Washburn HB36 Vintage Hollowbody - Vintage Sunburst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Flame Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Resonant Tone with Incredible Sustain

The Washburn HB36 semi-hollowbody electric guitar leverages premium tonewoods to create a sweet-sounding and elegant-looking instrument. You get the warm, resonant sound you'd expect from a hollowbody, with enhanced sustain and note definition from the maple center block. The center block reduces resonant feedback too, so it's great onstage. For tonal flexibility, two humbuckers with their own volume and tone controls are ready to rock. Long story short, you've got a great guitar for almost any style when you're holding the Washburn HB36 semi-hollowbody.

Washburn HB36 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Long spruce center block enhances your tone
  • Elegant appointments throughout
  • Since 1883, Washburn has been producing exceptional instruments
Long spruce center block enhances your tone

You get a lot of tonal bang for your buck with the Washburn HB36, thanks in part to its maple center block. The center block allows the otherwise-hollowbody to resist resonant-frequency feedback. That means you can rock out louder, with more gain, without your amplifier squealing out of control. Maple is a snappy tonewood that enhances your note definition, clarity, and sustain.

Elegant appointments throughout

Washburn designed the HB36 semi-hollowbody with top-notch tonewoods throughout. The back and sides are gorgeous flame maple, a great tonal match for the rich spruce top. The rosewood fretboard ands warmth, and ebony is used for the pickguard and even the control knobs too. And multi-laminate binding adorns the body, F-holes, and fretboard for an incredibly smooth appearance. While it plays incredibly well, it doesn't hurt that the HB36 is a great-looking guitar too.

Since 1883, Washburn has been producing exceptional instruments

With humble beginnings in Chicago dating back to the 1880s, Washburn is an American institution in musical instrument manufacturing. From guitars to mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and more, Washburn has long been a recognized and cherished brand among musicians. Many of the biggest names in folk, blues, and rock 'n' roll have played these well-crafted, quality instruments. Washburn combines quality construction with premium materials to deliver an instrument that's ready to perform on any stage. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to find out more about this iconic brand.

Washburn HB36 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Sonically versatile semi-hollowbody with a solid maple center block
  • Dual humbuckers each have their own volume and tone controls to fine-tune your tone
  • Elegant appointments like binding on body, F-holes, and fretboard
  • Rosewood fretboard plays fast and smooth while adding warmth your note attack
  • Grover 18:1 tuners for exceptionally precise tuning stability
  • Hard case included
Rock out with style, with the Washburn HB36!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple
Top Material Spruce
Color Vintage Sunburst
Neck Material Maple
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.693"
Nut Material NuBone
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge, stop bar tailpiece
Tuners Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup 621 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup 623 Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way selector
Strings (.009-.042)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number HB36K

Customer Reviews

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Tone Tone Tone!

I have been looking for a new guitar for a couple of years. My sales engineer David Hess has always been so patient with all my questions and has allowed me to try out at least 15 or more guitars over the last 2 years. I saw this guitar on the website and it looked like a lot of guitar for the price. David told me that he would call me when they arrived. I got the call and had the chance to play 4 HB36 guitars. To my amazement they all played and sounded great! I ended up picking the lightest one and it was maybe a couple ounces lighter then the others. Washburn has really done a great job on this guitar. Played it on a gig 2 days later and it was awesome! Comfortable, great tone and great sustain. If you are looking for a semi hollow body guitar and don't have $3500 than this is the one to check out. And it comes with a hardshell case! Sweetwater did a great job as always! Thanks Sweetwater and David Hess!
Music background: 37 year guitar enthusiast!

The real deal

I have been needing a Gibson style guitar for years now. I've primarily lusted after the 335 model. However, my budget just won't allow for a Gibson. I find them very over priced. I am a working musician with a family. The thought of dropping 4G's for a "compressed and steam shaped top" was ridiculous. Enter the Washburn HB-36. The first and major selling point was the real spruce top, second was the real MOP inlays, Grover's and the thin coat of finish. This is dual purpose. I know they did it to give it the old patina but it really lets the wood breathe and ring. I figured I'd have to replace the humbuckers but the sound awesome. I gig weekly and the comments I get are all positive, looks, tone. Last week I played with a guy sporting a Gibson "trinny Lopez" or some such model and this guitar sounded way better. Did I mention it's freakin' gorgeous? When I tell them the price jaws drop....and that with a quality hard shell case. This guitar sounds and plays amazing. I love it and am considering selling my strat (which is getting no love now) to purchase a second. Trust me, the Spruce top gives this a tone that is to die for and I've only usually seen that on higher end jazz instruments.I would have rated it a 5 but I do wish the frets were one size larger but I imagine this is done because you can't please everyone so they opt for the in between fret size. However, when it's time for a fret job I will rectify that. Man, what a gem. It's a steal at this price. Play this next to a plain "dot" and tell me you want to shell out the extra dough?! Oh, one last thing: my guitar weighs 6.5 pounds. So for a guy who gigs a lot and has back issues it's a dream. Nice job Washburn.
Music background: Pro Level

Washburn HB36

Very cool idea. I bought one of these and loved the idea of the finish, the way it played, sounded, and even the stock strings which I still haven't been able to find anywhere. However, It had some cosmetic defects "voids in binding" and at the time I believe I paid just under $750 for it so I sent it back for a replcement. The replacement I received had a few different components from the first guitar I received which was a turnoff along with some of the same defects. Again it played well but for the money I couldn't justify keeping it knowing the Epiphone and Ibanez finishes in the same price category were much nicer. As a player it was great and I know it's a distressed finish but you would really have to see for yourself to understand. By the way Sweetwater was very understanding, made it right and always has. Thanks guys
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Semi Hollows, Washburn, Washburn Semi-hollowbody Guitars