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Offline Erik Bongue

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HB 35, no serial number
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:29:44 PM »
I bought this HB 35 22 years ago in Amsterdam, on the label inside behind the f hole HB-35 is stamped in place of a serial number....I appreciate any help dating and appraising this instrument.
www.bongue.com/HB35/1.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/2.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/3.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/4.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/5.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/6.JPG
Best regards,
Erik

jimsmithsr

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Re: HB 35, no serial number
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 02:24:08 AM »
My guess would be that your model was made in 1981-82 or  1987-1988....the diamond neck was introduced around 1981  and the string through the back design was used from around 1983 until 1985-86 with a Washburn locking bridge on the HB-35.   In 1989 the headstock style changed along with the headstock motif.  There was a transition period (for vendors) in 1987-88....your model may have been made in Japan or Korea if it's from that period. (I can't tell from photos)
I'm leaning toward 81-82 ....the position markers look very plain...like some Beckman era model acoustic Washburns that I've seen.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2014, 03:53:59 AM by jimsmithsr »

Offline Gabe

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Re: HB 35, no serial number
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2015, 02:19:36 PM »
Erik,

I have the EXACT same guitar, only black. I bought it in high school in about 1988. It does not have a serial number. I have always been curious about this guitar. Did you find out any info about your Washburn?

Thanks!
Gabe
 

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Re: HB 35, no serial number
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2016, 07:13:00 PM »
I bought this HB 35 22 years ago in Amsterdam, on the label inside behind the f hole HB-35 is stamped in place of a serial number....I appreciate any help dating and appraising this instrument.
www.bongue.com/HB35/1.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/2.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/3.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/4.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/5.JPG
www.bongue.com/HB35/6.JPG
Best regards,
Erik

That's a roughly 1988-1989 model. As seen in the 1989 catalog. Made in Korea by Samick, as you can see their unique wide bridge.

Erik,

I have the EXACT same guitar, only black. I bought it in high school in about 1988. It does not have a serial number. I have always been curious about this guitar. Did you find out any info about your Washburn?

Thanks!
Gabe

Same as above. Samick also made the Epiphone Sheraton at this time, which you will notice some similarity with. Cheers.