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Offline MikeyMcK

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Help dating and valuing a mandolin
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:34:43 PM »
Doing this for a friend. She has a Washburn f-style m series mando with a serial number of 931. Any help dating it and/or valuing it would be appreciated.  would attach a pic but I cant' figure out how to do that with these buttons. ]thanks

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Re: Help dating and valuing a mandolin
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 10:02:17 PM »
To the best of my knowledge, EVERY Washburn mandolin model begins with "M-" just as their banjos are all "B-".

All their F-style mandos have solid-wood tops, & almost all are all-wood.

The M3SW has been around like 30 years now; it's sort of a bluegrass standard. Good instruments, but not a whole lot of demand, & they're hardly rare or even high-end.

Oh, the "value" thing -- I really need to post a FAQ here. :) Depends whether you're buying, selling, or insuring. Right now, an M3SW in excellent condition, with Washburn hardcase, sells for $450-$500. If you want to sell one, you could expect maybe 40%-60% of that, so roughly $250, less without case.
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