Washburn A-5

  • Washburn A5


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1983 to 1985

The Washburn A-5 was the entry level model of the Stage Series. It had two single coil pickups, Telecaster controls and a bolt on neck.

Specifications (18)


Body materialmahogany body
Body styleExplorer-style body


BridgeWashburn harmonic lock bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsred finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings6 strings


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Nutbone nut
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups

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Washburn A-5 reviewed by Boboboski

Average: 4 (1 vote)
I've owned 2 A-5's and I traded both of them for a Washburn B-5 fully customized bass. It was the best trade of my life in 1986. I was only 16 at the time but I knew that 2 c-list guitars for a nearly new white B-5 bass with a Kahler tremolo system on it. First tremolo I have ever seen on a bass at the time and all of the upgrades were all very high $ and tastefully done. I liked the A-5 guitars because they stay in tune no matter how hard you strum or pluck in my case. I own a A-20 sunburst circa 1984 and it sounds a lot like the A-5. The tones I can get out of both the 5 & 20 are extremely simular and that's why I own only Washburn guitars. It's their trademark sound I'm after and I can get that sound out of every Washburn guitar no matter the price. I think I paid $79 for each A-5 I had and put EMG pickups in both along with a Wonder bar I put on a black one. I paid $20 for the wonder bar and paid $30 to have it installed. Now you can't find a Wonder bar for under $350. I have 17 of them. All different colors and models. Can't go wrong with an 80's Washburn. What a sound and they have cool necks!

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