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Washburn relic - any info?

GUEST,TJ in San Diego 04 Nov 08 - 11:50 AM
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Subject: Washburn relic - any info?
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 11:50 AM

An architect friend of mine has had two musical instruments, a guitar and a mandolin, which have adorned his mantle for many years. Apparently, they belonged to his late grandmother and were left to his father, who never played. The guitar is a Washburn, which appears to be rosewood with a spruce top. It has friction tuning pegs, violin style, something I've never seen before. The back has a single crack, which looks repairable. The mandolin has no maker's name visible, but he thinks it, too, was a Washburn of the same era, which had to be circa 1920's or older. Did Washburn exist that long ago as a brand? Has anyone seen a Washburn guitar with a similar setup? I've been trying to pry these away from him for years, since he doesn't play. No luck so far.


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 12:09 PM

I'm no guitar expert, but Washburn certainly existed that long ago. My Washburn is about that vintage, in fact, but it doesn't have friction pegs. Hang on, I'll see if I can turn up some company history...


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 12:11 PM

OK, there's a Washburn forum here. That would be a good place to start, maybe.


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 12:33 PM

Washburn was founded in 1883, according to one site I just visited. I have to stop posting here and get some work done, so I'm desisting now. But I'm sure there must be an authoritative and comprehensive site out there -- I just haven't found it.

Let us know what you find out -- and if you manage to get your hands on the instruments.

By the way, I love my Washburn.

C


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: Zen
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 12:40 PM

I have a Washburn-made replica of an 1883 model Washburn parlour guitar so the company must date at least from then as noted by ClaireBear.

I also love my Washburn!

Zen


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: Zen
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 12:42 PM

P.S. I may be wrong but I think it's the second oldest US guitar manufacturer after C.F.Martin (est. 1833).


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Subject: RE: Washburn relic - any info?
From: Y_Not
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 02:11 PM

I bought my Washburn Woodstock in 1983, I know the date because it was the year my son was born, and it rested in his cot until he arrived, while I had a Carlton case made.

10 years ago I took my Washburn to have the frets dressed and was shown a Washburn the guy had collected dated 1896, it was a small body guitar and needed a lot of work, the neck was twisted.

My Washburn has been a great workhorse and never let me down.

Great to see some Wasburn fans!


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