Washburn Guitars announces the general availability of their HM Import Guitar Series.

Chicago, IL (February 26, 2009) -- Washburn Guitars today announced the release of the stylish HM Import Guitar Series. Designed for superior quality and tone, the HM Import Series features a revolutionary phenolic fretboard, providing the ultimate surface for fast riffs, runs and arpeggios. The line includes six guitars: the WV40, WV40V, WM24V, WM24, WI50 and the WI50V.

All Washburn HM Import Series Guitars feature a solid mahogany body and neck, with Grover Exclusive tuners for reliable strength and performance. The series also includes Randall pickups, which have been specifically created to sonically match and strengthen the performance of any guitar amp tone.

"Our Washburn HM Import series offers a tremendous value for guitarists who want the lightning fast speed and quality build that our HM series is known for," said Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations at Washburn Guitars. "With the HM Import Series, we have been able to provide high-end features at affordable prices, resulting in a line of guitars that allows musicians across all genres to perfect their sound while using a meticulously crafted and visually stunning instrument."

Features:
-Solid Mahogany bodies.
-WV40, WV40V, WI50 and WI50V feature set Mahogany necks, while the WM24V and WM24 feature Mahogany bolt on necks
-Phenolic fretboard
-Grover Exclusive tuners
-Randall humbucking pickups
-Licensed Floyd Rose Bridge featured on the WV40V, WM24V, WI50V, Tune-O-Matic Bridge featured on WV40, WM24 and WI50 -Buzz Feiten nut and saddle allows for pristine intonation.


For more information:
Washburn.com

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