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Title: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: JohnHix on January 29, 2016, 12:00:56 PM
First time on the forum and I've enjoyed reading the topics.  I have a question about my Washburn Acoustic.

I picked up this guitar on eBay around 6 months ago, attracted by the reputation of the old Washburns and playing a guitar that was almost as old as me!!.  It was in quite a state, covered in stickers and very greasy.  So I have spent the last few months bringing it up to a decent standard. 
Now, the seller stated this was a 1971 model.  It has no serial number inside, just 'D-21SB'.  This kinda fits with what I have read about pre-1980s having no serial number.

I'm assuming D=Dreadnought and SB = Solid. Body?  But apart from that I know nothing.  Can anyone help me out with any info on this great guitar (tone is magnificent).  Age, Woods, History etc?

Would be very grateful.  Couple of pictures attached (hopefully) .  Nope, can't figure that bit out.
Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: MapleFlix on January 29, 2016, 01:48:41 PM
Hi John,
Welcome to the forum.
There's not much we can say without pictures, try using photobucket as described here:,21807.0.html (,21807.0.html)
It's not 1971 for sure because "modern" Washburn history starts 1974.
Try to find a serial number inside on the neckblock.
Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: ship of fools on January 30, 2016, 10:13:14 AM
not a chance for it to be a 1971 and it probably is just a D-21 the SB could be for a sunburst finish as for the serial numbers well not sure where you got that info from very few made Washburns do not have some serial number unless it was made to test the market
Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: JohnHix on February 01, 2016, 04:34:07 PM
Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: JohnHix on February 01, 2016, 04:36:08 PM
Well that didn't work.  I'll try again later to get some images up.
Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: evenkeel on February 01, 2016, 08:06:29 PM
Welcome to the forum.  The SB does stand for sunburst finish.  There was a D21S with the S meaning it had a solid wood top and laminate back and sides.  A all solid wood Washburn would likely have a SW as part of the model #.  Here is a bit of info on the D21 S.

D21 S
- dreadnought style, solid spruce top, round soundhole, tortoiseshell pickguard, three-stripe bound body/rosette, rosewood back/sides, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl diamond/12th fret W inlay, rosewood bridge with pearl dot white pins, rosewood peghead veneer, three-per-side gold diecast tuners, available in Natural or Tobacco Sunburst finish, mfg. late 1980s-2000.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
$450 $275 - 325 $150 - 200
Last MSR was $600.
In 1992, Tobacco Sunburst finish was disc.

Your guitar varies from the description in a few ways.  No "W" inlay on the 12th fret for example.  As you note there is no serial number.  So it's possible your guitar was a short run for a big retailer or a prototype.  It's probably a all laminate guitar.  A build date some where between the late 80's and 2000 (as noted above) is also likely.  If it was earlier it would likely have the Martin square headstock, not the later "V" shape as yours has.

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Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: JohnHix on February 07, 2016, 05:37:06 AM
Thanks for the responses.  Here are a few more images.  There was nothing on the base of the neck though.

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Title: Re: 1971 D-21SB
Post by: JohnHix on December 01, 2016, 12:37:30 PM
Hi. If anyone gets this thanks for reading.
I have found the serial number in the base of the neck: it's 168.
So I now have D-21SB and 168.

Can anyone tell me the age of my guitar from this at all please?