Washburn A-20

  • Washburn A-20V electric guitar

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1980
1985

Introduced in the early 1980s Washburn Stage A-20 had a truncated explorer style body shape with neck through body construction. These were Japanese made (Matsumoku) with good specs like an ebony fingerboard and maple topped ash body. Also available with a vibrato bridge as the A-20V model.

Specifications (22)

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelWashburn Power Sustain pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

General

Made inJapan
Bindingwhite binding
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body materialash body
Body styleExplorer-style body
Body top materialmaple body top

Hardware

BridgeWashburn harmonic lock bridge, tremolo bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialbrass fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersring fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck profileV shaped neck
Number of frets22 fret
Nutbrass nut
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (6)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1987£280good
2013€300new
2000$250wornWattoGreat sound, and action. A real bargain!
1981$1000excellent
1981$1000excellentLeft handed
1987$600excellentVictor

Reviews (4)

Washburn A-20 reviewed by Len Bage

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
I've just picked up a sunburst 1980 A-20V in a trade - a real diversion in style from the other type of guitars I own but, strangely, as a 68 year old musician playing in a blues band, its shape has really appealed to me for some time. This one has a lovely figured flame maple top and the quality is superb. I am a great fan of early Japanese builds. I own three 40+ year old vintage Yamaha guitars and they are amazing. This Washburn has had a pair of Tim Shaw PAF humbuckers fitted at some stage so the sound is fabulous. There was a little adjustment needed to the truss rod as it had some bow in the neck but it now has the best action of any of the guitars I own. The V profile neck turned out to be great to play despite my early misgivings - your hand just seems to rest 'right' no matter what you're playing! But the build quality - ebony fingerboard, through neck (it sustains for months!), Ash body, maple cap, brass nut - it's amazing to me that this guitar isn't more sought after!

Washburn A-20 reviewed by James

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
I own an original 1980's A20V. Figured maple top and in excellent condition with only a small ding or two. Original hard shell case too. Awesome guitar, some of the best quality guitars made. And that amazing V-shaped neck profile.

Washburn A-20 reviewed by Steve H

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Had an 82 brand new,and traded it foolishly. Just bought an 80,could not be happier! Great guitars.

Washburn A-20 reviewed by kevin mccarty

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
I have several washburns from the 80's - the sound, feel ,quality and materials used are much better than many new guitars that cost 1000.00 up - played a 2300.00 dean - I wouldn't trade my g10v or my a20v washburn - love these guitars! - one day the price will match the quality - right now you can find at a fair price, but hard to find

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