Washburn Acoustic Guitars: WB400 Baby Jumbo

by Emmit Sycamore
(Nashville, TN)

The Washburn WB400 Baby Jumbo models (WB400SWCE with single cutaway and Band pickup, WB400SW, no cutaway, no pickup), are 25 1/2" scale acoustics, made with premium woods, with abalone inlays.

The bodies are shortened to about the length of a "parlor guitar", in a style Washburn calls "Baby Jumbo", but with a 14 fret neck joint, combined with the body width and depth of a jumbo / dreadnaught.

The "Baby Jumbo" style makes holding the instrument in "classical position" comfortable, which gives full access to the fingerboard for ease of playing complex fingerstyle guitar solo pieces.

The 1 11/16" nut width is slightly wider than most six strings, but the neck is all Washburn, which are acclaimed as a having a "fast" neck, with a feel very much like an electric quitar.

The tops are solid cedar, back and sides are solid Indian Rosewood, and the fingerboard and bridge are ebony. The acoustic tone of the WB400 is warm and mellow, similar to an archtop, with just a touch of flat top twang.

The abalone fretboard inlays on the WB400SW are oval shaped "dots". On the WB400SWCE, the fretboard inlays are
in the form of a cloud motif, also in abalone. The rosewood overlayed headstock has the Washburn logo in abalone, plus gold Grover "butterbean" style open tuners, with 16:1 ratio. A simple abalone stripe adorns the oval soundhole and back joint, and ivoroid bindings wrap the body, fingerboard, and headstock.

While this Washburn WB400 Baby Jumbo is no longer in production, check-out Washburn's current acoustic models!

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Mar 25, 2012
Typo, or "auto-correct" error NEW
by: Emmit Sycamore

The under saddle pickup in the WB40SWCE is a B-Band brand unit, which may have been automatically "corrected" for having two of the same letter in a row. The folks at B-Band.com described the pickup as a "tape mic", which differs from a piezo unit because it is flexible, rather than rigid.

Also, in the article I forgot to mention that the pickup has dual outputs, a normal 1/4", two conductor jack, as well as a three conductor (balanced) XLR type output. Using the XLR connector directly into a Korg MR1 rocorder gives me dead quiet audio, as in no noticeable noise, whatsoever. Pretty slick!

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