Michael Sweet J40SCE

Michael Sweet J40SCE


A big, booming tone that can cut-through other instruments is what many guitarist are seeking, that included Michael Sweet. Best known as the guitar player in Stryper, Michael needed an acoustic that would work when playing live, recording or writing. The Michael Sweet J40SCE signature Washburn guitar features a jumbo body shape and extra depth, which is loud and clear, with well pronounced bass tone that most acoustics lack. This performance-first foundation has been enhanced visually with a solid bearclaw spruce top, highly figured quilted maple back & sides along with an ornate combination of inlays, rosette, and body binding. If you need to get a little louder it also has integrated Barcus Berry electronics. Plugged in or unplugged this acoustic is ready to roll.

Key Washburn Features

Solid Bearclaw Spruce Top

Bearclaw Spruce is highly sought after by luthiers because it has a shallow, cross grain curl that increases cross grain stiffness and enhances the tone and sustain.

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Big Jumbo Body

If you are looking for booming tones and projection, then this is the guitar for you. You get big sounds from this big jumbo bodied acoustic.

partial view of man playing Washburn acoustic guitar

Integrated Barcus Berry Electronics

The integrated Barcus Berry LX4 electronics allow you to fine tune your tones and is perfect for stage or studio.

closeup of Barcus Berry electronics on Washburn acoustic electric guitar


Body & Construction

Top Wood Solid Bearclaw Sitka Spruce
Back Wood Highly figured Quilted Maple
Sides Highly figured Quilted Maple
Bracing Quarter-sawn hand-scalloped Sitka Spruce
Rosette Abalone
Type Acoustic Guitars
Shape Jumbo
Style 6 String Acoustic, Cutaway


Preamp System Barcus Berry LX4


Neck Wood Okoume
Fretboard Laurel
Number Of Frets 21 nickel-silver medium jumbo
Inlays Acrylic
Scale 25 1/2"


Hardware Chrome w/ Rose Pearl Buttons
Bridge Laurel
Tuners Die-Cast


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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