• Washburn KC40 electric guitar


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1989 to 1992

The Washburn KC40 was made from 1989 to 1992, The KC40 was a Chicago Series superstrat and had an ultra thin bolt-on maple neck. The neck joint was angled back and the body had deeply scalloped cutaways - both these features were designed to improve access to the upper frets. The KC40 had a 22 jumbo fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, six-on-one-side tuners, Floyd Rose 600S Pro tremolo with locking nut, one exposed humbucker and two single coil Washburn pickups (HSS) controlled by two knobs (1 volume, 1 tone), five-way switch, chrome hardware. The finish options were Black, Burning Magma, Charcoal Rain, White, Woodstone Blue, Woodstone Brown, or Woodstone Red finish.

Specifications (21)


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


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


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


Body materialalder body
Body shape featuresarchtop, double cutaway
Body stylesuper strat style body


BridgeFloyd Rose licensed tremolo
Hardware colorchrome hardware


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


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

Prices (7)

1991$470newguitar-listList price

Reviews (2)

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Aliza

Average: 4 (1 vote)
I've played hundreds of guitar makes and models in my lifetime. For the price, this one excels. My only gripe is it only has 22 frets, but that's not a big deal for most players. The pick ups are excellent for a guitar in this price range. I plugged mine into a cheap Marshall MG amp and no matter what setting it sounded great. I am a female player and the thin neck is great for those of us with smaller hands. (I have a hard time with the thick necks on all Fenders!) I would encourage anyone to give this guitar a go. I own cheap models to ones that cost thousands - but this guitar is the one I use for all practice sessions. I normally use DR strings, but strung this with Dean Markley 10-46 Blue Steel's and it sounds awesome. Try this guitar, you won't be disappointed.

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Garth

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Fantastic all rounder...so sorry Fender & Gibson..you just don't come close

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