also plenty of comments about its tone, both plugged and unplugged.

Cons
There are a few who report string setup and action related issues like fretbuzz, thankfully these can be remedied by minor adjustments or having the instrument professionally setup.

Overall
If you want to get an affordable guitar that doesn't look and sound cheap, check out Washburn WA90CE.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $200.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

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