Tim Henson’s Washburn Electric Guitar

This is another guitar seen in one of Tim’s early YouTube videos. The video in question was apparently filmed in 2009 when Tim was only 16 years old, and it features the song “Voice of Entropy” off of the album Resurrect.

Tim playing what's most likely a Washburn guitar, 2009.
Tim playing what’s possibly some sort of a Washburn guitar, 2009.

Model, Specs

The exact make and model of this guitar are unknown as of writing this. The most likely candidate is Washburn since the guitar is equipped with the famous Wonderbar tremolo system.

The Wonderbar, also known as the Shift 2001, is a tremolo system created by the Japanese company Answer and marketed by Washburn in the 1980s. It was developed to rival the popular Floyd Rose and Kahler tremolo systems of that era. Washburn highlighted the Wonderbar’s unique feature: it mounts directly on the guitar’s body surface, eliminating the need for any routing, which gave it an advantage over its competitors.

Wonderbar/Shift 2001 guitar tremolo
Wonderbar/Shift 2001 tremolo system. Photo source: Reverb.com

But, nothing can be safely concluded just from this little detail, because as noted, the Wonderbar can be easily fitted on almost any guitar. Furthermore, the red logo that is partially seen on the headstock doesn’t really resemble “Washburn”. The company did use a red logo on some of their models, but the first letter of the logo seen on Tim’s guitar doesn’t seem to be “W”.

In any case, if you happen to recognize this guitar, be sure to leave a comment below.


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4 months ago

The Shift 2001 tremolo system was not designed by Washburn in the 1980s…It was designed and made by Answer in Japan…Washburn struck a deal with Answer to have them as a suppler for Washburn and had them rebranded as the Washburn Wonderbar…Facts matter…