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Hello all;   brand new member here.  First, let me commend you all on your forum. By searching other people's Q & A's, I'm zeroing in on my guitar's identity.  Just hoping some folks can weigh on definitively and also advise on what strings to use.  I purchased this from Craigslist.  It is spruce over Brazillian rosewood, with an ebony bridge and fretboard. The fretboard has round inlays of MOP at 5, 7, and 9 only.Its appointments are very simple, but very pretty;  Herringbone purfling on the top. a 3-ring rosette (the outer and inner rings are 3-ply b-w-b, the inner ring is 5-ply b-w-r-w-b), Braz  headstock overlay and heel cap.

It has potential to be a real beauty, but not without it's issues.  Some soundboard cracks, which I have glued and cleated.  A split in the side, which I have also repaired.  The original bridge had split, and the ebony was really degrading, so I've removed, and sourced a replacement.  I've gotten the neck off for a reset. And lastly, there was some really nasty, thickly applied shellac all over the body, neck and fretboard.  I mean it was just slathered on. I got that off with denatured alcohol and steel wool, but I'm sure I've removed most of the original finish as well (unfortunate, but there was nothing to be done).

So now, I am at the point of finishing up some sanding details, bridge replacement (with accompanying bridge-plate repair), and a neck reset.

Having said all of this, I hope to find what year and model I have, and recommendations on strings.  The markings I can see are the serial # on the oval label is A-4757, and matched by an accompanying ink stamp on the neck block.  There is nothing on the top or back of the headstock.  On the very butt end of the dovetail part of the neck,  are the numbers 3 12, the the 3 is 'over' the 12, perhaps for space.  On the label itself, and very faint, is the word 'Style'  with a 3 digit number below, but is very faint.  Other than that, and the description of the appointments above, I have nothing else to go on, aside from some very close, but smaller, ones I've found on this website.

My assumption are: the A-4757 puts it between 1907 and 1910 (based on datings I saw of serial #s lower and higher). It is a Model 312, based on this link:, which is almost a dead-ringer, but not quite in terms of the soundhole rosette and headstock overlay, but VERY close.  Am I right?  Can someone zero in on the date more accurately, and confirm /dispute the model #, or offer another?

I'm attaching a link to my photobucket album, and just now realized that measurements would help as well.  Will post those as soon as I get home.  In the interim, below the link to the album is another link I found on this forum to a Style 115 that is almost identical, but as I said, smaller than mine.  Also, the Style # on my label, though faint and almost illegible, is definitely not '115'


Lastly;  was this made for gut-string/nylon strings?  The bridge had a straight-across (non-compensated) saddle.  The replacement has a compensated saddle.  WOuld it withstand light silk and steels?  Any other suggestions on strings?

ANy and all help appreciated;  I've tried to do as much homework as I could before asking. 
Festival Series / Help in Identifying my guitar
« Last post by Nitz on Today at 10:04:02 AM »
I have this Washburn guitar which I cant find on the Washburn site. Please help me identify this guitar. Inside the guitar it says EA16 but on the internet the EA16's are different. Mine looks way better. Attaching pics for help.
General Discussion / Re: Help Identify my guitar
« Last post by YerDugliness on Today at 07:44:45 AM »
Washburn has named and renamed the "Festival" series of guitars for some time.

Here is a link to the forum board for Festival guitars...hope you find what you're looking for there.,28.0.html

If I were you I'd do a search for "Washburn EA16"...the search function is on the grey bar at the top of this grey panel.

I see that the EA16 is not in the current offerings on Washburn's website.


Dugly 8)

Not all guitars use a compensated bridge/saddle...classical guitars don't. Have you tried a classical?

Some people are VERY sensitive to tonal variations...some aren't.  You may be one of those who is!


Dugly 8)
General Discussion / Help Identify my guitar
« Last post by Nitz on Today at 03:43:25 AM »
I have this Washburn guitar which I cant find on the Washburn site. Please help me identify this guitar. Inside the guitar it says EA16 but on the internet the EA16's are different. Mine looks way better. Attaching pics for help.
Guitar Care, Repair, Modification & Lutherie / Compensated bridge/bridge saddle
« Last post by jwg35815 on December 11, 2017, 02:24:11 PM »
Is the comensated bridge necessary? I have problems with the second string, keeping it in tune or getting it in tune. Would a non-compensated bridge be a better choice?
Show Us Your Washburn / Re: Any info on This? I can't find any in the website.
« Last post by Trauma on December 11, 2017, 10:21:56 AM »
Thanks so much for the info. Appreciate it.
Vintage and Rare Washburns / Trying to find an early 90s model?
« Last post by Jbanks.65 on December 10, 2017, 03:52:32 PM »
Ok, here it goes. The washburn I am looking for closest resembles a D 21 s/n. If I remember correctly, it was a cutaway. It had abalone on the sides, pearl snowflake inlets with the w on the 12 fret, stripe down the back side up to the w at the butt of the neck. It also had the triangle on the back side of the headstock. It had bone nut and saddle and the bridge was nothing fancy. Here's where I have trouble finding this guitar - the headstock is fuzzy to me, I remember it had washburn written at the top of the headstock and it had a logo further down. Either the wheat or another one I narrowed it down to. But I don't remember of it had the v or flat shape. I want this model back but I've exhausted myself trying to find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated
General Discussion / Re: Washburn build by Matsumoku and/or Yamaki?
« Last post by Mbechmann on December 10, 2017, 03:47:24 AM »
The style they used was 6 digits stamped/burned into the heel of the neck
Please define what YOU mean by "heel of the neck." For us lutheirs, that would be "just north of the neck pocket."

You are right. I could have explained better what I was talking about.

A picture says 1000 words.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Re: Do you know this guitar?
« Last post by Tony Raven on December 10, 2017, 02:12:16 AM »
Well, heck, if Dug wants it, I'moutta here.  ??? Heknows his axes, & treats them well.
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