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Pike:
Misinformation about Washburn acoustic guitars abounds.......the information that follows should be useful to buyers and sellers alike, who are unfamiliar with the Washburn acoustic guitar line.
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:

http//www.americanmstudios.com

*{estimated 100 of these were built in late 1994 to early 1995, but stickers not applied to some units until 1996 and early 1997}

     

Quinn Spalpeen:
Thanks Pike, that's some great stuff. It deserves a locked sticky IMHO.

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, guitars,a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.

Cornish Boy:
Informative post Pike, great info once again. A big thanks to Jim Smith and americanmstudios also.

onewilyfool:
Nice and simple....and direct.....no more speculation....lol....thanks Pike

radenshirinji:
If no Washburn trade name was used from 1939 to 1973, does that means that Washburn did not manufacture any guitars during those period?

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