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Offline FShips

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Where was D97 LTD made ?
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:41:58 AM »
Hi I own a D97 LTD acoustic which I purchased brand new back in the day and it has a serial number 0379/1997.
There is no solid info on the web and I haven't been able to find anything on the guitar that could tell me where it was made.
They were solidly priced back than ($700-800) now I see the value has gone down a fair bit. The guitar has nicely matured, sounds quite nice. Perhaps someone can give me bit more info or if there is a way to track origin based on the serial.


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Re: Where was D97 LTD made ?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 10:57:50 AM »
Try the General Discussion board, a thread titled "Serial Nunbers for Beginners". We have a lot of requests for the same type of info...most serial numbers start with a couple of letters, which denote the city and country of origin ( for example, a serial number starting with SC indicates that guitar was constructed in Samick, China).

If you do not find the info you need there (or through a Google search), perhaps one of our members can help. Apparently Epiphone has some sort of document that lists corresponding "abbreviations" for the various locations of factories. The chances are pretty good that your instrument was made by a different company than Washburn under contract. Some of the older Japanese guitars are quite decent. Yours seems to have been manufactured in 2003.


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Re: Where was D97 LTD made ?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 11:48:50 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  The D97 and D95 were so called limited editions. 1,997 D97's were made.  1,995 D95's.  In the US they were sold by one of the big box retailers and one online retailer.  I believe Musicians Friend and Guitar Center.  Some made it to Canadian retailers and some to Europe. 

Washburn D97
Solid Spruce Top w/select Mahogany back & sides & a Rosewood fingerboard.  "select" is a marketing term for laminated.
Custom Inlays on fingerboard & headstock-
(Dots with a Limited Edition on the fretboard & gold colored Washburn on the headstock)
Rosewood Bridge
Nickel Grover Tuning Keys
Each D97 included a Custom Gig Bag
It came in a custom guitar box with a Certificate of Authenticity & a History of Washburn book.

They seem to sell in the $250-$300 range.  The guitars were made in China.

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Re: Where was D97 LTD made ?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 07:49:40 PM »
The model has been discussed a few times:

One seller said
Washburn D97Solid Spruce Top w/select Mahogany back & sides & a Rosewood fingerboardCustom Inlays on fingerboard & headstock-(Dots with a Limited Edition on the fretboard & gold colored Washburn on the headstock)Rosewood BridgeNickel Grover Tuning KeysEach D97 included a  Gig Bag
but I can't figure where they got that from.

Here's #0811 --

Another, which the seller says is NOS & still bears its MIK tag --

An MSRP of $700-$800 generally (per Fjestad's Law) almost always limits used value to $350-$400, tops -- near-mint condition, with all original inclusions (like the book), original case.

As with the majority of Washburn acoustics, it's probably a really good guitar. However, the "limited edition" thing is misleading; Jim Smith said most Washburn models had only a single 200-unit production run, & therefore in actuality are vastly less common.

I haven't researched yet, but the D-97 & D-95 weren't the only "limited editions" -- a fast search finds reference to D-98, D-95, & D-93. I'd have to compare photos & specs, but I get the feeling there was ONE model, call it the D-9x, spread over at least FIVE production years, with almost 2,000 each year... so that comes out to roughly 9,500 units, which would make it one of Washburn's most common ever models.
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Re: Where was D97 LTD made ?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 06:31:29 AM »
Ok thanks everyone reason why I was confused is that on some sites it said Made in Republic of Korea some said USA for first 800 and some said Indonesia ...
now China is a new spin ... I guess it will be pretty hard actually identifying the origin ... I guess it's not like it used to be