Washburn Celebrates 15 Years of The Idol
2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Washburn Idol electric guitar. At the time of its introduction in 1999, it was called a modern take on the single cutaway. Its wider base permitted a thinner body to be used without balance and neck dive issues. The shape lent itself well to different interpretations and incarnations including, at various times in its history, a thick body with carved top, chambered body, and both arched and flat tops. It also worked well with both single coil and humbucking pickup configurations. The original Idol also featured the unique Voice Contour Control (VCC) system, which allowed the player to vary the tone of the pickup from full humbucker to near single coil without any added hum. To commemorate the 15th anniversary, Washburn is rereleasing select classic and new Idols from the original WI64 to the USA Custom Shop WI68.
The flagship Idol, the USA Custom Shop WI68XVCG, makes its triumphant return in a stylish Cognac finish. It features a mahogany body with flame maple cap showcasing a reveal binding that lets the beauty of the flame show through. The mahogany neck sports a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard containing beautiful offset figured maple block inlays. Accented with classic gold hardware that includes Grover® 18:1 Rotomatic tuners, Tone Pros® Tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece and gold knobs. Gold covered coil tapped Seymour Duncan SH1N neck and SH11 bridge pickups complete this tonally versatile package.
The WI68XVCG is equipped with D’Addario strings and comes with a Washburn GC5 hardshell case. It retails for $3,999.90.
Continuing with our vintage finish inspired guitars comes the WI60V Idol. It features a solid mahogany, spruce veneer capped, body and a mahogany set neck with recessed heel for upper fret access. The 22 fret rosewood fingerboard showcases pearloid block inlays and the matte black capped headstock features pearloid Washburn logo and stylized inlay. The vintaged hardware compliments the finish and features a tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece and Grover® 18:1 tuners with ebonite buttons to tie in with the ebony control knobs. Dual humbuckers give the guitar a warm, creamy tone.
The WI60V comes equipped with D’Addario EX-120 strings and retails for $890.90.
The WI40NM features a solid 2 piece mahogany satin finished body with a Canadian maple set neck with recessed heel for upper fret access. The 22 fret ebony fingerboard is accentuated by pearloid block inlays while the gloss black capped headstock features pearloid Washburn logo and stylized W inlay. The all black hardware contrasts beautifully against the mahogany and maple, and features a tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece and Grover 18:1 tuners with keystone buttons. The electronics are what make this guitar a real star. A hot alnico bridge humbucking pickup wound to 16k has been fitted, which excels at crisp rock tones and soloing. The neck alnico humbucker is wound to 8k for pristinely warm jazz or rhythm tones. Both are controlled by separate volume and tone knobs. Taken together, this pickup combination makes for an incredibly versatile instrument.
The WI40NM comes equipped with D’Addario EX-120 strings and retails for $1069.90.
The WIDLXSPLTD features a gorgeous gloss finished carved Spalted maple top on a mahogany body with a belly cut on the back for playing comfort. The gloss mahogany set neck features a bound rosewood fingerboard with rectangular pearl inlays and a custom W wing inlay at the 12th fret.
Players can expect a fat, creamy tone with superb playability thanks to the mahogany body and easy playing neck. It comes equipped with D'Addario EXL-120 strings ensuring long life and enhanced tone right out of the box. Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece and diecast tuners. A NuBone® nut is used for added sustain. Electronics are comprised of 2 humbuckers for noise free operation with a 3 way toggle switch and individual volume and tone control for each pickup. With its bold single cutaway style and dual humbucker layout, the WIDLXSPLTD provides a stylish alternative to the cookie cutter guitars that litter the musical landscape.
The WIDLXSPLTD has a Suggested Retail Price of $712.90.
Originally introduced 15 years ago, the WI64 was the very first Idol model. The 2014 model WI64TRK reproduces every detail of the original right down to the revolutionary VCC tone controls. VCC varies the humbucker pickups from full humbucking mode to coil tapped mode and every tonal color in between. Go from thick crunchy tones to pristine near single coil tones by just rotating the knob. The WI64 features a thinline mahogany body with set mahogany neck. The 22 fret rosewood fingerboard has dot inlays and the headstock features a gloss black cap with pearl Washburn logo and stylized W inlay. Hardware includes smooth operating chrome Grover® 18:1 tuners, tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece.
The WI64TRK comes in Trans Red, is equipped with D’Addario strings and includes a Washburn GB4 gigbag. It retails for $890.90