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Offline Lunaray

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« on: March 29, 2010, 09:48:05 AM »
When was the last American made Washburn produced?  I'm sure that someone here can give us a short history lesson on American-manufactred Washburns.

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Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 09:57:26 AM »
There are some electrics still made here I think... As for acoustics, I'm thinking around the late 90's, (By Tacoma??) but I'm sure Pike will be able to give us the real date.



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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 11:26:28 AM »
The last USA acoustics were the Stover built D-78SW,D-80SW,D-82SW and the D-84SW which came on line in 2001. Not sure of the last year these were built.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 02:40:37 PM »
during my tour of the facility last year at this time, I viewed several Stover bodies which had never been completed. Terry Atkins, head of custom shop manufacturing (which was still cranking out electrics, under several names, not just Washburn) indicated that those were only 2 years old and may still see the light of day as finished guitars....in the spirit of utilizing a decent body, not in the spirit of resurrecting acoustic production stateside.

There was a youtube video of Stover building these in Chicago dated May '08. That certainly could have been dated, but I would think by months, not years...

Jim Smith may have better recollection of the dates.

So the short answer is:
Acoustic - within the last 5 years (very safe estimate)
Electric - if your real quiet, you can hear the machining centers humming from here......
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 02:47:03 PM »
we stopped making acoustics at the end of 2008.  I don't remember exactly what month.  I'll check on it.
We are still producing Washburn electrics in the Mundelein facility.