J4 is a model from the popular Jazz series in Washburn Guitars catalog.This series offers a range of fully hollow-bodied guitars with vintage styling.I had a J6 that looked like the one in the picture.
J4 comes with a single-cut body made of plain maple back and sides with flamed maple top. Vintage Sunburst is the only color scheme and it`s finished in gloss.
Rosewood bridge is fixed and backed by a trapezoid tailpiece.
Washburn guitars are much more consistent in quality and tone, than Epiphone and even some of the Ibanez I've played recently. some people have remarked on it being "gaudy", but I have replaced the "W" on one of my J-9's and the tone just died!
Apparently the "Resophonic Tailpiece" as it is referred to, is just that.
but for the coming years you should be fine with that Washburn Washburn has a good reputation for making comfortable playing, good sounding and reliable instruments.
If the neck and frets are ok: Top of the bill archtop: no, but you don't pay for that either.Jazz models also feature vintage tone, best suited for jazz, blues and vintage rhythm & blues tone.Other than that, some lighter rock, latin and fusion styles suit them well.Make sure that it's not touching the top of the guitar, and it will really improve the sustain and tone of the instrument.But while Washburn is one of the best current values out there, your best bet is one that was made in Korea or better yet, Japan. You can contact Washburn customer service to track down the history of the guitar, if possible. If you can find a 1980's J6 in good condition, you will have a very nice copy of a Gibson L5CES but with a rosewood fingerboard instead of ebony and a pressed top instead of carved, but at a fraction of the price.My J-9's (below) are only 2" thick, but are full hollow and the same body shape.