Washburn Guitars is pleased to announce the Sonamaster Series of double cutaway guitars and basses. Aimed at entry level players seeking the perfect marriage of quality and value, the Sonamaster Series consists of the models S1, S2, S3 guitars.
Do they look familiar? Well to me it looks like Washburn have taken their Nuno Bettencourt signature model (N4) and given it a more traditional, rounded Fender-y look. I don’t think they can say they are not the Washburn equivalent of a Strat but with the sharper cut of the headstock and the N4 shape which is actually very different to a Stratocaster.
“The S1 is available in tobacco sunburst and black and features a basswood body with 3-single coil Sonamaster pickups and wired with a 5-position switch, 1 Volume and 1 Tone control. A maple neck sports a rosewood fingerboard and a reverse headstock with Washburn engraved die cast tuners for easy and precise tuning. The fulcrum style tremolo is perfect for gentle vibrato or full on dive bombs. The S1 is full of the classic tone single coil equipped guitars are famous for.”
“The S2 comes in metallic black, metallic red and metallic blue. The alder body features slightly hotter Sonamaster + single coil pickups and a Washburn humbucker in the bridge position for meatier lead tones. The control layout and hardware is identical to the S1.”
“The S3 comes in 2 flavors; the 3 single coil S3XTS with flame maple tobacco sunburst top and the 2 single coil/1 humbucker S3HXRS with cherry sunburst flame maple top. Both guitars feature alder bodies and the hotter Sonamaster + single coil pickups. All other features are the same as the S1.”
NAMM 2016: Washburn Sonamaster Series Guitars
Source: Guitar Noize