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I was looking for info on a Millenium, too.  Nothing in 1999 or 2000 archives.  I've seen some on internet that look really nice, but never actually played one.

General Discussion / Help with dating HB35
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:52:36 PM »
There are probably several threads with more details if you search.  The headstock shape, block inlays, plain maple top and placement of the input jack all point to it being made in Japan.  I don't know enough (and haven't been able to get more info out of Washburn) to narrow it down farther than that as to who the actual manufacturer was, but this one should be Japanese made before production was moved to Korea during 1991 (Washburn told me they don't have SN records to indicate what was made where during 1991, but I believe the indicators above hold true for those made in 1991 as well).

General Discussion / WASHBURN P4 TS???
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:01:13 PM »
Did you try the archives?

And do you want to sell it?

Originally posted by 1984 HB35

From that date, the placement of the switch, and the shape of the horns, it looks like a Japanese-made HB-35. I don't know the dates of when Matsumoko stopped making Washburns...I'm sure somebody on this forum has the info.

It looks nice...if the price is right, I say grab it.

Good info.  I would add that block inlays, headstock shape and plain maple (not flamed like later 35's) are generally seen on Japanese models as well as the horn shape and the switch and jack placement.  

HB's moved production from Japan to Korea some time during 1991.  1990 & before = Japanese, 1992 & later = Korea, 1991 your guess is as good as Washburn's (acording to support there are no serial # records that would indicate which 1991 model was made where).

As for whether it is Matsumoku or not, somebody with more knowledge than me needs to address that.  Uncle Mat was the maker of the early Washburn electrics (starting in 1978), but as I  understand it that plant stopped producing guitars some time in 1987, and some time later was destroyed (see  I don't know who made Japanese Washburns after Matsumoku, but if they moved production in 1991, it was other than Mat.  My guess is if there are no serial number records for 1991 the same can probably be said for 1987, but you might check with Washburn support to find out for sure.

In any event it's a super quality guitar.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / OLD WASHBURNS
« on: February 15, 2008, 08:46:18 AM »
Is there an award for the oldest active thread?

Anyway, my Falcon is a '78 model with rosewood top and no serial #, exactly like the one on the catalog at

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB-35
« on: January 22, 2008, 05:46:32 PM »
Originally posted by guitard

Does yours have the stings going through the body? I don't think the stings going through the body is stock?


Mine does not.  I agree with jomf - that was probably only on the Japanese models.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB-35
« on: January 19, 2008, 08:34:07 PM »
I have a 93 HB35 and 95 HB30.  They are Korean, very nice guitars, and generally outstanding value for what you pay for them.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB 35 is is japanese
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:00:05 PM »
Originally posted by 1984 HB35

It probably depends on who you get on the phone, a longtime employee or a newbie.

Probably true.

I was told that all electrics were Made in Japan until various models were moved to Korea.  HB's moved from Japan to Korea in 1991.  They can not tell which 1991 models were made where, but 1992 forward are Korean, 1990 back are Japanese, and there are no pre-1991 Korean HB's.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB-35
« on: December 30, 2007, 10:55:03 PM »
Originally posted by guitard

I am new to the Washburn brand and this forum and I am looking for a little info.
I purchased a instructional DVD from House of Blues and the instructor John McCarthy plays a HB-35 on the DVD. He has a great sound and it got me interested in the guitar and wanted to learn more. I looked up the HB-35 and I don't see that it is offered in tabacco sunburst but his is?
How long has the HB-35 been made and what years was the sunburst offered?
Thanks in advance!


Welcome aboard!

HB35 is one of my favorites.  You can look at the archives to see which of the years listed show the TS option.  I think years newer than the archives (2000 is the latest year, I think?) will not have TS, while years older than the archives probably will have it.  I'm not certain of the first year of manufacture, but I believe it was in the early 1980's (1982 maybe).

You can probably find more info searching the forum, as there have been many threads about the HB's.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB 35 is is japanese
« on: December 26, 2007, 01:48:09 PM »
I'd have to say Japanese based on lots of features that have been discussed here over and over before.

Peavey Classic 30 - best little tube amp you can buy for the price, especially used.

General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / HB-35 history
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:16:12 PM »
The Japanese models were generally not flamed, but more of a plain-grained wood.  They also generally had block inlays instead of the split blocks, but they may have changed to split blocks before moving to Korea.  The pickup selector switch location was also changed, but I'm not sure when - I think I have seen Japanese models with the switch in both places, and I don't remember a Korean model that didn't have it on the upper horn.  A long, long time ago I saw one (could have been HB30, it was solid black ala Lucille) with no f-holes.  That particular one was said to be a prototype, so I don't know that there was ever a regular production model like that.

I have always been interested in the subtle differences, too, so I'm curious if anybody will come up with any more.

Sorry to get in so late, but it has all the indications of definitely being Japanese.  And it looks like somebody got a real deal.

I've never seen a semi hollow E series.  Cool guitar if it could possibly be salvaged.  What a shame.

The Wing series from late 1970s were the original Washburn electric guitars.  They are double HB solid-body sort of LP copy, shaped sort of like a double-cut LP but with sharper angles.  They had some advantages over the real LPs like coil tapping and even neck-thru construction.  All the specs and some catalog details are at  They were very nice, and very good values compared to some of the bigger names.  There are still a few of them around, which is a testimony to the quality of their construction.  I have a 1978 Falcon, exactly like the one in the catalog, and it is a really great, and very versatile guitar.

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