Shaped like a truncated Gibson Explorer with a chunky slanted headstock, the high quality Stage series found homes with a fair number of rock guitarists in the early 1980’s. They were produced in Japan in the highly regarded Matsumoku factory, which also built guitars for Ibanez, Westone, and a host of other manufacturers.
The lower model A10 has a bolt on neck, while the higher priced A15 had a set neck, leading up to the top of the range A20s which had through necks.
Washburn also made a bass version, the B20 which sells for around the same prices as the guitars.
- Features included dual humbuckersÂ with independent tone and volume
- Push/pull coil splits
- A three-piece 22 fret v-shaped maple neck,
- Ash body wings with flamed two-piece maple top
- Ebony fretboard with brass washer-shaped inlays
- Strat-style tremelo with string-thru-body
- Sealed tuners
- Brass nut
- Full binding
Washburn released them again as a re-issue in 1995. Prices are fairly low for such a well made guitar, but I guess the shape is an acquired taste, not suitable for everyone.
I have recently seen a couple of A10s for sale on GBase for $5-700, so I have to assume that the A20 will be a little higher, probably $800-1000, which I think makes them pretty decent value.