Washburn WP11SNS Review – Back to the Early 20th Century

AudioRumble rating 83/100

  • Very loud for its size.

  • Smooth neck designed for the fingerstyle player.

  • Based on Washburn designs from 100 years ago.

  • Very old fashioned look.

  • No case included with the guitar.

The WP11SNS is a throwback not only in style, but in actual design. Washburn dusted off some old plans to bring this guitar to life. Now it can be enjoyed by the modern player without having to go to an antique shop.

Design

The WP11SNS is based on designs Washburn used over a 100 years ago. It is a parlor steel string acoustic guitar, which was the style in guitars way back then. It has a solid cedar top supported by quarter sawn scalloped Sitka spruce bracing. The back and sides are laminated mahogany. White binding borders the top and back of the body with black-white purfling on the top. The heel cap matches the binding and features the Washburn “W”.

The C-shaped mahogany neck has a rosewood fingerboard. There are 20 frets and pearl dot inlays. There is a 2-way truss rod to adjust the neck during those times that the humidity takes a toll. It has a natural satin finish on the neck. The neck joins to the body in typical parlor style at the 12th fret. The nut is bone and has a width of 44mm (1.73”).

The bridge is a standard Washburn design and is made of rosewood. It is topped with a compensated bone saddle. The rosette is made of abalone. The scale length is 628mm (24.75”).

Features

The solid cedar top has an advantage over spruce tops in that it sounds good right away. Spruce can take years of playing to really break in. It also smells real nice.

There is only a single strap button on the lower bout. The dimensions of the guitar are: the upper bout is 248mm (9.78”), the lower bout is 343mm (13.5”), and it has a depth of 95mm (3.75”).

It has gold open gear tuners on a vintage style slotted headstock. It is strung with D’Addario EXP-16 Light set phosphor bronze strings. The truss rod is accessible through the soundhole. It only comes in a natural satin finish.

It does not come with a case, but Washburn suggests their GC141 case. There is a version that comes with a Fishman Sonitone pickup installed called the WP11SENS.

Performance

The finish is well done and does not feel too heavy. The satin on the neck makes for a very smooth playing experience. It is a wide neck more suited for fingerstyle players. I personally find the rosette to be a bit gaudy. The abalone is fine it is just those extra couple of rings. The overall look is very old-fashioned, which is a bit of a turn-off for me.

The sound is very much a parlor with that old timey sound. The mahogany and cedar of the body give it a bit of warmth, but this is definitely an older sound. The dynamics are very good, this little guitar can get really loud for its size. This guitar sounds better fingerpicked, because using a pick brings out a tininess to the sound.

Our Final Verdict

Washburn WP11SNS Review – Back to the Early 20th Century The fingerstyle player will rejoice at the playability and tone of the WP11SNS. It is a classic parlor style guitar in every fiber of its being. If that appeals to you, then you might have just found your next guitar.

AudioRumble rating 83/100

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