Color: Koa Burst


With an exotic koa top and a mini-jumbo cutaway body, the Festival EA55G acoustic-electric guitar offers rich tone, stunning looks, and exceptionally comfortable playability. It’s equipped with Barcus-Berry electronics to give you the sound and control you need for a superior plugged-in experience. Ready for the stage and studio, with an exotic look you’ll be proud to display at home, the Festival EA55G will stand out in your guitar collection.

Washburn designed the Festival series to address the needs of the performing musician and it has succeeded for over 25 years. The Festival series was the standard acoustic/electric guitar seen on MTV’s “Unplugged” series and has since become one of the best selling and most copied guitars on the market.

Comfortable Mini Jumbo Cutaway Body

The Festival EA55G's mini jumbo body is easier to play for those that find the larger dreadnought and grand auditorium shapes uncomfortable. The EA55G is suited for smaller players, young learners, or musicians looking for the more focused and intimate voice that a small bodied guitar provides. Built with a cutaway so that access to the upper frets is a breeze.

Exotic Koa Top

The distinctive Koa top gives the Festival EA55G an exotic look that stands out. Matched with catalpa back and sides, and a mahogany neck, the EA55G’s rich tone belies its comfortably smaller size.

Barcus-Berry Electronics

The Festival EA55G is equipped with a preamp and pickup system from Barcus-Berry, the developer of the first ever piezo crystal transducer for musical instruments in 1963. With features such as an onboard tuner, EQ controls and feedback resistance, the EA55G offers exceptional plugged-in performance.


Body & Construction

Top Wood Koa
Back Wood Catalpa
Sides Catalpa
Type Acoustic Guitars
Shape Mini Jumbo
Style 6 String Acoustic


Controls Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Tuner
Preamp System Barcus Berry LX-4


Color Koa Burst
Finish Gloss


Neck Wood Mhogany
Fretboard Tech Wood
Inlays Dots
Nut NuBone
Nut Width 1 11/16" (43mm)
Scale 25.5"


Bridge Tech Wood
Tuners Gold Die Cast

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1883, Chicago. George Washburn begins a legacy of greatness with the first Washburn stringed instruments, bringing quality instruments priced for home musicians. In 1889, Washburn becomes the largest mandolin maker in America.

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In the early 20th century Washburn continues to lead with quality guitars, banjos, and madolins. In 1912, Washburn releases the Lakeside Jumbo, the first dreadnought guitar. In 1930, Washburn merges with Tonk Brothers and releases the Solo Deluxe, the precursor of the auditorium style guitar and one of the best-selling guitars created.

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With the onset of the 1970's, Washburn releases the Wing series, our first electric models. The Wing series continues the Washburn standard by delivering a show quality instrument at a home artist price. In the 80’s and 90’s the Washburn Festival series revitalizes the art of acoustic performance, contributing to the rise of "unplugged" performances.

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For over 135 years, Washburn has been committed to providing the highest quality instruments. Whether it's a guitar, banjo, or mandolin – if it’s a Washburn, it won’t let you down.

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