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Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Pike on February 12, 2010, 07:25:27 PM
Misinformation about Washburn acoustic guitars abounds.......the information that follows should be useful to buyers and sellers alike, who are unfamiliar with the Washburn acoustic guitar line.
1} Washburn acoustic guitars made before the 2nd World War were made by various USA builders.

2} The Washburn trade name was NOT USED on musical instruments from 1939 to 1973.....period!  If someone states that he  has a 1968 Washburn acoustic for sale....he's misinformed!

3} In 1974, Beckmen Musical Instruments bought the Washburn tradename and began importing guitars from Japan, to sell in the USA.

4} All...All....All.... Washburn acoustic guitars made between 1974 and 1993 were IMPORTED { from various foreign vendors}.......period!  If someone states that he has a 1989 Washburn acoustic for sale....that was made in the USA.....he's misinformed!

5} Most Washburn acoustic guitars imported between 1974 and 1996 were of very good to excellent quality.....they were as well made or... better made than their American counterparts.

6} From 1994 to 2001, there are only 10 known Washburn acoustic models built in the USA....they are:

     D-43...2nd. version 1994-97....made by Tacoma USA... for Washburn *

     D-46 S Cheyenne...................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-47 S Navajo.......................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-48 SW Comanche..............made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     R-310 K................................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-51 SW Apache..................made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-55 SW Cherokee...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-56 SW Savannah...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-96 SW Paramount.............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     R-312 K Presentation............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

All other Washburn acoustic guitar models made from 1994 to 2001 were imported......period!

7} In late 2001, a new line of  made in the USA acoustics was introduced by Washburn....this line has since been discontinued. {D-78 SW....D-80 SW...D-82 SW and the D-84 SW}....although the new line of Washburn acoustics were well made....lack of consumer interest and little or no profit margin in the product line led to its demise.

8} The quality of the Washburn imported acoustic models has dropped dramatically since 2000.....they're just not as well made as their 1974-1996 predecessors....

    Information for this guide was provided by American Multimedia Studios....owner of the most comprehensive contemporary collection of Washburn Acoustic Guitars in the world and a foremost authority on the Washburn acoustic product line.  For more information on Washburn Acoustic Guitars and American Multimedia Studios go to:

http//www.americanmstudios.com

*{estimated 100 of these were built in late 1994 to early 1995, but stickers not applied to some units until 1996 and early 1997}

     

Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Quinn Spalpeen on February 12, 2010, 07:27:59 PM
Thanks Pike, that's some great stuff. It deserves a locked sticky IMHO.

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the Truth .... Sherlock Holmes

I got some fiddles, guitars,a bouzouki, a piano and some other stuff.
Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Cornish Boy on February 15, 2010, 01:26:30 PM
Informative post Pike, great info once again. A big thanks to Jim Smith and americanmstudios also.
Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: onewilyfool on February 22, 2010, 01:13:16 PM
Nice and simple....and direct.....no more speculation....lol....thanks Pike
Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: radenshirinji on May 06, 2010, 11:43:29 PM
If no Washburn trade name was used from 1939 to 1973, does that means that Washburn did not manufacture any guitars during those period?
Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: glaubdavid on October 08, 2010, 12:13:21 PM
sir i have a washburn SD-100 serial number835250...no body knows anything about this very rare guitar,it was said that this was a guitar that washburn got seued over cause it has a leaf on the top like an ovation,i can email you pict you wont beleave how nice this guitar is .i am wanting to sell it but nobody including washburn can tell me anything about it..glaubdavid @yahoo.com
quote:
Originally posted by Pike

Misinformation about Washburn acoustic guitars abounds.......the information that follows should be useful to buyers and sellers alike, who are unfamiliar with the Washburn acoustic guitar line.
1} Washburn acoustic guitars made before the 2nd World War were made by various USA builders.

2} The Washburn trade name was NOT USED on musical instruments from 1939 to 1973.....period!  If someone states that he  has a 1968 Washburn acoustic for sale....he's misinformed!

3} In 1974, Beckmen Musical Instruments bought the Washburn tradename and began importing guitars from Japan, to sell in the USA.

4} All...All....All.... Washburn acoustic guitars made between 1974 and 1993 were IMPORTED { from various foreign vendors}.......period!  If someone states that he has a 1989 Washburn acoustic for sale....that was made in the USA.....he's misinformed!

5} Most Washburn acoustic guitars imported between 1974 and 1996 were of very good to excellent quality.....they were as well made or... better made than their American counterparts.

