Washburn BT3 Reviews 4

Saw it hanging (NEW but BROKEN)in a pawn shop, for $50.00. Looked like good parts on it so I bought it. Somebody did a wammy bar dive that broke out the bridge mount. After looking at it I decided to see if I could fix it. It now plays easier and smoother than my Strat and kicks the Strat's butt in tone too, even after Strat had PUPs changed!

I like the neck because I have small hands and this neck is very thin and has a short Gibson scale. The action is right on the deck and does not buzz. The body is also light and comfortable.

The 5 way switch was noisy and didn't stay connected electricly to the selected PUPs very well. I replaced it with a Fender Strat replacement (5 way)switch that fit perfectly and wiring was simple. Also replaced the tremolo springs with Stronger Fender units to hold bridge tighter, but that might have been the result of being broken before I got it.

This is a cherry sunburst finish that is beautiful dispite a couple of dings on the back and bottom (obviously from prevoius abuse).It is a light weight compared to most. The neck is very thin maple with a rosewood fretboard. Grover tuners are in a 3 per side setup and the bridge is similar to the standard strat tremolo but with better(I think) solid cast bridge pieces instead of the stamped Fender style.

I know I stole mine for the price, but I still think that under $300 is a real bargin sleeper for a new one. I found another one in a pawn ($100) for a kid just starting to play and he loves it. It's a great starter guitar, cheap but good playability. This is a real good bargin ax for dirt cheap, and it realy plays great after you set the intonation. I've heard people bash the Pickups, but they sound pretty good to me running clean through a Fender Deluxe Reverb.

Jim C rated this unit 4 on 2004-03-18.

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