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Washburn: HM Series WM24 Renegade

Magazine article Guitar Player

Washburn: HM Series WM24 Renegade

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WASHBURN HAS BEEN STEADILY BUILDING ITS REPUTATION AMONG shred and metal players, offering such things as the U.S.-made HM Series guitars, which are designed from the ground up to satisfy the most demanding shred-oholics. In that spirit, the WM24 Renegade is a well-equipped ax that sports a thin, bolt-on neck with a relatively flat phenolic fretboard and 24 carefully shaped frets. The black hardware consists of a Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking trem system, a set of mini Grover tuners, and a pair of Randall-made humi buckers. Master Volume and Tone controls and a 3-way selector complete the package. In keeping with its sleek design ethos, the Renegade dispenses with fretboard inlays and limits the bling factor to a sharp looking transparent redburst finish that beautifully highlights the figuring of the maple veneer top.

The lightweight Renegade has a comfy carve on the backside of its body, as well as a generous lower cutaway and rounded neck joint that make it easy to reach the high frets. This guitar arrived with a good setup and superb intonation--a result of the Buzz Feiten Tuning System--which allowed chords to sound extremely tuneful in all regions of the fretboard. And with its glass-smooth synthetic fretboard and polished frets, the playing feel is quick to say the least. The trem took a little while to settle in, but once the strings had been fully stretched, it was possible to work the bar to its extremes without going out of tune. One bothersome thing, however, was excess play in the arm. This can be eliminated with some adjusting, but it's not something you want to hassle with on a new guitar. …

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