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Offline jbart

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Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:31:15 AM »
I have my Grandmothers Washburn 5240 acoustic guitar and the original case.  The guitar is in excellent condition.  It is stamped 5240 inside the body at the base of the neck and has serial #1571 stamped into the back of the head below an oval brass medallion.  She said she purchased it as a teenager in Chicago when she was a teenager.  My research indicates it was made between 1930 and 1934 (which would have made her 20 - 24).  I plan on giving it to my daughter and would like to have some background and a value of the guitar.  Any help would be appreciated.  I would post some photos if I could figure out how to do it.  [https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=521086767916022&set=a.521086721249360.79674349.100000441113573&type=3&theater]

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Re: Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 09:09:18 AM »
Try posting your request for info in the Acoustic Guitar Players forum, there are a group of historians there who frequent that board:

http://forums.washburn.com/index.php/board,11.0.html

For pics, most of us use Photobucket.  Free, easy to use, upload your photos from a computer and when you want them to appear in your post, just copy and paste the IMG code at the bottom of the photos into your post and the photo will appear.

Sounds like a lucky find!  One suggestion....have it checked out by a luthier.  IIRC most of the older parlor guitars were all solid woods back in those days and there may be issues with things coming unglued in the ensuing years. Aslo,  it's not unusual for these older parlors to need a neck reset. 

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Re: Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 02:53:29 PM »
Actually the guitar was made around 1937 and was a grand concert orchestra size modelmahogany b/s solid headstock,celluloid headstock overlay with engraved Washburn and radial lines neck joining at the 14th fret 19 or 20 frets rosewood fingerboard with 5 pearl dots at 5,7,9, and 12 ( 2 dots ).
As for value that I cannot guess at its a little to new for me to know but a rough amount would be at the very bottom end I would think around $1000.00 if it is not in need of any repairs and is in great shape as you describe, if there are cracks in the top or back well that will reduce the value but that price can go much higher if you find a couple of folks who really want it .ship
Here is a very nice sample of one   http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Museum/Guitar/Washburn/Tonk5240/tonk5240.html

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Re: Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 05:49:17 PM »
Thanks for the help and information.  I will move to acoustic guitar forum and post some pictures.

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Re: Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2019, 08:15:28 AM »
I also want to know few tips about Washburn 5240 acoustic guitar. But I can't find any suitable website in which I can find all information about this guitar. Then i was reading few reviews about service in https://www.bestbritishwriter.com/ukessays-com-review/ website and over there I have found your post in which you have shared the forum page in which I can find all information about Washburn 5240 acoustic guitar. Thanks for that.

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Re: Washburn 5240, Need help with background and value
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 06:09:17 AM »
I think the Washburn WD10S dreadnought acoustic guitar is one among the best-selling acoustic guitars. best way to buy tickets for musee d orsay It has a solid spruce top, mahogany sides, and back, satin finish on the neck with a two-way truss rod going through it.