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Offline NW Bob

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D-25 information, Identification.
« on: December 27, 2015, 11:55:19 PM »
Picked up a Washburn acoustic at the local Goodwill lately. Apparently it had spent a long time in its case, in storage. Great example of a Martin d-18 knockoff, with the same square headstock, rounded pickguard and black pins. Despite its ply top, it looks and sounds great for an 'old' beach guitar. Would really like to know more about its age and origin. D-25 and 2873 flank the George Washburn stamp & on the neck base, inside, are the numbers 808035 with a K over the top of them. Not the 'Rare' type normally discussed here, but would appreciate any input. Thanks, in advance.


































   
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Offline evenkeel

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Re: D-25 information, Identification.
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 10:03:52 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  here is a bit of info for you.

Either the first 2 digits, or the first digit, are typically used to identify the year of manufacture.
For example, 8901827 indicate the instrument was made in 1989, 1988, or 1998. Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 or more characters are from the late 1980's-2000's
Instruments with serial numbers that have 5 characters or less are typically from the 1980's.
Instruments with serial numbers that have 4 characters are from the 1970's and early 1980's.
For instruments produced after 2010, usually the first 4 digits can indicate the year of manufacture.
There is no serial number information or tracking capability for pre-1978 models.

The square, Martin'esque headstock would indicate a guitar from the early 70's to early 80's.  Here is a link to a group of Washburns.  You can find a D-25 by scrolling down the page.
http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Acoustic/JimSmithCollection2.html

Your six digit serial number is a bit of a mystery.  But, I would guess your guitar was built in 1980.  Only a guess however.
 

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: D-25 information, Identification.
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 12:25:23 PM »
I've guessed that the neck marking is a QC number for just the neck. Some factories build piles of semi-finished necks, then select when there's a body ready for fitting.

As you say, the number you want to stick to is the four-digit on the paper label. I also agree that it's probably a later Japan build.
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Offline NW Bob

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Re: D-25 information, Identification.
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 11:38:11 PM »
Thanks for the input. The D-25 and 2873 are stamped on the bracing inside, as well as the G. Washburn circled logo. No paper label. Using the Jim Smith collection site. The body is a match to the D-30S, while the neck is that of the D-25. Being a couple decades older then the guitar. I like the opportunity to learn how to play on a nice starter, that comes with a little history. From the info available, I'll go with 1978-1982 assembly with parts at hand.
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Re: D-25 information, Identification.
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2015, 06:26:06 AM »
Your guess is a good one.  Washburn did not use paper labels in that era.  So, late 70's to early 80's is a solid estimate.