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Offline Bernie-w

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Need info on an old Washburn early 1900's
« on: June 17, 2007, 02:32:17 PM »
Hello all,
I have an old Washburn, and need any information on it I can get.
Type 5356 style 5200. I would like to know what it's worth.
Thanks for any help.  Bernie-w

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007, 03:52:18 PM »
Hi Bernie, welcome to the forum!

I have a 5200 just like yours and I wanted to find as much information as I could about it, that's how I found this forum.  Here, click on this thread and it will probably give you some insight. http://www.washburn.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7837&whichpage=1

As near as I can tell, our 5200's are probably worth around $500, I was a little disappointed in the value, but since I would never part with it (too sentimental, it was the guitar I learned to play on), I don't really care what it's worth.

Here's another thread: http://www.washburn.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7952

Good luck, I'm sure that you will get lots of help here!

Ray
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2007, 08:03:27 PM »
Bernie and Ray

The model 5200 was made in the early 1930's and should be mahogany sides and back, spruce top. They had an elevated pickguard originally.  There has been one for sale for a while at this shop in Utah -

http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/

look in Inventory under other used guitars. They have a price on that one of $1,400 - although since it has not sold in quite a while, perhaps its worth a bit less.  Nice little guitars. Value depends so much on condition however, that one can't just compare two guitars and come up with a fair value.  A guitar from this era that is all original, all parts in tact, not refinished, in original case, etc., will often be worth 2-3 times the value of a similar one that has cracks and has been refinished.

Mark
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2007, 09:55:52 PM »
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Originally posted by MarkD

Bernie and Ray

The model 5200 was made in the early 1930's and should be mahogany sides and back, spruce top. They had an elevated pickguard originally.  There has been one for sale for a while at this shop in Utah -

http://www.guitarandbanjo.com/

look in Inventory under other used guitars. They have a price on that one of $1,400 - although since it has not sold in quite a while, perhaps its worth a bit less.  Nice little guitars. Value depends so much on condition however, that one can't just compare two guitars and come up with a fair value.  A guitar from this era that is all original, all parts in tact, not refinished, in original case, etc., will often be worth 2-3 times the value of a similar one that has cracks and has been refinished.

Mark



Thanks Mark,

I've gotten a little different information, I've been told that any Washburn with Lyon & Healy on it had to be made before 1925 because that is when Tonk Bros. took over the production of Washburns.  I was also told that it's difficult to get a precise age, because Lyon & Healy's factory caught fire around then and most of their records were destroyed. So based on this, I'm thinking that Bernie's and my Washburn must've been made sometime prior to 1925.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2007, 11:25:13 PM »
Ray

You are correct - Lyon & Healy changed model designations for Washburn guitars to start with 52 (i.e. 5200, 5202, 5203) in the mid 20's so yours could have been made from about 1925 to 1928. Tonk Bros took over the Washburn line from Lyon & Healy in 1928.

Mark