• Washburn KC40 electric guitar
    Washburn KC40


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Dates of manufacture: 

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 (18)

1991$470newguitar-listList price
2018£120excellentErnieStill plays like a dream, classic Charcoal Rain.
1989£200newSteve TStill going strong, and regularly played.
2017$400goodDon TurpinThis is the Left handed Version, in Black, no Dents, chips or heavy scratches. Near Mint !, only light surface scratches as if played in a Store’s New display. Purchased a Gibson Hard Case at Purchase .

Reviews (6)

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Meirion

Average: 4 (1 vote)
It’s a good guitar and quite unique compared to guitars these days. I bought mine around 1990 and sold it to buy a PRS 20 years later. It’s still the longest time that I owned any one guitar. The Floyd Rose unit was great and I loved the slim neck. My only gripe is that the “alder” body is made of plywood but it really makes no difference to the tone. It’s probably collectable now.

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Tom Schultz

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Fantastic guitar. I will never sell it. Bought it new in 1990 - solid white, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. In place of the single coil neck pickup, I installed a infinite sustain pickup identical to one I heard Steve Vai use. It is an amazing device. I had to rout out the back for the electronics, battery compartment and drill holes in the top for two toggle switches that operate the sustainer. Even when this guitar is stock, I can't believe it sells so cheap. It's as good as many top price electric guitars being sold today. My only complaint is the weight. It is a heavy sucker. Otherwise, it would get five stars from me.

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Roger

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Bought a used KC40 in Woodstone brown & I must say that this is one of the best guitars I have ever owned. It just growls. I plan to buy more when I can find them.

WASHBURN KC40 reviewed by Mark

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Great guitar, I've been playing the washburn kc-40v for years and still have that punch. Very good quality and playability. Nothing wrong.

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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