6} From 1994 to 2001, there are only 10 known Washburn acoustic models built in the USA....they are:

     D-43...2nd. version 1994-97....made by Tacoma USA... for Washburn *

     D-46 S Cheyenne...................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-47 S Navajo.......................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-48 SW Comanche..............made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     R-310 K................................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-51 SW Apache..................made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-55 SW Cherokee...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-56 SW Savannah...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-96 SW Paramount.............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     R-312 K Presentation............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

All other Washburn acoustic guitar models made from 1994 to 2001 were imported......period!

7} In late 2001, a new line of  made in the USA acoustics was introduced by Washburn....this line has since been discontinued. {D-78 SW....D-80 SW...D-82 SW and the D-84 SW}....although the new line of Washburn acoustics were well made....lack of consumer interest and little or no profit margin in the product line led to its demise.

8} The quality of the Washburn imported acoustic models has dropped dramatically since 2000.....they're just not as well made as their 1974-1996 predecessors....

    Information for this guide was provided by American Multimedia Studios....owner of the most comprehensive contemporary collection of Washburn Acoustic Guitars in the world and a foremost authority on the Washburn acoustic product line.  For more information on Washburn Acoustic Guitars and American Multimedia Studios go to:

http//www.americanmstudios.com

*{estimated 100 of these were built in late 1994 to early 1995, but stickers not applied to some units until 1996 and early 1997}

     



Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: dhgillis on November 28, 2011, 11:20:43 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Pike

Misinformation about Washburn acoustic guitars abounds.......the information that follows should be useful to buyers and sellers alike, who are unfamiliar with the Washburn acoustic guitar line.
1} Washburn acoustic guitars made before the 2nd World War were made by various USA builders.

2} The Washburn trade name was NOT USED on musical instruments from 1939 to 1973.....period!  If someone states that he  has a 1968 Washburn acoustic for sale....he's misinformed!

3} In 1974, Beckmen Musical Instruments bought the Washburn tradename and began importing guitars from Japan, to sell in the USA.

4} All...All....All.... Washburn acoustic guitars made between 1974 and 1993 were IMPORTED { from various foreign vendors}.......period!  If someone states that he has a 1989 Washburn acoustic for sale....that was made in the USA.....he's misinformed!

5} Most Washburn acoustic guitars imported between 1974 and 1996 were of very good to excellent quality.....they were as well made or... better made than their American counterparts.

6} From 1994 to 2001, there are only 10 known Washburn acoustic models built in the USA....they are:

     D-43...2nd. version 1994-97....made by Tacoma USA... for Washburn *

     D-46 S Cheyenne...................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-47 S Navajo.......................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-48 SW Comanche..............made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     R-310 K................................made by Tacoma USA...for Washburn

     D-51 SW Apache..................made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-55 SW Cherokee...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-56 SW Savannah...............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     D-96 SW Paramount.............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

     R-312 K Presentation............made by Bourgeois USA...for Washburn

All other Washburn acoustic guitar models made from 1994 to 2001 were imported......period!

7} In late 2001, a new line of  made in the USA acoustics was introduced by Washburn....this line has since been discontinued. {D-78 SW....D-80 SW...D-82 SW and the D-84 SW}....although the new line of Washburn acoustics were well made....lack of consumer interest and little or no profit margin in the product line led to its demise.

8} The quality of the Washburn imported acoustic models has dropped dramatically since 2000.....they're just not as well made as their 1974-1996 predecessors....

    Information for this guide was provided by American Multimedia Studios....owner of the most comprehensive contemporary collection of Washburn Acoustic Guitars in the world and a foremost authority on the Washburn acoustic product line.  For more information on Washburn Acoustic Guitars and American Multimedia Studios go to:

http//www.americanmstudios.com

*{estimated 100 of these were built in late 1994 to early 1995, but stickers not applied to some units until 1996 and early 1997}

     



Title: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: dhgillis on November 28, 2011, 11:22:17 PM
Hi...seeking info on my new Washburn Electric Acoustic Model #47SCE...Serial # SC02051049.  Any history and value would be appreciated. Thanks Dan
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Bigdogjer on March 23, 2012, 02:53:55 PM
Hello, all
I just purchased a Washburn wd760sw from zz sounds (GAS attack)  for a very good price.
This is my first Washburn but I thought I's take a flyer because of the guitars specs (all solid woods, cedar top ovangal back and sides. I got it today and first impression is that this is a vefry good sounding guitar.
It is oluder than my two pride and joys, Taylor DN3 and Alvarez md60. I'm not saying I'd trade either of those for this one, but I'm glad I got it.
I know it is an import, but it seems a fairly quality build. It was well set up out of the box.
Has anyone had any experience with these?
It was tagged that it shipped with D'Addario strings. I wish they would have stated which kind and what string width/tension. I am assuming they are lights, but the guitar booms like they have mediums on it.
Title: Look in the FAQ section:
Post by: YerDugliness on March 23, 2012, 04:08:20 PM
Here is info from Washburn's FAQ section regarding the strings:

Acoustic Guitar

Light Gauge
.012 High E
.016 B
.024 G
.032 D
.042 A
.053 Low E

I'm going with .011-.052's when I restring my WMJ11S.

