Originally released back in 1999 the Washburn IDOL is the company’s take on the classic single-cut style guitar. This year during Winter NAMM they are bringing out two new models the IDOL Standard 160 and IDOL T160 for 2019.
Washburn IDOL Standard 160
The company released two IDOL models at last year’s NAMM Show and this year we are getting the new IDOL Standard 160. It has a Tune-O-Matic style bridge and is fitted with two Duncan Design Humbucker pickups. They are controlled via individual Volume and Tone controls and a three-way selector switch.
The guitar has a bolt-on hard rock maple 24 ¾“ scale length neck with an Ovangkol fingerboard. The body is basswood and finished in gloss black.
RRP – TBC
Washburn IDOL T160
The new IDOL T160 has a hint of Telecaster to it with its Wilkinson Ash Tray style bridge with the three-brass saddle vintage style bridge. This model comes with TE-103 Duncan Design Stack Technology single coil pickups, again very reminiscent of a certain Californian guitar.
The pickups should help deal with 60-cycle hum and keep a vintage tone. A definite update on the old ’50s design.
Again, it is a bolt-on hard rock maple neck and Ovangkol fingerboard like its sibling above. Along with the basswood body finished in gloss black. However, this time we get a big old pearl pickguard to break up the black a little.