Originally posted by banjocharlie2
Hello. I hope I am going about this right and not doing anything wrong about where I ask the questions.
I bought a Washburn B 18 banjo around 1982. I paid $1000.00 back then (not cheap but not expensive either). I had a set up done on it awhile ago and was asked a few questions I couldn't answer.
The serial # is 79031. It is written on the paper inside the banjo. It has lots of inlay on the neck and is very heavy. It has a raised head (which I don't see alot of anymore). I was wondering where it was made and any info. I can get. I don't know if Washburn still makes its instruments in the USA. Any info. would be appreciated. Thank you.
The way the Washburn banjo serial numbers usually work is, the first two numbers are the year it was made and the last numbers indicate it's place in the line. It looks like yours is a '79, and # 31 made that year.
Washburn instruments were made in the USA a long time ago, but have been made in Korea for about 40 years now. They make some very fine, VERY underrated instruments. Your model is not made any more, but is probably, at the least, on par with their better/best offerings today.
I believe that you've done exactly the right thing for your Washburn, got a pro setup. With that, you can be proud to jump right on in anywhere with it, it'll never shame ya. [
I'm sure that your banjo is much comparable to my B-17. I cannot tell you how many compliments I've had with my B-17. I KNOW it's true because I've had to lend it to so many times to my friends to do gigs with it. It's appeared on a LOT more stages than I have! Just a few weeks ago, a friend used it in a band competition, and won!
Heck, the little B-12 Washburs, ('82 model), that I sold about 2 months ago is is the ONLY banjo for a fella who plays in two bands! No lie, the same fella was gonna buy a '77 Gibson, but I think that sorta got put on hold after he started playing that B-12. His comments were, Geeze, loud and clean, all the way up the neck, great action, just as good as the Gibson!.
Yepper, get a pro setup on a Washburn, then get out'a the way.....