Cheers from.....
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Bigdogjer on March 23, 2012, 04:38:13 PM
Thanks, D!
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Ripple on March 23, 2012, 10:36:09 PM
I Tried one of those at NAMM last year and thought it the best sounding of that years line
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: muso777 on August 30, 2012, 01:14:17 PM
Hi Mike, Congrats on a stunning collection, Please can you or anyone out there give me any info regarding a Washburn DC-82 i have bought it and it's on it's way, i can't find any info about this guitar anywhere, the guy says he bought it in the States 5 years ago, thats all i know, The pic looked great abalone, edges & soundhole, " moustache" bridge, snowdrop markers natural finish, i don't know if its a solid top or laminate .?have i done well or not ? i paid £100.any info would be really helpful Please help. Thanks.
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: t.y. on August 30, 2012, 03:56:30 PM
Welcome. Well I cant believe but even Goggle pulled a blank.  LOL.  Hopefully someone with a book can help you.   Tom. :)
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: DreevesTex1 on January 05, 2013, 03:45:12 PM
I have a Washburn Model 200 Serial No. 130273; Made in Japan.  It has BMI inc at the top of the neck.  Does anyone have any info?  I have had this guitar since I was in eight grade (I am 51 now)
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: roger rocker on April 16, 2013, 10:51:16 PM
How about the AB10 accoustic electric bass if I just ordered one, will it be USA or import, and at some point did the complaints about the ACTION on the AB10 get corrected for "fresh out of the box" models like the one I am expecting delivery on within a week from now (4/16/13)
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: t.y. on April 17, 2013, 12:45:29 AM
Welcome. I have not read anywhere about this Bass being made in USA, I think just a few high end guitars are US made. The current catalog is on here, and the answer should be there.  Also Washburn.com  , should have your answer.  Tom.  :)  Hum,  it don't say, sorry.  http://www.washburn.com/products/basses/acoustic/ab10.php      also try     http://www.washburn.com/media/catalog.php     I downloaded it on my Google Nexus 7, would not download on my pc.  2013 catalog does not say were it is from.  page 35. 
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: pablo777 on April 17, 2013, 06:35:38 AM
Great info from Mr. Jim (a lighthouse in the fog)
And thanks for shearing Pike.
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: WEBgUy on April 17, 2013, 09:45:13 AM
Current models made in the USA are signified by a U.S. flag on the Website.
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: psp742 on July 16, 2013, 09:53:50 PM
Thanks Pike for posting this informative description of Washburn..  It helps a lot.
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: danielsan73 on December 08, 2013, 02:57:02 PM
 This thread is a real help for people that are not experts on the older Washburn acoustics, and will probably prevent the likes of myself from being ripped off. Think I may keep eyes peeled for one of the superior pre 96 models.
Thanks
Dan
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Richard Benedict on April 19, 2016, 09:51:44 PM

I have a Washburn Cumberland Acoustic/electric, model J28SDL, S/N G03041136.  Made in China.  I am hoping to learn approx how old it is and if it is a quality guitar.  Tunes and sounds great, has Grover tuners. Can you help me with some information on this instrument?
Thanks,
Rich Benedict
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: tnewc on March 02, 2017, 05:51:14 PM
I have a friend's D100B that he would like to sell. I can't find any info on what he has or what it's worth. Not good condition but sounds good to me. What if it was in good condition? SN: G00020341
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Tony Raven on March 04, 2017, 03:50:18 PM
I was told the D-100 is just a D-10 series made for Musician's Friend & maybe other big retailers. The "-B" suffix means it's black, of course. All laminate (including the "slect spruce" top).

A reliable low-end acoustic guitar for many years. Worth less than $100 in Very Good shape -- not due to quality but because that market segment is "overserved" -- but sellers keep asking $150-$200 because they're aware buyers don't know the difference between a D10 & a D-10S. ::)

Let me clarify, though. I am in the minority, a fan of all-laminate acoustic guitars. These don't need as much TLC as a "real wood" guitar, & therefore tend to be much more sensible for gigs, jams, all-around play. Some sound like cheap guitars, some sing like angels. If it sounds good & plays well, it will likely stay that way for many years.
Title: Re: Washburn info from Jim Smith...
Post by: Dr. Whatson on August 09, 2017, 12:58:04 AM
What is so wrong with the quality of Imported Guitar since 2001?
Is this a Problem of all manufacturers like China etc. Or are some netter than other countries?WCVYXW