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.
Now, onto the pics of the actual guitar.