Always worth the extra to have solid wood over a laminate guitar, but the guitar you are talking about is fairly new for the market place so I cannot give you a personal experience other then to say some of their lesser guitars that I have tried were of really decent quality. I have had many of Washburns and found them to be great guitars that I have used on many CD's .
So now it comes down to you if you are willing to give it a try I am sure you'll be more then pleasantly surprised.ship
I have always liked Washburn guitars, I had one that I kept in the car in a padded case for a year, summer and winter so that I would always have something to play on, and each time I pulled it out it was in tune, I have played a few of the newer Alvarez and didn't really care for them (just my personal opinion), I have a friend who has a few Alvarez his old ones from the 70's are great his new one from the early 2000's had to have the bridge re attached, it started pulling up, and it doesn't sound as nice. But both guitars are nice for the money and you will learn as you play what you like, good luck and have fun playing
Hey Steve I ended up giving my student my Masterbilt ( but with rosewood ) and 6 months later had to have the bridge reattached and it was a pretty nice guitar except for that one thing, but I am leaning more towards the Washburn line as I did have a few issues with Epiphone warranties ( especially if you live in Canada their warranty is for one year only if outside of the US ) Am not crazy about the electronics in the Alvarez and some do not like the neck profile on the Masterbilts and even though I am not comfortable saying this I have never been a fan of Seagulls ( Godin Line ) even though they are Canadian.
Good hunting which ever way you go.ship
Yes it was Steve and if you want living in the DC area there must ne someone who has one in therre store let me check with someone I know who might get you a location of one in DC.ship
And this should help you to see the difference.