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Old 09-23-2012, 04:33 PM
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Default What's the story on Washburn ?

When I was a teenager, looking at guitar magazines and trying to learn about guitars, I got the impression that Washburn made pretty good guitars. Fast forward to today and I haven't seen many people recommend them. I have read their kind of a hit and miss quality wise.

Was there a time when they WERE a solid guitar ? If so, what models or years was that so ?
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:02 PM
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Not sure on the whole history, but from what I understand, they were real good and then they moved production over seas. Then there was a period where they were made in Indonesia where the quality took a nose-dive. They have since made the move to China and have really upped their game from that bad period... but people don't forget that (even people on this forum still think they are made in Indonesia and I see posts reflecting that.. just seen someone claim this in another thread today actually).

For what is it worth, I think the modern Washburn guitars are very well made. And at the lower price points I think they are one of the best bang-for-buck guitars out there (bone nut/saddle, wood binding on whole guitar, built very well and the finish is consistent). I would even argue they are better then the Yamaha guitars that are constantly recommended on here (FG700-FG730). I had a Washburn and Yamaha FG730S at the same time, you don't see a Yamaha in my sig.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:07 PM
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Default What's the story on Washburn ?

My cousin just got a Washburn wd27 something or other. Spruce top and rosewood b/s. It sounds really good. I did the setup on it for her and I really didn't want to give it back
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:25 PM
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George Washburn and sons was considered to be one of the worlds finest guitar builders from the mid 1800's to about the time of World war 2 .( Im not an expert on them but own 4 Washburn instruments from the late 1880's up to about 1915 ) Their as good as it gets.
The name has been bought and sold so many times it would make your head spin - I am not a fan of their recent made Chinese versions - but they are though by many of our members to be nice guitars and a good value for the money .

A great book to read if you want to know more about pre way Washburns -

Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles -by Hubert Pleijsier
I have serial number 69 /500
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:00 PM
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And isn't it funny how these stories get blown out of proportion Washburn started back in the late 1880's they were just as good if not even better then most that were made in those days.
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1} Washburn acoustic guitars made before the 2nd World War were made by various USA builders.

2} The Washburn trade name was NOT USED on musical instruments from 1939 to 1973.....period! If someone states that he has a 1968 Washburn acoustic for sale....he's misinformed!

3} In 1974, Beckmen Musical Instruments bought the Washburn tradename and began importing guitars from Japan, to sell in the USA.

4} All...All....All.... Washburn acoustic guitars made between 1974 and 1993 were IMPORTED { from various foreign vendors}.......period! If someone states that he has a 1989 Washburn acoustic for sale....that was made in the USA.....he's misinformed!

5} Most Washburn acoustic guitars imported between 1974 and 1996 were of very good to excellent quality.....they were as well made or... better made than their American counterparts.

6} From 1994 to 2001, there are only 10 known Washburn acoustic models built in the USA....they are:

D-43...2nd. version 1994-97....made by Tacoma USA... for Washburn *

D-46 S Cheyenne...................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

D-47 S Navajo.......................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

D-48 SW Comanche..............made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

R-310 K................................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

D-51 SW Apache..................made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

D-55 SW Cherokee...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

D-56 SW Savannah...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

D-96 SW Paramount.............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

R-312 K Presentation............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

All other Washburn acoustic guitar models made from 1994 to 2001 were imported......period!

7} In late 2001, a new line of made in the USA acoustics was introduced by Washburn....this line has since been discontinued. {D-78 SW....D-80 SW...D-82 SW and the D-84 SW}....although the new line of Washburn acoustics were well made....lack of consumer interest and little or no profit margin in the product line led to its demise.

8} The quality of the Washburn imported acoustic models has dropped dramatically since 2000.....they're just not as well made as their 1974-1996 predecessors....

Information for this guide was provided by American Multimedia Studios....owner of the most comprehensive contemporary collection of Washburn Acoustic Guitars in the world and a foremost authority on the Washburn acoustic product line. For more information on Washburn Acoustic Guitars and American Multimedia Studios go to:

And also during a time there were some awesome Yamaki built Washburns from Japan and lets not forget that Washburn created some of the very first acoustic/electric guitars.
And then they moved production to Indonesia and then to China and very recently Rudy S sold the Washburn name to a Canadian company Jam Industries out of Montreal Canada.
Hope this fills in the blanks we will have to see how the new line up stacks up they are to new for me to have a valid opinion.ship
And Tony you are right its a great refrence bougth on by the lack of information when he wanted to know about his older beauties so he collected information and refrences from all over.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:07 PM
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I didn't know even HALF that !

Would the instruments made by Bourgeois be the ones to look for, at this point ?
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I have a d21s made in 97. I bought it in 98 I believe, my first acoustic actually. I remember the sticker said made in korea. Its a great guitar. Solid spruce/ lam rosewood, mahogany neck, rosewood board and bridge, grover tuners. 16 years of abuse, it has a lot of mojo, the wood has aged and the tone is great, and I still play it all the time.
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Here's a good link:

http://www.vintagewashburn.com/
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:22 AM
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Well lets just say I might have forgotten that Korean period ( maybe on purpose maybe not ) and yep here is a dirst link to some great acoustics from the for most knowledgable person when it comes to Washburn acoustics and even he can be caught off gaurd with soemthing never seen before.
http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Acous...ollection.html
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I didn't know even HALF that !

Would the instruments made by Bourgeois be the ones to look for, at this point ?
I have one of Dana's from 1995. It is beautiful to look upon and wonderful to play.
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