Dating vintage washburn guitars
Cool guitar but make sure on the model number as previously mentioned some are all laminate. I bought the first one (a sww series, tembesi 1883 re-issue) five years ago and it has just gotten better. I just have liked every 125th anniversary that I have played.
I used a Tone-right on it and improved both tone and volume. Bridge is now fine and shows no sign of problems, however, a similar model was offered as a door prize at a local festival and it had major bridge lifting problems, Allthough it was a new guitar, the shop that had it had gone out of business ( due to the death of the owner) and Washburn refused to honor the warranty. I put a teardrop pick guard on it ( I play with finger picks) put it on the Toneright and it has surpassed all my expectations. It could have no name and be painted neon yellow and I would still love it. I just find it irritating that outfits like U S Music, Gibson/Epiphone et. try to invoke a corporate history that has nothing to do with the instruments they're currently importing from Asia.
Washburn Guitars has been around since the early 1880's, beginning its history in Chicago, Illinois.
Founded by George Washburn Lyons, the company focused its attentions on building acoustic guitars.
If my friend would sell his, I'd be all over it in a second.
The build quality is good and the inlay is well done. The present-day Asian-made Washburn instruments have nothing/nada/absolute nothingness to do with the Lyon & Healy Co.'s Chicago-made Washburn instruments from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.I suspect it may be a laminate back & sides, but the top is very straight grained cedar or spruce; I am not sure which it is.