The WSD5240 retains the unique body shape of the original Solo Deluxe, which combines the wide upper bout of a dreadnought with the curvaceous shape and 15 3/4-inch lower-bout width of a Grand Auditorium model. The large body dimensions together with the classic combination of a solid Sitka spruce top and rosewood back and sides results in excellent volume projection and warm, balanced tone. The WSD5240 has a 25 1/2-inch-scale mahogany neck with 20 frets and an ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Other high-quality attributes include a carved solid ebony “smile” bridge, a rosewood-capped headstock with period-correct late-Thirties Washburn logo inlays, and open-gear gold-plated Grover Butterbean tuners. The guitar’s vintage-inspired aesthetics include the herringbone rosette, the tortoise pickguard, and ivoroid neck and body binding. Both the WSD5240 and the WSD5249 come with a case
and limited lifetime warranty.
The rarity of the original 1937 Solo Deluxe has made that guitar a “hidden gem” among true acoustic aficionados, and all it takes is one strum of the Washburn Solo Deluxe to realize why. Although the WSD5240’s projection is similar to a dreadnought, the bass is less boomy and more focused while the midrange is more prominent, giving the guitar a sweet, expressive voice that’s also assertive. The neck is exceptionally comfortable, facilitating fast chord changes and blazing single-note lines.