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    Looking for a new guitar under 500 USD. Particulary Washburn J-3 looks and sounds interesting to me, and it`s not so expensive. What can you say about it? Or maybe I should look at another guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wells117
    Looking for a new guitar under 500 USD. Particulary Washburn J-3 looks and sounds interesting to me, and it`s not so expensive. What can you say about it? Or maybe I should look at another guitars.

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    Washburn know how to make some very good guitars.

    They are as good as any when it comes to the budget range.

    I don't think you will be finding something better than what else is available in that bracket but you should get a guitar that works.

    If you enjoy the looks then you should be fine.

    If you're buying new then I would suggest a used instrument as it allows you to level up into the lower mid range. If you're buying used and you're still in the Lowe range, then sure a Washburn is fine.

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    I have a Washburn J600k. Paid about 500 new. Needed a fret polish. Replaced all the electronics and added a string ground. Lot of finish issues- bare spots and overspray. Bought as my first archtop to see if I like ‘em. It did its job and got me hooked. Doesn’t get played anymore. Need to donate it to a school program.

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    Back in 2000 I bought two blonde J-10s, yhe Orleans model
    Same thing It could’ve used some fret work, a whole new pick up and harness and a lot of set up work

    I donated both of them to kids in my church snd got an ‘82 GB10

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    I think the Washburn archtops are good deals for the money, but the proof is in the playing. I've got an old J-10 Orleans and it's a very nice guitar.

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    Typically, at all price levels Ibanez guitars are very consistent. They might not be what you're looking for, for any number of reasons, but they are also usually in stock in places like guitar Center or Sam Ash. Also, I agree with going used almost always, but keep in mind new guitars in the shop will rarely be perfectly setup or have the strings you prefer.

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    Yeah! Thank you, guys, for your replies! It really helps me! Unfortunately, I live in Russia and even Chinese Ibanez guitars there cost about 700$. And in stock they sound not as good as I want. And here we don’t have lots of guitar choices. In my hometown there’s an• Korean Aria Pro II FA65 in used condition for about 550$. I think it’s worth listening. So I wanna give it a try. And again thank you for your help!


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