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1989 to 1992

The Washburn KC20 was the entry level Chicago series superstrat. It came with HSS Washburn pickups and a vintage style vibrato bridge. The KC20 was availalble with rain-effect finishes including pacific blue rain, red rain and purple rain.

Source: Washburn catalog 1990.

Specifications (19)


Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelWashburn pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, purple finish, red finish, white finish
Made inKorea
Number of strings6 strings


Body materialwood body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway


Bridgetremolo bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


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

Prices (9)

1991$350newguitar-listList price
1992399 DEM worn
1991799 DEM worn
2005$0goodNickGrandfather gave me a kc20 with serial number 9091391, red rain finish.
1994₪500goodPlayed it hard through highschool and beyond. I still own it now and even gigged it again in 2023

Reviews (4)

WASHBURN KC20 reviewed by DC

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Had my KC20 since 1989-90 it's my go to for practice etc and I have played live countless times using it. Currently it's being upgraded to locking tuners, a new floating bridge new nut new 5 way switch. I love the neck on this instrument even more than my MM Luke Has such a feel and tone to it that it's worth all the work! Pickups are awesome, no noise and clean transitions during performance. So hang onto the Chicago Series they're timeless.

WASHBURN KC20 reviewed by Chris

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I purchased my KC-20V at a pawn shop in the late 90's for $90, with case. Had a local guy set it up and it plays like a dream. Even after buying a couple of Gibson's and an ESP, this cheap Washburn is still my go to guitar. It is very light and resonant. I absolutely love it. My only complaint is the lack of sustain from the single coil neck pickup. These guitars are very underrated.

WASHBURN KC20 reviewed by Mike

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Wow, unbelivable. This Guitar Sounds Bettler than much more expansive guitars!!!

WASHBURN KC20 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 4 (1 vote)
This guitar is highly underrated I got a black one and it plays great. Not super high end but definitely feels great and sounds good for the price as well. Only problem I’ve had is with the slightly loose jack and the pick up switch will sometimes mess up if I push it down all the way but I can just pull on it slightly and it fixes it.

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