NGD: Washburn PXS297FRB 29 fret 7-string

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Flashback over 20 years ago, I fell in love with my old guitarist's Washburn EC36. I have been obsessing over those since. In 1997, 7-strings became my primary instrument. Since, I've always said that if Washburn ever made an EC style guitar (i.e. 29 or 36 frets with the Stephens Extended Cutaway) in a 7-string format, it would be mine. Washburn made that announcement at Winter NAMM earlier this year with their Parallaxe series. I've patiently waited for these to begin showing up & I've also heard great reviews of the series. I finally got an email from Sweetwater saying they got one & I had to act on it. Overnight delivery? SURE!

Well, she arrived last week & she doesn't disappoint! Washburn knocked it out of the park! Super low action, great setup & tight quality assurance right out of the box. All I did was put my brand of strings on & she was good to go. I took her to last Wednesday's rehearsal & I was purely amazed. As many guitars as I have owned, this is a big deal. The last time I was this floored was with my PRS purchases. Cut to this past Saturday. I did a 3 hour show & it was just an absolutely joy to play. To me, the true test of a guitar is "Does it make you play better?" The answer is a resounding "YES!" This thing is made for shredders.

If you get the chance, check out the Parallaxe series.
SPECS: Washburn PXS297FRB Electric Guitar

Now, onto the pics of the actual guitar.
 

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And pics of gig night.
Surprise....it's an 80s gig. :)
 

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Wow. Where's it made?

I think I know what my next guitar is going to be.
 

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What's the trem on it? Pic shows Floyd Special but Washburn says they're the 1000. :scratch:
 

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Spec wise these seem really good for the price! I have been waiting to see feedback on them, looks great! HNGD!
 

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Wow. Where's it made?
I think I know what my next guitar is going to be.
Indonesia

What's the trem on it? Pic shows Floyd Special but Washburn says they're the 1000.
My bridge plate is stamped "Special," but mine doesn't have the crappy zinc alloy sustain block found on the Specials. Instead, it has the nickel plated brass block found on the 1000/Pro models. So, a hybrid? Either way, it's REALLY nice.

Spec wise these seem really good for the price! I have been waiting to see feedback on them, looks great! HNGD!
The really are. Totally recommended.
 

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I'd be sooooooooo tempted to finish all my solos with a full bend on the 29th fret, and have a couple of alternate-picking runs exclusively between the 25th and 29th frets :lol:
 

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Washburn has really stepped up their game this year. All of the new models look fantastic and some are really gas inducing. Like this one...
 

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Man that is a crazy guitar, love it! How is the sound of that "neck" pickup though? It seems like with the fretboard going that deep into the body that it's closer in position to a middle pup on a strat.... wicked guitar though. I can just imagine doing some shredtastic wankery and going 3 full freaking octaves with some bending. :lol:

It's a ....ing great time to play 7 strings isn't it?
 

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Yeah, I prefer brighter colored guitars, but what the heck, it has all the primary features. Maybe I'll have it refinished one day.

Man that is a crazy guitar, love it! How is the sound of that "neck" pickup though? It seems like with the fretboard going that deep into the body that it's closer in position to a middle pup on a strat.... wicked guitar though. I can just imagine doing some shredtastic wankery and going 3 full freaking octaves with some bending. :lol:

It's a ....ing great time to play 7 strings isn't it?

The neck pickup, given its positioning, does sound like a typical neck pup on 22-24 fret fiddles. As expected, it's like a mix of a neck/middle sound. Still warm & with a bit of quack, but very useable.
 
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