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Offline Blandy

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Washburn D61 SWN 1982?
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:54:56 PM »
Hi Everyone

I bought my Washburn Acoustic back around 87/88, looking to find out a little more about it, where it was made etc...

The model and serial numbers are D61 SWN 82535 and I bought it here in Sydney.

When searching for this model I see that the year of manufacture is the first few numbers? So was it made in 1982? As when I bought it from the shop it was new...

Besides all that it's a great sounding guitar, is there a way to found out where it was made? There is also a 207 at the base of the neck, would this be the luthier that made it?



Offline evenkeel

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Re: Washburn D61 SWN 1982?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 11:39:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum. Your D61SW N is a all solid wood guitar.  Hence, the "SW" in the model designation.  The "N' equals natural finish top.

Serial # info.
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.

And some info on your D61
- dreadnought style, solid spruce top, round soundhole, rosewood pickguard, three-stripe bound body, five-stripe rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, rosewood bridge with pearl dot black pins, rosewood veneer on peghead, three-per-side chrome diecast tuners, available in Natural finish, mfg. mid-1980s-1994.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $550 - 650 $325 - 400
Last MSR was $1,200.
Add $100 for Equis II electronics.
In 1992, the W was dropped from the name. In 1994, ovankol back/sides replaced rosewood.

So my guess is your guitar was made in 1988.  Washburn has had a rather inconsistent and confusing serial number system over the years