Archive pages are presented in Adobe Acrobat format. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the whole body, for some reason, sorry. This instrument would have been built for gut strings originally. Can anyone here recommend any resources or reading materials for accurately determining the age and approximate value of older, pre war Washburn acoustic guitars? The Washburn brand was sold to the Tonk Brothers - who also owned the Regal brand, in 1928 or 29. I can't make out the Style number. Here's the contact info for Washburn that I have. Many of the biggest names in folk, rock, and blues have played Washburn and some of the most significant trendsetting music has been played on a Washburn.
I have no idea of the date on this one, but my assumption is the 1930s. The serial number can be found in the sound hole of the acoustic or on the back of the headstock on electrics. With roots going back before the Civil War, Washburn. An educated answer is alot better than guessing or responding to customers with incorrect information, which sadly is the current state of things at Washburn. Instruments with serial numbers that have 4 characters are from the 1970's and early 1980's. So I'd say the reason they don't do this is that they don't have the information readily available. I have seen many of these guitars and it appears as though the first two numbers of the serial number represent the year of manufacture on this model, for example 800123would be a 1980 model.
Are the pickups Seymour Duncan? Here are a few photos of the label, bridge, and the guitar itself. Excellent condition - New strings All images are of the actual item for sale. As for the factory that built the guitar it is mystery on the older Washburn's and some of the newer ones. Has original label inside with Model Number D 1. N Acoustic Guitar This auction is for a previously used guitar.
From the first Washburn electric built in 1. They were the main supplier of stringed instruments for the various mail order catalogs, such as Montgomery Ward and Sears, until Harmony and Kay assumed that distinction with lines of considerably lower quality instruments in the late 1920s. These acoustics have cherry or tobacco burst designs and catalpa sides and backs. The serial number A3991 would date your guitar to 1907. Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles by Pleijsier Hubert is a good source book for Washburn guitar information.
I dont know how old it is but the model number is D- 1. If anyone has evidence that contradicts my serial number theory please so state and present such evidence. I really don't know much about vintage Washburn guitars. Darrel kept guitar solos alive until passing the torch to. A company of this caliber should at the very least have a customer service dept. They are generally faded and I can't see any trace on your label. An American institution, Washburn has built guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and more throughout the years.
This is in nice condition but will need a new string, one is broken. Hopefully, some of you guys are familiar with these guitars. Guitars, basses, mandolins and banjos manufactured in Chicago since 1. Understanding these numbers can be difficult, because they seem to hold no information about the guitar. From the first Washburn electric built in 1976, everyone from beginners taking their first step into the bright stage lights to seasoned professionals commanding the attention of thousands of screaming fans have found a home here at Washburn. If you don't have the Acrobat Reader program on your computer, go to the Adobe Website now and get it.
This guitar is no longer for sale sold on 2. I shall keep an eye on this thread to see if anyone else can come up with useful info. This archive is very simple to use. With roots going back before the Civil War, Washburn began as a partnership between George Washburn Lyon and Patrick Healy. The guitar in question, in this case, is a parlor sized Washburn model A 5991. Up for auction is this Gorgeous Washburn D1. Kerry, thanks for the warm welcome! The original Washburn brand disappeared in the 1930's.
Duck from the Washburn Guitar Company. Sorry, this Item is no longer in Stock: Continue Shopping: About Us. Serial numbers where started over a few times, you need the additional clues to get you in the ballpark. Washburn Guitar Corporate Affiliate - U. Limited Edition guitars are not listed in the Guitar Archive. They also owned Regal Instrument Co. Those things are more helpful for dating Washburns than the serial number by itself.
Each type of Washburn guitar has a model number, which is used to identify the guitar on websites and in catalogs. They were identical instruments and I had thought at the time that they were numbered by production order a process that Washburn disputes. Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 or more characters are from the late 1980's-2000's Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 characters or less are typically from the 1980's. An American institution, Washburn has. Thanks Ray The serial number will tell you a lot. Mine is away having a 5 string neck made so I can't quote the serial.
Most other necks are single-cut set necks, but any other variations will be evident when looking into your specific series. If it's obviously older, a 94. If your guitar begins with 240000, it most likely is a 1982 or 1992 model. The bridges would typically be Ebony and normally have flattened pyramid wings, this one looks more like one you would see on a Regal made guitar. .