Changing a broken E string on this guitar brought home to me it’s amazing resonance. Each turn of the string winder rang through the body like a reverb chamber. The solid spruce top, brand new out of the case, sounds full and resonant. The quilted ash back & sides have a nice wood grain pattern that give the guitar a unique look. The “Hopi” binding is supposed to give it a “Southwestern United States” flavor, but the green stripes looked a little odd, once my wife pointed them out to me. On the other hand, they’re just little pin-striping along the edge and no big deal. The Hopi style inlays and similar markings around the sound hole are kind of cool and look different than most other guitars. It has a Venetian cutaway (which is just a fancy way of saying the tip is rounded instead of pointed) to help you hit the highest notes.
One of the nicest things about the looks of this guitar is the Rosewood butterfly bridge, one of the little signature riffs on Washburn’s better guitars
The neck is thin and easy for a twelve string, though I had to adjust the truss rod to drop the action. A simple operation with the included allen wrench, but you should have it done at the shop if you’ve never done it before.
The D46SCE12 now comes standard with the B-Band A3 preamp. What this means is you can plug it into an amp or PA system and it will sound good without all the fussing with keeping a microphone in the right place next to the sound hole without feed back, etc …
As always, I recommend that you try a lot of guitars and choose the one that speaks to you regardless of brand or features.