Among beginner acoustic guitars, the Washburn D10S stands out as a consistent favorite among guitarists.
Perhaps much of this has to do with the price tag, which at around $250 is an excellent deal, but I believe most of its popularity is due to the loud, clear sound that it produces.
If you’re in the market for a beginner guitar or if you want to add a nice acoustic guitar to your arsenal without breaking the bank, hopefully you’ll find this Washburn D10S review and accompanying video below to be incredibly useful to you.
Review of the WD10S
One of the distinguishing factors of a Washburn guitar is the fact that it is a U.S. company based out of Chicago, IL that has been around since the late 1800’s. In other words, they have a strong history of making great guitars.
While the WD10S is one of their entry-level models, it boasts great quality and a sound that surprised me when I first picked it up.
While much of the good sound can be attributed to Washburn’s manufacturing process, they also use some great material with the Washburn WD10S. For starters, the solid Sitka Spruce top is a huge plus. Most guitars that sport a solid top start at $400 and above (for examples, see the Seagull S6 or the Big Baby Taylor guitars).
The Mahogany back and sides compliment the solid top, which add warmth to the usually bright spruce. Finally, as is customary for most guitars like this, Washburn produced the neck with rosewood.
Washburn uses a bone nut (instead of cheaper synthetic material) and chrome die-cast tuners, so overall it’s a solid-built guitar.
The Look of the D10S
For the most part, I would describe the Washburn WD10S as a no-frills, professional-looking guitar. The dreadnaught body is standard as are the pearl dot inlays.
I’m a big fan of the custom wood rosette, which you don’t see very often with acoustic guitars. It kinda makes it look like a classical guitar that sounds like an acoustic guitar.
If you’re looking for something flashy, the WD10S might not be the right fit for you. But don’t let the the guitar fool you – it looks nice up close.
The Sound of the D10S
The primary reason that the Washburn D10S has become so popular over the past decade is that it consistently produces a loud, clear acoustic sound.
Usually this is one of the characteristics of an entry-level guitar that suffers most in the sub-$300 category. Even beginner guitarist need a guitar that is going to project well and sound at least half-way decent.
The bright, crisp sound is balanced out by warm undertones that make the Washburn D10S an excellent value.
Washburn D10S Review Summary
The Washburn D10S has over a decade’s worth of history and very satisfied guitarists. That should put your mind at ease quite a bit as you’re considering your purchase.
The price is an excellent value for an entry-level guitar and the solid Sitka Spruce top is a huge plus. This is probably one of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen a solid-top acoustic guitar.
In summary, if your budget is limited or if you just want a guitar to learn on, you won’t be disappointed with the Washburn D10S. It is an excellent acoustic guitar.