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Originally posted by keef

Just got a message from Pike.

This is a Washburn Style 5200, the cheapest model of the Washburn guitar line at the time, made around 1925, with a mahogany body.

Although the replacement bridge style was used on older Washburn guitars, the correct bridge on this guitar should be a 'smile bridge', shaped like a smiling mouth or a boat. There may be -or may not be- a third set of digits inside the body on the neck block.

Ebay values for these guitars would be around $400-800, depending on condition.

After thinking about what you've told me about my Washburn, I'm curious about this smile bridge you mentioned, do you mean that it was a floating bridge, with a tailpiece to anchor the strings?  That is what mine had when I first aquired her, but I've never seen a photo showing this kind of bridge/tailpiece configuration, all the photos I've seen of similar Washburns, show them with a bridge-pin type of bridge, no tailpiece!  Can you direct me to a photo of one that has the same two piece configuration as mine had originally?


Thanks to all of you who replied to my last post, I really appreciated your help!

Well now that I've learned a little about my old Washburn and because I'm not real concerned about protecting its' antique integrity, are there still parts available?  The tuning keys on mine are a little stiff and I wouldn't mind replacing them with a new exact-fit replacement set, are there exact replacement parts available?  Should I have a Luthier do this, or is it something I can handle myself?

Thanks all!


Show Us Your Washburn / My Washburn
« on: January 12, 2007, 01:33:35 AM »

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Washburn beginner
« on: January 11, 2007, 10:32:46 PM »
If you live in or close to a big town, hit as many music stores as you can and try as many guitars as you can and don't be intimidated by price tags, find out the difference between different models by playing them.  Most music stores are staffed by musicians and they understand what it takes to find the right instrument.  I kind of think that a guitar is like a soul mate, when you find your instrument, you'll know it!  The first time I saw my Ovation 1983 colector's series, I was infatuated with her appearance, but when I picked her up and played her, I knew she was the one for me, and there were several others hanging on the wall for hundreds of dollars more, and I could've afforded any one of them at the time, but none of them compared to my Ovation!  It's a very subjective thing!

Good luck Merlin,

Show Us Your Washburn / My Washburn
« on: January 11, 2007, 09:58:48 PM »
Yeah, I should try some light guage steel strings, I bet she would sing sweet, not a lot of volume with nylons, though I like nylons on pretty babes! :-)

I found the pins on eBay, but they are available here too:

Show Us Your Washburn / My Washburn
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:10:33 PM »
Well, I took her strings off so that I could have a look inside to try and find some numbers!  I have a new set of strings and a new set of candy apple red bridge pins to give her a little face lift, she's an old gal ya know and I think she wants some attention!  :-)

Well, though I'm a little dissapointed in the estimated value, it doesn't really matter since I would never consider selling it!  The sentimental value far surpasses any kind of collector's value!  Thanks for the information, I'll get a mirror and see if I can locate another number somewhere inside.

Well, I think that the guy in the music store was more concerned that I have a guitar that was playable, he was my guitar teacher; plus, it probably wasn't that valuable 40 years ago.  Though I do wish I would've known not to have it altered.  Now that I think about it, he should've offered to trade me any new guitar hanging on the wall for it, I probably would've jumped at the chance to get a new guitar, I was a poverty-stricken teenager!

As soon as I restring her, I'll take some higher resolution photos and post a link.


I wish I would've kept the original bridge and tailpiece, but they're long gone now.  As far as playing it, I don't play it much anymore (I mostly play my Ovation and my Taylor classical), but I would never sell it, it's what I learned on and it's the guitar I seduced my ex-wife with! :-)

A little more information:

When I first obtained this guitar (many years ago), it had a floating bridge and a tailpiece with steel strings and it didn't play very well, so I took it to a guitar shop and the guy's eyes widened and he said: do you know what you've got here?  Then he told me a little about it and he suggested that to improve its' playing and to reduce some tension on the neck (he said it was slightly warped), he would install a folk type bridge (as shown in the picture) and install nylon strings.  That did the trick and I proceeded to learn how to play.  It's been with me ever since, over 40 years ago!

Thanks for all of your help!


Okay, I posted some pictures in the Show us your Washburn section, that is, I posted a link!

But here's the link:

Show Us Your Washburn / My Washburn
« on: January 10, 2007, 07:23:46 PM »
Hope this works, first time Ive tried it! [:)]

You're right, it's Lyon and Healy, I mispelled it!  As soon as I get it cleaned up and polished, I'll post some pictures.  Going by other similar Washburns that I've seen, I guess it's called a Parlor Guitar, it's a pretty small guitar!


There are two sets of numbers, the first set (larger digits) is 5200, the second set is about an inch below and the digits are a bit smaller, it is 2132

Hope this helps!


I have an old Washburn that I've been told is a valuable antique and I'm wondering if there are any sites on the web where I can do a little research to see exactly what I have?  It was made by Lion and Healy in Chicago and the company logo inside says Patent applied for, it also has some numbers on the back of the neck, just above the tuning keys, along with Washburn, these are lightly stamped into the wood.  As soon as I get it cleaned up I'll post some pictures, but for now I'm looking for some links that might tell me what the numbers mean.

Thanks all!


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