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Offline labradorim

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Deciphering S/N 170168 on model D30s
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:06:22 PM »
My grandmother purchased a Washburn D30s for my sweet 16 in 1979 (you can do the math!).  I've neglected to learn much about it and recently took it to my local boutique guitar shop for a new set up; they helped me find the serial number 170168.  I contacted Washburn directly to learn what I could about it and they said it was made in Japan, solid spruce top and rosewood sides and back.  It's really beautiful.  They said they thought it might have been built in 1978 but weren't sure.  I thought serial numbers were supposed to give this kind of information so I wanted to check with folks here to see if any more light can be shed on the guitar based on the s/n?

This is my first time posting here.  I'm happy to post pictures if I can figure out how...help on that would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Offline Waynick

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Re: Deciphering S/N 170168 on model D30s
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 01:49:43 PM »
I'd love to see some pics. I'm a bit surprised they couldn't tell you more at Washburn. Did you send them the pics too or just the serial number?

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Re: Deciphering S/N 170168 on model D30s
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 02:42:44 AM »
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Offline Tony Raven

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Re: Deciphering S/N 170168 on model D30s
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2018, 11:25:57 AM »
No, serial numbers are not a panacea. This is particularly true of the older modern instruments, but I've seen examples from the '80s that are impossible to align with a credible date.

The fewer the digits, the more likely that it's an actual serial number, with no hidden messages.

If I had to guess, I'd say Yamaki (makers of Daion guitars).

Customer service has pretty much collapsed since JAM bought the joint in 2009. I figure they've got the build records, but aren't particularly interested in loading the data into their system -- for all we know, they just deleted it. And for guitars from the pre-PC era, the info might only exist on paper.
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