Dating vintage washburn guitars
If my friend would sell his, I'd be all over it in a second.
I bought a Washburn 1892 Re-Issue Model R306 about 20 years ago on a whim.
Sounds great, rosewood back and sides, I have no idea what kind.
I'll also note that I had some hair in that picture.
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.
Nice short scale length and a huge 48mm wide V neck (and I mean a V neck). I'm glad U S Music is importing some decent parlor guitars from Asia. But trying to evoke a "century-old tradition," as so much of the modern advertising seems to do, is a fraud, in my book -- even if the new guitars are similar in design and materials to the old Washburns. Allen Hopkins Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello Natl Triolian Dobro mando Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back H-O mandolinetto Stradolin Vega banjolin Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello Flatiron 3K OM I'm not sure, I do not register marketing in really any form.I really like the looks of the vintage case that comes with it as well. I was actually far from disapointed, more delighted to be honest! even though it is made in Indonesia (whatever that matters) Mine has solid Trembisi back and sides (similar to mahogany) and a solid spruce top.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.The finish has proven indestructible; no pickmarks! The best I've seen are the ones that were priced in the low 4 figures. The model before that was in the mid-3 figures and was a lot of bang for the buck. v=Jr SE2J1EQi I https://youtu.be/AQe Is Lk B0c I https://youtu.be/fswwgc2ev3U https://
I have a friend who had one...it's one of the nicest sounding guitars I've ever heard.