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Offline Razer

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Washburn serial numbers
« on: April 22, 2015, 08:09:28 PM »
Hello,

I am sure someone has asked this before but, would appreciate help identifying my "George Washburn Model D8-N; serial number, 401070025

Thanks
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Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Washburn serial numbers
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2015, 10:47:34 PM »
They were $109.95.
http://www.zzounds.com/item--WASD8TK
If it's in perfect condition, it might be worth almost that much.

The D8 was only made sporadically, like 1994-1996 & 2001-2002, so yours would likely be a '94.
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Re: Washburn serial numbers
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 08:57:03 AM »
Hello,

I am sure someone has asked this before but, would appreciate help identifying my "George Washburn Model D8-N; serial number, 401070025

Thanks
R  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZr

Here''s a chance to ask about something...from what I've read on the forum, serial numbers like yours are designed to tell a story about the production of the individual guitar.

For example, the "4" is the LAST number in the year of production...as Tony says it has to be a 94 model.

What I understand is that the remaining numbers have meaning, too...for example, I think that your guitar was made on January 7th (the 01 after the "4" would be for the first month of the year and the 07 following that would be for the 7th day of the month) and was probably the 25th guitar produced that day (Washburn MAY have been a bit optimistic by leaving enough "spaces" for 9999 guitars to be built on any particular day...LOL).

So...back to the question...has anyone else ever heard about those other numbers in the serial number having the significance I've explained?

I've looked at the serial numbers on all my Washburns and I think it could be possible...

It would just be interesting to find out if that "practice" was in effect as the serial number was assigned to each individual instrument.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)
« Last Edit: April 23, 2015, 11:09:32 AM by YerDugliness »
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Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Washburn serial numbers
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 12:57:46 AM »
Better still: someone should go back in time & impose such a system starting like 1978. ;D

I've heard about Washburn using such a scheme -- sure does look like a valid decoding in this instance, but I can't point to "official" confirmation.

Reminds me a little of the (sneakier) Gibson 9-digit scheme.

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