This is an awesome, black on black, Washburn USA Custom Shop WI566 Idol, from 2008. As you would expect, build quality and playability are excellent. Featuring full Mahogany set neck construction, this particular example would have been a true custom order, with it’s Matt Black finish and beautiful Abalone side block inlaid Ebony fretboard combination. Hardware is also, all top quality, with Grover 18:1 Rotomatic machines and TonePros locking bridge and stop bar providing rock solid tuning. In keeping with the guitar’s appearance the fire power has had a full Hot Rod upgrade and complete professional rewire. It now sports a pair of Gibson Double Black Modern Classic Humbuckers. The neck pickup is the superb 490R Alnico2, whilst the bridge is fitted with the mighty 498T high output Alnico5. In addition, these are coil split via the neck push/pull tone pot and have also been wired so they have true blend capability in the middle position. The split tones on these pickups are some of the best I’ve heard and really do provide a genuinely useful set of extra tone options. The guitar only weighs a little over 6lb and with the full Mahogany, set neck build, these pickups sound fantastic and make the guitar an awesome hot rodded rock machine.
Condition wise it is immaculate. All the hardware is in perfect working order and the frets and fretboard are excellent with minimal signs of use. The wiring has been carried out to professional standards and is perfect. Cosmetically there is very little to say. Apart from some of the usual super fine play/usage marks, there is a little bit of light finish glossing to the picking area and back of the neck. Very minor stuff. There are no chips, chunks or dents and the guitar looks killer. Complete with tools, warranty card, tags, case keys and the original deluxe hardcase, this is a superb example of this classic model.
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