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Washburn D10 Series D10SCEK Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar

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The cutaway acoustic/electric version of the World’s Best Selling Acoustic Guitar earned the distinction with superior craftsmanship, tone and value. With increased playability from its deep cutaway and with the addition of the WT-92 tuner/preamp … see full wiki

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Well Worth The Price

  • Jul 25, 2010
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I've had this Washburn electric acoustic guitar (D10SCEK) for over 2 years and it has been an absolute delight to play on. It was (and still is) in such demand that both Amazon and the Washburn sites were out of stock when I tried to order it. I had to pre-order it direct from the Washburn site, but I had to wait for almost 6 months before it finally shipped!

The Washburn D10SCEK guitar is the acoustic electric version of the best-selling guitar in the world -- the D10S (acoustic guitar).

- Sound Improves with Age
The top of the guitar (i.e. the soundboard) is made from spruce (the most common wood for guitar tops). The sound from a spruce top guitar improves with age.

- Built-in Tuner and Preamp
The D10SCEK can be played like an acoustic guitar and to all intents and purposes it sounds just like its cousin, the D10S. The primary structural difference is the D10SCEK has a cutaway for allowing easy access to the upper frets. There are those that contend that a cutaway degrades the sound, but even if it were true, the sound degradation is totally imperceptible to me!

The other difference is, of course, the D10SCEK has a built-in tuner and preamp. The built-in tuner is very handy! It is easy-to-use, accurate, and makes keeping the guitar in tune a breeze!

Washburn has traditionally used the WT-82 (or occasionally, the WT-92) tuner/preamp but they have reportedly started using the Fishman Isys tuner/preamp as well. The preamp has 5 controls (1) treble, (2) bass, (3) middle, (4) presence, and (5) volume.

There are two output options; you can either use an XLR or a 1/4" connector (so there is need to use an adapter, such as an XLR Female To 1/4" Male Adapter).

- Quality Build
The build of the guitar is superb. The neck and fretboard on my 2-year-old guitar has maintained its straightness, with no signs of warping. The metal tuning pegs have remained very firm (not jiggly) -- the guitar stays in tune once it's tuned. Everything about the guitar from the construction to the finish is impeccable.

The quality of the wood used is first-rate:
o the top: spruce
o the neck, sides, and back: mahogany
o fingerboard: rosewood

- Quality Hardshell Case Included
A high quality hardshell case (the Washburn GC110) is included. The case is extremely sturdy and the plush interior is padded to keep the guitar well protected. (FYI, a quality hardshell case, such as this Golden Gate Hardshell Case, sells for upwards of 60.)

(1) The D10SCEK is available in all-black as well (D10SCEB).

(2) The D10SCEK also has a "Deluxe" version (D10SCEDLK). The deluxe version is identical to the D10SCEK except for its abalone inlayed rosette, gold tuning pegs, and rosewood sides and back (you pay a premium for the extra niceties).

I love my Washburn acoustic electric guitar. Its sound quality and build is exceptional. If you're looking for a quality acoustic electric guitar, this one's definitely worth consideration.

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July 09, 2011
Great review! I've been looking into getting an acoustic electric guitar, thanks for sharing :)
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